After a five-year hiatus fans patiently waited for D’Angelo to follow up to his Brown Sugar, with his sophomore set, Voodoo. Then after 15 years he debuted his third studio album “Black Messiah.” “Black Messiah” resulted into a gem that topped a lot of 2014 end of the year lists.
The soulful yet sensual yet poet gospel like feel of the album produced instantly classic hits.
Black Messiah was originally planned to be an extended piece but in the wake of the Ferguson case and the country’s racial issues D’Angelo decided to take a stand and say something through his music.
He will complete the album with a “companion piece.”
Ferguson aside, how did you know the album was done?
It was time. 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.
Were you originally thinking of, like, a 36-song triple-LP thing?
It wasn’t that long! [Laughs] But it was longer than what Black Messiah ended up being. 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.