In 2014, D’Angelo and the Vanguard released Black Messiah, and fans of the singer and multi-instrumentalist across the globe breathed a sigh of relief.
The album, his third, was his first batch of new material in over a decade. Since the drop of Voodoo in 2000, D’Angelo had retreated from the public eye and weathered devastating personal blows involving his struggles with substance abuse, a horrible car accident and the deaths of close family members.
In 2012, he returned to the stage, and in 2014, Black Messiah arrived — and director Carine Bijlsma was there with her camera rolling to follow D’Angelo as he rehearsed for 2015’s Second Coming tour. Devil’s Pie: D’Angelo pairs Bijlsma’s fly-on-the-wall perspective with archival footage supplied by D’Angelo’s family and rare interviews with him, his management and collaborators, including Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, who played on Voodoo.
Devil’s Pie: D’Angelo premiered at the Tribeca Film on Saturday (April 27).
Watch the trailer for Devil’s Pie: D’Angelo below.