This Jay-Z and Kanye West Documentary Gives Fascinating Insight into His Breakdown

'Public Enemies: Jay-Z vs. Kanye' reveals so much about the rappers' lives.

If you only talk about Kanye West in the same sentence as Keeping Up with the Kardashians, you're definitely not the only one: since his high-profile relationship with Kim Kardashian began in 2012, he's become a mainstream celebrity and reality TV star.

But it was his bromance (or lack thereof) with fellow rapper Jay-Z that took center stage Monday evening in the new documentary Public Enemies: Jay-Z vs. Kanye, which looked at how their careers and relationship has changed over time.

And as well explaining how Jay-Z initially signed Kanye to his label Roc Nation as a producer before later offering him a contract as a rapper, the documentary also took a look at some of the events that may have eventually led to Kanye's late 2016 breakdown, which saw him hospitalized "for his own health and safety."

At the MTV VMAs in 2004

Public Enemies: Jay-Z vs. Kanye suggests a number of factors that could have contributed to his eventual breakdown.

He was the "nerdy" insecure one desperate to be accepted

Public Enemies: Kanye vs. Jay-Z begins by showing Kanye's journey into the music industry, with his old friends explaining how desperate he was to be accepted by Jay-Z - and how, when Jay-Z sometimes didn't show him respect/love/appreciation, it really impacted him.

"I don't know how many people are going to tell you how nerdy Kanye West was, I mean he had adult braces and he was just so jumpy and so excited to be there," said Jensen Karp, a rapper and contemporary of Kanye's, before going on to explain how an insecure Kanye was constantly seeking Jay-Z's approval.

So when Jay-Z held a farewell show in Madison Square Garden and invited a stellar list of rappers at the time, but didn't give Kanye a ticket? Kanye took it hard, penning lyrics about the snub and igniting the first real flicker of their feud.

Kanye with mom Donda in 2004

The death of his mother

The documentary explained how Kanye's mom Donda died November 10, 2007 after she underwent five and half hours of surgery for a breast reduction, tummy tuck, and liposuction. She had moved to L.A. from Chicago to be closer to Kanye, and the rapper opened up in a 2016 interview about how he blames himself for her passing due to his lifestyle choices.

"If I had never moved to L.A. she'd be alive," he said. "I don't want to go far into it because it will bring me to tears."

Kim's robbery

After Kim's horrific robbery, which saw the KUWTK reality star gagged and held at gunpoint during Paris Fashion Week, Kanye West went on a 17-minute rant during his Saint Pablo gig in Sacramento about how Jay-Z had shown their family no support.

With wives Beyonce and Kim Kardashian at the 2012 BET Awards

"Jay-Z call me bruh, you still ain't call me. Jay-Z I know you got killers. Please don't send em at my head. Just call me.

"Don't call me, after the robbery, and say 'how you feelin?' You wanna know how I'm feelin? Come by the house. Bring the kids by the house. Like we're brothers. Let's sit down.

"Beyoncé I was hurt, cause I heard you wouldn't perform unless you won video of the year over me and over 'Hotline Bling'. F*** winning, f**** looking cool. Get ready to have a field day press. Get ready—because the shows over."

Essentially, Public Enemies: Jay-Z vs. Kanye West took a look at their complicated older brother/younger brother relationship: Ye constantly seeks approval from Jay, but doesn't always get it, resulting in the complicated rapper making decisions to provoke a reaction from Jay-Z.

Catch Public Enemies: Jay-Z vs. Kanye West on All 4 now.

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