Jay-Z’s New Music Video Remixes Friends with an All-Black Cast

Where can you find all of your favorite black actors working today running through a fountain while music plays and generally having a great time? Okay, yes, in Girls Trip, but also in Jay-Z’s new music video for his song “Moonlight,” off his album 4:44. It debuted Friday exclusively on Tidal, and will be available everywhere next week.

The video is directed by Master of None co-creator Alan Yang, who shared a short clip of it on his Twitter account Friday night. In the clip, Insecure’s Issa Rae, Westworld and Thor: Ragnarok’s Tessa Thompson, and Tiffany Haddish of Girls Trip flop down on a couch, Friends-style, before being joined by Get Out’s Lakeith Stanfield, his co-star Lil Rey Howery, and Jerrod Carmichael as Whodini’s “Friends” plays over the “credits.”

The music video begins with Stanfield and Howery doing some classic Joey and Chandler banter, before “Ross” (Carmichael) walks in, and it’s gradually revealed that Rae is Rachel, Thompson is Monica, and Haddish, naturally, is Phoebe.

The video breaks the fourth wall a couple of times, with Hannibal Buress making an appearance to make fun of Jay-Z’s concept.

“It’s just episodes of Seinfeld, but with black people,” Buress says. “Who asked for that?” Carmichael responds that this is Friends, actually, and that it’s subversive, thank you very much, Buress says, “You did a good job of subverting good comedy. You gonna do black Full House next? Family Ties? Home Improvement?”

Hey, those aren’t bad ideas.

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