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D'Angelo

D'Angelo was one of the founding fathers 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.

Michael D'Angelo Archer was born February 11, 1974, in Richmond, VA, 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 a writer/producer, helming the 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, 1995's Brown Sugar. Helped by the title track and "Lady," Brown Sugar slowly 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, and Maxwell, 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 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 Really 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, the special-guest-laden Voodoo was released in early 2000 and debuted at number one, an indication of just how large -- and devoted -- D'Angelo's fan base was. 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. ~ Steve Huey, Rovi
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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
I love him too
I LOVE me some d'angelo.
Say NO to Alcohol and HELL NO to Drugs kiddies!! Value yourself so that you can implement the talents that you were blessed with!!
All Daaayyy
how does it feeeelllllll l l l ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! amazing!!!!
Just saw Jay-Z's documentary Made In America..it was nice to see D'Angelo perform and talk about what he's been up to.
D'ANGELO IS A GREAT ARTIST, DRUGS OR NOT, AT SOME POINT IN LIFE WE ALL HAVE TO HAVE A TRIAL OR A TRIBULATION, AND WE DO SURVIVE LIFE WITH PRAYER AND JESUS. HE HAS A HEAVENLY VOICE, AND BEAUTIFUL HARMONY. COME BACK TO US D'ANGELO GREAT AS EVER AND HARMONIC AS EVER.
In the pic, D'Angelo is looking like, What up doe?
Missing him
Only he could make a song abt killing someone sound like a sexy love song!
good track to roll up to
My fave song on the album. He.s simply amazing.
THIS IS MY JAM LADY LOVE ME SOME D'ANGELO. REAL GROWN AND SEXY MUSIC... YES!!!
Saw him at Constitution Hall in Washington, DC. I didn't want to go but my best friend begged me (she loves him). D'Angelo TURNED IT OUT!!! One of the best shows I've ever seen. His showmanship and music is right up there with Prince, Earth, Wind, and Fire, etc.
smooth and sexy
SHOT OUT TO MY LADY ... LOVE 2 MY LOVE
Alright... is a very nice Groove song to listen to with a glass of Remy or Crown but a home b/c at the club they'll make you TURN UP!!!!
jrrdthms05
D'Angelo has released another album entitled "Live in Oslo"
Feel good song
<3
D Angelo has always been an artist will always be an artist he needs to the deep dig deep within his so come back to us and give us that raw long d Angelo we now
The brutha is nothing to play with musically. God given talent.
@ewm4760 .... drugs or not .... he left us a gift .... respect
is he on drugs now?
Only 2 two albums and he still knocks anyone else out there; out of the ball park stadium. Period.
Cruisin', although its a remake I like it better (sorry Smokey) I can't until his new album is released , somebody take it from him lol!
marvin.orieh
this song right here....fire
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