By Glennisha Morgan

Over the weekend, pansexual rapper Angel Haze released the video for her new single, “Battle Cry”. The track, which features Australian singer Sia comes from her debut album Dirty Gold. Rocking black and purple curly tresses, the Detroit-raised emcee, who just graced the runway during New York Fashion Week, perused through the dessert looking back at a younger version of herself.

Haze, who has consistently rapped about growing up in a cult and inflicting self harm to not feel pain from being raped and sexually assaulted as a child, uses the “Battle Cry” video to visually reveal the demons of her past. For some, the video may be graphic because it touches upon attempted suicide and the act of “cutting,” which is the act of cutting oneself in an attempt to relieve emotional pain.

The “New York” rapper has been praised for openly discussing her childhood trauma and this video is another testament to her bravery. Check it out below.

Glennisha Morgan serves as ELIXHER’s Entertainment Editor. She is the founder of The Fembassy (a blog site that is solely dedicated to women MCs), a multimedia journalist, photographer and filmmaker. During her career she has interviewed people like Russell Simmons, La La Anthony, MC Lyte, Brendon Ayanbadejo, Laverne Cox, and Marsha Ambrosius. In 2010, Glennisha was featured in BET’s first original music documentary, ‘My Mic Sounds Nice.’ 

2 Responses

  1. Nanette James

    That’s Deep. Stay Positive and Stay Strong. There are many of us who are survivors!!

  2. Krysten

    Great post! So glad she released this video and explored themes that are often times swept under the rug in the black community.


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