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Watch Jay-Z’s Full ‘Moonlight’ Short Film – Yes, the Black ‘Friends’ One

TheWrap logo TheWrap 8/11/2017 Tony Maglio


Jay-Z's full "Moonlight" short film has made its way from TIDAL to VEVO, which should excite fans of the rapper's music, and of free stuff.

The seven-and-a-half-minute movie, directed by "Master of None" alum Alan Yang, reimagines the classic NBC sitcom "Friends" with an all-black cast.

Of course, there's a far-deeper message about race relations, cultural appropriation and intellectual property not-too-buried among the music and laughs. The short ends with a nod to the feature-length "Moonlight" and the now-infamous Academy Awards' snafu that initially named "La La Land" last year's Best Picture.

The cast of ""Friends"" (extra quotation marks intended around that one) features Issa Rae ("Insecure") as Rachel, Tiffany Haddish ("Girls Trip") as Phoebe, Tessa Thompson ("Dear White People") as Monica, Lil Rel Howery ("Get Out") as Joey, Lakeith Stanfield ("Atlanta") as Chandler and Jerrod Carmichael ("The Carmichael Show") as Ross.

Jay-Z released "4:44" exclusively through his TIDAL streaming service on June 30. The album was certified platinum less than a week after its release.

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