D'Angelo is Working on ‘Black Messiah’ “Companion Piece”

Plus, D on Kendrick: “Motherfuckers are making some shit that's relevant to the times.”
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There’s a great interview with D'Angelo from Brian Hiatt over at Rolling Stone right now. It’s one of his first interviews since surprise-releasing Black Messiah—his first album in 14 years—back in mid-December.

I recommend the whole interview—it’s a good read—but let’s just highlight this bit: 

But if it were left entirely up to me, [Black Messiah] 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. [...] 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.

I just hope it doesn’t take a decade and a half to come out. 

There was also this exchange:

What do you make of current hip-hop?

No comment [laughs]. I like Kendrick Lamar. I like that album.

There's a striking commonality between Black Messiah and How to Pimp a Butterfly.

Mm, that's dope. He's jacked into the roots, he respects the lineage. The timing of both was kind of uncanny — it was almost a sign: Motherfuckers are making some shit that's relevant to the times.

Check out “Sugah Daddy” below and D’s current tour dates below:

D'Angelo and the Vanguard Tour Dates:

06-16 Dallas, TX - The Bomb Factory
06-17 Houston, TX - The Warehouse
06-20 Norfolk, VA -Norva
06-21 Forest Hills, NY - Forest Hills Stadium
06-23 Philadelphia, PA - The Keswick
06-25 Washington, DC - The Fillmore
06-27 Royal Oak, MI - Royal Oak Music Theatre
06-28 Sayreville, NJ - Starland Ballroom
07-03 Gdynia, Poland - Open’er Festival
07-06 Rome, Italy - Parco della Musica
07-07 Milan, Italy - Estathe Market Sound
07-08 Montreux, Switzerland - Montreux Jazz Festival - Stravinsky Hall
07-10 Rotterdam, Netherlands - North Sea Jazz Festival
07-12 Liege, Belgium - Les Ardentes
07-13 London, England - Roundhouse
07-15 Grimstad, Norway - Skral Festival
07-16 Oslo, Norway - Fjord Festival
07-17 Molde, Norway - Molde International Jazz Festival
08-07 San Francisco, CA - Golden Gate Park Outside Lands
09-04-06 Chicago, IL - North Coast Music Festival