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New JAY-Z And Kanye West Documentary Examines Their Relationship

Channel 4 will be premiering a brand new documentary highlighting the complex brotherhood between JAY and 'Ye. 

At long last, it seems as if us JAY-Z and Kanye West fans are finally getting a chance to have a deeper look into the volatile brotherhood of the two.

UK’s Channel 4 has ordered an in-depth documentary examining the complex relationship between Jay-Z and Kanye West titled, Public Enemies: Jay-Z v Kanye.

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The one hour-long documentary is 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.” The extensive doc features unearthed footage, home videos and exclusive interviews from the both of their closest friends. It has yet to be revealed who they are exactly.

Nico Wasserman, the film’s director explains how significant their music is to our generation and how their friendship – through its ups and downs – opened the doors for many important conversations.

“In the process of building their empires, JAY-Z and Kanye have provided a spine-tingling soundtrack for a generation,” he said. “Their story goes beyond their music and has opened up discussions on everything from class barriers to mental health.”

Rob Coldstream, Channel 4’s commissioning editor of special factual added, “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.”

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There have been many reported incidents that have damaged their relationship, such as Kanye’s recent selling of his TIDAL stock and Jay-Z’s infamous “verse” and its removal from Drake’s original version of “Pop Style” featuring him and Yeezy. But the ones that seemed like the straws that broke the camel’s back were Kanye’s notorious 20-minute rant against Hov and Beyoncé’s “politics” during one of his shows in Sacramento where he stated:

“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.”

And then there were Jay-Z’s subliminal bars on 4:44’s “Kill Jay-Z" where he spat:

“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 is set to air on Monday, July 31 at 10 p.m. on UK’s Channel 4.

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Jay-Z's 'Reasonable Doubt' Available On Most Streaming Platforms

In 1996, Jay-Z released his debut studio album Reasonable Doubt. Twenty-three years later, the Brooklyn native's widely-celebrated project finds a new home on several streaming services. Since 2015, Reasonable Doubt was solely available on TIDAL.

On Friday (Aug. 16), the billionaire's independent distribution company, Equity Distribution, announced the decision that allows the soundscape to be streamed on Amazon Music, iHeartRadio, Napster, Slacker, SoundCloud, Tesla, iTunes, Google Play Music, Pandora, and YouTube Music Premium. Spotify and Apple Music aren't listed in the deal.

"Reasonable Doubt is one of the preeminent albums in history and we're thrilled to distribute this classic body of work to music lovers worldwide," Krystian Santini, president of Equity Distribution, said in a statement. "This is a landmark milestone for Equity Distribution and we look forward to continuing to expand our platform and collaborate with talented artists from different backgrounds." Equity Distribution also allows artists to share their projects while remaining the sole owner of their masters.

'Reasonable Doubt' is the debut studio album by #JAYZ @s_c_ released on June 25th 1996, by Roc-A-Fella Records. Today, 'Reasonable Doubt' is distributed by #EQDistro. What’s your favorite record from the album? Footage courtesy of @TIDAL https://t.co/maQg1GryJD pic.twitter.com/umWlsADEr7

— EQDistro (@EQDistro) August 16, 2019

Dubbed an album that Jay-Z said "literally saved my life," the 14-track body of music boasts singles like "Can't Knock the Hustle," "Ain't No Ni**a," "Dead Presidents II," and other melodies like "Can I Live," "Regrets," and "22 Two's." According to photographer Jonathan Mannion, who captured the album's cover, Reasonable Doubt was originally titled Heir to the Throne. In a 1997 interview that resurfaced around the album's 20th anniversary, Jay-Z explained how the title came to be.

“We named the album Reasonable Doubt because you know, with anything you do in life, people will judge you," he said. "Whether it be interviews or radio or whatever you do in life people will judge you. The album is like basically on trial. You either going to like it or you don’t.”

This album literally saved my life........ I can't thank you all enough.

— Mr. Carter (@S_C_) June 25, 2016

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Kelly Rowland, Kehlani And More Shout Out Normani For 'Motivation' Video

Normani is ready to show the world who she is. The former Fifth Harmony member's video for her latest single "Motivation" features pleasant touches of 2000s nostalgia, paying homage to videos by Beyonce, Britney Spears and more. Besides the nostalgia, the Internet hasn't been able to get over the sheer fire emitted from the 23-year-old.

Throughout the Dave Meyers-directed video, Normani performs choreography with ease, doing not just hip-hop, but does turns, flips and splits. Superstars such as Kelly Rowland, Kehlani, Lizzo and more have been singing her praises since the video dropped in the wee hours of Aug. 16. Check out some reactions below.

all i want to see on my timeline today is @Normani. please&thank you!

— Ella Mai (@ellamai) August 16, 2019

Houston girls are just..... 😗👌🏾

— |L I Z Z O| (@lizzo) August 16, 2019

I’m just gonna keep eating these jalapeño chips and kit kat bar while watching Normani kill every moment in her video. Now give her, her things. All of em’. Chocolate girls doing it. Society just funny actin’.

— Tika Sumpter (@iamtikasumpter) August 16, 2019

sooo proud to be a woman rn. we doing the damn thing 👏🏽👏🏽

— chloe x halle (@chloexhalle) August 15, 2019

i love this normani movement cuz we ain’t had our own superstar triple threat girl to stan over as a generation. we grew up on them but she’s OURS. and she’s BLACK mwuahahahaYES. 😈

— Kehlani (@Kehlani) August 16, 2019

this is that shit i want my daughter to have posters of in her room type shit

— Kehlani (@Kehlani) August 16, 2019

this is that shit i want my daughter to have posters of in her room type shit

— Kehlani (@Kehlani) August 16, 2019

Let me be your Motivation!! Loved it babe!! https://t.co/wiid5g7rqM

— KELENDRIA ROWLAND (@KELLYROWLAND) August 16, 2019

wowwwwwwwwwwwww @Normani is THE girl. THEEEEEE girl. Bye! https://t.co/bp3lDmj9dD

— h (@halsey) August 16, 2019

Somebody find me a damn gate to climb!!!!!! @Normani #Motivation pic.twitter.com/mT56V0k5R0

— Isis King (@MsIsisKing) August 16, 2019

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Normani Turns Back The Clock In “Motivation” Music Video

Normani pays homage to the early 2000s in the new music video for “Motivation,” the first official single off her forthcoming debut solo album. The nostalgic visual, released Friday (Aug. 16), finds Normani going all out in the choreography department, and sporting an unofficial uniform from the turn of the millennium complete with a studded belt, rhinestone belly button ring, and low rise jeans.

The New Orleans native teased the visual all week, and fans have been getting in the spirit sharing throwback trinkets like bedazzled flip phones, and airbrushed sweatshirts. Speaking of New Orleans, the “Love Lies” singer honors her NOLA music roots in the video by way of a jazzy dance break.

Although Normani has been mostly mum about her new music, she did reveal that Ariana Grande helped write “Motivation,” and has been “very supportive” as she embarks on releasing her debut.

“I talk to her about the creative process,” Normani told Rolling Stone. “I’m like, ‘When did you know your album was done.’ She was just like, ‘Honestly, you’ll know. Nobody will have to tell you. You’ll feel it. Just trust your instinct; trust your gut. And listen to that voice inside of you, and it’ll tell you that you’re done. Just take your time, too, and have fun in the process and make sure that it’s something that you love. She’s dope. She also has a part in the record that I’m releasing, too. She wrote on it.”

Watch “Motivation” in the video above.

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