Much has been said in recent weeks and months about Kanye’s troubled relationship with mentor and “big brother,” JAY-Z. Following his departure from TIDAL over a $3 million USD dispute, we now find out that a new Kanye West documentary is on the way, delving into the rapper’s on-again off-again feud with Hov.
Titled Public Enemies: JAY-Z v Kanye, the hour-long special is set to air on the UK’s Channel 4. The 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.”
Courtesy of director Nico Wasserman, the piece showcases never-before-seen footage, home videos, and exclusive interviews from both ‘Ye and Jigga’s closest friends.
“In the process of building their empires, JAY-Z and Kanye have provided a spine-tingling soundtrack for a generation,” Wasserman insists. “Their story goes beyond their music and has opened up discussions on everything from class barriers to mental health.”
In adding his two cents on the doc, Channel 4’s Rob Coldstream commented, “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. These are two mega-personalities whose success and rivalry has captured the public’s imagination.”
Many elude to Kanye’s infamous 20-minute rant geared towards JAY and Bey’s politics during a show 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’. 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,” West noted.
Since, JAY-Z presumably took a few shots at Kanye on 4:44’s “Kill JAY-Z,” where he rapped, “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’?”
In addition to the focus on Kanye and JAY, the Channel 4 special will also highlight West’s oft-documented affinity for pornography.
Public Enemies: JAY-Z v Kanye airs on the UK’s Channel 4 July 31 at 10 p.m.