JAY-Z VIDEO MONTAGE OF PAIN AND TRIUMPH
Written by NY2LARADIO STAFF on July 10, 2017
JAY-Z has released the video for “4:44,” the title track off his new album, via Tidal. The rapper/mogul follows his “The Story of OJ” animated video with one created from a montage of clips seemingly pulled from YouTube, On the Run tour footage and a modern dance routine symbolizing the dynamics of Jay and Beyoncé’s relationship. The infamous arrest footage of Donna Goudeau (“I’m legally blind!”) appears, as does an interview with a man who nearly died after being hit by a car. He repeats the message he received from God after the accident: “I can’t take you. I’ve showed you too much, I can’t take you now.” Eventually, the video is punctuated with an all blue screen, foreshadowing Blue Ivy’s gleeful entrance.
The dominant storyline of JAY-Z’s 4:44 album has been the notoriously private and aloof artist taking off his armor to divulge the answers to the world’s pressing questions about his reality. And for the most part, that interpretation is accurate. Throughout 4:44, and especially on the title track, he is disarmingly forthcoming and unexpectedly willing to discuss deeply personal secrets. These include his infidelity and his mother’s sexuality. But another defining theme of the album becomes the center of the “4:44” video. It’s a beautifully woven tapestry of pain, the byproducts of a painfully imbalanced justice system and the emotional damage caused by marital betrayal. Still the crux of the video is the immense joy and fulfillment JAY feels at having served his purpose: bringing a life into the world that does not have to carry on his legacy, but begins her own existence several ticks wiser.
Watch Jay-Z’s “4:44” video here.
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