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Reply #60 posted 07/13/20 12:05pm

Dalia11

Maybe, John is just-an-ordinary person to most people's definition of the word?

He sang about being ordinary in one of his hit songs!

Song title: "Ordinary People", some of the lyrics:

....."We're just ordinary people, we don't know which way to go....

"Cause we're ordinary people, maybe we should take it s -l-o -w,

"take it slow, ohh, this time we'll take it s-l-o-w".


Me likey that song alot!
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Reply #61 posted 07/13/20 12:07pm

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i would bet ( and win) that the vast majority of the people who are making these claims havent even listened to his most recent album... just prejudging him for some reason or another.
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Reply #62 posted 07/13/20 12:33pm

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And then, again, some of us actually saw him perform live and were disappointed.

"Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything." --Plato
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Reply #63 posted 07/13/20 1:36pm

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I'm not a fan of his music but I can appreciate him because he's part of a very small group that is almost extinct - black male singers who actually can place songs/albums on the Billboard Charts, and he doesn't rely too heavily on hip-hop and computerized drum machines to accomplish that.

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Reply #64 posted 07/13/20 1:59pm

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His latest album: "Bigger Love" was released in June. One of the tracks is titled "Actions". Great song! "Actions speak louder than love songs". Very true! β­πŸ’Ώβ­πŸ’Ώ
"Conversations in the Dark", excellent song!
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Reply #65 posted 07/13/20 2:24pm

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RJOrion said:

looby said:

thanks for proving my point...again

You have no point, except perhaps the one on top of your head. biggrin

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Reply #66 posted 07/13/20 2:49pm

Dalia11

I also like these songs from his new album "Bigger Love", "Never Break" and "Don't Walk Away ft. Koffee. Fabulous songs.

In May, Buju Banton and John Legend released their duet "Memories". Another great song!

Wah Gwaan Jamaica and people from the Carribean? The world needs peace! Some people have Bad Mind. Very negative.
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Reply #67 posted 07/13/20 3:11pm

RJOrion

looby said:



RJOrion said:


looby said:




thanks for proving my point...again

You have no point, except perhaps the one on top of your head. biggrin


falloff
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Reply #68 posted 07/13/20 3:25pm

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RJOrion said:

looby said:

You have no point, except perhaps the one on top of your head. biggrin

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I appreciate you laughing at my joke RJOrion, because that's all it was you know. Sometimes I think we could all lighten up around here a bit. wink

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Reply #69 posted 07/13/20 3:48pm

alphastreet

Aw you’re making me laugh too lol
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Reply #70 posted 07/13/20 3:56pm

Dalia11

Exactly, laughing is important! 😁
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Reply #71 posted 07/13/20 3:59pm

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looby said:

RJOrion said:

looby said: thanks for proving my point...again

You have no point, except perhaps the one on top of your head. biggrin

Good one! lol

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Reply #72 posted 07/13/20 4:00pm

alphastreet

purplethunder3121 said:



looby said:




RJOrion said:


looby said: thanks for proving my point...again

You have no point, except perhaps the one on top of your head. biggrin



Good one! lol




lol I also thought of coneheads
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Reply #73 posted 07/13/20 4:29pm

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I've lost track of how many albums he has released at this point.

I still like his original material better than all of his official albums.

FOOLS multiply when WISE Men & Women are silent.
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Reply #74 posted 07/13/20 4:33pm

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RJOrion said:

and he channeled P with great results on "Slow Cooker"

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Reply #75 posted 07/13/20 4:38pm

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Wake Up! is a collaborative studio album by American R&B recording artist John Legend and hip hop band The Roots, released September 21, 2010, by GOOD Music and Columbia Records. It was produced by Legend with band members Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson and James Poyser, and features guest appearances by CL Smooth, Malik Yusef, Common, and Melanie Fiona, among others. Inspired by the 2008 United States presidential election, Legend and The Roots primarily covered 1960s and 1970s soul music songs for the album with social themes of awareness, engagement, and consciousness.

The album debuted at number eight on the US Billboard 200 chart, selling 63,000 copies in its first week. Upon its release, Wake Up! received positive reviews from most music critics, who complimented its production and the artists' treatment and performance of the material. It would go on to win the 2010 Grammy Award for Best R&B Album.[1]

Wake Up! features mostly covers of songs from the soul music of the 1960s and 1970s, and incorporates musical elements from gospel, rock, reggae, and hip hop.[2] Songs covered for the album include "Wholy Holy" by Marvin Gaye, "Little Ghetto Boy" by Donny Hathaway, "Hard Times" by Baby Huey & the Babysitters and "Hang on in There" by Mike James Kirkland.[2] The lone original song for Wake Up! is the Legend-penned album closer "Shine".[5] A different version of "Shine" was included in the album's deluxe edition and is used during the closing credits of the 2010 film Waiting for "Superman".[6] In an interview for The Guardian, Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson of The Roots said that they intended to cover lesser-known soul songs, stating "I wanted to choose cover songs that were so under the radar, so uniquely interpreted, that it would take you a second to realise that these are cover songs [at all]".[4] Questlove has said that the band's instrumentation for the album is looser than on previous albums, with a jamming and "grass-roots feel".[3] Wake Up! contains lyrical themes concerning social awareness, engagement, and consciousness.[2] The Roots' lead MC Black Thought is featured on few tracks, as the band mostly accompanies Legend's singing with live instrumentation.[7] Other rappers featured on the album include Common, CL Smooth, and Malik Yusef.

Track listing[edit]

  • All tracks were produced by John Legend and The Roots.
No.TitleWriter(s)Original artistLength
1. "Hard Times" (featuring Black Thought) Curtis Mayfield Baby Huey & the Babysitters 5:13
2. "Compared to What" Eugene McDaniels 6:26
3. "Wake Up Everybody" (featuring Common and Melanie Fiona)
Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes 4:26
4. "Our Generation (The Hope of the World)" (featuring CL Smooth)
  • Leon Moore
  • Corey Penn
Ernie Hines 3:15
5. "Little Ghetto Boy (Prelude)" (featuring Malik Yusef) β€” 1:58
6. "Little Ghetto Boy" (featuring Black Thought)
  • Earl DeRouen
  • Edward U. Howard
Donny Hathaway 5:26
7. "Hang on in There" Mike James Kirkland Mike James Kirkland 7:15
8. "Humanity (Love the Way It Should Be)" Lincoln Thompson Prince Lincoln Thompson and the Royal Rasses 3:49
9. "Wholy Holy" Marvin Gaye 5:50
10. "I Can't Write Left Handed"
Bill Withers 11:44
11. "I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free"
Nina Simone 2:42
12. "Shine" John Stephens β€” 4:43
Deluxe edition (bonus tracks)
No.TitleWriter(s)Original artistLength
13. "Shine" (Waiting for "Superman" Version) John Stephens β€” 4:29
14. "Wake Up Everybody" (Live in Studio Performance) (featuring Black Thought)
  • Victor Carstarphen
  • Gene McFadden
  • John Whitehead
Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes

John LEGEND/THE ROOTS Wake Up! vinyl at Juno Records.

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Reply #76 posted 07/13/20 5:51pm

Dalia11

Graycap23 said:

I've lost track of how many albums he has released at this point.


I still like his original material better than all of his official albums.


7 studio albums, 4 live albums and some more...

The song "Glory", duet with Common, another phenomenal song!
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Reply #77 posted 07/13/20 8:47pm

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Wake Up! is a collaborative studio album by American R&B recording artist John Legend and hip hop band The Roots, released September 21, 2010, by GOOD Music and Columbia Records. It was produced by Legend with band members Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson and James Poyser, and features guest appearances by CL Smooth, Malik Yusef, Common, and Melanie Fiona, among others. Inspired by the 2008 United States presidential election, Legend and The Roots primarily covered 1960s and 1970s soul music songs for the album with social themes of awareness, engagement, and consciousness.


The album debuted at number eight on the US Billboard 200 chart, selling 63,000 copies in its first week. Upon its release, Wake Up! received positive reviews from most music critics, who complimented its production and the artists' treatment and performance of the material. It would go on to win the 2010 Grammy Award for Best R&B Album.[1]



Wake Up! features mostly covers of songs from the soul music of the 1960s and 1970s, and incorporates musical elements from gospel, rock, reggae, and hip hop.[2] Songs covered for the album include "Wholy Holy" by Marvin Gaye, "Little Ghetto Boy" by Donny Hathaway, "Hard Times" by Baby Huey & the Babysitters and "Hang on in There" by Mike James Kirkland.[2] The lone original song for Wake Up! is the Legend-penned album closer "Shine".[5] A different version of "Shine" was included in the album's deluxe edition and is used during the closing credits of the 2010 film Waiting for "Superman".[6] In an interview for The Guardian, Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson of The Roots said that they intended to cover lesser-known soul songs, stating "I wanted to choose cover songs that were so under the radar, so uniquely interpreted, that it would take you a second to realise that these are cover songs [at all]".[4] Questlove has said that the band's instrumentation for the album is looser than on previous albums, with a jamming and "grass-roots feel".[3] Wake Up! contains lyrical themes concerning social awareness, engagement, and consciousness.[2] The Roots' lead MC Black Thought is featured on few tracks, as the band mostly accompanies Legend's singing with live instrumentation.[7] Other rappers featured on the album include Common, CL Smooth, and Malik Yusef.



Track listing[edit]


  • All tracks were produced by John Legend and The Roots.






























































No.TitleWriter(s)Original artistLength
1."Hard Times" (featuring Black Thought)Curtis MayfieldBaby Huey & the Babysitters5:13
2."Compared to What"Eugene McDaniels

6:26
3."Wake Up Everybody" (featuring Common and Melanie Fiona)


Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes4:26
4."Our Generation (The Hope of the World)" (featuring CL Smooth)

  • Leon Moore

  • Corey Penn


Ernie Hines3:15
5."Little Ghetto Boy (Prelude)" (featuring Malik Yusef)

β€”1:58
6."Little Ghetto Boy" (featuring Black Thought)

  • Earl DeRouen

  • Edward U. Howard


Donny Hathaway5:26
7."Hang on in There"Mike James KirklandMike James Kirkland7:15
8."Humanity (Love the Way It Should Be)"Lincoln ThompsonPrince Lincoln Thompson and the Royal Rasses3:49
9."Wholy Holy"

Marvin Gaye5:50
10."I Can't Write Left Handed"


Bill Withers11:44
11."I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free"


Nina Simone2:42
12."Shine"John Stephensβ€”4:43











Deluxe edition (bonus tracks)
No.TitleWriter(s)Original artistLength
13."Shine" (Waiting for "Superman" Version)John Stephensβ€”4:29
14."Wake Up Everybody" (Live in Studio Performance) (featuring Black Thought)

  • Victor Carstarphen

  • Gene McFadden

  • John Whitehead


Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes



John LEGEND/THE ROOTS Wake Up! vinyl at Juno Records.

Any particular reason you posted this?
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Reply #78 posted 07/14/20 6:10am

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I meant to reply to my post #50

MotownSubdivision said:

OldFriends4Sale said:

Wake Up! is a collaborative studio album by American R&B recording artist John Legend and hip hop band The Roots, released September 21, 2010, by GOOD Music and Columbia Records. It was produced by Legend with band members Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson and James Poyser, and features guest appearances by CL Smooth, Malik Yusef, Common, and Melanie Fiona, among others. Inspired by the 2008 United States presidential election, Legend and The Roots primarily covered 1960s and 1970s soul music songs for the album with social themes of awareness, engagement, and consciousness.

The album debuted at number eight on the US Billboard 200 chart, selling 63,000 copies in its first week. Upon its release, Wake Up! received positive reviews from most music critics, who complimented its production and the artists' treatment and performance of the material. It would go on to win the 2010 Grammy Award for Best R&B Album.[1]

Wake Up! features mostly covers of songs from the soul music of the 1960s and 1970s, and incorporates musical elements from gospel, rock, reggae, and hip hop.[2] Songs covered for the album include "Wholy Holy" by Marvin Gaye, "Little Ghetto Boy" by Donny Hathaway, "Hard Times" by Baby Huey & the Babysitters and "Hang on in There" by Mike James Kirkland.[2] The lone original song for Wake Up! is the Legend-penned album closer "Shine".[5] A different version of "Shine" was included in the album's deluxe edition and is used during the closing credits of the 2010 film Waiting for "Superman".[6] In an interview for The Guardian, Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson of The Roots said that they intended to cover lesser-known soul songs, stating "I wanted to choose cover songs that were so under the radar, so uniquely interpreted, that it would take you a second to realise that these are cover songs [at all]".[4] Questlove has said that the band's instrumentation for the album is looser than on previous albums, with a jamming and "grass-roots feel".[3] Wake Up! contains lyrical themes concerning social awareness, engagement, and consciousness.[2] The Roots' lead MC Black Thought is featured on few tracks, as the band mostly accompanies Legend's singing with live instrumentation.[7] Other rappers featured on the album include Common, CL Smooth, and Malik Yusef.

Track listing[edit]

  • All tracks were produced by John Legend and The Roots.
No.TitleWriter(s)Original artistLength
1. "Hard Times" (featuring Black Thought) Curtis Mayfield Baby Huey & the Babysitters 5:13
2. "Compared to What" Eugene McDaniels 6:26
3. "Wake Up Everybody" (featuring Common and Melanie Fiona)
Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes 4:26
4. "Our Generation (The Hope of the World)" (featuring CL Smooth)
  • Leon Moore
  • Corey Penn
Ernie Hines 3:15
5. "Little Ghetto Boy (Prelude)" (featuring Malik Yusef) β€” 1:58
6. "Little Ghetto Boy" (featuring Black Thought)
  • Earl DeRouen
  • Edward U. Howard
Donny Hathaway 5:26
7. "Hang on in There" Mike James Kirkland Mike James Kirkland 7:15
8. "Humanity (Love the Way It Should Be)" Lincoln Thompson Prince Lincoln Thompson and the Royal Rasses 3:49
9. "Wholy Holy" Marvin Gaye 5:50
10. "I Can't Write Left Handed"
Bill Withers 11:44
11. "I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free"
Nina Simone 2:42
12. "Shine" John Stephens β€” 4:43
Deluxe edition (bonus tracks)
No.TitleWriter(s)Original artistLength
13. "Shine" (Waiting for "Superman" Version) John Stephens β€” 4:29
14. "Wake Up Everybody" (Live in Studio Performance) (featuring Black Thought)
  • Victor Carstarphen
  • Gene McFadden
  • John Whitehead
Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes

John LEGEND/THE ROOTS Wake Up! vinyl at Juno Records.

Any particular reason you posted this?

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Reply #79 posted 07/14/20 9:43am

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Is it just me or does he get too much props? I think he’s so boring, anyone else feel that way?


No, it's not you! I've felt those same sentiments for years lol
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Reply #80 posted 07/14/20 4:37pm

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OldFriends4Sale said:

I meant to reply to my post #50

MotownSubdivision said:

OldFriends4Sale said: Any particular reason you posted this?

Glad we cleared that up.

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Reply #81 posted 07/14/20 5:12pm

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robertgeorge said:

OldFriends4Sale said:

I meant to reply to my post #50

Glad we cleared that up.

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Reply #82 posted 07/14/20 6:36pm

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Cant believe there's 3 pages dedicated to this snore.
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Reply #83 posted 07/14/20 7:14pm

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Farfunknugin said:

Cant believe there's 3 pages dedicated to this snore.
Talking about how boring he is is more fun than listening to his music.
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Reply #84 posted 07/14/20 7:26pm

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MotownSubdivision said:

Farfunknugin said:
Cant believe there's 3 pages dedicated to this snore.
Talking about how boring he is is more fun than listening to his music.

lol

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Reply #85 posted 07/14/20 7:30pm

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Farfunknugin said:

Cant believe there's 3 pages dedicated to this snore.



LOL...i tried to cape up for my guy as long as i could, but its rough out here
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Reply #86 posted 07/14/20 10:35pm

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MotownSubdivision said:

Farfunknugin said:

Cant believe there's 3 pages dedicated to this snore.
Talking about how boring he is is more fun than listening to his music.


lol lol lol
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Reply #87 posted 07/14/20 11:19pm

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If I could give John a (backhanded) compliment, this song has always been a jam:



Remember when this would come on the radio back in my 9th grade weight training class. It was one of the few songs I vibed with on what was starting to become an ever decreasing list of enjoyable radio hits. This is how you do a respectable jam for the ladies; not that pathetic, brown-nosing, revisionist virtue-signaling cover of "Baby, It's Cold Outside".

The backhand is that I love how even the video makes fun of him for being the glorified charisma-less lounge singer he is. Even Andre makes a slight dig at him lol
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Reply #88 posted 07/15/20 12:30pm

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John(whom I met on the set of Jada's directorial debut & don't ask me questions about her) was humble.approachable,kind, and a pleasure to meet.

Also he is the ONLY BLACK MALE EGOT WINNER IN HISTORY.

"4 all of us, life is death without adventure,& adventure only comes 2 those who are willing 2 b daring & take chances."prince 1985
"eye feel that we're on the brink of something. It is going 2 B strict and wild and pretty" prince 1986
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Reply #89 posted 07/15/20 3:54pm

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alphastreet said:

Is it just me or does he get too much props? I think he’s so boring, anyone else feel that way?



Out of curiosity what artist do you think are not overrated and not boring?
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