Monday, July 6, 2009

Song of the Week: The Roots ft. Erykah Badu’s sweet MJ cover

One of the best Michael Jackson tributes I heard all week was this silky smooth cover of “I Wanna Be Where You Are,” a minor hit for MJ in the early 1970s, a time when he released the odd solo record while still a member of the Jackson 5. This version, I dare say, outshines the original, which shouldn’t be a surprise coming from the ace combo of The Roots and Erykah Badu. Made all the more impressive by the fact they knocked it off during a pre-taping session at Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. The Roots are really making their mark as Fallon’s band, and hit the right note here as well.

The Roots ft: Erykah Badu: I Wanna Be Where You Are (from

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