D'Angelo is looking better than ever in GQ Magazine. The interview is VERY interesting and gives us some insight as to why he completely disappeared off the scene for the past 12 years.
In this interview he explains how he hated the type of attention he got from his famous sexy video "Untitled" (the video where he looks naked). As a artist, He wanted to be respected for his talent, not his looks. He's says women treated him like a stripper and threw dollars at him.
The most confusing part of this interview is when D'Angelo and the video director for the "Untitled" video said the video concept was NOT about sex, it was about D'Angelo's Grandmas's cooking (huh)???
I'm sorry but, watching D'Angelo sing "How Does It feel" while appearing to be naked doesnt make me think of Granny's collard greens, lol.
If what the director is saying is true... as a director, he completely failed to deliver the message... however, i guess it all worked out.
Its also interesting to read what R&B singer Angie Stone (the mother of D'Angelo's kids) says about how she was forced to walk in his shadow as he walked with Vivica Fox on the red carpet instead of walking with her.
Paul Hunter (Director of Untitled) on the video being misunderstood
Most people think the ‘Untitled’ video was about sex, but my direction was completely opposite of that. It was about his grandmother’s cooking. Think of your grandmother’s greens, how it smelled in the kitchen. What did the yams and the fried chicken taste like? That’s what I want you to express.” The video may have looked like foreplay, but it was actually about family, Hunter insists-about intimacy.
Later when I tell D’Angelo this, he says, “It’s so true: We talked about the Holy Ghost and the church before that take. The veil is the nudity and the sexuality. But what they’re really getting is the spirit.D’Angelo on the effects of the ‘Untitled’ video
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.’
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.” 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.”Angie Stone, the mother of one of D’Angelo’s kids detailed a time that she had to wait in the wings while he walked in an awards show with actress Vivica Fox.
Stone remembers an event in Manhatten in September 1996 that was billed as Giorgio Armani’s tribute to D’Angelo. Stone-thirteen years older than D-was three months pregnant with their son. They headed to the event together in a limo, but as they neared the venue where D was going to perform, it suddenly pulled over. He was asked to get into another car, where he would be escorted by Vivica Fox,” Stone says, her voice breaking slightly. The lissome Fox had just appeared with Will Smith in the blockbuster Independence Day. “It was a Hollywood moment. They wanted a trophy girl. I had to walk in behind them to flashing cameras. It started the wheels turning of what was yet to come.