To my surprise, Angel Haze, actually has skill. But maybe I am late to the party on this one.
With 28,000 followers on Facebook, and over 27,000 followers on Twitter, her mix tape just came out last week. Admittedly, I was afraid after watching "Sh*t I don't like (freestyle)" that she would be more ... ahem, stuff I don't like.Though Angel Haze (Raykeea Wilson) says she doesn't like rap music, "It’s like most of the stuff is not genuine; it doesn’t come from a real place. You just sit there and you listen to people brag about million dollars, cars, and dumb sh*t that has no value in this world. Everything with rap is so monetary, no one focuses on the release that comes through music." She also adds that, "You need to pay homage to the artists who influenced you."She is clearly influenced by Eminem ("Cleaning out my Closet"), as well as Lauryn Hill ("Doo Wop (that thing)") and Erykah Badu ("Love of my life") in her song mixtape.
Though I'm not sure if she is the next big thing, she is probably the most talented rapper you haven't yet heard about.
Born and raised in California, Lakshmi is an educator and journalist. With roots in Kochi, Prague and San Francisco she divides her time between the places she feels at home. Over the past few years, Lakshmi has worked with newspapers and magazines from Gaborone, Botswana to Los Angeles, California. Lakshmi has several years of experience working with the National Student Leadership Conference. In 2009 and 2010 she directed the NSLC program on Journalism & Mass Communication at American University in Washington, DC. She is a graduate of Pitzer College in California where she studied Global Communications and Studio Arts. She is currently pursuing her Master's in Journalism, Media and Gobalization in Aarhus, Denmark.