*Along with releasing his new album, “Love in the Future,” singer-songwriter John Legend also hopes to elevate the culture as an artist in the future as well.
For “Love in the Future,” Legend tapped long time friend and collaborator Kanye West for the majority of the album’s production. Legend opened up during his interview with Rolling Out Magazine about his need to pay great attention to detail.
“As a musician, I always wanted to make music that was beautiful and excellent,” he said. “I want to make a real contribution to the culture. I grew up listening to [the] soul music [of] greats such as Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder. I look at the legacy they made and I want to leave a similar legacy.”
“That means a commitment to quality, a commitment to creating something beautiful, and a commitment to being different from everyone else.”
Legend also tapped Rick Ross for the single “Who Do We Think We Are.” Ross found himself in hot water earlier this year due to the use of a date rape lyric, to which Legend adds that as a whole the genre needs to clean up its misogynistic act.
“Hip-hop has a strong misogynistic streak that we should try to get rid of,” he added. “More rappers should be careful about what they say about women. I think they’re trying to sound tough, or sound like they don’t give a s—. But to me, it just sounds like you’re an a–hole. I think rappers should pay more attention to what they say about women. Some of the things I hear, I find pretty disgusting.”
Check out more of John Legend’s interview with Rolling Out magazine at Rolling Out.