Today in Hip Hop History: January 25, 2000
16 years ago today, D’Angelo released his second studio album, Voodoo, through Cheeba Sound and Virgin Records. The album remains one of the classic neo-soul/R&B albums of its time, and although not strictly hip hop, contains several elements that allude to a hip hop sound. Known as the archetypal baby-making album during the turning of the millenium, D’Angelo laced the album with 13 songs and 78 minutes of groovy vibes and his exceptionally smooth voice.
Voodoo stems from the Soulquarians music collective, as it was recorded in the Electric Lady Studios at the time of the era’s peak, alongside other neo-soul artists Common, Erykah Badu, Black Star and several more. Call it a Black American musical renaissance or call it a collective of geniuses creating some of the best music of our time, D’Angelo’s album fails to disappoint along that similar aspect.
He produced much of the album himself, with outside help from DJ Premier and Raphael Saadiq. The overarching sound blends together aspects from hip hop, R&B, jazz, soul, and psychedelic funk, to name a few. It contains only two features, both on the same track, with Redman and Method Man starring on “Left & Right.”
To call D’Angelo’s Voodoo a classic album almost feels like an understatement. Chances are, if you were sexually active in 2000, you embraced your partner(s) with the sex-life soundtrack that is Voodoo.
Furthermore, the album has endless accolades; many have cited it within one of their “Albums of the Year,” “Top 100 Albums by a Black Artist” or even “Top 100 Albums by Decade.” Lastly, the album became RIAA Certified Platinum just two months after its release. Happy 16th birthday to one of the greatest R&B albums of the 21st century!