Before Christian Grey was forcibly "parting" Anastasia Steele's legs, leaving her "spread-eagle and totally vulnerable" in E.L. James's suburban soft-core gemFifty Shades of Grey
, the women of the world got frisky fantasizing about a strong black man from Richmond, Virginia. This man is named Michael Eugene Archer, best known as D'Angelo.
Not long into the millennium, the then 26-year-old R&B crooner raised eyebrows and endorphin levels when he appeared stark naked in the video for his uncomfortably erotic single, "Untitled (How Does it Feel?)."
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When it was released in 2000, the single-shot video sparked unbelievable debate between fans and critics alike. Rumors that D. had received oral sex during the filming coupled with lyrics about making women "wet in between [their] thighs" disgusted some, but, naturally, intrigued others.
"Did homie just bust a nut on set?" you'd ask your buddies. "That's one kinky motherfucker." That was 12 years ago, and we still don't for sure whether D-money knows what if feels like to get brain on the set of a music video or not.
Perhaps he'll come clean in Miami during "Liberation," D'Angelo's co-headlining tour with Mary J. Blige.
The Liberation Tour with Mary J. Blige and D'Angelo at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 30 at American Airlines Arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd, Miami. Call 786-777-1000 or visit aaarena.com. Tickets cost $49.75-$125.75 plus fees, via ticketmaster.com.