Jay-Z and Pharrell Williams have released their first new song ‘Entrepreneur,’ which the pair released on Thursday at midnight.
The song is accompanied by a new music video that highlights several Black business-owners including Tyler, the Creator, and Issa Rae, who have started their own businesses.
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‘Entrepreneur’ spotlights the ambition of black men and women and how they face social or business problems that confronted them.
“Thank you to Jay (@S_C_), and to every Black queen, king, and entrepreneur who made this all happen! This is for you…and your Black vision of the future. Special thank you to the director @CALMATIC for creating such a beautiful video,” Pharrell tweeted on Friday.
ENTREPRENEUR out now. Thank you to Jay (@S_C_), and to every Black queen, king and entrepreneur who made this all happen! This is for you…and your Black vision of the future. Special thank you to the director @CALMATIC for creating such a beautiful video. https://t.co/dGjuT7cZ3w pic.twitter.com/G5M9ymXweL— Pharrell Williams (@Pharrell) August 21, 2020
“’Entrepreneur’ is all about how tough it is to be an entrepreneur in our country, to begin with,” Pharrell Williams said while speaking to Time Magazine.
“Especially as someone of color, there are a lot of systemic disadvantages and purposeful blockages. How can you get a fire started, or even the hope of an ember to start a fire when you’re starting at disadvantages with regards to health care, education, and representation?”
The song was released in collaboration with Williams’ new Time magazine cover package, ‘The New American Revolution.’
The video also features cameos of other entrepreneurs including Robert Hartwell, Six Sev, Vincent Williams (Founder of Honey’s Kettle), Iddris Sandu, Ty Anthony Davis (Founder of Vox Collegiate Junior High), Beatrice Dixon (Founder of Honey’s Pot), Arthell & Darnell Isom (Founders of D’ART Shtajio), Neighbors SkateShop, Trill Paws Dog Accessories, Alrick Augustine, Denise Woodard (Founder of Partake Cookies), Chace Infinite (Founder of Harun Coffee Shop), Chef Alisa (Founder of My Two Cents), Debbie Allen (Founder of Tribe Midwifery), Miss Bennett Fitness, Angela Richardson (Founder of PUR Home), Black and Mobile, Third Vault Yarns, and “The First Black Valedictorian of Princeton” Nicholas Johnson.
All of them appear holding title cards introducing their accomplishments.