Jay Z Enlists Issa Rae, Tiffany Haddish & More For Epic ‘Friends’ Inspired Video
Jay Z has done it again! The rapper has managed to create a monumental music video that now has everyone talking.
Inspired by the 90’s sitcom, Friends, Hov and director, Master of None co-creator Alan Yang, collaborated to remake the opening up the classic television series for Jay’s 4:44 track, “Moonlight.”
The full video, which was released exclusively on Tidal, showcases some of today’s Black rising stars reciting lines from the classic episode called, ‘The One Where No One’s Ready.’
In the clip, Jerrod Carmichael from The Carmichael Show plays Ross, Insecure’s Issa Rae plays Rachel, Lil Rel Howery of Get Out plays Joey, Atlanta’s Lakeith Stanfield plays Chandler, Tessa Thompson known for her role on Creed, plays Monica, and Girls Trip star Tiffany Haddish plays Phoebe.
The cast literally is speaking lines verbatim, wearing almost the exact same clothing from the 90’s AND is on the exact same set. Also, instead of using the actual theme song, the rapper swapped it out for “Friends” by Whodini.
While the visual is not only entertaining and weirdly nostalgic, Jay made an appoint to showcase one of the most controversial entertainment stories of the year.
At the end of the Friends nod, you hear audio playing from the 2017 Academy Awards where La La Land was announced as Best Picture, but it was really Moonlight who won the top honor. “It’s really a commentary on the culture and where we’re going,” Jay said during a radio interview.
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