Jay-Z drew upon inspiration from the hit 1990’s NBC tv series Friends for the video for Moonlight the latest single from his platinum selling album 4:44.
In the video directed by Alan M Yang, Jay has some of today’s hottest rising black actors including Issa Rae, Get Out star Lil Rel Howery,Atlanta’s Lakeith Stanfield, Thor: Ragnarok’s Tessa Thompson and Girls Trip’s Tiffany Haddish, and Jerrod Carmichael star of The Carmichael Show portraying the lead characters from Friends.
The title of the song is in reference to this year’s Oscar moment where LaLand was called out as the Best Picture winner when in fact Moonlight was the actually winner. Jay spoke on it when discussing the story behind the song saying, “It’s really a commentary on the culture and where we’re going,”
Currently the full video for Moonlight is exclusively available for viewing on Tidal but will be officially released next week according to director Yang.
I directed a music video for Jay-Z. It's called Moonlight. Available on Tidal now and everywhere in a week. pic.twitter.com/UkLfo7g2f2
— Alan Yang (@AlanMYang) August 4, 2017