No, your eyes don’t deceive you.
Neither the Roots nor John Legend appear in the latest video from The Roots’ latest album, How I Got Over.
The group chose director Rik Cordero to film a clip for the piece, and Cordero explained his decision to leave the performers of the song out of the clip to Okayplayer:
‘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.
The video is explained further on its YouTube page.
‘The Fire’ chronicles a post-apocalyptic death march set in 1945 during the final stages of World War II in Europe. After a cataclysmic event renders the war futile, a paramilitary splinter group — led by a Kurtz-like figure known as The Commodore — forces the transfer of young men who will be used as labor…and food. The last survivor of the march receives a mysterious White Box which holds the key to survival.