Jay-Z Releases Short Film for ‘4:44’


Another day, another release for Jay-Z’s 4:44, which has expanded to all major streaming services. This new video for the album’s title track is another Tidal exclusive, however. It’s less of a music video and more of an experimental short film. The majority of the video features a young boy singing Nina Simone’s 1964 song “Feeling Good,” and then cuts to an excerpt from All by Myself: The Eartha Kitt Story. More from Rolling Stone:

Fleeting images of subway and street dancers, riots, a Jean-Michel Basquiat interview and seemingly unrelated viral videos like the “Leprechaun in Mobile, Alabama” news segment fill the video before it circles back to live footage of Jay-Z and Beyoncé performing “Drunk in Love” together soundtracked to a live rendition of Al Green’s “Judy.” The video concludes with unseen footage of a joyous Blue Ivy, who raps on the 4:44 bonus cut “Blue’s Freestyle/We Family.”

Watch the whole thing on Tidal.