Jay-Z’s Moonlight Music Video Is An All-Black Parody Of “Friends”

We’ve been waiting for years for Jay-Z to release new music of his own, and now they’re here. The rap mogul just dropped a music video for “Moonlight,” a song from his new album 4:44, and it’s pretty much the FRIENDS homage people have been waiting for, and then some!

The music video, only available on TIDAL for now, was directed by Master of None’s Alan Yang! The “Moonlight” video is a spot-on recreation of the widely popular 90’s sitcom, featuring an all-black cast. The music video pretty much lampoons everything to the T, exact scenes in a perfect replica of Monica and Rachel’s apartment. The video features stars such as Issa Rae, Tiffany Haddish, Jerrod Carmichael, Lil Rel Howery, and Lakeith Stanfield.

Of course, as evident from the title, the track refers to the Moonlight/La La Land mix-up at the recent Academy Awards, where La La Land was mistakenly announced as the Best Picture winner, instead of Moonlight, which featured a predominantly black cast. Jay-Z’s decision to parody FRIENDS with a black ensemble mirrors the message of Hollywood lacking diversity.

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