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Angel Haze is an enigma who defies easy categorization. Since her self-released debut mixtape, King in 2011, the Detroit-born rapper, singer, activist and writer has interwoven the themes of abuse, despair and suicide, with expressions of hope, courage, and triumph. The consummate intellectual, Haze started out as a poet and briefly studied Neurobiology. Finding inspiration everywhere from the paintings of Jean-Michel Basquiat to the social commentaries of Canadian author Malcolm Gladwell. Musically, they draw from the forceful, staccato delivery style of Tupac Shakur and the often cocky, blunt, and comic storytelling of Kanye West.