SoundTable Discussion: SoulBounce Celebrates The Glory Of D’Angelo’s ‘Black Messiah’

“1000 Deaths”

Butta: This speech excerpt sets this joint off.

D-Money: #NoCrackerChrist though. *sips tea*

Butta: I may actually like it more than the song, which itself is a bit cacophonous.

D-Money: I kinda dig the cacophony. It’s giving me slight Sly Stone vibes. I’m also glad that this one differs ever so slightly from when it leaked way back in 2011. He did that a lot on this album, and I’m here for it.

Butta: It is very Sly Stone meets Prince in a basement and I do appreciate the new mix, but it doesn’t curl all the way over for me. I couldn’t make out a word that D’Angelo was singing. You need to read the lyrics to follow along and make sense of it -- and even then that’s not promised.

D-Money: Yeah, there are more than a few parts on this one where I asked myself what the hell he was saying. But by the time it gets to the drunken chorus, I found myself not caring so much because it just sounds damn good, especially with that super sticky guitar line.

Butta: This song is unlike anything else on the album or that we’ve ever heard from D’Angelo, so I do appreciate him switching it up, but it’s something that I’ll likely fast forward through.

D-Money: Fair enough. After catching his AFROPUNK show, I actually worried that the entirety of the album would sound like this, so I can see it not being everyone’s cup of Lipton.

Butta: Yeah, there are so many other way better to straight up bomb songs on this album. I can do without this one.

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