Photo Credit: Daniel SannwaldThe Miguel that we know and love almost didn’t make it, according to a new documentary featuring previously unreleased footage from his very first interview in 2008.
“Growing up in L.A. I think prepares you in an interesting way, because you start to learn about hope and desperation really early. You’re kinda acclimated to the possibilities of not making it, because you’ve seen so many people around you who didn’t,” a young Miguel says in the five-minute clip, entitled “Crazy Enough.”
The video includes commentary from present-day Miguel as he reflects on early beginnings as an artist as well as footage of the singer visiting his neighborhood and childhood home while discussing the effects of his parents’ divorce and a bad music contract.
“This piece is about growth. The experience we had with him, where he opened up the private places of his life, inspired us to grow into Yours Truly,” co-director Will Abramson of the website Yours Truly told the FADER. “We got the bug. And seeing him grow to where he’s at now, while staying so true to the ideals and even the words he used back then, is humbling. I’m proud that Yours Truly is a part of his story.”
The entire documentary can be viewed on YouTube now.