Jay Z Declares War on Drugs ‘Epic Fail’ in Video Op-Ed (Watch)

Jay Z calls America’s war on drugs an “epic fail” in a scathing new video op-ed for the New York Times.

Jay collaborated with the Times to write and narrate a short film posted online Thursday by the Times Opinion section

The four-minute video, in which Jay narrates over artist Molly Crabapple’s illustrations, “takes us from the Nixon administration and the Rockefeller drug laws — the draconian 1973 statutes enacted in New York that exploded the state’s prison population and ushered in a period of similar sentencing schemes for other states — through the extraordinary growth in our nation’s prison population to the emerging aboveground marijuana market of today.”

The mogul, a former drug dealer, describes how “young men like me who hustled became the sole villain” when strict drug laws were introduced in the 1980s.

“The NYPD raided our Brooklyn neighborhoods while the Manhattan bankers openly used coke with impunity,” he continues.

Watch the short film below.

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