Jay-Z, Will Smith, more discuss racism in new 'The Story of O.J.' clip

| Updated: Jul 05, 2017 07:18 IST

New Delhi [India], Jul 5 (ANI): Jay-Z dropped his album '4:44' a few days back and now, he has released a mini documentary focused on the black experience in America via Tidal. The 8-minute clip, titled "Footnotes for 'The Story of O.J.'," included interviews with Hov and other prominent stars, like Mahershala Ali, Michael B. Jordan, Van Jones, Kendrick Lamar, Trevor Noah, Chris Rock and Will Smith. Each interview was set to 'The Story of O.J.,' one of 10 new songs included on Jay-Z's album, '4:44.' In the video, Jordan is heard saying, "Being black in America is like being in a tiny, compressed box anchored at the bottom of the ocean with like 10,000 lbs. of pressure on you at all times, you know?. And not really feeling like you can be who you are or speak your truth without being criticized with 1,000 opinions and pointed fingers telling you what you're not and what you're not doing." Noah, who was born and raised in South Africa, says in the clip, "Success is still in many ways a synonym for white. And so once you attach successful to the black man, there's a little key that has been given to you that may give you access to the white world. The key can be taken away: [Bill] Cosby, Tiger, etc.-the key can be taken away. But at least you have a key for the time being." Jay-Z is heard saying, "As black people-because we never had anything, which is understandable-we get to a place, and we just think we separate ourselves from the culture. O.J. would get to a space where he's like, 'I'm not black, I'm O.J.' Like Tiger Woodswould get to a space and think, 'I'm above the culture.' And that same person when he's playing golf and playing great, you're protected. When you're not, they're gonna put pictures of you drunk driving and, like, embarrass you. That world will eat you up and spit you out." He goes on, "I understand it, because the psychological damage is so real. It's so real. It's going to take for the way showers to do it and then not get to that point and turn into, like, 'I aint black! I'm O.J.' Like, he made it! Like, he made it. Then it was like he cut all ties. Now the next generation of guys can't come with him." In the film, Smith says, "I knew really young that if I thought of myself as somehow less than somebody else I was going to build a life that was less," while Rock tells a harrowing story about how as a young girl living in South Carolina, his mother was forced to go to a vet for dental treatment. (ANI)