On this date in 2000, neo-soul veteran D’ Angelo released his sophomore album Voodoo. Released on Virgin Records ,this sophomore smash from the VA-born singer was recorded betwen 1998 and 1999 in Electric Lady Studios in Greenwich Village, the same studio made famous by Jimi Hendrix, the iconic artist that D’Angelo was often compared with. The album, which protrays D’Angelo as totally nude on the cover, sold over 300K in its first week and went on to become a certified platinum LP.
With production from Rafael Saadiq, DJ Premier as well as his own personal work behind the boards, D’Angelo was able to create a trailblazing sound, despite the fact that he’d claimed to be plagued with “writer’s block” while still touring the Brown Sugar project. Tracks like Premier-produced “Devil’s Pie” appeared on the Hip Hop cult flick Belly, while the “Untitled(How Does It Feel?)” single kept its position on the Billboard charts for 33 weeks.
Salute to D’Angelo for this timeless classic that will forever hold a place in music!