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Angel Haze Remixes ‘Same Love’, Resulting Track Is an Ode to Self Love

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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.

Case and point: the artist’s remix of Macklemore’s hit single Same Love.

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:

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 and said

You’ll burn in hell or probably die of AIDS

It’s funny now but at 13 it was pain

To be almost sure of who you are but have it ripped away

And I’m sorry if it’s too real for some of you to fathom

But hate for who you love is not exactly what you’d imagine

And I guess it was disastrous

Cause everything that happened afterwards was just madness

Locked away for two years to keep me on the inside

Because she’d rather see a part of me die then me thrive

And it’s tougher when it’s something you can’t deny

And ignorance teaches us it’s something that you decide

You’re driven by your choices an optical illusion

Here’s to understanding that it’s not always confusion

Cause I can’t change

 

I walk the halls of my school and I’m seeing kids hide

Behind walls and footballs and things like pride

I see innocent children suffer beneath bruises

Suffer beneath every single hand that chooses

Ignorance

Fuck your religion

Fuck constitutions

Fuck superstition

There are no lakes of fire we’re here on earth

And the only thing to do is put love first

And so I stand for the boy who died by his hand

To the sound of his father screaming woman loves man

This is Adam and Eve

Not Adam and Steve

And I stand for the girl with the cuts up her sleeve

And her heart in her hand

And a chip on her shoulder

And I stand for it all until ignorance is over

This is for you

For knowing who you are

For never letting your magic

Outside of your heart

Be you.

Be brave.

And understand that

Things. do. change.

I accept you for you

When I don’t understand

And I love you for you

This is just who I am…

I accepted you for you/When I didn’t understand

Now love me for me/ Cause this is who I am

 

Here’s a message to the people who just don’t get it

Love is Love

There is no difference

Not a medication to fix it

There is no prescription

No rehab to visit

It is not an addiction

It’s love.

And it’s selfless

It’s yours and everybody elses

So don’t badger and abuse the solemnly defenseless

See us as yourself

There’s no equality in difference

Until we all get it we’ll be drowning in the same blood

Despite orientation we all feel the same love

Until we all get it we’ll be drowning in the same blood/ Despite orientation we all feel the same love

 

We are boxed in and labeled

Before we’re ever able to speak who we believe we are

Or who we dream we’ll become

Like drumbeats forever changing their rhythm

I’m living today as someone I had not yet become yesterday

And tonight I’ll only borrow pieces of who I am today to carry with me to tomorrow

No I’m not gay

No I’m not straight and I sure as hell am not bisexual

Dammit

I am whomever I am when I am it

Loving whoever you are when the stars shine

And whoever you’ll be when the sun rise

So here’s to being able

Here’s to love

Here’s to loving just because

Here’s to acceptance

Here’s to never fearing the fear of rejection

Here’s to love and never neglecting who it is you feel you are

Here’s to bullies because beatings cannot last forever

Here’s to the moment that you realize things do get better

Here’s to the parents who will get it when it’s too late

Here’s to second chances

Here’s to new fate

Here’s to every single moment you’ve ever had to hide you

Here’s to the single star shinning bright inside you

Asking you to guide you

Here’s to who you’ll be when you’ve figured it all out

Here’s to momentary doubt

Here’s to feelings cause we all feel it the same

Here’s to the moment that things will change

Cause we all feel love

We all feel it the same

Here’s to love

Here’s to change

The first time the chorus hits as Mary Lambert sings the words “And I can’t change” Angel Haze  struggles to speak the words herself– the two women sharing and broadcasting the sentiment simultaneously.  The juxtaposition is incredibly powerful.

This song is her story.  She’s able to leverage this thing that exists– this ode to love– and inject more love into it.

In doing so she’s able to offer a commentary on self-love.

I’m so glad that Angel Haze exists. As a human being and as an artist– I’m glad that she’s out there and unapologetic about who she is. I’m glad that she was brave enough to release this track.

That doesn’t take away from the original song or from Macklemore’s contribution to the debate by releasing this song in the first place.

It’s all the same love.

Regardless of who’s preaching it.

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