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Same Love

by Angel Haze, from 30 Gold; streaming here

When the captivating young American rapper was barely a teenager, her mother suspected she wasn't strictly heterosexual.

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"She sat me on the couch, looked me straight in my face," Haze raps over the beats and gospel piano riff of Macklemore and Ryan Lewis's Same Love, "and said you'll burn in hell or probably die of AIDS. It's funny now, but at 13 it was pain."

Of late, Haze has been releasing a series of intriguing freestyles for a project (30 Gold) that includes an acoustic cover of Miley Cyrus's Wrecking Ball.

Her crushingly affecting revelation on Same Love packs a punch as heavy as any demolishing device, delivered over the hummable chord progression of Curtis Mayfield's iconic song of hope. Haze's debut album is due out early next year. People get ready – for her.

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Brad Wheeler is an arts reporter with The Globe and Mail. More

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