This upbeat track features soul singer John Legend, who told MTV News he's been a fan of the Philly collective since his college days, when he was a student at the University of Pennsylvania. "This is a group I've been following since I was a kid at UPenn. I would go to open mics and watch them host the open mics, wishing I could be onstage with them, and now I'm in the studio with them," he gushed.
Roots drummer and co-producer ?uestlove told MTV News about this song, which is a rare upbeat tune on How I Got Over: "As far as 'The Fire' is concerned, we wanted to balance the record out also, with a sign of hope, a ray of hope. 'The Fire' is almost an anthem, if you will. It's like a hang-on-in-there, if you will, for us."
Dido helped shut down a Neo-Nazi Web site after learning it was using "White Flag" to promote its hateful messages. Owners of the site had misinterpreted the track as racist and thought they represented their white supremacy views.