John Legend And ?uestlove Discuss ‘Wake Up!’

and the Roots’ ?uestlove recently stopped by the Rolling Stone offices to preview their upcoming “gritty and raw” soul collaboration ‘Wake Up!’. The LP features Legend and the Roots adding some funk flavor to socially conscious songs by soul legends like Donny Hathaway, Bill Withers and Marvin Gaye while putting a modern twist to obscure cuts like Baby Huey and the Babysitters’ ‘Hard Times’ with ?uestlove calling their rendition “the funkiest song ever created in the last 10 years.”

“I feel like this album it was supposed to be gritty, it was supposed to be dirty, it was supposed to be raw and real and I feel like in some ways it is a reaction to what is often passed for soul music these days but is really composed, made something gritty and raw and soulful and I think it ended up being pretty magical because of that,” Legend said.

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