Brooklyn, New York rapper/singer/songwriter Haasha presents his new single “Beautiful”. The track is produced by Queens producer Enygma The Renegade, also currently working with Nick Freno, Leakz Lenin, Don Pay Yola Baby, Luke Greenz, VSTheReal, Ari Nova, Wise Angel, Ziplock Guap, Tony Hallows, KG4DD, Konflict and MD Holla. “It took me a few hours to write the record, but it took over 3 years to get the record to sound exactly how I heard it in my mind,” Haasha says. “It took blood, sweat, and tears & a lot of soul-searching. Writing the song was probably the easiest part. I don’t know about anybody else, but it’s always been easy for me to write from a place of pain.
The song is inspired by a woman from my past. Until this very day, I still believe she’s the most beautiful women I’ve ever met. It bothered me so much to see her look for acceptance outside of herself and not know her true worth. The longer I sat with ARA & Enygma to complete the record, the more I realized that this song was just as much about me as it was about her. Everything I hated about her was only a mirror of my own lack of self-love and insecurities. I realize more than ever that without knowing your true value It’s impossible to pursue a dream. This song is not just for women. This song is for the world. I just want to tell as many people as I can that they’re beautiful.”
Did you make a conscious decision to approach the topic of love differently on “Beautiful”?
I would have to say no. Creating this song was strictly a release for me. I didn’t consider myself a strong songwriter at the time. All I knew was that I had a lot of pain and anger built up inside of me. I was always good at expressing myself and I needed to get some things off of my chest. That’s why the verses were recorded so aggressively in comparison to the chorus. I wanted to approach the song like I was speaking to someone face to face.
What’s your favorite non-rap album of all time and why?
My favorite non-rap album of all time would have to be “Voodoo” by D’Angelo. I still listen to that record from front to back til this day. The way he stacks his harmonies and the way the music makes you feel is just magical.
Describe Brooklyn to someone who’s never been there.
Brooklyn is a jungle. It’s very competitive. Everybody wants to be the best. I’m definitely not the type of person to glorify where I come from or the things I’ve experienced growing up in Brooklyn, but I am grateful for the strength it allowed me develop. You have to play to win in Brooklyn or you won’t survive.
Has the woman who inspired “Beautiful” heard the song? How does she feel about it?
I hope she heard it, but I honestly don’t know if she did or not because we aren’t on speaking terms. It’s all love, but I’ve learned that sometimes people are only meant to be in your life for a season. What’s important is learning from every relationship you have in life. Even the temporary ones. I’m definitely grateful for what we shared. She taught me a lot.
What do you think it will take for you to blow in the industry?
I don’t really give that too much thought. I never cared about being rich & famous. I’m more so concerned with fulfilling my destiny which is helping as many people as I can to see themselves for how beautiful they truly are. For me, it’s all about leaving the world a little better than I found it. If fame & fortune come along with that, then great, but if it doesn’t, I’m totally fine with that because it was never the goal in the first place.