JAY-Z and Kanye West’s friendship and fallout will be the focus of “Public Enemies,” a new television special about the rap rivals.
The documentary, which will air on Britain’s Channel 4 network, will feature “unseen footage and unheard testimonies.”
DJ Clark Kent, the legendary producer who’s worked with Hov since his debut album Reasonable Doubt, comments on the differences between JAY and ‘Ye in the preview. “One is a New York street dude,” he says. “The other dude is a mama’s boy from Chicago.”
Touré, a longtime music journalist, adds: “JAY-Z is very thoughtful about money. Kanye is spend-it-all, art-comes-first.”
Jigga and Yeezy went from being frequent collaborators to rivals. Last year, Kanye blasted Hov onstage for ignoring his requests for a conversation. “Jay Z, call me,” he said. “You still ain’t called me. Jay Z, I know you got killers. Please don’t send them at my head. Please call me. Talk to me like a man.” At around the same time, he also criticized Beyoncé for alleged award show ultimatums.
This year, JAY referenced the onstage outbursts on 4:44’s “Kill Jay Z.” “You got hurt because you did cool by ‘Ye,” he raps. “You gave him 20 million without blinkin’ / He gave you 20 minutes on stage, fuck was he thinkin’?”
“Public Enemies: JAY-Z vs. Kanye” airs Monday (July 31) at 10 p.m. on Channel 4.