Jay Z seemed to cement his narrative with a single line almost exactly ten years ago. Quoting it has long since been passe and yet he’ll likely never utter another as relevant to his second-act: “I’m not a businessman, I’m a business man,” he raps on the remix to Kanye West’s “Diamonds From Sierra Leone.” In the same verse he whisks away gossip about the demise of Roc-A-Fella Records: “The chain remains, the gang is intact / The name is mine, I’ll take blame for that.”
The year was 2005 and Hov’s fallout with Dame Dash was still trickling into headlines and news articles. From there, Jay took off legitimately as the suit-wearing, back-room deal-maker that has characterized his career since. And Dame…fell off.
A new Moguldom Studios biographical documentary chronicles the development of Jay Z’s 25-year career and in particular how he split from Dame Dash in the early aughts. The move indirectly launched the rapper into the business world he now occupies and yet also afforded him a somewhat hardhearted reputation for splitting from one of his closest friends.
A Genius Leaves The Hood: The Unauthorized Story of Jay Z features interviews with the rapper’s friends, business associates, and industry experts to track that ongoing development in Jay’s career and what it’s cost him along the way.
Watch A Genius Leaves The Hood tonight at 9pm EST on TV One.