Everything Is Everything / Lauryn Hill / Sanji / 1999

Everything Is Everything / Lauryn Hill / Sanji / 1999


Footnotes

Hill and Sanji adapt the karmic notion of universal connection and cyclical experience to details of the 90s urban marathon. Street life is depicted through its animated pace and by Sanji literally grooving its energetic to-and-fro: Hill is seen running Lola-like through New York as the huge arm of a phonograph swings over the city. It casts an ominous Independence Day-like shadow, then plants its diamond-tipped stylus into gray pavement. RPM rhythm becomes the video's metaphor for life; so while Hill dashes about in a long skirt and pink velour t-shirt and tosses her fluffy dreads, her movements –stylish and portentous– represent everyone's. The largeness of Hill and Sanji's visual concept encompasses the multiplicity of New York, various lives intersecting or in parallels. The worldview Hill raps ("I wrote these words for everyone/Who struggles in their youth") suggests a level playing field that spins and shakes folks up through someone else's control–represented by the hands of a black DJ. This unnamed hiphop deity makes the earth quake and the city speak (in Hill's voice) by mining its subterranean resources. Observing the lives of anxious, working people, the video strikes veins of ambition, chagrin, humility. ➡︎


Extras

▶︎ Everything Is Everything / Booker T. Jones / 2011


Sources

◼︎ Do All Music Videos Go to Heaven? / Armond White / 1999


IKEA: Center of the Universe / John Hobbs / 2008

IKEA: Center of the Universe / John Hobbs / 2008

The Wonder City / Gerard Garolera / 2014

The Wonder City / Gerard Garolera / 2014