David Crane, the co-creator of Friends, doesn't have a Tidal subscription. Crane's Tidallessness was revealed Thursday in a brief interview with the Hollywood Reporter. When asked about Jay Z's recent "Moonlight" video, the veteran writer/producer revealed he hadn't seen it.
"I don't have Tidal," Crane said. "I'm just happy that the show is still part of the cultural zeitgeist after all these years." Crane, however, confirmed that he's at least aware of the Friends remake at the center of the latest 4:44 video. Directed by Master of None co-creator/writer Alan Yang, the video (both the original and outtake versions) has since been made available on YouTube. Let's hope someone hits Crane up with a link soon.
Yang went deep on the video's concept with Pigeons and Planes earlier this week, noting that he considered Friends a "great" and "well-crafted" series. Yang also revealed how he was able to assemble such a stacked cast. "From the beginning, Jay and I both wanted Jerrod [Carmichael]," he said. "He knows Jay a little bit, and I've honestly been friends with Jerrod for years. It's cool, we met years and years ago through mutual friends, and we would have dinner in L.A. when we was developing his show and I was developing Master of None."
"Moonlight" also stars Issa Rae, Lakeith Stanfield, Hannibal Buress, Tiffany Haddish, Lil Rel Howery, and Tessa Thompson. Though music has always been a big part of Yang's life, his powerful take on "Moonlight" actually marks his first helming a music video.