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JAY-Z Takes on Racist Disney Cartoons in ‘The Story of O.J.’ Video

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Music Editor
Updated: 6 July 2017
JAY-Z has unveiled a video for his new track ‘The Story of O.J.’ and unlike the rest of his latest album, you don’t need a Tidal subscription to watch it.

The black-and-white animation has been posted on YouTube so everyone can marvel at the majesty of his flow and his biting lyrics.

The video, directed by the rapper and Mark Romanek, takes on America’s history of racist cartoons that used to be produced by the likes of Disney, Fletcher Studios and Warner Bros.

It follows the adventures of a dog called Jaybo working as a cotton fields picker.

Visuals include lynchings, burning crosses and slave ships as Jay raps: ‘Light nigga, dark nigga, faux nigga, real nigga / Rich nigga, poor nigga, house nigga, field nigga. Still nigga, still nigga.’

Talking on iHeartRadio, he explained: ‘ “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.’

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The rapper released his new album 4:44 as a Tidal exclusive on June 30.

Jay has also put out the video ‘Episode One: Footnotes for “The Story of O.J.” ‘ which sees him, Kendrick Lamar, Will Smith and Chris Rock sharing their thoughts on race and injustice, although that’s only available on Tidal for now.