recipe for dope: take equal parts john legend and mix in the greatest hiphop band of all time, the roots. now shake it up. when you’re done mixing all that funky shit together you’ll end up with Wake Up!, easily the best collaboration of the year.
the roots (yes, they are jimmy fallon’s house band) are somehow getting better as time goes on. and john legend…this dude sounds like something from the 60’s. together, it works. this record is so much fun. it’s funk. it’s soul. it’s hiphop. it’s a mixed bag.
i listened to this entire album driving back from a yankees game (free tickets, i’m a mets fan) and i was floored. everything about this makes sense.
give this live version of “hard times” a listen…see what you think.