If you think celebrities get up to some shady shit these days, it’s NOTHING compared to what they used to.
Footage from a 20-year-old interview with JAY-Z is doing the rounds again – it seems to pop up every few years – in which a clearly uncomfortable Jay attempts to answer questions while two women have sex right beside him.
It wasn’t really anything unusual for the show Mr Carter was appearing on at the time, though; Luke’s FreakShow was rude and naughty and every episode seemed to be a single-minded mission to be as shocking as possible.
But that doesn’t make it any easier to watch the nervous and twitchy 28-year-old JAY-Z trying to avoid making eye contact with the couple writhing to his right.
It’s pretty cringey.
The last time the 1997 clip made the rounds was three years ago, when Consequence of Sound‘s Alex Young noted how different the music industry is nowadays.
“It also says a lot about how far we’ve come in just 15 years; many argue that hip-hop is still hypersexualised, but if a rapper like Kendrick Lamar or ASAP Rocky appeared in something like this today, the blowback would be intense and their career probably derailed,” he said.
You can see the clip here but, as you can probably tell by the above screengrabs, it is very, very much not safe for work.
Wonder what Beyoncé thinks about all of this?