Freedom Song: A Conversation About the State of Black Liberation Music

In the lyric pamphlet to Black Messiah, D'Angelo's third album after 14 years away from the spotlight, the soul-savant explains his reasoning behind its title and sudden release: "Some will jump to the conclusion that I am calling myself a Black Messiah," he begins. "For me the title is about all of us...It's about… » 3/25/15 4:34pm 3/25/15 4:34pm

Welcome to Music Writing Metaphor Jail: Dave Longstreth on D'Angelo

As a synesthetic overwriter who smokes a healthy amount of weed, let me start by saying that I get it. Music writing—particularly the type provoked by genuine passion—begs the metaphor, and the metaphor—particularly the type that occurs to the music writer—tends to get well out of hand. » 2/04/15 4:50pm 2/04/15 4:50pm

Black Messiah, Top Five and the Power of Perfect Timing

D'Angelo has his own distorted concept of time. His new album, Black Messiah—one of the few ones worthy of the terms "long-awaited" and "anticipated"—is as much about a bubbling up as it is a pleasurable, well-timed release. The back of the album's packaging, which was handed to journalists in a listening session… » 12/17/14 12:00pm 12/17/14 12:00pm

D'Angelo Learns How It Feels to be Objectified, and It Doesn't Feel Good

If you haven't read Amy Wallace's fascinating, sad, exhaustive exploration of the rise and fall (and potential resurrection) of D'Angelo in GQ, you should. He comes across as a massively talented, vulnerable weirdo, and it's a great excuse to watch that "Untitled (How Does It Feel?)" video again, in case you are in… » 5/25/12 5:00pm 5/25/12 5:00pm