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Watch Jay Z explain why the War on Drugs is 'an epic fail'

Rapper Shawn Carter — better known as Jay Z — has collaborated with artist Molly Crabapple on a short film for The New York Times. "Part history lesson about the war on drugs and part vision statement," the piece demands to know why African-Americans go to prison for drugs while white people profit off them.

"Even though white people used and sold crack more than black people, somehow it was black people who went to prison," Jay Z explains as Crabapple illustrates his words. Jay Z, himself a former drug dealer, added that "the media ignored actual data to this day. Crack is still talked about as a black problem."

"Jay Z and Molly Crabapple are inviting us all to stand on the right side of history," The New York Times writes. Watch their collaboration, below. Jeva Lange