Singer - songwriter, D'Angelo assertively spoke on racial issues that America has been facing throughout the years in his most recent album, Black Messiah. The album spoke on sociopolitical issues and created a buzz, ending up at the top of the Billboard Chart.
D'Angelo met up with the co - founder of the Black Panther Party, Bobbe Seale to discuss the racial injustice in today's society, which was recorded by a New York Times reporter. D'Angelo was nothing less than excited to sit and talk with Seale as he calls the conversation "a dream". "It's very rare that you get to meet one of your heroes." he says.
The two spoke about how similar today's generation is to Seale's when it comes to the battle with the police. “Every time I turn my head, it’s the same old thing again, ain’t much different now than it was back then.” says D'Angelo to Seale. “There’s so many parallels going on between now and your time. And it’s the same fight with the police.”
The two agreed that youth activism is vital in the progression of the African American culture. D'Angelo acknowledged the obligations of today's music to reach out to the youth and set an influence saying:
"Coming up, the music of my era was very conscious. I grew up on Public Enemy, and it was popular culture to be aware. People were wearing Malcolm X T-shirts and Malcolm X hats. It was a very cool thing to know who Malcolm X was. It was all in the lyrics. It was trendy to be conscious and aware. Now the trend ... it’s just [expletive]. But to tell you the truth, there are a lot of people who feel the same way that I feel and that are making great music, conscious music. But for some reason or another it seems like the gatekeepers are not allowing that stuff to filter through to the mainstream. Kendrick Lamar, he’s an example of someone who is young and actually trying to say something. Who else? You got Young Jeezy and Young Thug. You know what I’m saying? It’s stupid. It’s ridiculous." (Via New York Times)
The one on one conversation ended with Seale givng D'Angelo more of a suggestion than advice replying, "You have to keep it going. You can’t let it quiet down."