There’s patience, and then there’s real patience. It has been the latter for D’Angelo fans. That wait is over as the R&B singer is set to release his new album, Black Messiah. No offense D’Angelo, but the name makes me think of Kanye and I’m not sure that’s a good thing.
So, what’s the message behind the name? He explained at a New York listening party promoting the new album.
“’Black Messiah’ is a hell of a name for an album. It can easily be misunderstood. Many will think it’s about religion. Some will jump to the conclusion that I’m calling myself a Black Messiah. For me, the title is about all of us. It’s about the world. It’s about an idea we can all aspire to. We should all aspire to be a Black Messiah.”
“It’s about people rising up in Ferguson and in Egypt and in Occupy Wall Street and in every place where a community has had enough and decides to make change happen. It’s not about praising one charismatic leader but celebrating thousands of them. Not every song on this album is politically charged (though many are), but calling this album Black Messiah creates a landscape where these songs can live to the fullest. ‘Black Messiah’ is not one man. It’s a feeling that, collectively, we are all that leader.”
The news about the new album broke on Friday, promising a new album this week. Just in time for Christmas presents. Yeah, it’s perfect to remind your significant other or friend just how old they truly are. Thanks D’Angelo.
Just how far back do you have to go for D’Angelo music? 2000. Yeah, Y2K. Pre-smartphones. The Internet looked hideous. No Facebook. Damn, were we all quasi-Amish?
D’Angelo Sugah Daddy
You can’t release an album without a single. He has you covered there with ‘Sugah Daddy.’ And it’s awesome. It makes you look at current music and wonder if the end of days is near. It has everything from funk guitars, horns, piano and D’Angelo’s perfect R&B voice.
This is sure to make your Spotify playlist. Black Messiah is available now, and you can stream the entire album via the usual music suspects.
Listen to Sugah Daddy and let me know what you think.