Tidal to Premiere Mysterious Film Starring Mahershala Ali and Lupita Nyong'o

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Earlier this week a series of TIDAL billboards advertising something titled 4:44 popped up in New York City. In case you forgot, TIDAL is Jay Z’s flailing music and video streaming service that rudely trapped Nicki Minaj and Beyoncé’s “Feeling Myself” video as an exclusive before it leaked. YEAH, YOU REMEMBER.


During Wednesday night’s NBA Finals game, a trailer for a short film or music video titled 4:44 aired in collaboration with Sprint, and featuring Mahershala Ali, Lupita Nyong’o and Danny Glover.

According to Complex the 4:44 billboards were initially believed to be an ad for a new Jay Z album. And they certainly still could be, if this is a music video for a new song or promo for a new album.

Earlier this year Sprint acquired 33% of Tidal and Sprint CEO Maurice Claure tweeted a higher res clip of the “exclusive content” on his Twitter:

I swear to god if you have to access this by being both a Tidal subscriber and a Sprint customer, I don’t know what I’m going to do people.

Jezebel has reached out to Tidal for comment and will update this post when they respond.

Hazel Cills is the Pop Culture Reporter at Jezebel. Her writing has been published by outlets including The Los Angeles Times, Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, The New York Times Magazine, ELLE, and more.


pibber can't swim

I’m one of the weirdos that likes and uses tidal. And I just downloaded an awesome 90s pop and rock playlist. I was scream singing to it in my car yesterday. Highly recommend. Probably won’t watch this film though. Maybe for Lupita.