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GQ FELLA: D'Angelo Opens Up About Substance Abuse, Rejecting Madonna & Sabotaging His Own Career

D'Angelo is giving his very first interview in 12 years (can't believe it's been that long!) in the June 2012 issue of GQ magazine.  The incredibly sexy crooner, who was once hailed as the next Marvin Gaye, is telling all on what we've all be wondering about this past decade. 

 

The "Cruisin" singer reveals why he hastily left the game of music, his run-ins with the law & substance abuse, and why he turned down the sexual advances of Hollywood chicks like Madonna....

Most of us never understood why a man with such talent literally threw it away for booze & drugs--voluntarily--just to escape the Hollywood life.  But now, after his chit chat with GQ magazine, we just might. 

Michael Archer (government name) was once tipping the scales at 300 pounds after he previously sculpted his body into a physique that had women dropping their panties just from watching the tv screen.  And he did so to spite his own admirers.  Here are the highlights where D'Angelo, along with his close friends Chris Rock & Questlove, explains without being PC why black stardom is a heavy price for sanity...and why he's very ready for his comeback:

D’Angelo on battling his substance abuse during his hiatus: “I didn’t really think I had a problem like that,” he says, taking a hit off a Newport. “I felt like, you know, all I got to do is clean up and I’ll be fine. Just get in the studio and I’ll be fucking fine.”

...on his arrest for soliciting sex from an undercover officer: “It was just me making a stupid decision, a wrong turn, on the wrong night. I’m not the role-model motherfucker. Look at all the shit that I’ve been in.”

...on Madonna:
When Madonna turned 39, she asked him to sing “Happy Birthday” at her party. One press report had her sitting on his lap and French-kissing him. In fact, two sources say that ultimately D rebuffed her advances at another gathering not long after. At that event, the sources say, Madonna walked over and told a woman sitting next to D, “I think you’re in my seat.” The woman got up. Madonna sat down and told him, “I’d like to know what you’re thinking.” To which D replied, “I’m thinking you’re rude.”

Chris Rock on black celebrities: “Black stardom is rough, dude,” Chris Rock tells me when I reach him to talk about D. “I always say Tom Hanks is an amazing actor and Denzel Washington is a god to his people. If you’re a black ballerina, you represent the race, and you have responsibilities that go beyond your art. How dare you just be excellent?”

Questlove, D’Angelo’s former bandleader, on calling him after Amy Winehouse’s death:
“’D’s the first person I called,’ Questlove recalls. And I was just honest, like, ‘Look, man, I’m sorry. I know you’re thinking I’m avoiding you like the plague.’ I just said plain and simple, ‘Man, there was a period in which it seemed like you were hell-bent on following the footsteps of our idols, and the one thing you have yet to follow them in was death.’”

Questlove on D’Angelo’s plans to escape stardom: “On the last day of the eight-month [Voodoo] tour, Questlove says D’Angelo told him, ‘Yo man, I cannot wait until this fucking tour is over. I’m going to go in the woods, drink some hooch, grow a beard, and get fat.’ Questlove thought he was joking. ‘I was like, ‘You’re a funny guy.’ And then it started to happen. That’s how much he wanted to distance himself.”

Questlove on self-defeating black artists: “Questlove has a theory about what happens to black genius—what he calls a ‘crazy psychological kind of stoppage that prevents them from following through. A sort of self-saboteur disorder.’

Read the full interview over at GQ.  The issue is on stands now.  And you can catch D'Angelo getting back to his sexy form this Labor Day weekend at the Made In America festival in Philly.

Photo credit: Gregory Harris/GQ

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Sooo happy he's coming back!

Sooo happy he's coming back! I love his sexy ass!!!
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Sooo happy he's coming back!

Sooo happy he's coming back! I love his sexy ass!!!
Erica 's picture

I guess what kills me the

I guess what kills me the most about this industry I am apart of is the lack of respect some show once their struggle has past. I eventually became successful on the business side of things but struggled to make it. I watched many artists out here going through the same thing with most praying deeply for that one shot while others who get their chance decide to sabotage their own success and then come up with a BS reason why! Makes no damn sense! Cherish it because you could be still trying to get on and never realize your dream--no one wants that!!
Money First's picture

That is a good looking man. I

That is a good looking man. I hope he stays on a good path. It's time for OUR musicians to get off those drugs. Take a look around... The good ones are disappearing.
Lissa's picture

I highly encourage everyone

I highly encourage everyone to read the complete article on the GQ link YBF provided above because it is well written and gives a good history lesson on D'Angelo & an update on what he's been up to. I appreciate the honest answers the author was able to get out of him. YBF's little summary above does not do the complete article justice IMO. I learned more about him and it was interesting to learn how he did not like being a sex symbol because he felt it focused ppl away from his music. I'm just glad he's been drug free and has gotten back to living a more healthy lifestyle (besides his smoking cigarettes). I'll add him to my prayer list because it would be nice for him to put out some music. He said in the article he has already recorded at least 50 tracks.
B3 Fearless's picture

he is a specimen of

he is a specimen of goodness!!
claudette's picture

I suggest you read the

I suggest you read the article over at GQ. Great insightful piece.
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Yellow Dragon's picture

Amy is irreplacable. Nice to

Amy is irreplacable. Nice to see D'Angelo got his sexy back & is making good music again.
RareBlackBird's picture

I am tired of people being

I am tired of people being racist
Anonymous's picture

I am tired of people being

I am tired of people being racist
Anonymous's picture

He didn't comment directly

He didn't comment directly about Madonna, just some "source"'s story!
whatev's picture

his sexy azz.....

his sexy azz.....
Anonymous's picture

LMFAO @ the madonna story..

LMFAO @ the madonna story..
BITCH STOP!'s picture

I saw him in concert before

I saw him in concert before he went off on that haitus and he was soo damn good, totally got our money's worth. To this date Maxwell, Jill Scott, D'Angelo & Lenny Kravitz were among the best Ive ever been to, you dont see concerts like those anymore so c'mon back D, we miss you.
Realist 's picture

I loved D'Angelo's music... I

I loved D'Angelo's music... I was just a little girl when his songs were out, but I loved Brown Sugar and Lady. His voice is so rich and sensual and his music is just so smooth... I'm about to listen to Brown Sugar up really loud right after I write this. The production on that song was amazing too. I can't wait for him to make more music! I loved him and appreciated his music and I was only in elementary school when they were on the radio and I still do. I would love to hear some new stuff from him.
Sarcastic Chick.'s picture

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Anonymous's picture

Never been into D'Angelo, but

Never been into D'Angelo, but this cover...
Shy's picture

his mouth is beautiful...

his mouth is beautiful...
Anonymous's picture

Chile, I had to scroll back

Chile, I had to scroll back up to take another look. He is so handsome.
Anonymous's picture

can't wait and you are

can't wait and you are looking damn good
Buffy's picture

glad to have you back soul

glad to have you back soul angel
Anonymous's picture

BOTTOM LINE..."D" is a dam

BOTTOM LINE..."D" is a dam weirdo!! Too late bruh...No one wants to hear a washed up 45 year old "crooner"!! Anymore....not even 45 year old hags!!
Anonymous's picture

You must either be 18 or a

You must either be 18 or a complete idiot. D' Angelo was and still is a soul god amongst mortals. Trey Songz and cats like him are the death of good music.
Anonymous's picture

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junior's picture

I also don't buy into this

I also don't buy into this notion that people like D' Angelo feel like they represent the "entire" Black race. I think people like Chris Rock, Obama, Jay-Z, Rihanna, Beyonce do represent their races well but they also are highly successful and motivated people who can handle being in the public eye. That is like saying James Baldwin, Zadie Smith or Toni Morrison can't do what they need to do because they feel they are representing the entire race. What nonsense. People put limits on themselves and that is their issue it has nothing to do with race. Race is not an excuse not to do something. But some people are WEAK and they can't handle things in their personal lives and that has nothing to do with race and that happens in ALL races not just the Black race. People need to stop making excuses and get on with what they need to do. I think if more African Americans were motivated to do well the race would benefit from that. This would of course extend to relationships, academics, health care and economic strength....
FuriouS StyleS™®  's picture

I mean at is point, Furious,

I mean at is point, Furious, you are really just talking out the side of your neck. You have no idea what it is like to famous; and calling someone weak for stumbling in their walk of life is judgmental, self-righteous and arrogant. Several strong ounces of compassion would serve you well in life, young lady.
Anonymous's picture

@ Anonymous 11:53 am

@ Anonymous 11:53 am According to the article he is WEAK. He allowed his wife to be but into the background so HE could appeal to his FANS. His pregnant WIFE at that. He allowed a VIDEO to overshadow his own MUSIC and he could not deal with FAME as a component of his MUSIC. Prince dealt with all of that and NEVER used DRUGS like D'Angelo has done. I don't think it's unfair to call this man WEAK. I think there is nothing more unattractive than a WEAK man. Sorry. And his Music is not strong enough for me to be compassionate. I mean it's not like he was Lauryn Hill "famous" because he was not.
FuriouS StyleS™®  's picture

I don't think he's weak... I

I don't think he's weak... I think all people handle things in their lives differently. From what I read, I compared his desire to go away and get fat and kinda sabotage his career to the transcendentalist ideas that I read about from Ralph Waldo Emerson and Thoreau... I'm an English major and this part of American Literature was my favorite. It's about wanting to disconnect from basically the hamster wheel of society and go back to nature and reflect on oneself. I think you making these declarative statements and assumptions about a grown ass man is just reaching... No matter how you interpreted the article, you can't definitively declare that he can't handle fame. And how can you make all these statements about his music and fame when you had never even heard of him?? And I have to assume that you're REALLY young if you haven't, because I just turned 25 and I vividly remember this music back when I was little. How old ARE you Furious?? I'm really curious...
Sarcastic Chick.'s picture

beyonce and rihanna represent

beyonce and rihanna represent their race by what singing crap and dancing like strippers? making money and being able to 'handle fame' is not enough. Kathleen Battle. Nina Simone. There's 2 just off the top of my head that represented something greater and accomplished something in their art to inspire our race. It's about setting the bar and leaving something behind to inspire the generations following.
Anonymous's picture

I do love Nina Simone. But I

I do love Nina Simone. But I also think that Rihanna offers something different but also compelling. I don't think women have to be devoid of sexuality inorder to be accomplished. I think Beyonce and Rihanna are very accomplished women. I think we should be open to wider interpretations of what makes a person "accomplished".
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I read the article as well it

I read the article as well it was a very good read. I read it because I was not that familiar with his music. But I agree with Chris Rock.....D'Angelo only has a few songs out maybe two complete records. People tell me he is so "great" and this and that but I simply don't see it. I don't know much about his music but I did see the video "Untitled". And according to GQ it is this one video that made him unravel. Huh??? I just think he is a weak human being. If you only want to be taken "seriously" why do a video like that half naked? I watched the video and it was not all that to be acting like he does. But he's mad because his female fans found him sexy??? I think D'Angelo is just a weak man and highly overrated. Like just make music why take all these years to complete a full project. And towards the end of the article he is so temperamental. He really sounds like a Prince rip off artist more than anything with fraction of the charisma. Prince is a genius D' Angelo? Not so much.
FuriouS StyleS™®  's picture

Little Boy, you need to go

Little Boy, you need to go take a nap. D'Angelo and his whole area is beyond your comprehension. Put your binky in your mouth and take it to sleep. That is all.
Chrissy Snow's picture

I'm not a little BOY.

I'm not a little BOY.
FuriouS StyleS™®  's picture

I know you're used to two and

I know you're used to two and three Rihanna albums a year, but music back in the 90s seemed to be more about QUALITY over QUANTITY. Just because someone only had two albums doesn't diminish their greatness. D'Angelo has an amazing smooth voice and style... Something that is sorely missing in today's warped version of R&B. Listen to Brown Sugar by D'Angelo. That's one of my favorites. I LOVE that song. You might like it too if you listen to it... And Untitled (How Does it Feel) was a minimalist video or pure artistic expression... And he looked AMAZING in the video. I was in the 6th grade when I first saw that video over Christmas break... lol I remember watching Midnight Love on BET and looking at those abs in pure awe!
Sarcastic Chick.'s picture

@Sarcastic Chick. LMAO. He

@Sarcastic Chick. LMAO. He has talent that is for sure. I'm just not sure of the GREAT PART. Chris Rock also said he's not GREAT YET but he could be. I agree with his potential. He does have talent. He seems very influenced by Prince but more laid back.
FuriouS StyleS™®  's picture

live a little longer. you

live a little longer. you never know what your breaking point is until you are already there.
shuga's picture

Furious is what? 10? 11? You

Furious is what? 10? 11? You have to take everything she says with a grain of salt. It's real easy to make statements on life when you haven't lived it yet. Give her some time. She's intelligent, but misguided as hell. Catch her in another 15 and maybe she will have her head on straight by then.
Anonymous's picture

I'm not 10 or 11 are you

I'm not 10 or 11 are you serious????? LMAO
FuriouS StyleS™®  's picture

@ shuga 10:45 am I have been

@ shuga 10:45 am I have been raised to value strength. And to know what I'm getting into before I get into it. D' Angelo does not understand these concepts. Character flaws keep a lot of people down and out and he seems to have a few of them. D'Angelo is a WEAK man and to make excuses for him is not smart. He's a druggie and he's not ready for the spotlight. And on top of that he's delusional. The world is not waiting for his "return." In fact when he was here they were not that excited about him. I'm just going on what I've read. Chris Rock confirms this with his comments.
FuriouS StyleS™®  's picture

Exactly.... Agree 100%

Exactly.... Agree 100%
Agreed's picture

I agree with you 100%, i

I agree with you 100%, i never understood the hype.
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I can kind of feel what Chris

I can kind of feel what Chris Rock says about representing the whole black race. I feel a little of that on my job. Sometimes, I feel like I represent everyone black and there is pressure that comes with that. On the other hand, some of that pressure, I put on myself. However, most of it, is put on me from the environment. I can only imagine what it must feel like as a celeb.
keeping it real's picture

I agree with you 100%... I

I agree with you 100%... I feel the same way on my job sometimes.
Anonymous's picture

I appreciate D'Angelo's

I appreciate D'Angelo's honesty, but how many celebs sing this same ol' song? You know that there is a price to pay for fame and wealth the entire time you pursue it. Then when you finally get it, you go crazy?? Its too much pressure?? GTFOH! In his prime D'Angelo had alot of fans--I don't recall him BLOWING UP like Jigga or Maxwell or somebody like that. I'm very glad to hear he rebuffed Madonna's old skanky ass though: she's gotten very obnoxious over the years. The elephant in the room here--that was not addressed in this 'keeping it real' interview, is the idea that maybe D'Angelo was reaping what he sowed during these last few years. Its well-known that he dissed Angie Stone the minute he made it big and got in shape. If you're gonna tell it, tell it ALL dammit.
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It was touched on in the

It was touched on in the article where Angie Stone talks about the first incident when she was 3 months pregnant with his child and they were going to an event in a limo together and his team told him to get into another limo with Vivica Fox in it so it would appear she was his date to the event. Angie talked about having to walk into the venue behind them. She didn't come off as bitter at all just telling the truth. The whole article is well written.
B3 Fearless's picture

Seems like a very good

Seems like a very good article from GQ
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