The track “Entrepreneur” features Jay-Z, whose own Black entrepreneur cred is well-established and is frequently boasted about by the rapper himself.
I have to say I like the music video much more than I like the song itself, as I am pretty weary of rich Black men chiding the rest of us as if it’s our fault we’re not as rich as them.
Jay-Z himself has been on this tip for a while and he does so right off the bat in this new song, rapping: “Black Twitter, what’s that? When Jack is paid, do you?”
Jack of course, is Jack Dorsey, the CEO of Twitter, while in the preceding line Jay-Z is referring to the infamous influence and voice that Black users have been able to carve out of the platform, including numerous Black creators and entrepreneurs who have successfully used Twitter to launch their careers.
Black Twitter for the most part laughed off the chiding and did some ribbing of Jigga themselves, including comparing him to Stringer Bell from The Wire:
And calling out his own habits of hobnobbing with white CEOs like Dorsey:
Back to the music video for “Entrepreneur”, though, in which there was much to admire. Despite Pharrell singing a refrain of “Black man, Black Man, Black Man,” the video for the song features both Black women and Black men who are doing boss things.
There’s teacher TyAnthony Davis, who founded Vox Collegiate in LA to address low-performance for students in his district.
There’s Tyler the Creator of Odd Future and Grammy Award-Winning fame, looking appropriately proud as a stream of his accomplishments are listed in the video.
There’s Beatrice Dixon of Honey Pot, the Black woman whose all-natural feminine product company was targeted by white reviewers online who were upset at a commercial in which Dixon says she became an entrepreneur to show little Black girls they could do it too.
There’s Issa Rae, who went from a web-series creator to an Emmy award winner and head of her own entertainment empire.
There’s Vincent and Arlene Williams of Honey’s Kettle, a restaurant which they operate with their children, and even Nicholas Johnson, who this year became the first Black valedictorian in the history of Princeton.
The video also has a really powerful ending featuring Broadway performer and choreographer Robert Hartwell, which I won’t spoil.
Watch the full video for “Entrepreneur” by Pharrell feat. Jay-Z below to experience it for yourself:
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