What to expect
Just when we thought we’d hit peak Kanye for the year, Netflix decided to remind us all that they have a Yeezy documentary in the works. The first look at JEEN-YUHS, a three-part series planned to premiere in 2022, is more of an extended version of an old clip that has been floating around the internet for years. The video showcases Mos Def and Kanye freestyling verses to “Two Words,” a bar-heavy hit from West’s groundbreaking debut album The College Dropout, in 2002.
Kanye’s impassioned delivery alone reveals the chip on his shoulder at the moment, his need to demonstrate and prove himself, and the intensity that would come to define one of music’s most divisive figures. It is no mystery that many are still interested in the shenanigans of West.
West won his first gospel Grammy and 22nd career Grammy for his Jesus is King album earlier this year, marking the first time he has been honored by the Recording Academy since 2013. West won rap/hip hop album for Jesus is King and rap/hip hop recorded single for “Follow God” at the GMA (Gospel Music Association) Dove Awards, in addition to traditional gospel album for Jesus is King.
Clarence “Coodie” Simmons and Chike Ozah, longtime Kanye collaborators, directed the videos for tracks like “Jesus Walks” and the aforementioned “Two Words.” They’ve been working with Kanye in some form or fashion since 1998. They were reportedly paid $30 million for the documentary (although that figure was later refuted), which includes videos from West’s unsuccessful 2020 presidential campaign, which, to be honest, may be the main incentive for most to watch this documentary. After all, who wouldn’t want all the details of this campaign?
The most surprising part is that West isn’t taking part in the creative process himself, a move that seems to be quite off-brand for the artist, who’s always been hands-on in his creative process.
You can check out the official website jeen-yuhs.com and take a sneak peak of a scene featuring Mos Def and Kanye West from JEEN-YUHS, coming to Netflix in 2022, below.
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