The Story of O.J
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The Story of O.J
"The Story of O.J."
Song by Jay-Z
from the album 4:44
Released June 30, 2017 (2017-06-30)
Format Digital download
Recorded 2016-2017
Length 3:52
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].

Music video

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 Magazine.[3]


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


Weekly charts

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 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 2018.
  3. ^ "10 Best Music Videos of 2017". Rolling Stone. Retrieved .
  4. ^ "60th GRAMMY Awards: Full Nominees List". November 28, 2017. Retrieved 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 2018.If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH.

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