Netflix is giving a first look at its upcoming documentary about Kanye West.
On Saturday (Sept. 25), the streaming platform shared a two-minute trailer for Jeen-Yuhs, a multi-part doc featuring never-before-seen home videos and other rare footage of the superstar rapper and fashion mogul.
Directed by Clarence “Coodie” Simmons and Chike Ozah, more commonly known as Coodie & Chike, the forthcoming project chronicles Ye’s life and work for more than 20 years. Sources previously told Billboard that Netflix acquired the miniseries for upwards of $30 million. It’s slated for release in 2022.
In the sneak peek of Jeen-Yuhs, a young Kanye is seen impressively rapping the lyrics to his song “Two Words” alongside Mos Def. The track is from West’s 2004 debut album, The College Dropout, which peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard 200. The trailer was released as part of Netflix’s Tudum fan event on Saturday.
Coodie & Chike’s Creative Control company will produce the West docuseries with TIME Studios, the Emmy-winning film and TV arm of TIME, which produced the 2020 documentary John Lewis: Good Trouble about the late Civil Rights hero and Georgia Congressman and the 2018 Aretha Franklin concert film Amazing Grace.
Another source told Billboard that Simmons has been filming West since the 1990s in Chicago, and their relationship will serve as the backbone of the documentary series, which will tell the story of the rapper and producer’s rise to success and fame’s impact on him as well hip-hop’s impact on popular culture and the world’s evolving relationship with celebrity.
Watch the trailer for Netflix’s Jeen-Yuhs below.
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