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Following the surprise announcement and new single “Sugah Daddy,” more details about D’Angelo’s Black Messiah LP are coming to light. Just moments before the soul singer is set to debut his first album in 14 years on Sunday night at a listening session in New York City, D’Angelo explains the meaning behind the album’s title.

At the listening event sponsored by Red Bull Music Academy and Afropunk, lyric pamphlets were handed out to attendees. Along with the revelation that Q-Tip and Funkadelic’s Kendra Foster made contributions, the 40-year-old singer gives his meaning of Black Messiah. “Black Messiah is a hell of a name for an album. It can easily be misunderstood,” he says. “For me, the title is about all of us. It’s about the world. It’s about an idea we can all aspire to. We should all aspire to be a Black Messiah.”

You can read more of D’Angelo’s words below, plus check out the 12-song tracklisting courtesy of Pitchfork. UPDATE: Q-Tip took to Twitter, announcing the album arrives tonight. UPDATE #2: The Roots Questlove, plus an official announcement during the listening session confirms Black Messiah drops on iTunes at midnight.

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“Black Messiah is a hell of a name for an album. It can be easily misunderstood. Many will think it’s about religion. Some will jump to the conclusion that I’m calling myself a Black Messiah. For me, the title is about all of us. It’s about the world. It’s about an idea we can all aspire to. We should all aspire to be a Black Messiah.

It’s about people rising up in Ferguson and in Egypt and in Occupy Wall Street and in every place where a community has had enough and decided to make change happen. It’s not about praising one charismatic leader but celebrating thousands of them. Not every song on this album is politically charged (though many are), but calling this album Black Messiah creates a landscape where those songs can live to the fullest. Black Messiah is not one man. It’s a feeling that, collectively, we are all that leader.”

D’Angelo – Black Messiah (Tracklisting):

1. “Ain’t That Easy”
2. “1000 Deaths”
3. “The Charade”
4. “Sugah Daddy”
5. “Really Love”
6. “Back in the Future (Part I)”
7. “Till It’s Done (Tutu)”
8. “Prayer”
9. “Betray My Heart”
10. “The Door”
11. “Back in the Future (Part II)”
12. “Another Life”

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Previously:
D’Angelo and The Vanguard – “Sugah Daddy”
D’Angelo Announces New Album Black Messiah