XXL Presents… A History of D’ Angelo’s Hip-Hop Collaborations

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    <em>XXL</em> Presents... A History of D' Angelo's Hip-Hop Collaborations
    D' Angelo's back... at least in <em>GQ</em> Magazine's June issue. The troubled R&B singer has the internet buzzing with his first interview in 12 years. He's also been pretty quiet on the music front. Sure, a demo version of D’s “Black Hole Sun”—a remake of rock band Soundgarden’s smash 1994 hit—leaked in January of this year. But, most of his recordings have come via guest spots on rap songs since 2000's <em>Voodoo</em>. D's contributions were never restricted to mere hooks, though. A talented multi-instrumentalist, he routinely took part in jam sessions with the Soulquarians—a collective that included MCs like Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Common, Q-Tip, The Roots's Questlove, J Dilla, Bilal, Erykah Badu and musician James Poyser. As the music world impatiently anticipates the release of D's third album, tentatively titled, <em>James River</em>, <em>XXL</em> looks back at the history of the Soulquarian's hip-hop collaborations.—<em>XXL Staff</em> (<a href="https://twitter.com/#!/xxlstaff">@XXLStaff</a>)
  • D’ Angelo ft. AZ “My Lady (Remix) (1996)
    D’ Angelo ft. AZ “My Lady (Remix) (1996)
    D tapped red hot Brooklyn lyricist AZ and DJ Premier to revamp his rather mellow number into a boom bap banger. The remix didn’t appear on <em>Brown Sugar</em>, but it spawned a video featuring cameos from R&B standouts Faith Evans, a then relatively unknown Erykah Badu and Joi.<object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/1EFwJ1Kgglk?version=3&hl=en_US"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/1EFwJ1Kgglk?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
  • A Tribe Called Quest “Crew,” <em>Beats, Rhymes & Life</em> (1996)
    A Tribe Called Quest “Crew,” <em>Beats, Rhymes & Life</em> (1996)
    Years before The Soulquarians collective was made official, D played keys on “Crew” off Tribe’s <em>Beats, Rhymes & Life</em>.<object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/aO12NfIqftA?version=3&hl=en_US"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/aO12NfIqftA?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
  • The Roots ft. D’ Angelo “The Hypnotic,” <em>Iladelph Halflife</em> (1996)
    The Roots ft. D’ Angelo “The Hypnotic,” <em>Iladelph Halflife</em> (1996)
    It’s the song that likely sparked a lifetime of collaborations between D’ Angelo and The Roots’s Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson. Here, Black Thought delivers perhaps his most underrated love tale with D chiming in with a minimal, yet enchanting chorus.
  • The Roots ft. D’ Angelo “The ‘Notic,” <em>Men in Black: The Album</em> (1997)
    The Roots ft. D’ Angelo “The ‘Notic,” <em>Men in Black: The Album</em> (1997)
    Call it a remix, or alternate version. The Roots reprise the theme from their <em>Illadelph Halflife</em> standout with D cover the hook to Earth, Wind & Fire’s “Shining Star.” E. Badu also chips in with a few ad-libs.<object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/C4JUBBtFaOQ?version=3&hl=en_US"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/C4JUBBtFaOQ?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
  • Lauryn Hill ft. D’ Angelo “Nothing Even Matters,” The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill</em> (1998)
    Lauryn Hill ft. D’ Angelo “Nothing Even Matters,” The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill (1998)
    D was only one of two vocalists invited to appear on L. Boogie’s classic solo debut. Lauryn opted for a duet rather than handle bars and have D’ Angelo hit notes. <object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/LXm9QpFzuMk?version=3&hl=en_US"/><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"/><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"/><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/LXm9QpFzuMk?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"/></object>
  • Method Man ft. D’ Angelo “Make Ups 2 Break Ups,” <em>Tical 2000: Judgement Day</em> (1998)
    Method Man ft. D’ Angelo “Make Ups 2 Break Ups,” <em>Tical 2000: Judgement Day</em> (1998)
    D provided a sultry hook for the second single to Mr. Meth’s sophomore set. The song barely cracked the <em>Billboard</em> Hot 100 singles chart, peaking at No. 98, but it reached No. 10 on the Hot Rap Songs chart and was a regular on video countdowns. <object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/IFiibWI8PZY?version=3&hl=en_US"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/IFiibWI8PZY?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
  • The Roots “The Spark,” <em>Things Fall Apart</em> (1999)
    The Roots “The Spark,” <em>Things Fall Apart</em> (1999)
    D plays keys on this hypnotizing solo cut from would-be Roots outcast, Malik B. <object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/qSh9IGI-8h0?version=3&hl=en_US"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/qSh9IGI-8h0?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
  • Common’s <em>Like Water for Chocolate</em> (2000)
    Common’s <em>Like Water for Chocolate</em> (2000)
    It’s been documented that Com’s <em>LWFC</em> and <em>Voodoo</em> were cooked up simultaneously in adjacent rooms at New York’s Electric Studios. Tracks were even traded. D’ Angelo’s “Chicken Grease” was initially created for Common, but changed hands once D persuaded Com to let him have it. D played keys on “Time Travelin’ (A Tribute to Fela),” “Cold Blooded” and “Geto Heaven Part Two,” and also sang the hook on the latter.
  • Slum Village ft. D’ Angelo “Tell Me,” <em>Fantastic, Vol. 2</em> (2000)
    Slum Village ft. D’ Angelo “Tell Me,” <em>Fantastic, Vol. 2</em> (2000)
    D and J Dilla have a long history of working together, whether it was through Tribe, The Roots or Common, but with the exception of the posthumous “So Far to Go”— this stands as their only direct collaboration. <object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/1dU3mO36Cow?version=3&hl=en_US"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/1dU3mO36Cow?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
  • D’ Angelo “Devil’s Pie,” <em>Voodoo</em> (2000)
    D’ Angelo “Devil’s Pie,” <em>Voodoo</em> (2000)
    Though not a high charter, the “Lady (Remix)” was such a success that D tapped DJ Premier once again to contribute to his sophomore LP. The song initially appeared on the <em>Belly</em> soundtrack, but was later included in <em>Voodoo</em>. Legend has it that Primo initially offered the beat to Canibus for his “Niggonometry” track, but he turned it down. <object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/8fNtipp5RLs?version=3&hl=en_US"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/8fNtipp5RLs?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
  • D’ Angelo ft. Method Man and Redman “Right, Left,” <em>Voodoo</em> (2000)
    D’ Angelo ft. Method Man and Redman “Right, Left,” <em>Voodoo</em> (2000)
    D and Meth reunited on the lead single to the R&B singer’s second LP, but this time, the Shaolin MC brought his partner-in-rhyme, Method Man, along for the ride. The song peaked at No. 75 on the <em>Billboard</em> Hot 100.<object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/f2VIGwKimno?version=3&hl=en_US"/><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"/><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"/><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/f2VIGwKimno?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"/></object>
  • Questlove on D’ Angelo’s <em>Voodoo</em> (2000)
    Questlove on D’ Angelo’s <em>Voodoo</em> (2000)
    In addition to a track from DJ Premier and guest verses from Red and Meth, Questlove had a big hand in shaping <em>Voodoo</em>, sonically. The Roots’s funky drummer plays on “Playa Playa,” “Chicken Grease” and “Greatdayindamornin’/Booty.”
  • The Roots ft. D’ Angelo “Break You Off,” <em>Unreleased</em> (2002)
    The Roots ft. D’ Angelo “Break You Off,” <em>Unreleased</em> (2002)
    D originally appeared on the lead single to The Roots’s <em>Phrenology</em>. The label eventually replaced him with Musiq Soulchild. <object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/Owazv8-8BY0?version=3&hl=en_US"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/Owazv8-8BY0?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
  • J Dilla ft. D’ Angelo and Common “So Far to Go,” <em>The Shining</em> (2006)
    J Dilla ft. D’ Angelo and Common “So Far to Go,” <em>The Shining</em> (2006)
    Mr. Archer had all but disappeared since news broke of his near fatal Virginia car crash in 2005. Photos of a bloated D had also surfaced online—shocking the fans of the once ripped singer. A year later, he unexpectedly resurfaced on J Dilla’s posthumous compilation, <em>The Shining</em>. The track later appeared on Common’s <em>Finding Forever</em>.<object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/AdZK0HeYkwM?version=3&hl=en_US"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/AdZK0HeYkwM?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
  • Snoop Dogg ft. Dr. Dre and D’ Angelo “Imagine,” <em>The Blue Carpet Treatment</em> (2006)
    Snoop Dogg ft. Dr. Dre and D’ Angelo “Imagine,” <em>The Blue Carpet Treatment</em> (2006)
    Months after his guest spot on <em>The Shining</em>, D guested on Snoop Dogg’s “Imagine”—a standout on the West Coast Don’s platinum-selling, <em>Blue Carpet Treatment</em>. <object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/jdZaQMocMpU?version=3&hl=en_US"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/jdZaQMocMpU?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
  • Q-Tip ft. D’ Angelo “Believe,” <em>The Renaissance</em> (2008)
    Q-Tip ft. D’ Angelo “Believe,” <em>The Renaissance</em> (2008)
    It’s already been four years since D’s been on a rap project. His last appearance was on Q-Tip’s “Believe.”<object width="620" height="25"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/VOwtcH1P9RQ?version=3&hl=en_US"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/VOwtcH1P9RQ?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="25" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
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