In the August issue of Spin Magazine D’Angelo’s former manager Dominique Trenier claims that the singer’s hugely popular video ‘Untitled’ (circa 2000) signalled the demise of his career.
“We couldn’t get through one song before women would start to scream for him to take off something. It wasn’t about the music. All they wanted was for him to take off his clothes.”
The cat calls had an undeniable effect on D’Angelo. “He’d get angry and started breaking sh*t. The audience thinking, “f*ck your art, I wanna see your ass!” made him angry”.
For D’Angelo, who, as Trenier puts it, “isn’t a sexy dude” but a “real musician who wears glasses and plays video games,” the objectification appeared to do lasting damage. “I didn’t realize how vulnerable he was or how deep his issues ran. He’s cursed now with fretting over how much of his fan base is because of how he looked as opposed to his music. It took away his confidence, because he’s not convinced why any given fan is supporting him.”
“I feel really guilty, because that was never the intention” Trenier says. “Untitled wasn’t supposed to be his mission statement for Voodoo. I’m glad the video did what it did, but he and I were both disappointed because, to this day, in the general public’s memory, he’s the naked dude.” Read more here
Oh please! Get over yourself D’Angelo! Just get your arse back in the studio, fix up your self, lay off the drugs and release some new music!