For most of his career, Jay-Z has been boxed in to a category of a "less-conscious" artist when compared to some of his peers. However, the rapper-turned-mogul has low-key started to become one of Hip Hop's most vocal artists. But instead of doing it through music, Jay-Z is shining the light on some issues through documentary filmmaking.
Jay-Z, partnering with Weinsteins, has been bank-rolling and producing two documentaries about America's criminal justice system and how it has been affecting people of color. The first documentary (which premiered on Spike TV) is a six-part miniseries titled, 'Time: The Kalief Browder Story'. It is directed by up-and-coming documentarian Jenner Furst. The project talks about the life and death of a young man named Kalief Browder, who was wrongfully imprisoned and committed suicide after spending nearly three years in solitary confinement at Riker's Island. The second documentary that Jay-Z is producing will be a six-part series, as well as a feature film, about the story of Trayvon Martin. An official premiere date for the Trayvon Martin Project has not been finalized yet, but it has been stated that Spike TV has picked it up as well. It will be Spike TV's follow-up to the Kalief Browder documentary.
Watch the trailer for 'TIME: The Kalief Browder Story' here: