SoundTable Discussion: SoulBounce Celebrates The Glory Of D’Angelo’s ‘Black Messiah’

“Till It’s Done (TuTu)”

D-Money: The opening for this is so damn lush. Good lord. This song could just be a five-minute loop of that and it’d be A-OK in my book.

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Butta: I am so here for this instrumental.

D-Money: What’s so crazy is, musically this is totally Sly Stone, once again. Lyrically, though, it’s reminiscent of Marvin Gaye’s “Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology).” He’s stepped up his lyric game even more this go. “Clock ticking backwards on things we’ve already built / Sons and fathers die / Soldiers, daughters killed.” Man.

Butta: The lyrical content of this song is pretty deep and reflective. When he asks, “Where do we belong? / Where do we come from?” I really stopped to ponder that thought in light of all of the societal ills and ugliness of humans that we’re seeing more and more of these days. Who are we as a people, and how did we get here? We are so much better than this. Or at least that’s what I tell myself.

D-Money: I would’ve especially loved to be a fly on the wall during this session. While his inspirations are obvious, his timing and delivery is so spot on. Like he knew we’d need to hear this at this very moment. I can already hear the thinkpieces coming.

Butta: Our psyches are bruised, battered and broken. We did need to hear this and hear D’Angelo now.

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