For any happy couple, an anniversary is a lovely occasion for sharing tales of your successful, love-ridden life with the world. Kanye West and Jay-Z are no different from the rest of us on that count—in celebration of the first anniversary of Watch the Throne’s release, they’ve made their behind-the-scenes documentary available to the whole wide world.
The 11-minute doc originally came out last year with the album, but was only available to paying subscribers. The short is a pretty amazing peek into the lives of these two; it shows them recording, dining with Beyonce and rapping for Russell Crowe, and even Kanye giving Jay-Z a big, vintage Parisian ring.
The video was shot in Australia and directed by Robert Lopuski, who got the gig by literally smashing in to Kanye on the street and then meditating about it, as he told Paradigm Magazine:
“In June of last summer, I was working at a post-production house as an editor. One day something felt very off and I end up leaving work early. As I’m walking, I’m just in my own meditative space, in my own mind, when all of a sudden somebody literally almost collides with me. Like one of those New York moments when, you’re walking and you’re like, wtf. I look up and the person that almost collided with me is Kanye.
"We both look at each other, and immediately, I get this strong feeling that he and I will work together. He hops into his car, and there’s nobody inside, it’s just him. So I’m standing there, and we’re like ten feet away, and he’s sitting in his car… And I wonder, do I approach him? Even though he’s already posted my work a number of times on his blog, it doesn’t make sense to go up to him and be like hey you like my stuff.
"So he’s in his car and I walk a block away and sit on a park bench. I meditate and just focus on this moment – as it was quite a curious collision of sorts. In meditation I send out these feelings of us working together. How strong that felt when we almost collided.
"I walk home knowing that was actually very effective. Within twelve hours, I get a phone call from a producer to work on the Power video. That ultimately led to being hired in Australia.”
It's all very adorable, and the video is way more interesting than your high school friends’ “OMG IT’S BEEN 2 YRS I LOVE U MORE EVERY DAY” anniversary facebook statuses.