While it might not have been what we were expecting when Pharrell and Jay Z’s names appeared next to each other in more than two years, what we actually got might be more beneficial in the long run. Friday saw Pharrell and Jay Z release their collaborative effort “Entrepreneur”
This record's timeliness can be associated with the Virginia natives new TIME Magazine cover, titled The New American Revolution. The visual has powerful imagery including, showing a series of Black entrepreneurs around the world and how they solved a social or business problem that confronted them. Familiar faces such as rapper Tyler, the Creator and filmmaker Issa Rae are just two of the many people who are presented in the series, which also happens to include a moment of silence for the late Nipsey Hussle.
Jay is in his Roc Nation brunch bag as he uses his verse to once again challenge establishments such as YouTube, Twitter, and Hulu citing that big conglomerates don't have anyone visibly in positions of power. With lines like “Sittin' around waitin' for folks to throw you a bone, If you can't buy the building at least stock the shelf” Jay looks to light a fire under the black creatives stating don't wait for the handout, and if there isn't a way make one.
Others entrepreneurs featured in the video include Robert Hartwell, Six Sev, TyAnthony Davis [Founder of Vox Collegiate Junior High], Vincent Williams [Founder of Honey’s Kettle], Iddris Sandu, Beatrice Dixon [Founder of Honey’s Pot], Arthell & Darnell Isom[Founders of D’ART Shtajio], Neighbors SkateShop just to name a few.