Never one to shy away from important topics, John Legend has always used his platform to speak up for the black community—from Black Lives Matter to the current NFL protests, he (and his lovely wife, Chrissy Teigen) is clearly on the Anti-Trump wagon, as well.
“With the chorus of going to the penthouse floor, we were thinking about upward mobility, and thinking about escape,” Legend says. “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. 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.”
Chance doesn’t make an appearance. Instead, replaced by someone wearing a “3” hat. Directed by Dominique Deleon, the “Penthouse Floor” video is below.