Jay-Z Parodies Friends With “Moonlight” Video

Jay-Z dropped a video for “Moonlight,” the latest single from his critically acclaimed album, 4:44.

featuring Lil’ Rel Howery (Get Out), Issa Rae (Insecure), Tessa Thompson (Creed), Tiffany Haddish (Girls Trip), Jerrod Carmichael (The Carmichael Show) and Lakeith Stanfield (Crown Heights) in a black remake of the show Friends.

From the intro sequence (colorful umbrellas included) to the goofy dancing and a set that matches Monica’s apartment to a T, there’s not an element of Jay-Z’s music video that doesn’t mirror Friends perfectly.

Check out a clip of Jay-Z’s Friends-inspired video below. TIDAL subscribers can view the full “Moonlight” video over on TIDAL.

As the title suggests, “Moonlight” alludes to the best-picture fiasco at this year’s Oscars, when La La Land was mistakenly and momentarily given the award instead of the real winner, the Barry Jenkins-directed Moonlight.

“The hook is ‘We stuck in La La Land/Even if we win, we gonna lose,” said Jay-Z to Genius about the track. “It’s like a subtle nod to La La Land winning the Oscar, and then having to give it to Moonlight. It’s really a commentary on the culture and where we’re going.”

Many compare the core premise of Friends to the iconic Black sitcom Living Single, which debuted over a year before a Friends episode ever made it on the air. Living Single was an original concept and a bonafide hit. But when comparing the financial and commercial success of both franchises, Friends is the clear winner. And maybe this is what Jay is trying to illustrate with the Moonlight music video. Friends became such a popular franchise that it was granted 10 full seasons and the actors were rumored to have made a million dollars per episode. Living Single on the other hand only had 5 seasons, and the actors involved never garnered salaries even close to their Caucasian counterparts.

Since 4:44’s highly-anticipated release in late June, the rap album continues to dominate the charts and has already gone platinum. Jay-Z is currently preparing to hit the road on his 4:44 North American tour, which is scheduled to start in October and conclude in December.

Source: eonline.com, refinery29.com, thegrapevine.theroot.com