Race, Action, Culture: John Legend

John Legend

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John Legend

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Though Legend is best known as producer Kanye West’s high-profile protege and hook specialist, the singer/keyboardist is more of a throwback in the tradition of Donny Hathaway and Marvin Gaye. Stepping out on his own, Legend’s impressive debut displays a maturity and craftsmanship that belies his young age.

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