D'Angelo: Road to the BET Awards 2012

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December 1, 2012: The Offering

In December, Questlove, drummer and public voice of the legendary Roots Crew, told Pitchfork.com that D’Angelo’s latest offering was ready. The album, titled James River, was said to be “pretty much 97 percent done,” according to Quest.  “He's just finishing his lyrics now. He needs somebody to smack him and take the record away from him because it's pretty much finished.... For all intents and purposes, this album is the black version of [The Beach Boys'] Smile — at best, it will go down in the Smile/There's a Riot Goin' On/Miles Davis' On the Corner category. That's what I'm hoping for.” That’s a pretty big hope. (Photo: Courtesy MTV)

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