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D'Angelo's 'Black Messiah' Out at Midnight Tonight: Track List Revealed & Title Explained

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D'Angelo's long-awaited full-length album, Black Messiah, will be out Sunday night, according to a Tweet by collaborator Q-Tip. It was confirmed by reps at a listening party Sunday that the LP will be released at midnight.

 

Following the funky new song "Sugah Daddy" off Black Messiah that was released over the weekend, on Sunday new information was released to select audience in New York invited to hear the LP early. Handed out there was a lyric booklet offering the track list and an explanation from the singer on how the album got its name. 

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"Black Messiah is a hell of a name for an album," reads the album introduction by D'Angelo. "Many will think it's about religion. Some will jump to the conclusion that I'm calling myself a Black Messiah. For me, the title is about all of us. It's about the world. It's about an idea we can all aspire to. We Should all aspire to be a Black Messiah.

"Its about people rising up in Ferguson and in Egypt and in Occupy Wall Street and in every place where a community has had enough and decides to make change happen. It's not about praising one charismatic leader but celebrating thousands of them. Not every song on this album is politically charged (though many are), but calling this album Black Messiah creates a landscape where these songs can live to the fullest. Black Messiah is not one man. It's a feeling that, collectively, we are all that leader."

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According to the lyric booklet, Q-Tip and Kendra Foster of Parliament-Funkadelic contributed lyrics to Black Messiah. ?uestlove, bassist Pino Palladino, and drummer James Gadson play on it as well.  

Black Messiah track list:
1. Ain't That Easy
2. 1000 Deaths
3. The Charade
4. Sugah Daddy
5. Really Love
6. Back in the Future (Part I)
7. Till It's Done (Tutu)
8. Prayer
9. Betray My Heart
10. The Door
11. Back in the Future (Part II)
12. Another Life