So just a few hours after we got some more details on Wake Up!, such as the release date, studio footage has emerged. For this video, the Roots and John Legend perform a cover of “Hard Times,” which is originally by Baby Huey and the Babysitters. Musically, this differs a bit from the original track as Legend gets somewhat more grandiose with his vocals. And there are other small differences here and there, such as the fact that Black Thought chimes in for a mini-verse. I actually found that part of the track somewhat surprising, if only because I figured he was spending some time working on his solo project. But hey, personally, I’m happy to know he’s on this record.
Wake Up! is due out Sept. 21. You can stream the original version of the track below.