The first act of the three-part documentary was shown at the festival
Netflix‘s latest documentary Jeen-yuhs: A Kanye Trilogy, has just got its review from the Sundance festival.
From the title (which is a word play for genius), you would expect the entire documentary would be about worshipping the subject matter, who is a man known to speak very highly about himself from time to time, and even contested in the last presidential elections. But that’s not all about Jeen-yuhs: A Kanye Trilogy.
What it’s about
Don’t misunderstand the above statement, because there are plenty of times where the 44-year-old rapper talks about how he is a “jeen-yuhs,” but there is more to the 280-minute documentary as well. The first part of the three-part documentary, Jeen-yuhs: A Kanye Trilogy, premiered online at the Sundance Film Festival, and was successful in presenting an endearing young artist trying to be a rap superstar.
We get to see the young Yeezy having a difficult time and almost quitting his dream. We can see his talent right from the start, but it was the perseverance that made him what he is today.
The footage we see are all taken by Clarence “Coodie” Simmons, who had been filming Kanye’s journey for the past two decades. Simmons is also the co-director of the documentary along with Chike Ozah. We get to see how cutthroat the hip hop industry is and the amount of effort one has to make to stay relevant.
Attention to mental health
Simmons made sure to narrate his own footage in between and spoke about how his friend’s intense desire for success was what drove him mad – the madness that we got to see in television interviews, onstage at the Grammy Awards, and his run for U.S. President in 2020.
As a caring friend and fan, Simmons doesn’t shy away from telling what the rapper had been through. West’s hustle was the real deal in his early days, and countless doors were slammed in his face at every turn, and how he got into a car crash and broke his jaw in three places, but still managed to create one of the biggest debut albums yet – The College Dropout.
Many other pivotal events are shown in Jeen-yuhs: A Kanye Trilogy, but still, if you aren’t a fan, there is no one stopping you from ignoring this bio-doc. But, you will view Kanye in a new light if you watch it.
Jeen-yuhs: A Kanye Trilogy will stream on Netflix from February 2022.