It’s a good sign that D’Angelo does not see himself as the black Messiah. But to quote Jay Z, this is black superhero music. And in a multitude of ways. From having the album channel the pantheon of black artists before him to the black fists in the cover artwork to the album title to the political nature of some of the songs, to simply new D’Angelo, it’s what people need right now. Even if D’Angelo’s not a hero, the act of releasing Black Messiah when he did feels heroic. Because it’s giving his culture a sorely needed boost.

It’s rare that the public needs a record more than the artist does. One may think D’Angelo’s legacy was in dire need of a jolt, but no more so than the rest of us. It’s almost as if D’Angelo looked around at society and felt like it was time.

–Rembert Browne, “They Shall Be Released: D’Angelo’s ‘Black Messiah,’ ‘Selma,’ and ‘Exodus: Gods and Kings’”

(via the dopest ethiopienne)

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