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2020.07.18 00:41 greatdayindamornin I wrote an academic article about Black Messiah for university a few months ago...

Black Messiah”
To quote the rapper GZA “An emcee should electrify, beautify, strive to empower, inspire, transform a worldview” (Grice et al, 2019). Here, GZA speaks about the role of the artist in a society. Along with providing entertainment by ‘beatifying’ and ‘electrifying’, they also have the role of empowering and transforming the minds of the public due to their elevated platforms in society. Therefore, by this merit, it can be said that a song is never ‘just a song’, but rather a distilled form of ideology that which we all consume, either consciously or unconsciously. In this essay, I will explore the ideologies portrayed in two songs off of D’Angelo’s Black Messiah : The Charade and 1000 Deaths.
Background
In the end 2014, at what was then the height of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement, Michael Eugene Archer – better known as D’Angelo, had finally released a follow up to his critically acclaimed album Voodoo. When asked why, his response was simple: “I was like, ‘Man, I gotta fucking contribute. I gotta participate,’ ”( Hiatt, 2015 ). There was, at the time, a “muted” response by many artists in the music community (Hodgkinson, 2014), in which people protested the murders of Eric Garner, John Crawford III, Michael Brown, Laquan McDonald, Tamir Rice and many others by the police. The album was entitled Black Messiah. It seemed to be a direct and immediate response to what was going on in the world at the time, with the name being a possible reference to the FBI program COINTELPRO, in which the state organization monitored and deliberately set out to publicly smear (and sometimes physically harm) any black individual that was deemed to be a possible leader for the civil rights (and ultimately the leftist) movement. In the (now declassified) documents, J.Edgar Hoover (former director of the FBI) sent out the following directive:
"Prevent the rise of a 'messiah' who could unify and electrify the militant black nationalist movement. Malcolm X might have been such a 'messiah'... . Martin Luther King, Stokely Carmichael, and [Nation of Islam leader] Elijah Muhammed [sic] all aspire to this position ... . King could be a very real contender for this position should he abandon his supposed 'obedience' to 'white, liberal doctrines' (nonviolence)." (Farley, 2008)
In the liner notes for the album, D’Angelo states that the name ‘Black Messiah’ does not refer to an individual, but rather the people as a collective, who represent that ideal (Archer, 2014). This is further emphasized by the cover art, which depict a sea of fists, raised in the air. The emphasis here is that of the struggle of a collective, verses that of the individual, themes that are further explored in The Charade and 1000 Deaths.
1000 Deaths
The song opens with a two vocal samples. One by former New Black Panther Party chairman Khalid Abdul Muhammad and the other by Fred Hampton from the documentary, The Murder of Fred Hampton (The Murder of Fred Hampton, 2017). The first sample is from a clip of Khalid Muhammad at a debate about the ethnic origins of Jesus with the conservative conspiracy theorist Anthony J. Hilder, titled “The Origin of Jesus Christ: Myth or Reality” (Dr. Khalid Muhammad - Debate on The Origin Of Jesus, 2019). Speaking about Jesus Christ from an Afrocentric perspective, Khalid Muhammad rejected the whitewashed image of Jesus, referring to verses of the bible to back up his claim:
“That his body would be like beryl. Another scripture said his body would be like jasper. Another scripture said his body would be like fine brass, as though it had been burned in an oven.” (Dr. Khalid Muhammad - Debate on The Origin Of Jesus, 2019).
The second vocal sample is from the aforementioned Fred Hampton documentary The Murder of Fred Hampton. In the vocal clip, Fred Hampton speaks about the need for both black and white people to stand together to fight the real enemy, the ruling wealthy class:
"Black people need some peace, white people need some peace. And we are going to have to fight, we're going to have to struggle, we're going to have to struggle relentlessly to bring about some peace because the people that we're asking for peace, they're a bunch of megalomaniac war-mongers, and they don't even understand what peace means. We've got to fight them, we've got to struggle with them to make them understand what peace means." (The Murder of Fred Hampton, 2017).
These samples set the tone for the rest of the song. The harsh, thumping, rubber-like bass-line and the fast pace of the drums evoke the feeling of being in a battle. The vocal mix is dark and muddy, with the harmonies layered to sound like the anxiety-riddled inner thoughts in someone’s brain. Guitar and synth licks pop in and out seemingly at random, the controlled chaos of the track perfectly reflecting the feeling of being in a battlefield or in a protest.
Lyrically, the song addresses the feelings of an individual in a moment where they need to fight. Themes of anxiety and fear for ones life are common here:
“I can't believe I can't get over my fear They're gonna send me over the hill Ah, the moment of truth is near They're gonna send me over the hill” (Archer, 2014)
One can infer that the battle that is refereed to is not only one of a soldier fighting overseas in some foreign land, but also the battle that black people face domestically, having to literally fight for their rights in their own land. There are many people who want to get involved in political movements in order to contribute to some cause that they feel connected to, but they fear the violence by the police or from other outside forces. This hesitation to take action is amplified by the lyrics of the chorus:
“Because a coward dies a thousand times But a soldier only dies just once” (Archer, 2014)
This lyric showcases the inner conflict experienced by the speaker. If one where to join the struggle, they run the risk of dying or getting harmed, but if one chooses to not participate, they are a coward, and will die ‘a thousand times’, on the inside. The paradox of self preservation at the cost of one’s sanity is expressed brilliantly here. Here he does not offer a solution, but he rather displays the roads that one can take, and the consequences that each option holds.
The Charade
The Charade explores the struggle from the perspective of the collective, this time, the collective of black and brown people across the world who have been historically disenfranchised in their societies. Musically, the song is similar to that of the ‘Minneapolis Sound’ that was pioneered by Prince (Shabazz, 2017) in the 80’s. The snare drum is tuned to be so punchy and percussive, that it resembles the sound of gunshots. This pairs up well with the lyrical themes of police brutality mentioned in the song.
In live performances, the song is introduced with a dedication to all the victims of police brutality, with D’Angelo asking the crowd to put their fists in the air (D'Angelo & The Vanguard - The Charade, 2015). In a live performance on Saturday Night Live, D’Angelo and the rest of the band (The Vanguard) were clad in black, wearing ‘I can’t breathe’ and ‘black lives matter’ t-shirts. The chalk outline of a dead body at the center of the stage setting the scene. Their movements during the song where of particular significance, they gesticulated being cuffed as well as being shot at (D'Angelo, The Vanguard - The Charade (Live on SNL), 2015).
Lyrically, the song explores the historical and continuous subjugation that black and brown people face both in the USA and abroad. D’Angelo said that he had been influenced by the writings of James Baldwin at the time (Hiatt, 2015). The first verse addresses the current situation that black people face:
“Crawling through a systematic maze And it pains to demise Pain in our eyes Strain of drownin', wading into your lies Degradation so loud that you can't hear the sound of our cries” (Archer, 2014)
This passage mention the systematic oppression faced by black people, from the Prison Industrial Complex (Blackmon, 2008) to the War On Drugs (Webb, 1998).
“All the dreamers have gone to the side of the road which we will lay on Inundated by media, virtual mind fucks in streams” (Archer, 2014)
The line ‘virtual mind fucks in streams’, is a reference to the the influx of propaganda and misinformation provided by both television and social media (Barnes and Goldman, 2020).
The chorus:
“All we wanted was a chance to talk 'Stead we only got outlined in chalk Feet have bled a million miles we've walked Revealing at the end of the day, the charade”
perfectly sums up the black experience up until present. All this time, black and brown people have fought for nothing more than equal rights. However, after all their suffering and struggling, they have been met with nothing more than an empty promise of equality, a facade of freedom in the USA. A ‘charade’.
The bridge however, does provide some sense of optimism. In contrast to the anxiety and fear of ‘1000 deaths’, the author believes that through collective struggle, they can and will overcome:
“With the veil off our eyes we'll truly see And we'll march on And it really won't take too long And it really won't take us very long”
Notice the emphasis on the use of plural personal pronouns. Here the author argues that although, we as individuals are bound to suffer in this system, we can overcome this system through means of collective mobilization (marching on).
Conclusion
Although the album seems to be an immediate response to what was going on at the time, it was revealed by D’Angelo that many of the songs (including The Charade and 1000 Deaths) were written before the protests had started after the shooting of Trayvon Martin:
“It just shows how ongoing this shit is, because I wrote that even before the Trayvon Martin thing happened. It’s crazy that we’re still in the streets protesting the same shit. That song was just about the state of society in general —when I say, ‘A chance to talk,’ that means a chance to come to the table and exercise rights that are supposed to be ours already.” (Hiatt, 2015).
This showed that although this has been an ongoing struggle for black people in America, there seemed to be some sort of acceptance of it by the status quo.
Both of these songs were a swift departure from what was going on in popular black music at the time (Hodgkinson, 2014). The album once again brought traditional forms of black art to the mainstream, and reclaimed styles of music that were pioneered by black artists, with 1000 Deaths being influenced by the funk and rock of Funkadelic, and Fishbone (Kane, 2014), and The Charade being a protest song done in the style of a Revolution era Prince (The Best Song of 2012 D’Angelo’s The Charade, 2012).
Black Messiah was met with universal critical acclaim (Best of 2014: Music Critic Top Ten Lists
, 2014) and was nominated for three Grammy Awards (including Record of The Year), winning best RnB song and best RnB album (58th Annual Grammy Awards, 2015). After the album’s release, there was a revitalization in brazenly political black art in popular music. 2015 saw the release of Kendrick Lamar’s landmark album To Pimp A Butterfly, who’s music bares resemblance to the Soulquarian movement that D’Angelo helped birth in the early 2000s (Chinen, 2018). In 2016 Beyonce, released Lemonade, protest music from the perspective of a black woman in America (Brooks, 2016). After the release of Black Messiah, D’Angelo has yet to release another album, but the social reverberations of Black Messiah still stands. The album came at a time of much anxiety and confusion in the world and at the present time of writing (2020), there seems to be more of it. Black Messiah is relevant now more than ever, it represents what we should all aspire for, an idea that we, as a people can overcome whatever obstacle stands in our way, as long as we fight it together.
‘It really won’t take us very long.’
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Archer, M.E. (2014). [Liner Notes]. In Black Messiah [album]. New York City: Sony Music Entertainment.
Archer, M.E (2014). 1000 Deaths. 16 December 2014 [Video File]. Available: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t2r5yqjlVrI (Accessed: 20 June 2020)
Archer, M.E (2014). The Charade. 16 December 2014 [Video File]. Available:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T3CunfPYkME (Accessed: 20 June 2020)
Barnes, J.E and Goldman, A. (2020) Russia Trying to Stoke U.S. Racial Tensions Before Election, Officials Say. March 10. Available at: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/10/us/politics/russian-interference-race.html (Accessed: 20 June 2020)
Brooks, D.A. (2016) How #BlackLivesMatter started a musical revolution. March 13. Available at: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/ma13/black-lives-matter-beyonce-kendrick-lamar-protest (Accessed: 20 June 2020)
Chinen, N. (2018) How the Soulquarians Birthed D’Angelo’s ‘Voodoo’ and Transformed Jazz. 8 August. Available at: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/08/arts/music/playing-changes-excerpt-soulquarians-dangelo.html (Accessed: 21 June 2020)

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