Wait, John Legend isn't his real name?
"It was a nickname that some friends started calling me in the studio, just guys that I was collaborating with," he explained to host Jimmy Fallon. "The first guy to call me that was J. Ivy. He's a spoken-word artist from Chicago.
As John explained to Jimmy, he met J. Ivy through Kanye West.
He went on to add, "We were all in the studio together. He just started calling me ‘The Legend' because he thought I sounded like one of our old-school soul legends. And it just caught on with our little group of friends and then they were like, ‘We should call you John Legend.' And it just really was in our little circle."
John recalled Kanye referring to him as "John Legend" on a mixtape that he released and immediately the name just spread and stuck. "At some point, I had to decide, ‘Am I going to stick with John Stephens—which I was perfectly fine with, I wasn't looking for a stage name—or am I going to go with this more audacious name and call myself a legend before I even have a record deal?'"
"There goes my neighbor with his dog, like always, was just a puppy, now full-grown," Jimmy sang as he got out of bed. "Every single day on Zoom. When it's over time to move, the next part of my couch."
Viewers then see John in bed, as he sang, "Oh, isn't this amazing? Wasn't it just March 2020. I've forgotten what time means. And I haven't waxed my chest since quarantine week three."
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