The one and only D’Angelo was the latest musician to perform on Verzuz—but the neo-soul icon wasn’t in competition with anyone.
Unlike previous editions of Verzuz, where artists took turns showcasing material in a battle format, the February 27 livestream was simply a solo showcase for the reclusive musician “and friends.” Backed by DJ Scratch (who also delivered a mood-setting opening set), D’Angelo performed songs from his acclaimed discography as well as new material with trumpeter Keyon Harrold and a cover of Smokey Robinson’s “Cruisin’.”
Method Man and Redman also joined D’Angelo at the Apollo Theatre for Voodoo’s “Left & Right,” with Method also rapping “Break Ups 2 Make Ups” from his own album Tical 2000: Judgement Day. And HER appeared to sing her own “Best Part” (originally a duet with Daniel Caesar), which transitioned into a duet with D’Angelo on “Nothing Even Matters” (originally by Lauryn Hill).
D’Angelo closed the Verzuz with a rendition of his own star-making “Untitled (How Does it Feel),” putting a bow on a rare public performance by the icon, who last released an album in 2014 (Black Messiah) and a new song in 2019: “Unshaken” for the video game Red Dead Redemption 2.
Revisit D’Angelo’s Verzuz as uploaded by a fan to YouTube below: