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Inspired by artists like Marvin Gaye, Bill Withers, Nina Simone, and Donny Hathaway, John Legend & The Roots’ WAKE UP! breathes new life into the soulful protest songs of the 60s & 70s, recalling an era when music stood at the forefront of the social movements that shaped America.

With John Legend & The Roots joining forces to propel political songs like Ernie Hines’ “Our Generation” back into mainstream popularity, it was only fitting for J.Period to reunite the group that first sampled Hines’ on their seminal ’92 single “Straighten It Out”-artists from an era when hip hop carried its own social message-Pete Rock & CL Smooth. Back together on wax for the first time in 7 years, Pete & CL are in rare form on “Our Generation (J.Period Remix),” spitting conscious lyrics that remind us of hip hop’s potential to move not only our feet, but our spirit.

Download: John Legend & The Roots – Our Generation feat. Pete Rock & CL Smooth (J. Period Remix)

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