Kanye West Trilogy review – a touching and sometimes heart-breaking biopic. Young West was quite charming and amusing. But that didn’t stop the music industry from dismissing him as a rapper, maybe leading to his present controversies. The three-part documentary series Jeen-Yuhs: A Kanye Trilogy (Netflix) begins with footage of him acting exactly like a seasoned observer of the 44-year-old rapper’s recent career might expect him to act.
He’s in the Dominican Republic, concurrently recording a song, imploring his supporters to support him in his ill-advised and terrible 2020 presidential the campaign, negotiating with contracts for the documentary you’re watching, and tweeting something blatantly indecent.
Before forcefully clicking the send button, he snaps at someone off-camera who has apparently advised he think twice. The footage then fades out. According to the documentary’s producers, Clarence “Coodie” Simmons and Chike Ozah, felt compelled to stop filming in the Dominican Republic in order to spare viewers his infamous and long-winded rants – fueled, Simmons claims, by West drinking on top of his bipolar disorder medication, despite doctor’s orders.
Kanye West Act I: “Vision”
Provides an uncensored, behind-the-scenes glimpse into his before he became a multibillionaire musician and fashion designer. In 2002 archive video from jeen-yuhs: A Kanye Trilogy, teenage West told MTV on the show You Hear It First, “I’m aiming to get to the point where I could drop the last name off my name.”
That was in the year 2002. If we fast forward to 2022, we can see that West did exactly what he stated he would do because his name is now legally Ye.
It shows how Ye has actually achieved all the things he manifested in his life.
Co-director Coodie Simmons captured nearly all of the video in “Act 1: Vision,” recording Chicago-based producer he became famous globally. Ye’s decision to be videotaped from the beginning was one of the wisest moves he made because we were able to observe his progress from the start.
For others, his desire to film his musical journey from the beginning may appear to be him feeding his ego, which may be true given that he is both a creative genius and a narcissist. His career and complicated personality have always been up in the air since we never know what kind of Kanye we’ll get on any given day, week, or month, which is why Ye’s one of the most popular musicians and designers in the world.
He was smart to make his own documentary. This tale could only be told by him and the people who were with him. He could’ve phoned VH1 and requested a Behind the Music documentary, but that would’ve been far too easy, and if we’ve learned anything about Ye over the years, he’s not one to take the easy way out or follow in the footsteps of other celebs.
This is the side of Mr. West that has been obliterated by controversy and public attention. In the first half of the documentary, his meteoric climb to celebrity and millionaire fashion designer is largely absent, although not entirely absent as we see his style and how he always wanted to make the best beats to get more recognition and later joining Jay Z’ and Dame Dolla’s Roc-a-Fella records.
Because he wanted it so badly, West’s ambition to make it huge is one of the most inspiring stories ever recounted. His relationship with his mother, on the other hand, makes the film one of the best music documentaries ever done. Kanye and his mother, Donda, were photographed in some nice moments by Coodie.
Donda West was a happy, strong mother who would help her son develop his creativity to its full potential. He returns to his childhood home in one part of the documentary, which is a wonderful location. You can see Kanye was grateful to his mother for giving him the childhood he did.
The film’s narrator, Coodie, explains how he gave up his dream of becoming a stand-up comedian to follow Kanye’s growth from one of the hip-top hop producers in the early 2000s to the megastar we see today. The footage dates from 1998 and follows West as he relocates from Chicago to New York City in quest of a record deal. It was captured on film by Coodie, who offers us a tour of his residence and the studios where he recorded in New York.
When we witness him fine-tuning “Jesus Walks” in his flat and freestyling what would become “Two Words” with Mos Def, it’s one of my favorite scenes in the movie. In another scenario, he is shown making beats for Scarface, the famed rapper. When West goes to Dame Dash and Jay-Roc-A-Fella Z’s Records to try to negotiate a deal, it’s one of the most humbling moments in Act 1. Unfortunately, the endeavor ends with a performance of an early version of the song “All Falls Down” and an executive assistant who is unsure how to react to the music.
The documentary’s first half showed us a side of West we’d never seen before, as well as Ye we all miss. We saw a young and determined West rapping and producing like he had a chip on his shoulder and wanted to be the best because he was from Chicago and was initially just seen as a producer and not a rapper in the first installment.
ACT 2: VISION
Act 2 opens with images of a young West rapping at a family gathering and beaming because he knew his raps were worth listening to even back then. In part 2, we see him with other Roc-A-Fella artists at the Paid in Full press conference.
Jay-Z and his longtime engineer, Young Guru, can also be seen coaching him through his verse. We see him freestyle his verses in his brain, as Jay-Z is known to do, in one of the most fascinating portions of the documentary. Kanye didn’t write his verses, according to Coodie; instead, he’d ask Coodie to videotape him rapping and play the footage back to refresh his memory.
“A lot is going on at Roc-A-Fella.” Dame Dash explains, which was appropriate given the label’s roster of musicians, which included Jay-Z, Cam’ron, Beanie Sigel, and Freeway. It’s worth noting that, despite being signed to one of the biggest record labels, he had to establish his worth because Roc-A-Fella had not yet opened up the album budget for him.
In the next scene, we witness him hustling his way into two songs while recording with Jay-Z for The Blueprint 2. First, he begged Jay-Z to let him rhyme on a Timbaland-produced tune called “The Bounce” which Jay-Z agreed to, and Kanye could then go on the hook of Jay-The Z’s Blueprint 2 album’s song “Never Change.”
Part 2 of the Netflix documentary showcased the Kanye West that many people claim to miss. We were able to witness his passion for soulful sounds and the development of one of the finest hip-hop albums ever. Jamie Foxx records the “Slow Jamz” hook in one scene, which became one of the album’s songs that helped Kanye receive radio play. While The College Dropout had several Top 40 singles, “Slow Jamz” was the album’s lone No. 1 single. Kanye West playing music for Pharrell, who was astonished by West’s talent, is one of my favorite sections of Act 2. Pharrell was one of the hottest producers in the music industry at the time, so it was incredible to witness him be impressed by his abilities.
The College Dropout is the subject of Part 2, but we get to see some footage of him working on Late Registration. Kanye West wins Best Rap Album for The College Dropout in the latest episode of the docuseries. When Kanye says that if he loses, people would worry if he’ll do anything insane, it feels like a prediction of him interrupting Taylor Swift at the VMAs a few years later.
The first two parts chronicled the rise of one of this generation’s greatest musicians. We may anticipate seeing events in the third and final part of the documentary that made fans look at Kanye in a different light because his acts weren’t being utilized as motivation.
ACT 3: AWAKENING
“Awakening” begins with Kanye being the Kanye fans adored because he was so sure of himself. He got into an altercation with a frequent collaborator and fellow Chicago rapper Rhymefest over the fact that he isn’t a genius yet, according to Coodie and Chike, “I thought you were a genius before I watched Jay-Z make up a rap in five minutes” Rhymefest says, “and I thought you were a genius before I saw Jay-Z make up a rap in five minutes”. Of course, Jay Z had a long history with him before releasing the College dropout.
Donda West died in 2007, leaving with her the balancing and humility that reminded him where he came from before the stardom, which was one of the saddest moments in the documentary. Donda West’s death in the media, according to critics, was the only one who could manage Mr. West. Donda West’s departure from his life sent him on a different course.
Some of the most memorable scenes in the documentary occur when he and Donda appear on a film together. In part 3, we witness him and Donda in his kitchen singing “Hey Mama” together. Donda West was Kanye’s strongest supporter, and she made sure everyone knew her son was going to be something exceptional.
Even before Donda passes away, Coodie and Chike begin to lose contact with him. The growing distance between the camera and its subject as Ye rises into a great star and attracts new individuals has become intriguing to watch. As the years passed without Coodie being a part of his life, he caught some of his most memorable moments, including the birth of his daughter and some of his father’s dying moments.
Coodie was given another chance to record at the end of Kanye’s Sunday Service live performances. We saw a him who wanted to make a difference in the world and only make music that God would be proud of by the time he and Coodie were able to reunite.
As Covid-19 shut down the country, Ye and Coodie decided to compile 20 years of footage into a film. In July 2020, he brought Coodie to the Dominican Republic to film him recording and explaining how his religion, art, and culture have now driven his creativity.
It becomes obvious at the end of the documentary that the he & Coodie knew at the start of the film is not the him at the end. Coodie draws an image of his erstwhile pal achieving success and using his clout to help others. The viewer is given a series of photos of West throughout the documentary, from hip-hop prodigy to global fame to his outburst during his unsuccessful presidential campaign.
Jeen-yuhs, Act 3: The idea of a Kanye Trilogy isn’t to delve as far into his life as it does in the first two acts. It’s to demonstrate to the world that the old Ye is still alive and well. It’s just that West’s true self is lost in the public view due to his public actions.