advertisement
advertisement

Jay Z Explains The Failed War On Drugs In Beautiful Animated Video

The New York City rapper teamed up with the New York Times for an original take on the op-ed.

Jay Z Explains The Failed War On Drugs In Beautiful Animated Video

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.”

advertisement

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.

About the author

Nikita Richardson is an assistant editor at Fast Company magazine.

More

Video