When Michael Eugene Archer was first being introduced to the press back in 1994, EMI publicists quietly described D’Angelo as “Prince for the hip-hop generation.” As the Black Messiah himself later explained to Chairman Mao: “I was five years old. 'I Wanna Be Your Lover' had come out, and it was a big hit. When that album came out, it was just huge. He really, literally, was the talk of the town. Everybody was wondering, 'Who is this guy? Is he a guy? Is it a girl?' No one really knew who it was. I remember we had the album, and my brothers were just enamored by this guy. They told me, 'He plays everything, he writes everything, he’s singing everything,' so I was hooked from then on. I learned how to play every song on that album, note for note, at five years old.” As for Prince, he told Ebony, “I love D’Angelo but he’s just getting started, he came way after.” Ouch.