Mysterious R&B singer D’Angelo’s documentary Devil’s Pie premiered on April 27 at the Tribeca Film Festival. Per Billboard, at a Q&A, the director of the film, Carine Bijlsma, dropped the news that the singer is currently working on his fourth album, the follow-up to 2014’s critically acclaimed and surprise-dropped Black Messiah. (The film reportedly also ends with a note teasing the forthcoming album.)
Devil’s Pie chronicles D’Angelo’s 14-year break from music in between his second and third albums. The film follows the singer through loss, three trips to rehab, and a car crash. (Questlove is also listed as a subject in the film and appears in the trailer below.) The documentary’s title comes from his second album, 2000’s Voodoo. In 2015, D’Angelo told Rolling Stone he had a companion album to Black Messiah in the works, but any information on it has yet to be released. Because, duh, it’s probably another surprise album that will make us all lose our minds again.
In 2016, D’Angelo performed Prince’s “S...n April” with Maya Rudolph and Gretchen Lieberum on The Tonight Show in tribute to the late singer. He reissued his 1995 debut album, Brown Sugar, in 2017, along with three remixed tracks. And, most surprising of all, he quietly contributed to the 2018 video game Red Dead Redemption 2’s soundtrack with the song “Unshaken,” which was released as digital single in January. (We never hear from him because he’s too busy playing the game, apparently.) D’Angelo’s representatives at RCA Records have yet to confirm the news of his new album, in proper elusive fashion.