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Jay-Z’s New Music Video Uses America’s Long History of Racist Cartoons to Deliver a Haunting Message

With her visual album Lemonade, Beyoncé sampled and recontextualized centuries’ worth of imagery of black women. Now, with his new video for “The Story of OJ,” released shortly after his new album 4:44 early this morning, Mr. Carter is taking on a whole other history of representations of black people. “‘The Story of OJ’ is really a song about we as a culture, having a plan, how we’re gonna push this forward,” Jay-Z (who is now styling his name JAY-Z) explained on iHeartRadio for his new album’s premiere.
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