Published Jun 15, 2015R&B singer D'Angelo made a surprise return when he dropped Black Messiah late last year — a release that was pushed forward in response to political protests in the United States. Now, he's revealed plans to release a follow-up record that will serve as a companion piece to Black Messiah.
In an interview with Rolling Stone, D'Angelo explained that he had originally intended for the album to be much longer, but after the turmoil in Ferguson, "I was like, 'Man, I gotta fucking contribute. I gotta participate," he told the magazine. "And I'm done trying to be a perfectionist about it."
He went on to say that he's currently in the studio working with leftover tracks from the Black Messiah sessions.
"What I'm working on now is like a companion piece," he said. "I hope people receive it that way. It's part of the same vision."
As for his long-term plans, he said, "I want to do what Yahweh is leading me to do. Do I know fully what that is? No, I don't. I'm trying to keep myself open, my heart open, to receive and to know what that is. But I do want to put a lot of music out there. I feel like, in a lot of respects, that I'm just getting started."
Read the full interview here, and listen to Black Messiah in the player below.