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D'Angelo surprise releases new album Black Messiah

14 December 2014, 22:50 | Written by Laurence Day

D'Angelo is streaming his first record since 2000's Voodoo in full via Spotify. It's called Black Messiah,

The record, released under D'Angelo and The Vanguard, was announced Friday, and aired in a super-exclusive listening party over the weekend. Apparently not content with that, the R&B mastermind has now surprise-released it in a tactical move of Beyoncian proportions.

Questlove, Q-Tip, bassist Pino Palladino, drummer James Gadson and Parliament Funkadelic collaborator Kendra Foster all feature/helped co-write the record. Introduced at his listening party as the most "political" record he's ever written, D'Angelo makes direct links to the current protests around the world: "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," he wrote in a brochure/the record's liner notes.

Questlove also spoke at the event, saying: "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."

Black Messiah is out now via RCA.

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