In a new interview for the New York Times, D’Angelo talks with Bobby Seale, the famous co-founder of the Black Panthers, about how the music he grew up with was more politically conscious than the music of today.
“People were wearing Malcolm X T-shirts and Malcolm X hats,” D’Angelo says of the good ol’ days. “It was a very cool thing to know who Malcolm X was. It was all in the lyrics. It was trendy to be conscious and aware.”
But now, the Black Messiah feels like artists aren’t putting the same important material in their music. “Kendrick Lamar, he’s an example of someone who is young and actually trying to say something. Who else? You got Young Jeezy and Young Thug. You know what I’m saying? It’s stupid. It’s ridiculous.”
Is he wrong?