Nearly six months since premiering “Resurrection,” Angel Haze gets spiritual in the song’s music video.
Whether swimming in a pool of rose petals or surrounded by paintings of herself on crosses, Angel raps with aggression about her competition.
“Fuck what you heard and shit,” she rhymes. “I’m from 7 Mile, I make urban shit / My homies all fuck suburban chicks / But I keep it player with my urban bitch.”
The Frida Kahlo, Jean Michel Basquiat, and Salvador Dali-inspired clip marries artistic depictions of the cross with performance footage, making for a symbolic visual. This was all purposeful for Angel, who hasn’t released a video since 2014’s Sia-assisted “Battle Cry.”
“I needed [the video] to tell a story for me,” she told Billboard. “I needed to make clear what hasn’t been clear in the past few years. I sat with my creative director, Nick Francis — he’s amazing. We talked about all these ways that we could incorporate who I actually am into my visuals. Well, I paint. I do photography. I do all sorts of artistic shit. So we painted all the murals for the video.”
Although she isn’t religious, she also explained the cross and song title significance on Twitter. “We are all made and shaped in the image of god, it would be foolish for me not to relate to that in my art,” she tweeted.
Directed by Skylar Dahan with creative direction by Nick Francis, the video for “Resurrection” follows “Control”, but it won’t be on her forthcoming album. Set to feature “so much singing,” a sample of John Mayers’ “Daughters,” and a possible collaboration with Anderson .Paak, the Dirty Gold follow-up is expected to arrive in early summer. It may even land on her birthday, July 10.