It’s been greater than a month since JAY-Z’s newest album, four:44, broke onto the music scene, and whereas we’ve grown accustomed to the weekly launch of Tidal-exclusive visuals supporting the album, this week’s launch carries an additional satirical/nostalgic punch. Starring Issa Rae, Jerrod Carmichael, Tessa Howard, Tiffany Haddish, Lakeith Stanfield, and Lil Rel Howery—plus Hannibal Burress as himself, rolling his eyes at the entire thing—“Moonlight” presents itself as a black model of Buddies, ’90s-TV’s “white folks hanging out and having enjoyable“ juggernaut. (Particularly, a recreation of the basic episode “The One The place No One’s Prepared,” with Carmichael as Ross and Rae as Rachel.)
Full with its personal customized theme tune—“Buddies,” by Whodini—the video begins out lighthearted, earlier than turning into a tragic, virtually horrific meditation on the struggles of black creators to craft genuine tales about black life in America, relatively than being pressured to stay within the shadow of white tradition. (Not that it’s all doom-and-gloom; there’s additionally an outtake video that options an additional minute or two of Burress riffing on methods to inform Carmichael his new TV present sucks.) You’ll be able to watch a preview for the video up above, and see the total factor on Tidal.
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