Issue: April 2000
Story Headline: Soul Man
Background: Sex sells. Ladies, just watch all four minutes and 20 seconds of D'Angelo's "Untitled (How Does It Feel)" video and try to resist the urge to buy whatever he's selling. Impossible. All eyes were on D'Angelo, literally. After releasing his sophomore LP (which took five years to make), D spoke with writer dream hampton about how his religious upbringing inspired his new sound.
Memorable Quote: "When D'Angelo's older brother Rodney was 9, he caught the Holy Ghost. Began speaking in ancient tongues. I was scared, D'Angelo admits now, because I could see how real it was. He was taken over. Completely... I saw this one lady, she used to catch demons. She used to always catch 'em and one night at this revival in the mountains, she caught a demon. She was going out of her way to disrupt. She ripped the Bible apart. She was being sexual. Stripping. Foaming at the mouth. She was speaking an evil tongue. I had never heard it before, but I knew it was evil. And this brother from the choir, he and the Evangelist tried to get it out of her--to exorcise her. And she was screaming, "No! no!" She crawled out of there on all fours. There was a graveyard out back, and she was jumping on the hoods of cars. And the whole church went out and made a circle around her and started praying and singing. then my grandfather [a sanctified preacher at the time] laid hands on her. And it was over."