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Jay Z’s ‘Moonlight’ Video Goes Deep into Race Politics

Even though Jay Z is an incredible rapper, he knows when to let others take the spotlight.

Last week, he released a music video for the song “Moonlight” off his new album 4:44. The video looks oddly familiar at first glance–and it’s supposed to.

Jay Z recreated scenes from Friends with an all-black cast. Interestingly enough, this video is shedding light on the fact that there was an all-black version of Friends. Or rather, Friends is a white version of the television show Living Single. Living Single premiered a year before Friends and focused on six friends living in New York City. Sound familiar?

The cast of Jay Z’s video “Moonlight” includes Jerrod Carmichael (The Carmichael Show), Issa Rae (Insecure), Lil Rel Howery (Get Out), Lakeith Stanfield (Atlanta), Tessa Thompson (Creed) and Tiffany Haddish (Girls Trip).

After Carmichael steps aside to chat with Hannibal Buress in the video, he is noticeably shaken by Buress telling him they are “subverting good comedy.”

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That’s when Carmichael steps back onto set, hollowly reading lines. By the time Jay Z actually starts rapping, it’s the perfect time for another pop culture reference.

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