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?uestlove Talks Upcoming Roots LP x Project w/ John Legend

RollingStone recently caught up with The Root’s ?uestlove to get some info on the group’s upcoming “covers” collabo album with John Legend titled Wake Up as well as the long delayed How I Got Over LP. He confirms Wake Up is “90 percent done”:

“People tend to frown on the cover album,” the Roots’ drummer says, “so I wanted to choose cover songs that were so under the radar, so uniquely interpreted, that it would take you a second to realize that these are cover songs.” In the end, the Arcade Fire song that inspired it all didn’t even make the final cut. Wake Up, due in September, will instead feature “songs from the ’60s and ’70s,” Legend says, “like protest songs, songs about social uplift”. Guests will include Common (“Wake Up Everybody”) and Black Thought (“Hard Times”).

While the Roots were recording covers with Legend, they were also working on their own album, How I Got Over. Legend guests on two songs, “The Fire” — which ?uestlove calls “a modern-dayRocky-like sports anthem” — and “Again” from Legend’s Once Again album. “We did ‘Again’ again,” ?uestlove laughs.

?uestlove said that he thinks of the two albums as two sides of the same coin, with How I Got Over dealing with what he calls the “midlife crisis of America,” and Wake Up representing the more hopeful, inspirational side, “the spoonful of sugar that helps the medicine go down.”

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