Jay-Z Shares Three New ‘4:44’ Visuals

Jay-Z has been busy on the road since his 4:44 Tour kicked off last month but that doesn’t mean a pause in production for more of the album’s brilliant visuals. Yesterday Hov shared brand new videos for “Smile,” “Marcy Me” and “Legacy.” “Smile,” which features openhearted lyrics and a moving poem from the Brooklyn-bred icon’s mother soundtracks a Crooklyn-meets-Kitchen-Table-Series style dedication to Ms. Gloria Carter’s (his mother) young adult years. In cinematic and incredibly moving scenes scripted only by the song’s lyrics, we watch a young Black mother conceal her true sexuality for society’s comfort.

Ben and Joshua Safdie are the directors behind the reality-based visuals for “Marcy Me.” Jay raps bar after bar about a life in the hood and the struggle that so many Black people and children in low-income communities today still face. Symbolic and still very direct, the video for “Marcy Me” shows how Black men, women and children are automatically subject to scrutiny and are constantly targeted for simply just being. “Legacy,” written and directed by Jeymes Samuel, is a thirteen-minute short with a prison break plot.

Watch the Miles Jay-directed visual for “Smile” above and the “Marcy Me” and “Legacy” videos below.

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