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PR: John Legend, The Roots Announce New "Wake Up" Mixtape
Posted by Steve Juon at Tuesday, September 14th, 2010 at 12:45PM :: Email this article :: Print this article

From Tasha Stoute:



New York, NY (September 14, 2010) – J.Period & Truelements Music are pleased to announce a groundbreaking new mixtape collaboration with Grammy-winners John Legend & The Roots, in support of their politically-charged and soulful new album, WAKE UP! (Available on Columbia Records, Sept. 21).  In the collaborative spirit of this history-making LP, the mixtape’s first single, “Our Generation (J.Period Remix),” reunites one of hip hop’s most influential and important groups… Pete Rock & CL Smooth!

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.

J.Period’s “Our Generation” Remix is available for FREE DOWLOAD TODAY, September 14 at, and represents the first offering from J.Period’s forthcoming mixtape, Wake Up! Radio—featuring an all-star cast of hip hop & R&B heavyweights—scheduled for release in late November.  Wake Up! Radio is the perfect companion piece to John Legend & The Roots’ WAKE UP! LP, with exclusive remixes, album outtakes, personal interviews with John Legend, Ahmir “?uestlove” Thompson, and Black Thought—and original cover artwork by acclaimed graphic artist, Fuse Green .

“Wake Up! represents a call to action,” proclaims J.Period.  “Music can either be vacuous entertainment, or one of the most transcendent and powerful forces on this planet.  John Legend & The Roots are making an incredible statement releasing these songs at this moment in history, and I am excited to create a companion piece that helps keep that energy in circulation online for many months to come.”

“When these songs were written, people were more spiritually in tune,” says ?uestlove. “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.”

“These songs [are] so relevant now,” says John Legend. “On most of them, you wouldn’t change a lyric [from the original version.]  The passionate election [in 2008] represented change and hope, and awakened a new generation of activists who had never been inspired before.  [Fast forward to today:] the intense brew of possibility [and] poverty, optimism and despair, activism and unrest, global connectedness and intractable global conflicts is the reason Wake Up! exists."

Available today at, “Our Generation (J.Period Remix)” feat. Pete Rock & CL Smooth is not only the debut single from J.Period’s forthcoming Wake Up! Radio mixtape, but also his first release since last month’s “Man or the Music (40 Acres Edition)”—the Official Mixtape for Spike Lee’s “Brooklyn Loves MJ” Michael Jackson Tribute.    Since August 29, J.Period’s MJ Tribute has set a new high mark, receiving over 100,000 downloads in a mere 14 days online, and counting.

WAKE UP! arrives in stores Tuesday, September 21 on Columbia Records (or pre-order WAKE UP! now on iTunes at:, and stay tuned for details about Wake Up! Radio, including exclusive behind-the-scenes videos, interview footage and more available next month at:  For more information about John Legend, please visit: .

Later this month, stay tuned as “The J.Period Live Mixtape” goes international, featuring J.Period & The Roots’ own Black Thought in a headlining performance at The Manifesto Festival in Toronto, Canada on Sept 26 (details:, as well as another J.Period mixtape collaboration—this time with the world famous DJ Jazzy Jeff and ghostwriter extraordinaire, Skillz, available on September 28 at .

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