Netflix has greenlit a doc about the life of Kanye West, titled JEEN-YUHS, to premiere at Sundance in January 2022. Directed by Clarence "Coodie" Simmons and Chike Ozah, the documentary will then stream worldwide from Netflix.
The doc follows Yeezy's rise to global stardom. "Shot over 20 years, this documentary trilogy is an intimate and revealing portrait of Kanye West's life journey, from his formative days striving to break through to his present status as a global brand and artist," Netflix tweeted.
The doc comes from a YouTube show by Simmons and Ozah. "I used to film my friends around the country, then I met Kanye West. This is our show," tweeted Simmons of JumpOffTV.
This is not the first time Netflix has explored hip-hop history on film. The streaming service released a doc about Tupac called “RESURRECTION” last year. This year it is releasing a doc about another one of rap’s most influential groups, A Tribe Called Quest.
Kanye West is an American rapper, singer, songwriter and record producer. He rose to fame as a founding member of the hip-hop group The College Dropout, formed in 1996 with fellow rappers Jay-Z and Consequence.
Yeezy has been nominated 21 times for Grammys winning three for his work on "Jesus Walks," "Graduation" and "Ultralight Beam." His album "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy" is considered one of the best albums in hip-hop and Rolling Stone placed it at No. 55 on its list of 100 Greatest Albums Ever.He married reality star Kim Kardashian in 2014 and they share three children together: North, Saint and Chicago West. He has been a fixture in tabloids in part because of their relationship but also for his own erratic behavior. His most recent album before his mental breakdown in late 2018 was "Ye" released in May 2018, which received widespread praise from the music community, including reviews from Diddy and Will Smith.