50 Up-and-Coming New York Culture Makers to Watch in 2013

Angel Haze

21-year-old rapper and Brooklyn transplant Angel Haze has been unequivocally one of the most exciting new artists to emerge this year. Listening to her Reservation EP earlier in the year, her talent was obvious: the songs were catchy, her flow was incredible, and her lyrics were full of heartbreaking raw emotion as much as they were full of confidence and optimism for the future. But with the release of the single “Cleaning Out My Closet” in advance of her Classick mixtape, she went from being a promising and impressive young artist to one of the most important people working in hip hop today. We’re not sure if a hip hop song has ever addressed sexual abuse in such a gut-wrenchingly blatant and personal way. When asked in interviews who she likes in hip hop today, she’s responded that she can’t think of anyone, and we can see why – what she is creating is unprecedented. We are waiting with bated breath for her debut album next year, and we can only predict massive things for her future. — SW

What are your plans for the holidays?

Spending more time with my friends and family and eating, of course.

Which New York artists do you count among your greatest inspirations?

Not many people acknowledge the fact that he’s from New York but, Tupac because he’s amazing and inspiring.

What’s coming up for you in 2013?

Tours, more music, more videos. World domination. I’m hoping to take over the world, haha.