Feb 05, 2015 4:10PM

How D'angelo's Abs Changed Lives Feat. Beyoncé, Kindness, Dirty Projectors And More

A tribute organised by Solange.

D'Angelo, that rig who made the 2000 R&B anthem 'Untitled', has been honoured by a slew of artists on Solange's personal website. Bow down bitches. We recently learnt that Voodoo was the album that changed Little Dragon's life and now a whole bunch of artists are nodding in agreement.

Beyoncé, Kindness, Janelle Monae,  geniuses talked about how D'Angelo's album, Voodoo, influenced their style. The album recently celebrated its 15th anniversary and its enduring legacy is conclusive proof that this greasy bod really was powerful enough alter the course of history.

Here are some excerpts from musician's odes to D'Angelo as well as the bangers he inspired (as well as the ones we hope he did!)

Solange
"I was 13, when I heard 'Untitled' and got goosebumps at the first knock of the snare. I couldn't have been farther from having the answers when he belted 'How Does It Feel,' but the deep down gutters of my soul said 'Daaaaammmn Goot!'...Whatever D'Angelo's journey back to South Carolina and Virginia encompassed, somehow became my journey too. It delivered me. It spoke for me. It made me feel right around the corner from my ancestors. It help me to understand the woman I wanted to become."

Beyoncé
"This is the DNA of black music; all the love, pain, social statements and rawness punctuated by his effortless vocal progression from his funky low register to his sexy falsetto. My favorite song on the album is 'Africa' and 'Untitled' definitely inspired my song 'Rocket'.

Iman Omari
"Voodoo was the first to help me understand 'inspiration – information'. Learning exactly how to be creative while still conveying your message to your appreciator effectively."

Janelle Monae
"Although I couldn't understand a lot of the words — and still can't — it made me fall deeper in love with his melody and his tone. The live musicianship through out was incredible and has definitely influenced me and my production team, Wondaland, to always bring in live instrumentation through our albums. For example the horns, guitar, bass and etc."


Kindness 
"What can I actually say about Voodoo that's not already been said better? We all know the music changed everything – we're all aware of the genius that lies behind it, the musical teamwork, the assembling of great minds… I suppose I'd look at Voodoo from a new perspective. What if you write a record that's just too good? What if you let your manager talk you into doing that video? How, as an artist who was already sensitive to public perception and self-doubt, do you work on a follow up, or even perform your music if the only screams you hear on stage are those yelling at you to 'take it off!!'."

Kitty Cash
"I think every lover of R&B, funk and soul exploded when Voodoo came out. I would just close my eyes — and I still do — and just listen to the those epic guitar strings, textures and lyrics…it just sends chills down my spine."


Patrick Wimberly of Chairlift
"Voodoo forever changed the way I thought about rhythm sections. To me, I hear total synergy between the groove of the voice and the band. All of the sudden, the voice was not only part of the rhythm section, it was the backbone."

Tweet
"Voodoo is a classic record that I put on in 2000 and I haven't stopped playing yet! It's an important ingredient to the recipe for GREAT MUSIC…TIMELESS…PERFECTION!!!"


Dave Longstreth of Dirty Projectors
"Voodoo collapses time, it feels eternal…D'Angelo's voice is insanely elastic, his runs so crispy, his vibrato a light green leaf in the May breeze, and the thrum of him singing with himself is an inexact three-color silkscreen, as if his spirit is constantly leaving his body and then returning to it glossolalia — to testify, to affirm, to explore, to assure."


Brb listening to 'Untitled' on repeat forever.