‘Jeen-Yuhs: A Kanye Trilogy’ Presents Kanye West’s Superstar Origin Story

An unusual wager was made over twenty-five years ago that young, then-fledgling music producer Kanye West would become a Grammy-winning headliner.

The result is “jeen-yuhs: A Kanye Trilogy,” a celebrity origin story. The first two films in this documentary trilogy give an inside look at West’s rapid rise.

'Jeen-Yuhs: A Kanye Trilogy' Presents Kanye West's Superstar Origin Story

But the public figure’s eccentricities, paradoxes, and deeds that make headlines complicate and confuse the storyline.

This Netflix special is fascinating in the broadest sense; it all started when Chicago talk show host Clarence “Coodie” Simmons saw West’s potential in 1998.

After following West’s struggles to get the respect of Roc-a-Fella Records and to establish his solo career, Simmons became practically West’s videographer and companion over the course of a few years.

The film is an exceptionally personal depiction of West, and it follows him everywhere he goes.

rom performances to studio sessions to his recuperation from a car crash to his time spent with his mother.

Donda, who passed away in 2013. He plays songs as Michael Jordan makes free shots, Donda says.

Jeen-Yuhs: A Kanye Trilogy

Extremely precious video of superstar Kanye West’s ascent to prominence is mishandled in “Jeen-Yuhs: A Kanye Trilogy,” making it a monumental failure in the history of documentary filmmaking.

Fans of West need only know that the massive docuseries, which spans three feature-length acts and clocks in at about five hours in total, will be published once a week beginning today on Netflix.

My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy is scarcely mentioned once. The principal cinematographer for the documentary series wasn’t present.

For the making of that landmark album, so it has nothing to do with the focus of “Jeen-Yuhs: A Kanye Trilogy.”

The series’ primary focus is cameraman Coodie’s access to West’s career, which began when West was a budding, hungry beat creator and producer in Chicago, rather than West’s own game-changing creative progress.


In 2015, Kanye West took the stage at the iHeartRadio Music Festival to perform for the crowd.

West (in red) is pictured here with fellow musicians John Legend (far right), Mos Def (far left), Consequence (far right), and Damon Dash (far far right) after a show in New York City in 2003.

The College Dropout, West’s debut studio album, came out in February of 2004. While performing in New York in 2003, West flashes the peace sign.