Those of you who are older music fans (like me) might remember and have a fondness for the Sly and the Family Stone hit "Everyday People," which reached No. 1 on the Billboard songs chart way back in 1968. And those of you who are a couple of decades younger may remember and have a fondness for "People Everyday," which was a top 10 Billboard hit for hip-hop group Arrested Development back in 1992. And to prove once again that great songs don't truly die, they just get reincarnated, the one and only Queen of Hip-Hop Soul, Mary J. Blige, has remade the song as "Everyday People 2012." Her version sounds like a cross between the '60s classic and the 1990s remake, but has all-new lyrics that exemplify the positive messages of self-motivation and personal empowerment that Mary's been known for in recent years. Here's a sample of some lyrics:
"People change like the weather man, put your trust in only you baby, You can't lose when you're doin' you, so keep movin' and doin' the damn thing, 'Cause the only way to win is to push through like the wind, put your aim up in the sky and tell 'em haters fall back, fall back, way back."
The song also features a cameo from Jermaine Dupri, who co-produced the song with Brian-Michael Cox. As most devoted Mary fans know, her most recent album, the eloborately titled My Life II ... the Journey Continues (Act I), came out in late 2011, but this song wasn't on it. It remains to be seen if it'll appear on her next album, ... the Journey Continues (Act II), which could come our way in late 2012 or early 2013. In the meantime, you can stream "Everyday People 2012" at Mary's official Soundcloud page. A link's included below.