Jay-Z ‘4:44’ Video Mixes Viral Videos With Old Footage Of Beyonce and Blue Ivy

The release of Jay-Z’s highly anticipated visual album 4:44 exclusively on Tidal almost two weeks ago had fans clamouring to sign up for the rappers own streaming service, so for those of us who haven’t subscribed, the album still remains somewhat of a mystery. But now, the music video for 4:44 has been shared over on Youtube for all to see and hear.

After dropping the standout visual for The Story Of OJ, the Roc Nation rapper returns with an eight-minute-long montage style short film for 4:44. The track opens with a young boy singing Nina Simone’s Feeling Good and is shortly followed by footage of viral videos including the “legally blind” lady, couples fighting, to footage of police brutality that black Americans have been facing. The video also features prominent black figures like Eartha Kitt, Lauryn Hill and Jean-Michel Basquiat. Between the clips, a man and woman do an interpretive dance to the song.

It’s an odd visual pairing of one of Jay-Z’s most personal songs where he made waves for lyrics that are directly addressed to his situation with Beyonce, including his infidelity. Jay manages to lighten the mood towards the end sharing concert footage of the couple performing Drunk In Love as an Al Green track plays over it. Finally, the closing moments ends with unseen footage of a smiling Blue Ivy looking out a window.

Check out Jay-Z’s  4:44 video above!