The rapper’s latest collection, 4:44, was released late Thursday and includes a track called “Moonlight” that directly references La La Land, which was mistakenly announced as this year’s best picture winner at the Academy Awards instead of rightful choice Moonlight. (The error was corrected on stage in what stands as the wildest moment in Oscars history.)
“We stuck in La La Land,” JAY-Z raps on the song. “Even when we win, we gon’ lose/ We got the same f—in’ flows/ I don’t know who is who/ We got the same f—in’ watch/ She don’t got time to choose/ We stuck in La La Land/ We got the same f—in’ moves.”
Speaking to iHeartRadio, JAY-Z explained the meaning behind the song and its reference. “The hook is ‘We stuck in La La Land/ Even if we win, we gonna lose.’ It’s like a subtle nod to La La Land winning the Oscar, and then having to give it to Moonlight. It’s really a commentary on the culture and where we’re going.”
In response to the release of “Moonlight,” Moonlight director Barry Jenkins tweeted, “O.M.G.!” a seeming reference to the JAY-Z track.