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D'Angelo

D'Angelo was one of the founders and leading lights of the neo-soul movement of the mid- to late '90s, which aimed to bring the organic flavor of classic R&B back to the hip-hop age. Modeling himself on the likes of Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Prince, Curtis Mayfield, and Al Green, D'Angelo's influences didn't just come across in his vocal style -- like most of those artists, he wrote his own material, and frequently produced it as well, helping to revive the concept of the R&B auteur. His debut album, Brown Sugar, gradually earned him an audience so devoted that the follow-up, Voodoo, debuted at number one despite a five-year wait in between. The wait for his third album -- at one point tentatively titled James River -- was much longer.

Michael D'Angelo Archer was born February 11, 1974, in Richmond, Virginia, the son of a Pentecostal minister. He began teaching himself piano as a very young child, and at age 18 he won the amateur talent competition at Harlem's Apollo Theater three weeks in a row. He was briefly a member of a hip-hop group called I.D.U. and signed a publishing deal with EMI in 1991. His first major success came in 1994 as the co-writer and co-producer of the Top Five R&B single "U Will Know" on the Jason's Lyric soundtrack; it featured a one-time all-star R&B aggregate dubbed Black Men United. That helped lead to his debut solo album, Brown Sugar, released in July 1995. Helped by the title track, also a Top Five R&B single, a cover of Smokey Robinson and Marv Tarplin's "Cruisin'" (number ten R&B), and "Lady" (number two R&B), Brown Sugar caught on with R&B fans looking for an alternative to the hip-hop soul dominating the urban contemporary landscape. Along with artists like Erykah Badu, Lauryn Hill, Maxwell, and collaborator Angie Stone, D'Angelo became part of a retro-leaning, neo-soul revivalist movement. Brown Sugar received enormously complimentary reviews and sold over two million copies, and D'Angelo supported it with extensive touring over the next two years.

And then -- not much of anything happened. D'Angelo took some time off to rest and split acrimoniously with his management; meanwhile, EMI went under, leaving his 1998 stopgap release Live at the Jazz Cafe, London out of print. On occasion, D'Angelo contributed a cover tune to a movie soundtrack, including Eddie Kendricks' "Girl You Need a Change of Mind" (Get on the Bus), the Ohio Players' "Heaven Must Be Like This" (Down in the Delta), and Prince's "She's Always in My Hair" (Scream 2). He also duetted with Lauryn Hill on "Nothing Even Matters," a cut from her Grammy-winning blockbuster The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. Still, fans awaiting a proper follow-up to Brown Sugar remained frustrated -- at first by no news at all, and then by frequent delays in the recording process and the scheduled release date. Finally, Voodoo with was released in January 2000 and debuted at number one, an indication of the size and devotion of D'Angelo's fan base. An extremely collaborative album, it was recorded at the same time as Erykah Badu's Mama's Gun and Common's Like Water for Chocolate and involved much of the same personnel, some of whom -- including D'Angelo, Badu, Common, ?uestlove, J Dilla, Q-Tip, and James Poyser --were dubbed the Soulquarians. The extremely Prince-like lead single, "Untitled (How Does It Feel)," was a smash on the R&B charts and won a Grammy for Best Male R&B Vocal; likewise, Voodoo won for Best R&B Album. Reviews of Voodoo were once again highly positive, although a few critics objected to the looser, more atmospheric, more jam-oriented feel of the record, preferring the tighter songcraft of Brown Sugar.

Throughout the remainder of the 2000s, D'Angelo made only a handful of recorded guest appearances. Most notably, he took part in a version of Fela Kuti's "Water No Get Enemy," recorded for the Red Hot + Riot compilation. Raphael Saadiq's "Be Here" and Snoop Dogg's "Imagine" were events by virtue of the artist's mere presence, while two versions of the Dilla production "So Far to Go" -- first heard on Dilla's posthumous The Shining, then reworked for Common's Finding Forever -- also reunited him with past Soulquarian partners. D'Angelo's sporadic creative activity, combined with publicized personal troubles, bordered on tragic. His third album, said to be titled James River, was originally due in 2009 but did not materialize. In January 2013, Billboard asked collaborator ?uestlove about the status of D'Angelo's long-awaited third studio album. He told the publication that "99% of it is done." Around this time, D'Angelo was performing more often, including European club dates and scattered festival appearances. In March 2014, Live at the Jazz Cafe, London, expanded and reissued through Virgin, served as stopgap product once more. ~ Steve Huey & Andy Kellman, Rovi
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He was an underrated artist that never really got what he deserves real music has taken a backseat to this BS we have now!!!!!! Real music stand up!!!!!!
My baby daddy song may he r.i.p
Man this guy will always be my top 5
notyme111
Nioooooce
like no other!!!!! love it!
Official��
fahmad538
Still Love D'anjelo
He set a standard that even himself could not live up to(if that makes sense)- Still havent heard an artist like him(I was gonna say in his category) but he's one of the few that transends all that!-Kinda like Terrance Trenton D'arby( Dont have time to think of his new name) Brilliant!
I think this is one of the all time greats, and it will be around forever
I love this song I made love to my hubby it was great lol
caadkinson
IT'S ASHAME HIS CAREER DID NOT TAKE OFF THE WAY IT SHOULD HAVE....SOOO O MUCH TALENT! I MISS D'ANGELO'S MUSIC. HE NEEDS A NEW ALBUM IN 2014
THIS GUY RIGHT HERE!!! True artist fa sho!
Lady... was the perfect Jam... upon dating my husband! He would see it to me or have it playing in the car!!!
bhalcombb
Yeah this old 9th infantry vn vet digs it , whatever that means. Guess I try to stay in the game.
Please come back!!! Real music lovers love your style.
This Women's Work (Live) Damnnn Baby ! ^_^
D Angelo was very spectacular when he was on top
Aiedn
Aiden
Actually you rock
N**ga
How does it feel love this song
I
Love

This
Muuiksk
lady_tech0
I wonder why they dont mention the fact that him and Angie Stone had a huge break up after their son was born so he left music and vowed to never return. After their baby was like 10 he decided to try it again but wasnt greeted the same...meanw h i l e Angie Stone has did that much either..but he is a great active dad...
Luv his music
My old school jam I love*
I like this song
This s**t is hit on the gas
dorlenepierc e
This is great guy who sings great music for the ladies
caddison8776
Sooooo talented!
Listen to D'Angelo sing on Roy Hargrove & RH Factor's song I'll Stay.......m y boy put it down!!!!!
Love his voice ! What a great artist!
Sooooo ready for a new album from him. Way over due.
Michael is one of my favorite artist brown sugar,how does it feel,lady the list could go on and on
ssbbc32
It feels lovely.<3
Oh yea I really like this,the memories
Oh yea I really like this,the memories
Oh yea I really like this,the memories
Oh yess
Lol veronicah
It's been 7 minutes... Will you please tell him how it feels?
watuwazuri1
I love this man! Can't wait for another D'Angelo.... hurry up and do the dawg gone thang!!!!!! lol
CHILL Song!! HE is a TALENT
This is a great song to chill to. Love it!!!!
rray243
Love this song!
Nobody wants to hear about any negativity about an artist.... Lets talk about how talented they are... This dude right here can sang! Very talented and physically fit ;)
Was great to he got on drugs
R Kelly's rival lol.
geenote126
One smooooove brutha {;o)
nothing but love for you baby
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