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It’s been 14 years (and counting) since D’Angelo last released an album — the flawless body of work known as Voodoo — but he still holds a dear place in many peoples’ hearts. The elusive crooner was lured out to the Brooklyn Museum in NYC on Wednesday night, where he held an hour-and-a-half lecture with Red Bull Music Academy‘s Nelson George. And you can imagine a fair bit was discussed in that kinda time.

Like how he started out in a rap group called I.D.U. (Intelligent, Deadly But Unique) and even traveled to New York to find a record deal. How Questlove (who later joined the conversation) dismissed him as just some “R&B dude” when they first met. The Soulquarian sleep-over sessions at Electric Lady Studios in the late ’90s and early ’00s. Living in a “bubble.” And why he hates the term “neo-soul.”

While he didn’t divulge too much information on his long-awaited third album, D’Angelo dropped a couple of appetizing hints like “more rock and funk” and “Jimi Hendrix was a big influence.”

Watch the full lecture below…

Also read The FADER‘s wonderfully insightful recap of the lecture here.