WHAT: A new stop motion and timelapse video explaining why the War on Drugs, initiated by former president Richard Nixon in 1971, is an “epic fail.”
WHO: Jay Z a.k.a. Shawn Carter wrote the script and narrates the film while New York City-based artist Molly Crabapple provides gorgeous watercolor illustrations.
WHY WE CARE: This is an incredibly original take on the well-worn op-ed format. It manages to make information that, by now, is relatively well-known and turn it into a more powerful, illustrative statement of how minorities suffered (and continue to suffer) under the decades-long War on Drugs while using perhaps one of the most iconic voices of that era, rapper Jay Z, to drive that point home. Watch below.