Song of the Day #3,597: ‘Devil’s Pie’ – D’Angelo

D’Angelo, 44, is one of the most celebrated R&B artists of his generation, despite having released only three albums over two decades.

The Richmond-born singer-songwriter released his debut album, Brown Sugar, in 1995 at the age of 21. After a five-year hiatus, he dropped Voodoo, one of 2000’s most acclaimed albums. He didn’t surface again until 2014, when Black Messiah made a huge comeback splash.

D’Angelo cites Prince as a major inspiration, along with Al Green and George Clinton, and those influences are evident in his blend of soul and funk. He also incorporates hip-hop elements into his music.

My only exposure to Voodoo was through the oft-played video for track ‘Untitled (How Does it Feel),’ which features a naked, chiseled D’Angelo performing the song in one unbroken take. It’s a video that leaves women panting and straight men questioning their sexuality. Not a bad song, either.

The rest of the album is even more interesting, especially when those funk and hip-hop threads emerge. I don’t know that I’d listen to this very often, as it’s not one of my favorite genres, but Voodoo is the most intriguing album I’ve discovered over the past two weeks.

[Chorus]
Fuck the slice we want the pie
Why ask why till we fry
Watch us all stand in line
For a slice of the devil’s pie
Drugs and thugs women wine
Three or four at a time
Watch them all stand in line
For a slice of the devil’s pie

[Verse 1]
Who am I to justify
All the evil in our eye
When I myself feel the high
From all that I despise
Behind the jail or in the grave
I have to lay in this bed I made
If I die before I wake
I Hope the lord don’t hesitate
To get to heaven, I done went through hell
Tell my peeps all is well
All them fools whose soul’s for sale
Sitting next to the Jezebel
Demons screaming in my ear
All my anger all my fear
If I holler let them hear
In this spinning sphere

[Chorus]
Fuck the slice we want the pie
Why ask why till we fry
Watch us all stand in line
For a slice of the devil’s pie
Drugs and thugs women wine
Three or four at a time
Watch them all stand in line
For a slice of the devil’s pie

[Verse 2]
Main ingredients to this dish
Goes like this
Here’s the list
Materialistic, greed and lust, jealousy, envious
Bread and dough, cheddar cheese, flash and stash cash and cream
Temperatures at a high degree
Wheres niggas come to feast
Hell’s this all about
Apocalypse ain’t no doubt
Everybody’s ho’ing out all the loot all the clout
Right or wrong
Do or die
Only the vengeance will pacify
Watch your back
And so will I
In these days and time

[Chorus]
Fuck the slice we want the pie
Why ask why till we fry
Watch us all stand in line
For a slice of the devil’s pie
Drugs and thugs women wine
Three or four at a time
Watch them all stand in line
For a slice of the devil’s pie

[Bridge]
Ain’t no justice
It’s Just us
Ashes to ashes
Dust to dust
Time has come for most of us
To choose in which God we trust
I know I was born to die
Searching to find a peace of mind
With eighty five dumb and blind
There can be no compromise

[Outro]
Fuck the slice we want the pie
Why ask why till we fry
Watch us all stand in line
For a slice of the devil’s pie
Drugs and thugs women wine
Three or four at a time
Uh, wait a minute
Uh, let me tell you about a slice of the devil’s pie
Uh, said everybody out there can get down with the slice of the devil’s pie
Slice of the devils pie
Said a women in the street sell her fucking body for a slice of the devil’s pie
Niggas killing each other in the streets for a slice of the devil’s pie
We’re all a liar, all a liar
For a slice of the devil’s pie
We’re all a liar, all a liar
For a slice of the devil’s pie
We’re all a liar, all a liar
For a slice of the devil’s pie
We’re all a liar, all a liar (I don’t give a fuck, I ain’t going out for the)
For a slice of the devil’s pie (yea, yea, yea, yea)

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2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #3,597: ‘Devil’s Pie’ – D’Angelo

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    I like this. Definitely the best discovery of your two week foray into the Year 2000 albums.

  2. willedare says:

    Thank you for turning me on to another artist whose name — but not whose music — I have heard.

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