New Documentary Tackles Jay-Z And Kanye West's Relationship
A documentary that serves as an in-depth look at the relationship between Jay Z and Kanye West has been ordered by UK’s Channel 4.
Titled Public Enemies: Jay-Z v Kanye, the hour-long documentary is being described as a “tale of creativity versus commerce, inner-city deprivation versus suburban aspiration, of right versus left. And it reveals an even bigger story of how race, wealth, and celebrity are shaping modern America.”
Public Enemies will include home video, unseen footage, and exclusive interviews with the pair’s closest friends.
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“In the process of building their empires, Jay-Z and Kanye have provided a spine tingling soundtrack for a generation,” Nico Wasserman, the film’s director, said in a statement. “Their story goes beyond their music and has opened up discussions on everything from class barriers to mental health.”
“Arguably two of the coolest and most influential artists in the world, their incredible life stories offer a fascinating new twist on the American dream,” added Rob Coldstream, Channel 4’s commissioning editor of special factual. “These are two mega-personalities whose success and rivalry has captured the public’s imagination.”
Jay and Kanye’s relationship has seemed to sour in recent years. Last year, the latter ranted about Beyoncé and Jay during a performance in Sacramento. “Beyoncé, I was hurt, because I heard that you said you wouldn’t perform unless you won Video of the Year over me and over “Hotline Bling,” Kanye said. “In my opinion, ‘Now, don’t go trying to diss Beyonce. She is great. Taylor Swift is great.’ We are all great people. We are all people. But, sometimes, we be playing the politics too much and forgetting who we are, just to win.”
He then directed his comments at Jay, saying “Call me, brah, you still ain’t call me. Jay-Z, I know you got killas, please don’t send them at my head. Just call me. Talk to me like a man.”
On his recently-released 4:44 album, Jay responded to the rant on opener “Kill Jay Z,” rapping “I know people backstab you, I felt bad too/But this ‘f**k everybody’ attitude ain’t natural/But you ain’t a saint, this ain’t kumbaye/But you got hurt because you did cool by ‘Ye/You gave him 20 million without blinkin’/He gave you 20 minutes on stage, f**k was he thinkin’?”
Public Enemies: Jay-Z v Kanye will air Monday, July 31 at 10 p.m.