Last week, Jay-Z finally dropped the music video for ‘Moonlight’ on YouTube.
Originally exclusive for Tidal users, the track from his breakout album called “4:44” was experienced with a thoughtful spooFrienf of ‘ds’ — a well-loved 90s sitcom.
The out-of-the-box visuals directed by Master of None’s Alan Yang quickly gained traction and mixed reactions from raving fans.
African-American actors including Issa Rae, Jerrod Carmichael, Tiffany Haddish, Tessa Thompson, Lil Rey, and LaKeith Stanfield starred in the 7-minute parody of the American TV show that remains to be dominating pop culture.
From the cold opening with an impressive replica of the set to the clever re-enactment of the colorful intro sequence, the remake of the popular episode, “The One Where No One’s Ready,” has got it down to a T.
However, with the last part of the MV’s narrative taking on race representation in the industry, there’s more to this famous re-creation.
Granted, the MV only played a minute of the song, but the lines “We stuck in La La Land / Even when we win, we gon’ lose” in reference to La La Land’s Oscar win over Moonlight is all forms of golden striking raw authenticity.
4:44 is available for streaming on Tidal.
Watch the music video here: