No, 'Friends' Co-Creator Hasn't Seen Jay-Z's '4:44' Spoof
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"I don't have Tidal," says David Crane, though he tells THR that he has heard about the rapper's music video, which features Issa Rae, Hannibal Buress and Jerrod Carmichael mimicking the opening of the beloved sitcom.
Jay-Z debuted a music video for "Moonlight" — the latest track from his revelatory 4:44 album — on Aug. 4 at 4:44 p.m. ET, and it featured a starry cast of talent in very familiar settings.
The clip, which was directed by Master of None co-creator Alan Yang, opens with Issa Rae, Hannibal Buress, Tiffany Haddish, Lakeith Stanfield, Tessa Thompson, Jerrod Carmichael and Lil Rel Howery dancing around in a fountain mimicking the opening of the iconic sitcom Friends.
Later, some of the actors are featured on a set that looks identical to Rachel and Monica's apartment in a Friends re-creation. And while, dozens of news outlets wrote about the new video, not everyone has seen it, including Friends co-creator David Crane.
Reached by The Hollywood Reporter, Crane, revealed that while he had heard of the spoof, it wasn't enough to plunk down his credit card to subscribe to Jay-Z's exclusive music service (prices range from $9.99 to $19.99 per month). "I don't have Tidal," Crane explains. "I’m just happy that the show is still part of the cultural zeitgeist after all these years."
The clip will be available for streaming outside of Tidal later this week.
A version of this story first appeared in the Aug. 9 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.