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If you were a middle-school girl around the year 2000, you probably remember D’Angelo like I do. He was the guy with the Adonis-like torso in the “Untitled (How Does It Feel?)” video — the one who made you have feelings you maybe weren’t quite ready for. Turns out that while my 14-year-old friends and I were marveling at the man’s obliques, he was busy being one of the best R&B artists of the ’90s and early ’00s. Known for long sabbaticals, he was M.I.A. for most of the aughts, with rumors and promises of his (still) forthcoming new record so frequent it might as well have been Chinese Democracy. Maybe he was just waiting for the right partner to hit the road with, and he found her in the queen of hip-hop soul, Mary J. Blige. Word on the street is that D’Angelo’s still got it in a big way, from his silky voice to his stage presence. It’s anyone’s guess how those abs have weathered the years, but his skills as a performer are certainly still intact.

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