The video was directed by Ric Menello and Adam Dubin, who did the wildly successful clip for "(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (to Party)
." That one was made for $20,000 and shot in an apartment with the group's friends, but now the band was successful, there was more oversight on "Brooklyn." Menello played the club owner who rejects the Beasties in the intro; Dubin was in the gorilla suit; the sexy girl was Ruth Collins, a B-movie actress; Simone Reyes, who was a receptionist at Def Jam, also makes an appearance. The video also featured Kerry King, who was shot from below to make him appear larger.
In the book I Want My MTV
, Durbin says, "The bloom was off the rose by that point. The good feeling that was on the set of "Fight for Your Right (to Party)" was not there. I could feel the tension."