The Album: D’Angelo Voodoo (2000)
Tall Black Guy, AKA Terrel Wallace, has been making beats and remixing artists like 79.5, Stro Elliot, and Moonchild, for a long time. Listen to any one of his songs and you’ll understand why he’s one of the best producers out there and why we were so excited to talk to him. It’s no surprise that his personal heat rock (and ours) was “Voodoo” by D’Angelo.
Making the album was no small feat. D’Angelo took a long break between albums to learn more about playing the guitar, and linked up with the Soulquarians to lay down some of the funkiest, most eclectic, and just plain hottest tracks of all-time. It took nearly 5 years to make, but the wait was worth it.
Morgan is flying solo and talked to TBG about the wide range of D’Angelo’s influences, the shift from “Brown Sugar” to “Voodoo,” and D’Angelo’s personal shift from neo soul darling to full-on sex symbol.
More on Tall Black Guy
More on Voodoo
- Voodoo – Review (Pitchfork)
- D’Angelo and Questlove Bare the Roots of “Voodoo”” (NPR)
Show Tracklisting (all songs from Voodoo unless indicated otherwise):
- Send It On
- Tall Black Guy: O Fim da Viagem
- Playa Playa
- Snoop Dogg: Gin and Juice
- Chicken Grease
- Maimouna Youssef: Say My Name
- Spanish Joint
- The Line
- Spanish Joint
- Greatdayndamornin’/Booty – Medley
- Left and Right
- Red Astaire: Follow Me
- Untitled (How Does It Feel)
- Prince: She’s Always In My Hair
- D’Angelo: She’s Always In My Hair
- 14KT: She’s Always In My Hair
- Devil’s Pie
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Hosted by Oliver Wang and Morgan Rhodes, every episode of Heat Rocks invites a special guest to talk about a heat rock – a hot album, a scorching record. These are in-depth conversations about the albums that shape our lives.
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