After a week of being exclusive to TIDAL, JAY-Z has opened up The Story of OJ to everyone with a release on YouTube. Taken from 4:44, the platinum-selling album The Story of OJ is one of JAY-Z’s most controversial and politically fueled tracks to date and the video adds further fuel to the fire.
Inspired by the cartoons of Disney, Warner Bros and Fleischer Studios; specifically, The Censored Eleven that were taken off the air in the late 60’s as the ethnic stereotypes they depicted were deemed too offensive for a modern audience. The Story of OJ visuals depict the story of the African-American in the US, the current culture and how there are still disconnects stopping true progress, soundtracked by one of the stand-out tracks on 4:44.
As a major African-American artist, JAY-Z has been known to shy away from political and social commentary in his music, especially to this extent. With JAY-Z coming out to say that “The Story of OJ is really a song about we as a culture, having a plan, how we’re gonna push this forward.” The track has also accompanied by Footnotes For “The Story of OJ” which sees several African-American celebrities such as Will Smith, Kendrick Lamar, Chris Rock and others discussing the social inequality they have had to face in the US.
Check out the visuals below and let us know what you think…