D’Angelo’s Black Messiah was a powerful album that marked his return to music after the widely successful Voodoo in 2000. Rolling Stone had an opportunity to speak with D’Angelo, and they dissected the album’s lyrics and production, his friendship with Questlove, R&B in the hip hop context, Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly and more.
It’s a fascinating read (which you should check out in full here), but the biggest takeaway is that we learn that D’Angelo is already working on a proper follow-up to Black Messiah. He believed that Black Messiah was a bit rushed, so he’s heading into the studio to work on a follow-up and tinkering with tracks that were left over from the last sessions.
“It was time,” he says of why he decided to put it out last year. “Everyone was in the streets, so we sat down with the team and did some soul-searching and decided to put it out. But if it were left entirely up to me, it wouldn't have come out. I had to get out of my head. Because there were so many songs that I wanted people to hear.”
He continued, “What I'm working on now is like a companion piece. I hope people receive it that way. It's part of the same vision.”
D’Angelo also praised Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly. "He's jacked into the roots, he respects the lineage. The timing of both was kind of uncanny — it was almost a sign: Motherf***ers are making some s**t that's relevant to the times.”
Read the full interview here.
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