D'Angelo's 'Black Messiah' well worth the long, long wait

December 24, 2014 1:11 PM

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The 14-year wait for D'Angelo's album Black Messiah (RCA) ended the night of Dec. 14 with a Beyonce-esque surprise release. In light of this album's political vibe, it seems that Roots drummer Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson was prescient earlier this month when he called "for musicians and artists alike to push themselves to be a voice of the times that we live in."

On Dec. 4, after a Staten Island grand jury decided not to indict the police officer whose chokehold led to Eric Garner's death, Questlove posted a photo on Instagram of the logo of the militant rap group Public Enemy: a silhouette of a black man targeted in a rifle's crosshairs.

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