The Roots & John Legend: Wake Up! Released Today

Musical powerhouses John Legend & The Roots‘ fiery new offering, Wake Up!, features soulful music from the 60′s and 70′s, all with underlying themes of awareness, engagement and consciousness. Inspired by the recent historical Presidential election campaign of 2008, Legend and The Roots felt a need to enter the action.

The eleven profoundly evocative reinterpretations are highlighted by “Wake Up Everybody” featuring Melanie Fiona and Common, “Wholly Holy” by Marvin Gaye, and “Little Ghetto Boy” by Donny Hathaway. The album also includes more obscure selections like Baby Huey and the Babysitters’ “Hard Times” and “Hang on in There” by Mike James Kirkland, in addition to Legend’s original composition, “Shine.” Wake Up! blends Legend’s expressive, thoughtful vocal interpretations with an element of funk that only The Roots can provide.

Check out the original songs on YouTube’s MusicTuesday, where The Roots and Legend curated a video playlist.

Catch John Legend & The Roots performing live on 9/23 @ 9 PM EST.
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The Roots with Black Thought, John Legend: MP3 + Video

The Roots – John Legend collaboration is really coming through now. Besides this live recorded single, “Hard Times ft. Black Thought” check out a behind-the-scenes video on the making of the album Wake Up! after the jump. Wake Up! will be released on September 21st.

The Roots & John Legend – “Hard Times ft. Black Thought” [MP3]
 

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