Monday, January 18, 2016

Review: A Genius Leaves The Hood The Unauthorized Story Of Jay Z


I  just finished watching this documentary and to be honest it is  it's pretty good. It has interviews from various people that know Jay Z, including his known enemies.  The documentary is pretty meaty however here are some of it's  key points:

Jay is essentially the same person that he was now way back as a teen in Marcy, and was always extremely cocky and self assured as if he had already had 12 number one albums.

He's more calculated than most had originally thought. An example of this is that there's usually a reason for everything he say's and does.

His father used to take him to shady gambling spots with him as a child and taught him a lot of lessons that made him the shrewd and  calculated person he is today.

Most say his hustle in 2014 is the same as it was in 1982, the only difference is, the hustle he's in now is legal. But they say that his approach and style has remained the same. He's always had the ability to become ruthless if he had to.

Jay Z has always been an opportunist. On a business level, he tends to hang around people who are better than him at a certain skill, absorbs that knowledge from them, learns to do it better, and ditches them. He doesn't ditch everyone but the people that he has ditched were for reasons that he felt were beneficial to him in the long run since he's described as a  "chess player".

Rapper Jaz-O and Jay Z linked up in 1984 when Jay's rap name was originally Shawnee-D.

Jay Z battled LL Cool J seven times and won each one. This was years before his first album came out. He used to drive around NY looking for LL and whenever they ran into him, they would battle him since LL was known as "the best battle rapper" during that era. Jay would eat LL, but LL would always bring up the fact that Jay wasn't signed and didn't have a deal on a "street ball/NBA" type of comparison.

Def Jam initially didn't want to sign Jay Z because he didn't fit into the roster. Years later, he became the president and was cutting checks for LL.

Overall A Genius Leaves The Hood: The Unauthorized Story of Jay Z uncovers the price Mr. Carter paid for his massive success through recent controversies including the racial debate of the Barneys deal, feud with Harry Belafonte and clashes with community activists over the construction of the Barclay Center. The film also explores rumors of his  association with the Illuminati, a highly publicized separation from the Roc-A-Fella crew, his estranged relationship with rapping mentor Jaz-O and break up with business partner Damon Dash.

"A Genius Leaves The Hood", is not the best documentary but it is worth a watch.