It has been reported that D’Angelo is nearly finished work on his third album. The smooth sounding R&B/Neo Soul Hybrid has reconnected with The Roots’ ?uestlove to work on the album. During an interview with Billboard.com, The Roots’s drummer and beats man said that they had been working full days in the studio to complete the project.
“All last week, I was in the studio finishing (the album),” he said. “We spent close to 18 hours, well not me personally because I have to go to ‘Fallon,’ but usually right after work. He’s the only person that I’ll actually go to the studio with and stay there to six in the morning, re-doing these drum parts. I won’t even do that for my own band, but I’ll do it for him. Right now, we’re just tightening up the loose ends. But I still stand by, 99% of it is done.”
The producer said that this album could best be classified as a classic that is ahead of its time. He also compared the sound to Sly and the Family Stone.
“I would not be far off by saying this is probably my generation’s version of Sly (and the Family Stone’s) ‘There’s a Riot Goin’ On.’ It’s potent. It’s funky. It’s an extremely hard pill to swallow,” he said. “He’s one of those artists that have, of course, taken 13 years to follow up a record. It’s going to take you about 10 years to digest this record. Totally brilliant. Just the way this society works with music… being able to judge if something is a classic after the first listen, you can do that after thirty seconds on this. And the fact that we started this record in 2004, and it still sounds like it came out five years from now, it is a testament to the timelessness of it