Released this past Friday (August 4th), JAY-Z‘s video for “Moonlight” was even more abstract from its predecessors, “The Story Of O.J.,” “Kill JAY-Z,” “Bam” and the Verse of the Month winning title-track.
Directed by Alan Yang, on the surface the visual is simply a parody of the 90’s sitcom Friends, but with an all-Black cast instead: Jerrod Carmichael (Ross), Issa Rae (Rachael), Tiffany Haddish (Phoebe), Tessa Thompson (Monica), Lakeith Stanfield (Chandler), and Lil Rel Howery (Joey), with Hannibal Buress portraying himself.
However, the film has a much more deeper meaning and (for those who haven’t seen it yet, I won’t spoil things) flips the script entirely as you watch. TIDAL has released a behind-the-scenes vignette at the video, with the director, stars and JAY-Z himself providing more insight into its making. Check it out below.