D'Angelo Makes his Long Awaited Return
It may seem like a long time since R&B icon (and sex GOD) D’Angelo has released new material, which is because it has in fact been a crazy amount of time since his last album. The game changing record Voodoo was released in 2000, making it a full decade and a half without as much as a note of new music. To the chagrin of us all, D’Angelo has released his long awaited follow up with the imperious sounding title Black Messiah.
Clocking in at an even 12 tracks, the album is everything that D’Angelo’s fans have been waiting for and more, there’s a track called Sugah Daddy for goodness sakes. Not wanting to keep fans waiting any longer than they already have been, the album was released on iTunes and streaming services just days after its surprise announcement. It features lyrical contributions from A Tribe Called Quest frontman Q-Tip as well as a guest spot on drums courtesy of Questlove.
Despite the apparent religiously charged album title, D’Angelo has stated that it does not carry a Christian connotation. The singer held an elite, private listening session in New York over the weekend where he handed out a pamphlet providing a little more insight on the thematic content of the record. “The title is about all of us. It’s about the world. It’s about an idea we can all aspire to. We should all aspire to be a Black Messiah.” In his absence it seems that D’Angelo has taken on some weightier concepts than he’s previously attempted, and though we are indeed excited about the sonic and political trajectory of this new work, we’re just so damn happy that he’s back. Our sexy-time playlists have been in desperate need of new material.