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“Ghetto Dreams”

Common feat. Nas | 2011

Common's ninth album The Dreamer/The Believer was a collaborative effort with producer No I.D., who the rapper has worked with since early in his career. Common worked with New York emcee Nas on "Ghetto Dreams," which features lyrics that some women found offensive and uncharacteristic for Common. "I was like, 'I want a b---- that look good and cook good,'" he explained. "I was just thinking about being in the 'hood… She look raw and she could cook and she could get very elegant, but at the same token she has the know-how in the street.”

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“Wake Up Everybody”

John Legend and the Roots | 2010

A Number One record by Harold Melvin and the Bluenotes in 1976 (a McFadden- and Whitehead-penned classic sung by Teddy Pendergrass) inspired the title and lead single from Wake Up!, John Legend's tribute album to message music. The more familiar strains of "Wake Up Everybody" also fit his agenda. "It basically sums up, in a very concise way, all the things we were thinking about when we were putting this record together in that it's about justice, doing the right thing and coming together to make the world a better place," he said. Vocalists Common and Melanie Fiona assist Legend on this mission to connect.

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