D’Angelo is making a comeback and he’s surprised us with the release of his first album in nearly 15 years, Black Messiah. The follow-up to 2000′s Voodoo hit iTunes on Sunday night, marking the long-awaited return of R&B’s prodigal son.
Author Nelson George made the official announcement hours earlier at a listening party at the Dream Hotel in New York City, hosted by Red Bull Music Academy and Afropunk. “It’s been a really, pretty closely guarded secret as these things go,” he said.
According to Rap-Up.com
D’Angelo addressed the controversial album title. “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 decided to make change happen,” he said in a statement. “Not every song on this album is politically charged (though many are), but calling this album Black Messiah creates a landscape where those songs can live to the fullest.”
Upon its release, the album became a trending topic as fans welcomed D’Angelo back. “It’s a passion project, and it’s everything,” said The Roots’ Questlove, who played on the album. “I really don’t want to give a hyperbolic, grandiose statement, but it’s everything.”
Stream Black Messiah below via Spotify and click here to purchase it on iTunes.