Roes fka Angel Haze. | Photo: Facebook/Angel Haze
New York rapper, formerly known as Angel Haze, has just announced they have changed their rapping name.
The rapper whose real name is Raykeea Raeen-Roes Wilson made the announcement on social media.
‘[sic]As I get ready to start releasing new music, I wanted to announce that im changing my name,’ she wrote on Instagram.
‘I WILL NO LONGER GO BY ANGEL HAZE, but instead would like to be called ROES. This means a lot to me, guys! And in no way does it erase the past 5 years of truth ive lived out in front of you all.
‘Reservation, Dirty Gold, and Back To The Woods will remain so fucking close to my heart. Im happy for all the memories we shared in that phase of my artistry! Lets make a new wave!! 🌹🌹🤤.’
Seriously tho, i thought it was fitting to end the Angel Haze era w/ Back To The Woods since the bitch was so desperate to go. Who i am now & who i was then do not relate, therefore i wanna be called Roes…like a rising, like a growing, like becoming. So say ur byes
— ROES (@AngelHaze) March 10, 2018
Ma vie en Roes
Roes released her first EP Reservation in 2012 and became known for her confronting lyrics addressing the sexual abuse she lived through as a child.
The 26-year-old rapper is probably best known for her song Battle Cry with Australian pop star Sia.
Roes identifies as pansexual and agender but does not fuss too much about which pronouns are used when referring to her.
‘I sound like four people when I get written about as ‘they’. It drives me crazy. If you call me ‘him’ or ‘her’ it doesn’t matter to me. I don’t consider myself of any sex. I consider myself an experience,’ she told the Evening Standard in 2015.
‘People talking about me, like, “I’m glad there’s an actual woman of color representing queerness and pansexuality, someone who is like me in the spotlight”,’ she told Out in 2014.
In 2014, the rapper was also in a high profile relationship with US model Ireland Baldwin, the daughter of Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger.
At the time Roes said the media treated their relationship as a ‘friendship’, rather than taking it seriously.
‘There are still certain limitations for women. If we were two guys, it’d be insane, negatively insane with the attention. With us it’s all being very positive, the media are like, “Oh they’re so cute, they’re best friends”,’ Roes said.
‘An interracial gay couple, I mean that’s just weird for America right now. We fuck and friends don’t fuck. I have never fucked one of my friends. Once I see you in that way, it doesn’t happen.’