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Jay-Z Recreates ‘Friends’ with Some of Our Black Hollywood Faves for His ‘Moonlight’ Video

Jay-Z just made our day, our week, our month, and even our year. The rapper, producer, and all-around genius has blessed us with a music video for “Moonlight,” a song from his new album 4:44. But it’s not just a regular music video — it pays homage to one of our favorite TV shows of all time.Jay-Z dropped the video for “Moonlight” from his ‘4:44’ album and it it’s definitely worth the watch.

In the clip, Jay recreates the iconic sitcom ‘Friends’ with all-Black actors. It features Lil Rel Howery, Lakeith Stanfield, Jerrod Carmichael, Issa Rae, Tiffany Haddish and Tessa Thompson. Hannibal Buress also makes a guest appearance as himself halfway through the clip.

“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.” 

Before you think we’re just getting a recreation of splashing around the water fountain, just you wait. The actors actually recreated exact scenes, verbatim, in a perfect replica of Monica and Rachel’s apartment.

It’s a perfect remake of the opening scene from the Friends episode “The One Where No One’s Ready.” (One of the best episodes.)

“Moonlight” hits on topics like infidelity, Kanye West, and that incident in the elevator with Solange. Many believe the song’s title is a subtle jab at La La Land. The full video references the Moonlight v. La La Land Oscars mishap, and it’s not to be missed. The “Moonlight” video will be public next week, but you can watch it now if you’re a loyal TIDAL subscriber.


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