Throw Stevie Wonder in the most comfortable, high-quality and most life-preserving of rice, please. And add Betty White and Chaka Khan, while you’re at it.
While the living legend has not released a lot of music on the solo tip in close to 15 years, he has made notable contributions to projects from Big Sean (Detroit 2), Travis Scott (“STOP TRYING TO BE GOD“) and Common (“Black America Again“) in recent times. That changes, however, as he has now released his first two singles as a lead artist: “Can’t Put It In The Hands Of Fate” with Rapsody, Chika, Cordae and Busta Rhymes, and “Where Is Our Love Song” with Gary Clark Jr.
The songs come with the announcement that Wonder has formed his own, new label So What the Fuss Music (which will be distributed by Republic Records), leaving Motown Records; the only label he’s known since he was 11 years old. “Even if I’ve left Motown, I never leave Motown,” he told journalists during a Zoom media event. “That’s Detroit.”
These new songs may be a part of an EP Wonder may release in the future. “In these times, we are hearing the most poignant wake-up calls and cries for this nation and the world to, please, heed our need for love, peace and unity,” Wonder said in a statement.”
Check out both songs below.