What Ever Happened to D’Angelo?

9 Feb

D'Angelo

Real name, Michael Eugene Archer. But far as we’re concerned, his name is D’Angelo. One of the rare artists who can write, sing, and perform his own music (on many instruments). A true gift to music fans everywhere. He has one of those voices that you can’t easily forget about. Although many will compare him to Prince (and rightfully so), his style of music is utterly different from many of his predecessors.

D’Angelo is a product of Virginia, a state who also claims major artists such as Timbaland, Missy, the Neptunes, the Clipse, and my beloved Amerie (along with a host of other artists).  D’Angelo is formerly categorized as an R&B or Neo Soul artist. It’s hard to believe this his first album Brown Sugar dropped waaaay back in 1995. That classic album is full of hits like,  “Brown Sugar”. “Lady”, and “Me and Those Dreamy Eyes of Mine”.  Although the album never had #1 status, it ended up selling more than 2 Million copies.

Fast forward 5 years to the year 2000 when D’Angelo released his second album Voodoo. This album did end up going #1 in the US and sold 1 Million copies. More importantly, I believe this album captures a man at the peak of his musical creativity. Although album sales can largely be attributed to a very risky video (as seen below), people who listened to each song were treated to an explosion of sound, soul, and passion. Voodoo is one of my favorite albums of all time. That’s why it was saddening to learn of D’Angelo’s alcohol and/or drug abuse issues following the release of this classic album.

D’Angelo has appeared on several songs since releasing Voodoo back in 2000 but has not released another album. Rumor has it that there is another album in the works but many are unsure if it will ever be released. Nonetheless, the music that has come out over the years is as potent today as it ever was. We miss D’Angelo.

– Ray

“Untitled”

“Greatdayandmornin”

“Africa (Acoustic Version)”

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One Response to “What Ever Happened to D’Angelo?”

  1. Jay June 16, 2011 at 1:52 pm #

    D’Angelo D’Angelo for me it’s his voice before the lyric’s there after the element’s of creativity & importance being put to his music.No1 can or ever will do like you just like Prince there can never another Prince or D’Angelo…Feed our soul’s with you’r food we need it

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