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EGOT winner and one of the strongest social activist voice in music, John Legend stopped back through the Cruz Morning show to drop his new single “Preach” and discuss the importance and meaning behind the moving visual that accompanies the new single. John also gives us his reaction to the new HBO Michael Jackson documentary, shares his thoughts on music being impacted by controversies like R. Kelly’s charges, and even drops a live remix to the hit kid-favorite “Baby Shark”.
As the new “Preach” visual shows various scenes of police and gun violence and the affects of injustice many face every day, Legend tells the Cruz Show why he feels he fears certain obstacles his own children may face in life, and also shares why the video addresses an issue that this country has to deal with way too often.
Well, you know, I think it is scary out there…One of the things we talk about in the video is the school shootings and that’s a crazy thing right now in America. And, it’s very unique in America, the things we’re going through because we have these gun laws that make it too easy for people to get guns and we deal with these massacres all the time. We hear everybody say the thoughts and prayers, blah, blah, blah, but they don’t do anything about it. And then, our kids are having active shooter drills at school.
With the news of a new documentary that now brings new alleged Michael Jackson victims to the spotlight, the “All Of Me” singer says, “I don’t see a reason not to believe them honestly. I don’t see any reason not to. I mean, it was disgusting.” Speaking on whether these allegations form both Jackson and R. Kelly have an impact on the genre of R&B music, John continues, “I’m not going to say anything about R&B. I don’t think it has anything to do with them. I think it’s just a matter of, we just got to keep creating great art, trying to be the best artist we can be.”
‘The Voice’ judge also came through with some of the advice he’s given to many contestants on the hit NBC competition show but he also shared some of the guidance he has received from his friend and collaborator Kanye West.
I’ve gotten great advice from lots of people. Kanye, you know he produced my first few albums and I signed to his production company. So, we would go back-and-forth about lots of things. He would give me, you know, advice as a producer, and my first few albums wouldn’t be what they were without him.
Legend catches a vibe with a live in-studio Mariachi band and even takes on a remix for one of the hottest kid tracks on the net right now.
Peep the full John Legend x Cruz Show interview below.