Video: The Roots feat. John Legend – The Fire

Directed by Rik Cordero, who had this to say about his music video short film:

“The Fire” is one of my favorite tracks off HIGO and really feels like something you’d hear in the theater. The line “you don’t say good luck, you say don’t give up” inspired me to create a period piece narrative that stays true to the lyrics while adding another layer to the interpretation.

How I Got Over in stores now.

John Legend & The Roots’ Wake Up! joint album due September 21st.

Previously: John Legend & The Roots feat. Common & Melanie Fiona – Wake Up Everybody


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218 Responses to “Video: The Roots feat. John Legend – The Fire”

  1. Black Says:

    A Timbo and Jay album could work but niggas just would have to bring their A game. I have to believe that when u get to that level of success that they have both achieved the hunger definitely suffers.

  2. landlord Says:

    Jay’s best work is over Just Blaze shit

    ——

    case BEEN closed

  3. AmpGeez a.k.a. Smoke Greene Says:

    I have to believe that when u get to that level of success that they have both achieved the hunger definitely suffers.
    ========================================
    Which is why ESOM doing what it did hurt Jay more then it helped him.

    He needs to experience real failure to reinvigorate his thing but stanleys will buy anything Jay-Z which sends a false message that he’s on the right track.

  4. landlord Says:

    Timbaland beats always been pop beats… i never really thought he was a big deal… not to say he didnt make some ill shit, but i dont like them shits too much..

    except for “All Y’all” (timbaland & magoo)

    and “Hola Hovito”

  5. Suaveebolaetc.etc. Says:

    Which is why ESOM doing what it did hurt Jay more then it helped him.

    He needs to experience real failure to reinvigorate his thing but stanleys will buy anything Jay-Z which sends a false message that he’s on the right track.

    ^^

    Jay needs his own personal I AM/Nastradamus/Ether.

  6. Charles Oakley Says:

    Pony>>>

  7. Charles Oakley Says:

    If Nas could rise from the rubble so can Lupe, but he better hurry the fuck up.

  8. Black Says:

    He needs to experience real failure to reinvigorate his thing but stanleys will buy anything Jay-Z which sends a false message that he’s on the right track.

    ^^^^^^^^^

    BP3 was a good listen it just seemed like Jay was following trends on that joint. Like he let Kanye and Kid Cudi A&R that shit or something.

  9. Chris Cash Says:

    Jay needs his own personal I AM/Nastradamus/Ether

    ^ and what does those 3 have in common?

  10. AmpGeez a.k.a. Smoke Greene Says:

    Hov & Timbo – Lobster & Scrimp >>>>>

  11. Big_seth Says:

    BP3 was a good listen it just seemed like Jay was following trends on that joint. Like he let Kanye and Kid Cudi A&R that shit or something.
    ^^

    yep

  12. plug Says:

    Yo. Missy got a classic album and a semi classic. That’s one wit the song all in my grill on it was a classic classic. It had guest appearences of redman, outkast, eminem, etc

  13. Mag Says:

    Fat Joe album is good. Yes its good.
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    # RNC Chairman Michael Steele Says:
    July 26th, 2010 at 3:27 pm

    # Samir Says:
    July 26th, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    Yeah, the Lupe / Black Album thing was surprising. I Googled it and this thread popped up:

    slumz.boxden.com/f87/lupe-fiasco-ghostwrites-jay-z-674474/

    I feel like some comments are missing so it’s hard to understand fully what’s being said, but it seems like Lupe mentioned ghostwriting for Jay-Z in an interview with Hot 97 back in ’06. Or maybe not, like I said, that thread is fucking confusing.
    ———————————————-

    Someone must contact 50 Cent. That’s all I have to say. Oh wait– Jay’s verse on Under Pressure sounded a shitload like something Drake would write…..
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    ^
    Jay using upcoming for a sound to his album is nothing new, it’s similar to his love for alt rock collaborations.

    He’ll have a song with Vampire Weekend for next album… or Arcade Fire.

  14. Mag Says:

    Big_seth Says:
    July 26th, 2010 at 6:11 pm

    BP3 was a good listen it just seemed like Jay was following trends on that joint. Like he let Kanye and Kid Cudi A&R that shit or something
    ^
    And for that reason it sucks dick.

    Is this the God MC?

    KC (Minus sometracks) > BP3

    30 something >>>>>

  15. The Roots – “The Fire” Video | The Rap Up Says:

    […] Did Thought black out on this joint? Is summer hot? I still don’t know how The Roots managed to get away with an album as experimental as How I Got Over on a major label. Rik Cordero wrecked the clip. [Proppers: Nah Right] […]

  16. dgtheengima Says:

    Yes! My day has been made!

    For a year cats tried to convince me that BP3 was a great album/classic…NO!

    Minus Empire State of Mind, NO ONE and I MEAN NO ONE can recite a Jay verse from that album like you could up until Kingdom Come.

    Sure, 2010 Jay features have been good-to-great on some Andre 3000 circa 2007 shit, but beyond that, honestly BP3 = tied with BP2/Kingdom Come in Jay catalogue IMHO.

  17. Van Sertima Says:

    The video is dope but it looks like it was created to distract the listener form the real world issues Black Thought is talking about. I think a more auto biopic or biopic treatment would have been better for this vid. It’s harder than ever to make something out of nothing and simultaneously keep the fire. I think the people would benefit from a visual that reflects them. Keep pushin.

  18. spirit equality Says:

    that video has not a cotdamn thing to do with the song AND it is a narrative that goes nowhere. soldier in an unknown war march white guys through forest, makes them eat other, then let the last two go with a box that has something in it that’s never revealed? wtf? it’s the kind of film a four year old on angel dust would write with broken crayons.

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