This is a powerfully private man who is incredibly illusive. But if you know me, you know I’ve been all over anything D’Angelo related for his entire musical career, regardless. Even with the 11 year absence and general malarkey, I stayed dedicated. I’d rather wait a thousand years for a theoretical D’Angelo album than to listen to whatever is deemed as “Soul Music” nowadays. Now I know most people believe the release date for his new album to be Neveruary 32, 3011… but there are signs that point to getting an album sooner than that. Like… really really really soon. Let me show you via a plethora of links and my own personal work/connections.
So a few years ago, the rabble rousing started when D’ randomly showed up singing on Snoop Dogg’s “Tha Blue Carpet Treatment” on his track “Imagine.” It was sudden and no one even knew it was coming… which is always the best kind of surprise. A few months after that happened, new material was leaked across the internets… a track called “1000 Deaths.” While it wasnt anything mind-blowing… it was still enough reason for us music nerds to geek out as a whole. And even though we were geeked to spread it, we all fell back after a certain someone came through and reminded us to STFU… as D’ is FIERCELY private with his music, and we probably shouldnt have even heard the song in the first place. Nevertheless… the music was out there. And people started getting excited.
From there, the internet started speaking about Raphael Saddiq reconnecting with D’ on a musical level. Talk of collaborations with Q-Tip began, and a mixtape of sorts was released. While nothing really manifested from this, talk began of D’ holding himself up in Saadiq’s studio and bringing in some great musicians to start working with him. From there, we all kind of left it alone in hopes of not jinxing any type of progress. But just recently, Russ Elevado spoke on the D’Angelo Project, posting the information directly to his personal website. Quote Mr. Elevado:
Happy 2011 and D’Angelo continues…
Best of luck and happiness for the new decade every one!!! Pino Palladino and James Gadson have joined D’Angelo and I in New York City to finish cutting tracks for the upcoming album (yes, “THE” upcoming album!). We are officially making our way to finishing this record! I don’t need to tell everyone that this will be an amazing album. D’Angelo fans will be extremely happy to know, the wait will be over soon and it will surely be a future classic…
Once that was posted, the nerds went to work on having this confirmed… and of course… it turns out that everything IS looking real. (#thatsite)
But fu*k all of that. The final word for me? Ben Kane… A great, trustworthy, long time friend and I have been in contact for a while regarding our love for music… and the work that he is currently putting in as D’Angelo’s studio engineer. For us, it started about a year ago when Ben and D’Angelo were looking for footage of his old concerts for use as reference. Of course, I popped up with DVD footage of D’ live in Brazil. From there, Ben was sweet enough to contact me himself, quickly explained and proved who he was, and asked for a copy of said DVD on behalf of D’Angelo. With the proof and credentials he showed (he also did Al Green’s “Lay It Down,” dude is OFFICIAL), I wasted no time making a duplicate and sending it off to them. From there, we touched base occasionally on what was going on, and what he could share with me.
Fast-foward to a few days ago when I contacted Ben on behalf of LaToiya Williams to see if he was interested in engineering and mastering her new music (we’ve both been plotting that one out for a while). Now of course he can’t speak on exactly whats going on, and I wouldn’t ask him to. But he did tell me outright that he would LOVE to hop on LaToiya’s album…. however, he is currently preoccupied with mastering and completing D’Angelo’s album. And I believe him fully. And I definitely dont want to interrupt. However, we have agreed that once he is done with his work, that he will sit down with me and give me the full 411 as to what hes been up to, his future projects, and speak on what he can regarding the D’Angelo album. And I. CANT. WAIT.
Now you don’t have to believe me, and I can understand why you wouldn’t… its been 11 years. But there’s a LOT of evidence here that points to New Album coming fairly soon. And clearly, I can’t wait.
If I hear more… I will most definitely keep you updated.
And keep your fingers crossed on that Ben Kane interview. It will have some goodies, for SURE.
For those who have been asking for the update…. here it is. Click and enjoy.
…..And then the Billboard Confirmation came in. Hrrrrrm.
Ill keep updating as needed.