The Story of O.J.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
  (Redirected from The Story of O.J)
Jump to navigation Jump to search
"The Story of O.J."
Song by Jay-Z
from the album 4:44
ReleasedJune 30, 2017 (2017-06-30)
FormatDigital download
GenreHip hop
Music video
"The Story of O.J." on YouTube

"The Story of O.J." is a song by American hip hop artist Jay-Z from his thirteenth studio album 4:44. It was produced by Jay-Z and No I.D.. Following the release of the album, the song charted in a couple of regions, entering and peaking at number 23 on the US Billboard Hot 100, as well as charting at number 88 on the UK Singles Chart. It received three nominations at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards: Record of the Year, Best Rap Song, and Best Music Video.[1] The song features samples from Nina Simone's song "Four Women".

Music video[edit]

The music video for "The Story of O.J." premiered on July 5, 2017 on Jay-Z's Vevo account on YouTube. It was directed by Jay-Z and Mark Romanek.[2]

The video uses a style similar to the Censored Eleven cartoons, depicting several well-known stereotypes associated with African Americans. Among other things, the video touches on African American culture, stereotypes, various roles within the black community, and how money affects the black community. O. J. Simpson (the song's namesake) is featured saying the rumored line, "I'm not black, I'm O.J.," a reference to the idea that wealth, notoriety, and fame can transcend race. The video was ranked the best music video of 2017 by Rolling Stone.[3]


Year Ceremony Award Result
2018 60th Grammy Awards[4] Record of the Year Nominated
Best Rap Song Nominated
Best Music Video Nominated



Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2017) Peak
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[5] 53
France (SNEP)[6] 103
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[7] 88
UK R&B (Official Charts Company)[8] 27
US Billboard Hot 100[9] 23
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[10] 10


Region Certification Certified units/sales
United States (RIAA)[11] Gold 500,000double-dagger

double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone


  1. ^ Kreps, Daniel (November 28, 2017). "Jay-Z, Kendrick Lamar, Bruno Mars Lead 2018 Grammy Nominees". Rolling Stone. Retrieved January 15, 2018.
  2. ^ "Jay Z's New Music Video Uses America's Long History of Racist Cartoons to Deliver a Haunting Message". June 30, 2017. Retrieved January 15, 2018.
  3. ^ "10 Best Music Videos of 2017". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2018-01-28.
  4. ^ "60th GRAMMY Awards: Full Nominees List". November 28, 2017. Retrieved January 15, 2018.
  5. ^ "Jay-Z Chart History (Canadian Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved January 13, 2018.
  6. ^ " – JAY-Z – The Story of O.J." (in French). Les classement single. Retrieved January 15, 2018.
  7. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved January 13, 2018.
  8. ^ "Official R&B Singles Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company. Retrieved January 13, 2018.
  9. ^ "Jay-Z Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved January 13, 2018.
  10. ^ "Jay-Z Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved January 13, 2018.
  11. ^ "American single certifications – Jay-Z – The Story of O.J." Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved February 12, 2018. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH.