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Wake Up!

Wake Up!

John Legend & The Roots’ fiery new offering Wake Up! features soulful music from the 60s and 70s, all with underlying themes of awareness, engagement and consciousness. Inspired by the historic 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 Legendary Roots Crew can provide.

  Name Artist Time Buy
1 Hard Times John Legend & The Roots feat. Black Thought 5:16Amazon.com iTunes
2 Compared to What John Legend & The Roots 6:26Amazon.com iTunes
3 Wake Up Everybody John Legend & The Roots feat. Common & Melanie Fiona 4:24Amazon.com iTunes
4 Our Generation (The Hope of the World) John Legend & The Roots feat. CL Smooth
3:15Amazon.com iTunes
5 Little Ghetto Boy (Prelude)John Legend & The Roots feat. Malik Yusef1:58Amazon.com iTunes
6 Little Ghetto Boy John Legend & The Roots feat. Black Thought
5:26Amazon.com iTunes
7 Hang On In There John Legend & The Roots
7:15Amazon.com iTunes
8 Humanity (Love the Way It Should Be) John Legend & The Roots
3:49Amazon.com iTunes
9 Wholy Holy John Legend & The Roots
5:50Amazon.com iTunes
10 I Can't Write Left Handed John Legend & The Roots
11:43Amazon.com iTunes
11 I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to be Free John Legend & The Roots
2:42Amazon.com iTunes
12 Shine John Legend & The Roots
4:43Amazon.com iTunes

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