D’Angelo Talks Forces In Music, Equates Power of Music To Religion

D’Angelo, best known for singles like “Brown Sugar” and “Untitled (How Does It Feel),” admits there are forces behind music we listen to today. Not trying to scare you, but the soon-to-return singer says “you’ve got to be careful.”

“There’s forces that are going on that I don’t think a lot of motherf-ckers that make music today are aware of. It’s deep. I’ve felt it. I’ve felt other forces pulling at me,”

D’Angelo admits in the latest issue of GQ.

Comparing music to the power of religion, D’Angelo says music is a ministry in itself.

“This is a very powerful medium that we are involved in. I learned at an early age that what we were doing in the choir was just as important as the preacher. It was a ministry in itself. We could stir the pot, you know? The stage is our pulpit, and you can use all of the energy and that music and the lights and the colors and the sound. But you know, you’ve got to be careful.”

At work on his heavily anticipated album, at one point titled “James River,” D’Angelo has a six page spread in GQ this month. Inside he details the height of his career and what drove him to take a serious hiatus.

“One time I got mad when a female threw money at me onstage, and that made me feel like f-cked-up, and I threw the money back at her. I was like, ‘I’m not a stripper,” D’Angelo tells GQ of an experience on tour after the meteoric rise of his music video “Untitled.”

According to Questlove, who also contributes to the article, D’Angelo swore he would leave the industry after that tour.

“On the last day of the eight-month tour, Questlove says D’Angelo told him, “Yo, man, I cannot wait until this f-cking tour is over. I’m going to go in the woods, drink some hooch, grow a beard, and get fat,” reports GQ. “Questlove thought he was joking. “I was like, ‘You’re a funny guy.’ And then it started to happen.That’s how much he wanted to distance himself.”

For more of D’Angelo’s story pick up the June 2012 issue of GQ magazine.