Highlighting the country’s current political and social state in an artful perspective, the narrative-driven video features the singer portrayed as a hotel’s “Employee of the Month,” as he works a shift during a Black Lives Matter protest and tries to bring about unity in a divided USA.
According to Legend, the song started as a reference for upward mobility and escapism.
“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,” he told Complex.
He added, “And to use your power and status to uplift people and shine a light on places where we come from. That is what the song lyrically evolved to and that is what the video represents.”
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