D'Angelo Cuts Album for First Time in 14 Years

'Black Messiah' came out last night
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 15, 2014 10:15 AM CST
In this July 6, 2012 file photo, D'Angelo performs at the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans.   (Photo by Cheryl Gerber/Invision/AP, File)

(Newser) – R&B icon D'Angelo released a new album last night—notable because it's his first album in 14 years. Questlove, who's one of the many contributors featured on the album, played Black Messiah at a Manhattan hotel bar listening party, telling the audience, "It's a passion project, and it's everything. I don't really want to give a hyperbolic or grandiose statement, but it's everything. It's beautiful, it's ugly, it's truth, it's lies. It's everything." Rolling Stone says it's D'Angelo's most political album, and D'Angelo himself says, "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."

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