JAY-Z Remakes All-Black Friends In New Music Video 'Moonlight'

JAY-Z gives one minute of rapping with his latest music video “Moonlight” off his new album 4:44, giving fans a visual of 1994’s popular sitcom and a symbolic message. Released Friday on Tidal the 7-minute video directed by Master of None co-creator Alan Yang, provides a recreation of the iconic classic comedy show “Friends” with an all-black cast. This video features well-known cast of black actors, Jerrod Carmichael (The Carmichael Show) taps into play Ross, Issa Rae (Insecure) is Rachel, Tiffany Haddish (Girls Trip) is Phoebe, LaKeith Stanfield (Atlanta) is Chandler, Lil Rel Howery (Get Out) is Joey, and Tessa Thompson (Creed) is Monica.

According to USA Today the 7- minute video shows:

the cast takes a break, Carmichael catches up with comedian Hannibal Buress offstage, Carmichael asks Buress what he thinks of the updated sitcom, which he considers "something subversive" that could "turn culture on its head."

Buress isn't convinced.

"It was terrible, man," the comedian replies. "Garbage ... wack ... you did a good job of subverting good comedy. You gonna do a black Full House next?"

Carmichael goes back to his shoot, and then seen walking off set with a different perspective. Jay-Z is heard rapping, "Y'all stuck in La La Land/ Even when we win, we gon' lose/ Y'all got the same (explicit) flows/ I don't know who is who."

The video ends with audio from the infamous 2017 Oscars mixup of La La Land mistakenly being announced as best picture. The word Moonlight, the real Oscar winner, appears.

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Story From:  USA Today, Pitchfork, Washington Post