Exclusive: "He Was The Epitome Of Hip-Hop & R&B. It Was A Raw Feel"
Wednesday, Feb 22, 2012 3:00PM
With elusive soulful singer D'Angelo looking to make a strong music comeback this year, SOHH decided to hit up 112's Slim to get his take on the R&B veteran's highly-anticipated return.
Along with being excited for D'Angelo's return, Slim considered what type of approach the singer would take in his new music.
"Think about what he's brought to the game. I know young heads might not really know about that sound and that feel, but it was like a real, I don't even know how you can describe it. He was the epitome of hip-hop and R&B to me. It was a raw feel of actual soul, real hip-hop. They were mixed in together. That whole sound, I kind of miss it," Slim told SOHH. "It was like the Angie Stone-type feel. It's a breath of fresh air and for me, I'm definitely a fan of all types of music. I love it when somebody can bring it back and I'm just really, really interested in what type of spin he's going to put into it. Is he going to put in what's going on right now, making it more futuristic? Or maybe he could go back and make it raw like he used to be. Either way, I'm a big fan of D'Angelo and can't wait to see what he does next." (SOHH)
In late January, D'Angelo was spotted performing live overseas for the first time in over a decade.
Earlier today, D'Angelo performed live at Filadelfiakyrkan (Google translation: Pentecostal Church) in Stockholm. A fan filmed the eight-minute video above, capturing the tail end of "Devil's Pie" and a long, head-banging version of "Chicken Grease." The Stockholm show is the first of 11 D'Angelo will perform on his European D-Tour, which runs through February. The tour is his first since 2000's international Voodoo Tour. D'Angelo fans expect an album from the singer this year. Update: D'Angelo also debuted a new jam in Stockholm. (The FADER)
In December, The Roots' Questlove spoke on him heading overseas and being nearly finished with an upcoming solo album.
"He goes to Europe in January. The album is pretty much 97% done. He's just finishing his lyrics now. He needs somebody to smack him and take the record away from him because it's pretty much finished. But I know he must turn this record in like three days before Christmas and that his first show is in Europe, and that he's going to do a whole bunch. They even named it the Occupy Music Tour, so I know they're serious about it." (Pitchfork)
A couple years ago, R&B singer Lyfe Jennings gave SOHH his opinion on D'Angelo possibly making a music comeback.
"I think it's great, man," Jennings told SOHH about Lauryn Hill and D'Angelo making music comebacks. "And I really hope they get the opportunity to come back because music is so finicky right now and when you look at the hope scope of where music has gone, it's really gotten away from the real messages and people, and you know, enabling people and their growth. This music should be right now. So with [them] coming back, I'm glad, I'm really glad, actually." (SOHH)
Check out a recent D'Angelo performance below: