I guess you could say that this marks the true beginning of the promotional push behind John Legend and the Roots’ forthcoming collaborative LP, Wake Up!. Sure, we have heard a few of the tracks via leaks over the past few weeks and we also saw the duo perform one of these, “Hard Times,” live in the studio. But here, the two acts have stopped by ABC’s Good Morning America today to perform “Hard Times” and “Shine,” the latter of which serves as the sole original track on the album.
And as you might expect, the two songs sound fantastic live as the piano-bound crooner is assisted by one of music’s best bands. But like I have written previously about this collaboration, I still can’t help but imagine how many tracks Black Thought will appear on. Will he be restricted to the one quick verse on “Hard Times” or will he get more time to shine? We’ll see, I suppose.
You can watch “Shine” below. Wake Up! drops Sept. 21.