You would expect a Public Enemy video to be shot in one of the New York boroughs, but you’ll get a pleasant surprise if you hit the clip for the hip-hop crew’s new single, “Everything.”
It begins not with Chuck D., but Justin Strong of the Shadow Lounge, mouthing the words to the song, which has the feel of a throwback Motown track. It continues on with Pittsburghers in Pittsburgh places, including comedian Davon Magwood and Most-Wanted Fine Art Gallery’s Jason Sauer, lip-syncing the song, a powerful statement about being grateful for what you have.
The video was created by Tarentum couple David and Maura Snyder, along with HWIC Filmworks, a film-production company run by David’s cousin, John Delserone, that has been making videos for Chuck D.’s SLAMjamz Records label.
The video has more than 182,000 hits on YouTube and is getting raves like “instant video classic” in the comments section. “Everything,” which features guest spots by saxman Gerald Albright and singer Sheila Brody, comes from Public Enemy’s 12th album, “The Evil Empire of Everything,” which was released in the fall.
Now let's see if we can get the new Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band to play Pittsburgh ... it's been a while.