There’s a lot about the soul singer many folks don’t know.
He gave a lecture at Brooklyn Museum hosted by Red Bull Academy and moderated by filmmaker and journalist Nelson George.
D’Angelo talked about his new sound and misinterpretation of his former sound.
“I never claimed neo-soul,” he said. “When I first came out, I would say, ‘I make Black music.'” He also shared what he considers to be the future of his music, saying, “It’s expanding. There’s less segregation of genre. If it’s good, it’s good.”
He’ll always love being a soul artist, but right now he’s exploring elsewhere.
“During the recording of Voodoo, the singer said that Jimi Hendrix was “a big influence and spirit in the place. Rock is a natural progression for me.” For his fans that expect only soul singing he says, “I love if it is confusing at first; that’s a good thing for me.”
His new song, “Devil’s Pie,” might also be a misinterpretation.
“The spirit of the vocals is more like a chain gang or a field of slaves picking whatever massa was telling us to pick in the hot sun,” he said.
Discover more secrets about D’Angelo over at Essence.com.