In the mini-documentary, celebrities like Chris Rock, Will Smith, Michael B. Jordan, Kendrick Lamar and Oscar winner Mahershala Ali are all interviewed around the subject matter found in the track.
Jay-Z, Kendrick Lamar and Will Smith call out racism in new video for The Story of O.J.
Jay Z’s animated music video for ‘The Story of O.J.’ contains images of cotton fields, burning crosses and slave ships.
Speaking in the film, Jay-Z discusses the need for black celebrities to remain true to their roots, saying: ‘We tend to, as black people, cause we never had anything, which is understandable, we get to a place, and we just think we separate ourselves from the culture.
‘Like O.J. would get to a space where he’s like, “I’m not black, I’m O.J.” Like Tiger Woods would 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 added.
Elsewhere in the film, Will 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.’
The Daily Show host Trevor Noah also specifically refers to what success means for black celebrities, saying: ‘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: Cosby, Tiger, etc. The key can be taken away. But at least you have a key for the time being.’