Well, the wait is finally over: Tidal has made Jay-Z’s 13th studio album 4:44 available for streaming. In addition, the streaming platform also offered an animated visual to the second track on 4:44, “The Story of O.J.,” which was directed by Hov himself and Mark Romanek. Romanek is best known for directing One Hour Photo, and more recently, the music video for Beyoncé’s “Sandcastles” from her sixth studio album Lemonade. In addition to Jay-Z’s rapping, “The Story of O.J.” also features a sample of Nina Simone. This bleak animated visual stars Jay-Z’s 2-D counterpart, a cartoon character by the name of Jaybo, and has an ending so grim it’s nothing short of provocative. You can stream the black-and-white animated video below.
Photo: Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images for Sports Illustrated