Jay Z narrates an animated short film on the war on drugs.
The New York Times has cooked up an animated video that shares the history of the US's long-standing war on drugs, with none other than Jay Z providing the narration, inserting it with his opinion at the same damn time.
An illustrator provides the backdrop for Jay Z's narration, which starts in the year 1986. From there, we hear how the war on drugs affected the lives of Americans, including Hov, and led to an increase in incarcerations. "Today we imprison more people than anyone in the world," Hov reveals. Jay goes on to speak on how the media twisted things so that crack was primarily seen as a problem for black people despite the fact that it was used more by white people.
Following the crack era, Jay Z walks us through marijuana's recent legalization in states like Colorado, although not every state is on the same page.
Watch the animated video above.