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Jay-Z Releases Animated 'The Story of O.J.' Video From '4:44'

To accompany the release of his new album 4:44, Jay-Z released an animated video for standout track “The Story of O.J.”

The Nina Simone-sampling clip, directed by the rapper and Mark Romanek, plays off and subverts traditional African-American stereotypes. The style of the cartoon is a direct nod to the racist minstrel animations of the early 20th century where many black stereotypes that continue to pervade culture originated from. 

The clip centers on a character named “Jaybo,” a tweak on the “Sambo” character from the children’s book The Story of Little Black Sambo, a reference that’s long-running shorthand for racist portrayals of African-Americans in the media. “Light nigga, dark nigga, faux nigga, real nigga / Rich nigga, poor nigga, house nigga, field nigga Still nigga, still nigga,” Jay-Z raps as trenchant images of cotton fields, burning crosses, slave ships and lynchings appear on-screen. 

Speaking on the song to iHeartRadio, Jay-Z said, “‘The Story of OJ’ is really a song about we as a culture, having a plan, how we’re gonna push this forward. We all make money, and then we all lose money, as artists especially. But how, when you have some type of success, to transform that into something bigger.”

The rapper released his new album – his first since 2013’s Magna Carta Holy Grail – as a Tidal exclusive on June 30th. It’s unclear how long the album will remain exclusive to the streaming service, or if a physical release is planned. He also partnered with iHeartRadio to air the album on 160 radio stations nationally until July 1st at midnight ET.

The new album comes weeks after mysterious “4:44” subway posters and banner ads started cropping up without explanation. It was soon revealed that 4:44 was, in part, an upcoming Tidal-only film starring Mahershala Ali, Lupita Nyong’o and Danny Glover. Jay-Z’s mom Gloria Carter, Frank Ocean, Damian Marley, Beyoncé, The-Dream and Blue Ivy Carter all appear on the album.

Jay-Z will hit the road this summer in support of 4:44, including stops at festivals like his Made in America, Austin City Limits and Meadows.

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JAY-Z | 4:44

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NEW YORK, le 30 juin 2017 /PRNewswire/ — La plateforme de musique et de divertissement TIDAL est heureuse d’annoncer la sortie de 4:44 de JAY-Z et du premier film inspiré par le nouvel album.

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JAY-Z | 4:44

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JAY-Z | 4:44

TIDAL Logo.NEW YORK and OVERLAND PARK, Kan., June 30, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Global music and entertainment platform TIDAL and Sprint (NYSE: S) are excited to share JAY-Z’s 4:44 and first visual are now available to the 45 million postpaid and prepaid Sprint/TIDAL customers.
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Tyler, the Creator Taps Frank Ocean, A$AP Rocky for New Songs

Tyler, the Creator has unveiled his new video for “Who Dat Boy,” which features A$AP Rocky. It’s Tyler, the Creator’s first new music since 2015’s Cherry Bomb. On Thursday at midnight, he also surprised fans with new song “911 / Mr. Lonely,” which features Frank Ocean.

The new visuals are self-directed by Tyler, the Creator’s alter ego, Wolf Haley. The clip opens as a horror movie-styled set up with creepy music to match. The rapper is seen shot from behind as foreboding music plays and flashes of light heighten the suspense. He turns to the camera to question, “Yo, who dat boy?” before running out of the house and down a sunny street where it’s revealed that part of his face is partially blown away. He goes to a neighbor’s house, which turns out to be A$AP Rocky’s home.

A$AP Rocky moonlights as a surgeon in the clip and he begins operating on Tyler, the Creator’s face, but it’s not long before the police come knocking. When Tyler, the Creator emerges from surgery he has a different face stapled over his wounds and the pair escape down the street. Soon Tyler, the Creator is driving away as the police are in hot pursuit. The clip abruptly ends with a tease of a different-sounding tune, which has decidedly more sunny, romantic vibes than the disquieting “Who Dat Boy.”

Theend of the video clip teased “911 / Mr. Lonely,” which features FrankOcean and credits The Gap Band on Spotify, before the full song was officially released at midnight on Thursday. Thefunk-grooved tune opens with a pleading, “Call me, call me, call me,”before Tyler, the Creator introduces himself. “How you doing, my name isLonely, nice to meet you,” he sings. “Here’s my number, you can reachme.” The sweet, lush old-school R&B chorus repeats, “911, call me/ Call mesometime.”

Last fall, Tyler, the Creator also teamed with A$AP Rocky for A$AP Rocky’s “Telephone” alongside Playboy Carti and Yung Gleesh. Meanwhile,Frank Ocean recently enlisted Tyler, the Creator and Jay-Z for”Biking.” In May, Tyler, the Creator unveiled a making-of documentary about 2015’s Cherry Bomb.

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