This Friday, January 12, music icons Jay-Z and D’Angelo will release their highly-anticipated collaboration, “I Want You Forever.” The song is part of the soundtrack for the film The Book of Clarence, which was written and directed by filmmaker and musician Jeymes Samuel. Samuel, Jay-Z, and D’Angelo are also producers on the film. The track is described as “nine minutes and 32 seconds of absolute soulful, biblical bliss” by Samuel.
The Book of Clarence, a film that Samuel had been wanting to make for years, will hit theaters on Friday. While working on his other projects, such as The Harder They Fall, the story and music for The Book of Clarence were always in Samuel’s mind. He expressed his excitement about the film and its soundtrack, stating, “There was never a question as to whether I would compose the score and write and perform on the soundtrack, as well as write and direct the movie—it was all one amazing journey where one depended on the other.” Samuel also collaborated with notable artists, including Lil Wayne, Buju Banton, and Shabba Ranks, for the track “Hallelujah Heaven” on the soundtrack.
For D’Angelo, “I Want You Forever” marks his first widely available new song since 2019. The acclaimed artist has not released a new album since Black Messiah in 2014. The album received critical acclaim and made a significant impact on the music industry.
Fans of Jay-Z, D’Angelo, and Jeymes Samuel can look forward to the release of “I Want You Forever” and the full soundtrack for The Book of Clarence. The collaboration between these talented artists is sure to captivate listeners and add depth to the film’s narrative.