In the first two minutes of the epic three-part Netflix documentary Jeen-Yuhs: A Kanye Trilogy, Kanye West’s life unfolds before our eyes: dressed as Christ with the crown of thorns on the cover of Rolling Stone, shaking hands with Donald Trump in the Oval Office, performed on a giant floating platform glittering with light. From the sacred to the vulgar, one of the greatest hip-hop artists of the 21st century is seen through his highs and lows; His meteoric rise to both global superstar and pop culture pariah status over the next five and a half hours.
The last few albums by ike West, Jeen-Yuhs, were almost certainly too long and could almost certainly be completed with a damn edit. Fans won’t doubt every second of this full-fledged documentary, but for anyone who thinks he might just be a touch enthusiast, well, this won’t make them think otherwise.
A chronological review of West’s intensely focused quest for success, the series begins in the late ’90s, with a young Westerner eager to set the pace for other rappers while Wish he was behind the mic instead. Coodie, a famous former comic book director in Chicago, has seen the magic spark in the West, instinctively knowing he’s gearing up for big things. Coodie gave up everything to follow West to New York and capture her life on camera. This is where the richest archive comes from, with West hovering over the studios and concerts of the biggest rap names of the time: Jay Z, Mos Def, Talib Kweli. He stood in the dark, waiting to slip on their shoes.
Much of it was done with a Jeen-Yuhs special, in which West ran to the Roc-A-Fella record label offices in New York to play unreleased tracks by employees who didn’t care. staffs. Crossing the line between cute and nasty, it’s the sort of slick move that sets the tone for most of West’s career, demonstrating his willingness to do whatever it takes to get himself in the spotlight. spotlight without caring how others might feel about it. . “You can be a little arrogant even when you’re humble,” West’s mother Donda told him gently before the release of her debut album, 2004’s The College Dropout. “Remember to stay on the ground and you could be in the air the whole time.”
When the album was finally released after a series of setbacks – including a near-fatal car crash that left West’s jaw closed – it was awarded 10 Grammy nominations. Blessed with the success he has always pursued, a big smile on his face as he accepted the award for Best Rap Album from actor Kevin Bacon at the ceremony, he made it.
Such happiness does not last. West’s mother’s death is considered a major turning point in his life. After her death, West asked to stop filming. The documentary is set on tape for the next six years. The interval is filled with TV news reports of “twirls full of obscene language” and interview clips where the West professes to be “a god”. In 2014 Coodie and West met again, but things are different now. West is no longer a star that wants to train but a regular tabloid known for his outburst as well as his music. “I know Kanye,” Coodie explained, worried after not seeing her old friend for so long. “But I’ve never met Yeezy.”
Since 2016’s stunning The Life of Pablo, his seventh album, West seems to be less about the music and more about the spectacle. Coodie tries to take us to another side of the West, a man besieged by poor mental health and, as Coodie insists, someone “is calling for help.” Sometimes it works, as West stares at bits of negative news about him on his phone. It was in these moments that Jeen-Yuhs achieved the previously unthinkable: smug and intensely confident that he could be human, the West being human too.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/television/tv-reviews/jeen-yuhs-review-like-kanyes-last-few-albums-this-netflix-docuseries-could-have-done-with-a-damn-good-edit-41401812.html Jeen-Yuhs Review: Like a few of Kanye’s previous albums, this Netflix docuseries could be complete with a damn edit