Angel Haze is no stranger to leveraging her platform – and her art- to tackle uncomfortable subjects. She’s also no stranger to remixing previous works to say something totally new and necessary in a way that only she can.
From The Heist, Macklemore’s incredibly successful second studio album, and collaboration with producer Ryan Lewis, the original song has a lot of heart. It’s received wide radio play and praise, including the VMAs for best video with a social message. In a recent blog post describing the importance of the song, Macklemore said:
Every song I’ve ever put out, I have believed in. But Same Love was different. It was a moment that was way bigger than us. Watching teenagers come up to me after shows, with tears in their eyes, gasping for breathe in attempts to find the right words to explain to me that they came out to their family after hearing the song…that reaffirms everything. That. Right there. That is the reason why I do this. That is no publicity stunt. That is no calculated move. That is art affecting the quality of people’s lives, the way that other artists influence mine.
Fan love and commercial acclaim aside, Macklemore has also received considerable grief for the song with some questioning the merits of a straight artist creating a gay rights ballad.
I can’t count myself among those kind of critics. I was introduced to Same Love by a gay solider whose sincere and pure appreciation of the song was evident when she asked me if it’d be okay if she replayed it during a car ride that we shared last spring. She was a friend of a friend and I didn’t know her but in her explanation of the song I knew that the song had impacted her.
I wouldn’t want to take that away from anybody.
Buzzfeed proclaims the remix “finally does justice” to the original song.
I don’t know about all that.
That said, this Angel Haze remix is wonderful and important for its own reasons.
Leveraging the same chorus as the original song – featuring vocals from out artist Mary Lambert - Angel delivers a powerful account of her own struggles with her sexuality.
She begins the track with a warning to her mother, saying: “Hi Mom. I’m really scared right now- but, I have to…”
From there she holds nothing back.
I’ve transcribed her verses as best as I could: (more…)