Jay-Z’s latest music video off his 4:44 album is the one where he reimagines “Friends” with a star-studded cast of black actors.
The “Moonlight” video, directed by “Master of None’s” Alan Yang, was released exclusively through Tidal at 4:44 p.m. Friday, Rolling Stone reported.
It features Lil Rel Howery, Lakeith Stanfield and Jerrod Carmichael as the iconic sitcom’s male protagonists, with Issa Rae, Tiffany Haddish and Tessa Thompson starring opposite them.
Hannibal Buress also makes a guest appearance as himself halfway through the clip and takes the video into a deeper level of social commentary.
At the video’s end, the audio from the the 2017 Oscar Best Picture gaffe can be heard. “Moonlight” in February nabbed the Acadmey’s top prize, but not before a mistake resulted in the wrong winner being announced first.
“It’s like a subtle nod to ‘La La Land’ winning the Oscar, and then having to give it to ‘Moonlight,’” Jay-Z previously told iHeart Radio of the song’s message. “It’s really a commentary on the culture and where we’re going.”
“Moonlight” is among the many standouts on Jay-Z’s 4:44, which covers topics including his infidelities, his family and fallout with Kanye West.
Yang tweeted out a brief video of the actors recreating the theme song, with Whodini’s single, “Friends,” replacing Rembrandt’s well-known tune played at the start of each “Friends” episode.
He said the full music video will be available everywhere next week.
Tidal additionally released an short video that sees the actors in an apartment identical to the one featured on the sitcom where they recreate a scene from the 1996 episode, “The One Where No One’s Ready.”
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