D’Angelo’s VERZUZ: Here’s What Happened


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Tonight (February 27), D’Angelo headlined a VERZUZ event live from the Apollo Theater, taking the stage as a solo performer with DJ Scratch with other collaborators. Take a look via Instagram or Apple Music.

D’Angelo’s set broke from the typical VERZUZ format: its events have so far been one-on-one battles with occasional surprise guests, like Dionne Warwick dropping in on Gladys Knight and Patti LaBelle last year. Noting the change of style, he opened with new material joined by trumpeter Keyon Harrold before covering Smokey Robinson’s “Cruisin’.” Method Man and Redman came out for “Left & Right” before Method Man took the lead for “Break Ups 2 Make Ups.”

After working through a few tracks from 2014’s Black Messiah, D’Angelo noted that he’d gotten his professional start after winning an amateur night competition at the Apollo as a teenager. The 2019 documentary Devil’s Pie claimed that he’s been working on the follow-up to Black Messiah. D’Angelo continued through his catalog, running through favorites from Voodoo and Brown Sugar like “One Mo’ Gin,” “Jonz in My Bonz,” and “Another Life.”

After “Brown Sugar,” H.E.R. came out onstage, first performing her Daniel Caesar collaboration “Best Part” before the pair duetted on Lauryn Hill’s “Nothing Even Matters.” He closed his set with “Untitled (How Does It Feel),” keeping on his oversize fur coat throughout.


(Untitled New Song) (with Keyon Harrold)

Cruisin’ (Smokey Robinson)



Me and Those Dreamin’ Eyes of Mine

Left & Right (with Method Man and Redman)

Method Man: “Break Ups 2 Make Ups”

1000 Deaths

Back to the Future, Pt. 1

Sugah Daddy

Devil’s Pie

One Mo’ Gin

Chicken Grease

Feel Like Makin’ Love

Jonz in My Bonz

Really Love

Another Life

Send It On

Spanish Joint

H.E.R.: Best Part

Nothing Even Matters (with H.E.R.)

The Root

Brown Sugar

Untitled (How Does It Feel)

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