Although the song “Same Love” was deemed by some as the LGBT anthem of the year, others criticized Macklemore for co-opting the LGBT equality movement, becoming a voice of a community he doesn’t belong to, and overlooking how his white, straight privilege didn’t make him the best messenger. Enter Black pansexual rapper Angel Haze who recently released a remix to Macklemore’s “Same Love.” What are your thoughts?

The 22-year-old raps, “At age 13 my mother knew I wasn’t straight/ She didn’t understand but she had so much to say/ She sat me on the couch, looked me straight in my face/ She said, ‘You’ll burn in hell or probably die of AIDS.'”

She closes saying that she won’t be labeled: “No, I’m not gay/ No, I’m not straight/ And I sure as hell am not bisexual/ Damn it, I am who I am when I am it.”

A day before she released the remix, Angel Haze took to Twitter to express her hesitation. With the support of her fans, she went ahead and shared the song via Soundcloud.

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Last year, she told The Guardian, “Love is boundary-less. If you can make me feel, if you can make me laugh – and that’s hard – then I can be with you. I don’t care if you have a vagina or if you’re a hermaphrodite or whatever.” Her life journey on growing up in a Pentecostal church, being homeless,  breaking up with her girlfriend, and more appeared in The Telegraph earlier this month.

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2 Responses

  1. Philip

    So, a mainstream musician puts out a huge song about the degredation of homosexuals, it hits huge and people across the country are singing it as an anthem…so you haze him because hes white and straight? Grow up. White is the minority where im from, so thats a crock. And he’s straight, so lets haze him for that too.

    Who do you think makes the decisions in America? WHITE STRAIGHT MEN.

    So, yeah, have your opinion, voice it. But dont ostracize the mainstream voice because hes not gay, or bi, thank him for having the balls to do it.

    “Equal rights for all, you’re damn right I support it.”

  2. Cheril

    I’m indifferent to the track, but applaud her courage to release it despite her fears.

    What I do have an issue with is the linked article to Racioulicious. I actually love Macklemore’s entire album, not just “Same Love” and it’s because he is talented. His work is refreshing to hear in that it doesn’t degrade women and gays, and doesn’t glorify senseless consumerism. So what if he’s white and straight? Why are we attacking our allies? I know it’s not your piece, but it struck a nerve. It really, sadly misses the point. Of the three artists they shared, I’ve never heard of them (that’s not Macklemore’s), and I’m not drawn to their sound after hearing them (doesn’t mean I won’t be after some more tries or as their sound evolves). I won’t ignore what I like just because it wasn’t produced by someone who isn’t black and gay—or if he came after them.

    Anyway, back to Elixher. Thanks for sharing Angel’s work. I’ll look into her some more.


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