Can you even believe it’s been 15 years since Voodoo? At the same time, it’s been so long since we had new music from D’Angelo it was starting to feel he’d been a myth to begin with.
Then he goes and pulls a Beyonce and surprises the world with one of the biggest albums of the year, with weeks to spare. If you haven’t listened to Black Messiah yet, stop whatever it is you may be doing and either go buy it or start streaming it immediately. It is PHENOMENAL. I say the 15 years we just waited was well worth it. Adding awesomeness to this wonderous piece of art, Q-Tip and ?uestlove contributed to it, as well!
And if you’re gonna get caught up with D’Angelo’s naming of the album, and worry he’s gone the Kanye route, take a look at what’s written in its liner notes:
Words like these instill my faith in music a million times over. 2014 most certainly was a difficult year to watch unfold, but musicians such as D’Angelo, and so many others, have stood up and used their spot in the spotlight to do good for the people, inspiring peace and change and unity. It’s a goddam beautiful thing.
Speaking of beautiful, let’s get off this solemn moment for a second and pause to honor who and what D’Angelo was 15 years ago. Then go get his new album. Truly, it’ll blow your mind even so much more than everything about this video does: