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Estelle and John Legend – Song and Flow: The Duets EP

Estelle and John Legend – Song and Flow: The Duets EP

These two unexpectedly released a beautiful new EP of covers and original material. Every song is fantastic. Definitely get this one if your a fan of either artist. Must have of the weekend.

Tracklist:

1. Shiny Suit Pt. 2
2. You Are
3. Freedom (Ft. Talib Kweli)
4. Hey Girl (Original Rough)
5. No Other Love
6. Come Over (Ft. Sean Paul)
7. Fall In Love

Kanye West – All Of The Lights ft. Various Artists

Kanye West – All Of The Lights ft. John Legend, The-Dream, Ryan Leslie, Tony Williams, Charlie Wilson, Elly Jackson, Alicia Keys, Fergie, KiD CuDi, Rihanna & Elton John

I’m not even sure where to start but this track has some highlights in it….somewhere.

Spotted at Fake Shore Drive.

The Roots & John Legend – Hard Times (Live Cover)

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The best live band on the planet will be backing John Legend for a full album of covers of soul tunes from the 60s and 70s. This project should be unbelievable. Up top you get a glimpse of what is to come as they cover Baby Huey’s “Hard Times.”

The album is set to drop September 21, 2010.

The resulting album features eleven profoundly evocative songs infused with sounds of gospel, rock and reggae inflections with hip-hop influences. The album is highlighted by familiar tracks like “Wholly Holy” by Marvin Gaye and “Little Ghetto Boy” by Donny Hathaway mixed with the more obscure selections of Baby Huey and the Babysitters’ “Hard Times,” and “Hang on in There” by Mike James Kirkland.

“These songs sound so relevant now,” Legend says. “On most of them, you wouldn’t change a lyric. ‘Wake Up Everybody’ (the album’s first single, featuring contributions from Melanie Fiona and Common) has four verses—the first one is a general statement, the second is about education, third is about health care, and the fourth is about making a better environment. No editing needed.”

“When these songs were written, people were more spiritually in tune,” says Roots drummer/musical director Ahmir “?uestlove” Thompson. “It was fresh from the civil rights era and there was a feeling of hope that maybe, yes, someday we will all be free. In 2010, not so much.”

The album features one original composition, Legend’s song “Shine,” which is featured in Academy Award-winning director Davis Guggenheim’s upcoming documentary film Waiting for Superman. The song, a “Stevie-Wonder-meets-gospel” stunner, clearly demonstrates the strengths of this specific group of musicians. Wake Up! blends Legend’s expressive, thoughtful vocal interpretations with an element of funk that only The Roots can provide.

The Roots – How I Got Over You (Tracklist + Album Art)

The Roots just dropped a preliminary track list for their 9th studio album and it sure looks appetizing. The more Blu verses the better in my opinion. Four or five interludes are also expected to be added to the album but who really cares about interludes?

Look for the album to drop June 22nd via Def Jam.

1. Walk Alone (ft. Truck North, Porn, Dice Raw, Mercedes Martinez)
2. Dear God 2.0 (ft. Jim James, Monsters of Folk)
3. Radio Daze (ft. Blu, Porn, Dice Raw, Mercedes Martinez)
4. Now Or Never (ft. Phonte Coleman, Dice Raw)
5. How I Got Over (ft. Dice Raw)
6. The Day (ft. Blu, Phonte Coleman, Patty Crash)
7. Right On (ft. Joanna Newsom, Sugar Tongue Slim)
8. Doin It Again (ft. John Legend)
9. The Fire (ft. John Legend, Rick Friedrich)
10. Web 20/20 (ft.Truck North, Peedi Crakk)
11. (Untitled – Bonus Cut) ft. STS

spotted at OkayPlayer.

30 Seconds To Mars – Hurricane (Ft. Kanye West) + Common – Strange Fruit ft. John Legend (Prod. Kanye West)

Common – Strange Fruit ft. John Legend (Prod. Kanye West)

A leftover of Common’s Finding Forever. I guess Cassidy ended up using the beat. What a waste because this is a million times better. I love when stuff like this gets released – we would never get to hear stuff like this a couple of years ago.

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30 Seconds To Mars – Hurricane (Ft. Kanye West)

No this is not an unreleased track from 808s & Heartbreaks but a new track off 30 Seconds To Mar’s new album.

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Ester Dean – Drop It Low (REMIX) ft. Lil Wayne & Chris Brown (prod. Polow Da Don)

This beat is fire in its own way. IMO.