A trailer was released today for a new documentary titled Public Enemies. The documentary details the tenuous relationship between Jay Z and Kanye West. The longtime collaborators and friends have been on the outs lately. The story, at least from Jay’s side, is he felt as though Kanye forced Kim Kardashian on he and wife Beyonce. Apparently Jay and Bey are no big fans of the Keeping Up With The Kardashians star. For Kanye’s part he feels that his “big brother” is not showing him enough love and support. Particularly during the difficult time when his wife Kim was robbed at gunpoint in Paris. The doc is set to premiere next Monday, July 31 on Channel 4 in the U.K. No word on when it will be air here in the states.
The timing for this documentary is pretty good. Internet speculation about the nature of Jay and Ye’s relationship has intensified. Jay’s latest album ‘4:44’ took direct shots at West. Which were in direct response to Kanye’s twenty something minute rant in Sacramento last year during his Saint Pablo Tour.
The documentary contains unseen footage and interviews, as well as first hand knowledge from Mr. Hudson; a frequent collaborator of Jay and Ye’s. Hudson spoke to Complex and said:
"It’s tricky for me to speak on that stuff. I think that they’re like brothers, right. Since ‘Big Brother.’ Those guys, they’ve been working together for 20 years so I’m sure it’s all good. You can’t make an omelet without breaking eggs."
Jay and Ye are, arguably, the two biggest names in the rap game. All time greats and have produced some fantastic pieces of music. Maybe the relationship has just run it’s course. Maybe they just need some time away from one another to remember what connected them at first. One of the interview subjects in the doc said,
“One is a New York street dude. The other dude is a mama’s boy from Chicago.”
They say opposites attract, but they rarely last. Hopefully the doc will reveal new information that we haven’t been privy to, and delve into some of the underlying tension in the relationship.