Accepting is one step leading up to progression, right? Well, Angel Haze’s “Reservation” is full of progression. Being able to accept the pain and obstacles she’s faced in her life and being able to pen it, in a way that evoke’s emotions of all sorts is quite amazing. Though sometimes contradicting, she remains a role model in her own ways. In her music she always manages to talk about her life experiences, the reality of life and the world we live in, acceptance, love and a lot of other topics that nowadays aren’t being hit on.
Whether or not you’ve been through similar situations that Haze talks about, you’re sure to feel the same exact emotions that the songs may bring. With the Intro entitled “This Is Me”, It’s pretty clear to see the route the LP is taking. On Reservation, It’s obvious that Haze, while keeping that intimate intensity of hers, has perfected her craft, from the storytelling, to the lyrics. On the intro, she openly talks about her life. From living in a shelter, to growing up in a “broken home. Reciting a letter to her younger self she says “Dear little girl inside…sometimes you have to stop feeling sorry for yourself, and love you that way you can teach anybody else. And if it’s pain that you were feeling you release it till it stops, or else it’ll get stronger and just beat you till you drop. You’re a lot smarter than you’ll ever given credit for. Live like a simile, lessons are a metaphor.” Knowingly or not she’s giving young kids who have or may be going through similar situations that nod of approval to accept the pain they may be going through, all while providing hope and encouragement to becoming better.
A few tracks later, the mood has change but it remains intense. The topic of discussion has changed. This track “New York” possibly sampling Jay-z’s “On To The Next One” with some added claps, Haze remains nonchalant and lets us know why she runs New York. Her word play remains and she’s back to being the “Master of not giving a fuck.” Now, to “Castle On A Cloud.” The mood has switched again. It’s a bit darker. Haze hits on molestation, abuse, rape. The story of a young boy who was molested by an older man from the age of seven to twelve. The story of a young girl abused in some form by her mothers partner. All ending with the abused children contemplating suicide because there’s that cry out, that’s not being heard. The story this world knows so well. In some ways reminiscent to Eminen’s, “Stan.”
With the mood still remaining dim, there’s “Suffering First” which happens to be over J.Cole’s instrumental for “Losing My Balance.” Haze keeps Coles theme of losing balance. She talks losing balance with friendships and battling with emotions. Overall, a raw track that was well put together. Now heading out, the last track is “Smile N Hearts. Haze says her mom used to always tell her “The struggle is worth it, because within struggle is purpose and purpose is where your worth is.” Couldn’t have been said better, huh? The song hits on the struggles many people face in life. But Haze says smile with your heart, even though you may end up heart broken. In the end it’s all to say, never give up on your dreams.
Reservation has been highly anticipated. As expected, this LP is full of raw lyrics. Angel Haze remains witty, fearless and honest. You’ll go through plenty of emotions with this roller coaster ride that Haze has set up, but in the end you’ll feel superior understanding each track and finally getting to the last song. It leaves you with the impression of knowing that life is about love, the trials, the tribulations, the pain and hurt but it’s all about how you come out of that fight. Overall, Reservation is well put together from track 1-14. It’s definitely not “quantity over quality.” Well done Angel Haze.
Written by Tiffany Monroe.