Kanye West is asking to get final approval for the jeen-yuhs documentary before it hits Netflix next month. On Friday morning (Jan. 21), the Chicago native said he’s asking “kindly for the last time” to have the final say on the three-part series, which promises to explore both his “formative days” and superstardom.
“I’m going to say this kindly for the last time,” Ye captioned an Instagram post. “I must get final edit and approval on this doc before it releases on Netflix. Open the edit room immediately so I can be in charge of my own image. Thank you in advance.”
Jeen-yuhs: A Kanye Trilogy premiered at Sundance Film Festival earlier this month and is slated to arrive on Netflix Feb. 16. According to the documentary synopsis, the three-part “event” offers “an intimate and revealing portrait of Kanye West’s experience, showcasing both his formative days trying to break through and his life today as a global brand and artist.”
The documentary was created by Clarence “Coodie” Simmons and Chike Ozah over the past two decades. In a recent Variety interview, the two filmmakers admitted that Ye, although listed as a producer on the film, “was not given [the] final cut.”
“I said [to Kanye], ‘Dude, you have to trust me.’ And he did, 100 percent,” Coodie told the outlet. “Mind you, when his team and the business people have gotten involved, they’re of course going to have their say.”
“But I needed to tell this story,” he continued. “It’s not about making Kanye likable or not. The footage doesn’t lie. What makes the film special is that it’s not something definitive; it’s his journey through my vision.”
“What I think resonates about Kanye, whether people have had the same amount of success or not, is maybe they got crippled by adversity,” Ozah added. “Kanye didn’t let that cripple him. He didn’t cower to it — he met it head on. He leveraged every loss to light his fire. That’s the mindset when you’re operating in your gift — you have to believe the doors will open for you and continue to put in the work. Kanye never stopped and neither did we.”
See Kanye’s post about the documentary on Instagram below.
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