Jay Z declares drug war an 'epic fail' in short film

Posted September 15
Updated September 16

FILE - In this Sept. 27, 2014 file photo, Jay-Z performs at the 3rd Global Citizen Festival at Central Park in New York. Jay Z called the war on drugs an "epic fail" in a short film posted online by The New York Times on Thursday, Sept. 13, 2016. (Photo by Brad Barket/Invision/AP, File)

— Jay Z has declared the war on drugs an "epic fail" in a short film he wrote and narrated.

The four-minute clip posted online by The New York Times on Thursday features Jay Z's narration over an artist's illustrations.

In the video, he complains "young men like me who hustled became the sole villain" when strict drug laws were introduced in the 1980s. He also suggests treatment of drug dealers is hypocritical given that states like Colorado have legalized marijuana. He also blames mandatory minimum sentences in part for the sharp rise in the U.S. prison population.

Jay Z has frequently rapped about his past as a crack dealer.

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  • Aiden Audric Sep 16, 8:54 a.m.
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    I'm glad he's still tootin' the horn, but this has been known for decades. It just took a while to get a president into the WH who is willing to act on fixing the failure.