While the tracks that have leaked so far from John Legend and the Roots forthcoming collaborative album haven’t all been hits, it’s still sounding like Wake Up! will be worth hearing at least a few times. If nothing else, their cover of “Hard Times” remains one of my favorite cuts of the summer. But here, the two acts are promoting not just their album but their mixtape with J. Period, too. For those unaware, he regularly churns out fantastic free projects remixing the likes of Michael Jackson, Lauryn Hill, and Q-Tip while providing insight via sound clips to create what ends up being a sort of docu-mixtape.
J. Period’s remix of “Our Generation” is rather straightforward in the sense it doesn’t offer any documentary-style bits, but it does feature a classic duo that has only started working together very recently. Pete Rock and CL Smooth have hopped on the Roots and Legend’s cover of Ernie Hines’ classic track to create a double-throwback record. It’s like being transported to the ’70s and the Golden Age all at once.
You can download the remix of “Our Generation” here. Wake Up! drops Sept. 21 while the Wake Up! Radio mixtape is due out in November.