JAY-Z Imagines an All-Black 'Friends' Cast in the "Moonlight" Video
What happens when you take Friends — quite possibly the whitest show ever — and remake it with black people?
You get a JAY-Z video.
JAY has just released the latest video from his 4:44 album; the video is for “Moonlight,” and it features a reimagined version of Friends where everyone is black. The video stars some of the hottest names in entertainment right now: Issa Rae, Tiffany Haddish, Tessa Thompson, Jerrod Carmichael, Lil Rel Howery, Lakeith Stanfield, and Hannibal Buress (who’s not playing a Friends character, but himself.)
The actors actually recreate a real Friends episode — one where Ross is trying to convince all his friends to get dressed for a fancy party. They also recreate the opening scene where they’re all dancing in the fountain, but instead of playing Rembrandts’ “I’ll Be There For You.” they use Whodini’s iconic single “Friends.”
The video was directed by Master of None director Alan Yang, who took to Twitter to announce that the video would be available everywhere (meaning YouTube) next week.
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
Until then, watch it on TIDAL here.