Whether it’s speaking out against Donald Trump or supporting Colin Kaepernick’s right to kneel, John Legend has often used his platform to champion social issues in support of Black Lives Matter.
On Thursday, the Grammy-award winning singer released the visual for his socially conscious record “Penthouse Floor,” which sees him placing black Americans’ upward mobility in the context of racism and civil unrest.
In the video, Legend plays the role of a hotel employee at a high-end establishment—painting a clear picture of wealth and status. Meanwhile, protests are taking place outside and signs reading “the future is female” and “black lives matter” are thrust in a security guard’s face. The visual is a clear message on the current social divide in America. Check it out above.
Legend discussed “Penthouse Floor” in a recent interview with Complex, as well as his support for Colin Kaepernick, the NFL protests, and criticisms of the Donald Trump.
“With the chorus of going to the ‘Penthouse Floor,’ we were thinking about upward mobility, and thinking about escape,” he said.
“The more I sat with the song as I was making the record, I wanted to have more attention in the song where I was thinking about not just upward mobility and escaping, but also thinking about what it means to come from humble beginnings like I come from, a blue-collar family, where people that are often ignored and forgotten about, and to elevate to more rarified air like I am now but to not forget about where you come from.”