As a seasoned Hip Hop artist, Haze has proved to be a conscious and creative emcee that provokes emotion and thought through his music. His latest project takes it to a different dimension and not only elevates his artistry but also commands respect as he prepares to release his first short film alongside an album of the same name, ‘Thinking Out Loud’.
The first introduction to the project comes in the form of ‘You Don’t Know Me’. The track produced by Edixion Beats gives listeners an indication to the themes that permeate the album, with that uncompromising depth that Haze fans will be already accustomed to.
….and so the story begins. Based in London on a true story, the project represents the conflict of an artist torn between two worlds. The streets and his passion; aspiring to be a successful artist but having to do whatever it takes to support his dream & his family, which ultimately leads him to making the ultimatum decision.
Reflecting on the career of Haze, which dates back to his first official release of ‘Once Upon A Time In London’ along with a visual for ‘Bad Boys’ featuring SAS, he has always had a strong impact on the UK Hip Hop culture. His courageous and boundary-pushing streak has been apparent from early, teaming up on ‘Breath Of Fresh Air’ with Harlem legend Max B and achieving support in New York as well as landing itself on Max’s B mixtapes. At a time when the distance between the UK & U.S was much greater than in recent years, Haze was also teaming up with Harry Fraud on various tracks, yet he never lost the loyalty for his home town as noted with the memorable and widely respected mixtape ‘Loyalty.Honor.Respect’ which featured various artists from G Frsh, Sway, Logic, Lowkey to DVS, Akala, J Spades and Ghetts.
Ever the revolutionary within music, Haze presents an aesthetic way of bringing visuals and music together with 21 tracks creating the backbone to this fascinating body of work. Features from Akala, J Spades, Maverick Sabre and Black the Ripper shimmer on the track listing like hidden jewels waiting to be discovered but with the project firmly under wraps until release day, we’re left in anticipation of exactly what’s to come until the 16th of May.