Jay-Z keeps it classic with his music video for “Moonlight,” a track off his recent album 4:44. In the video, Jay-Z remakes Friends incorporating a gaggle of fellow artists and celebrities. Like the previous clips from the album, the “Moonlight video was released promptly at 4:44 this past friday.
A trio including Lil Rel Howery from Get Out, Atlanta’s Lakeith Stanfield and comedian Jerrod Carmichael make up the male protagonists in the video while Insecure creator Issa Rae, Girls Trip star Tiffany Haddish and Tessa Thompson encompass the female roles. Comedian and actor Hannibal Buress also makes a cameo appearance as himself midway through the clip.
“Moonlight” is wrought with controversial topics. Some of which include his marital infidelities with Beyonce and his fallout with longtime friend Kanye West. The track stands can be viewed as a direct jab at the entertainment industry itself. In an interview with iHeartRadio Jay-Z commented on the song saying,
“It’s really a commentary on the culture and where we’re going.”
Playing on the classic sitcom, “Moonlight” is set in an apartment identical to that of which Friends takes place. The six male and female characters partake in a comedic bantering much like that of the 90s show. Throwing it back, Jay-Z brings pop culture to the light and gets everyone feeling nostalgic.
The “Moonlight” video is a critique on pop culture that’s both comedic and relatable.