jeen-yuhs: A Kanye Trilogy teaser: West glares into camera after being told he ‘wasn’t a genius’


jeen-yuhs: A Kanye Trilogy teaser: A young West hilariously glares into camera after being told he ‘wasn’t a genius’ before dancing with beloved mother Donda for three-part Netflix documentary 21 years in the making

  • The docuseries will feature rare footage from his humble beginnings trying to make his name in the hip-hop scene to his improbably 2020 US presidential run
  • The minute-long video began with footage from New York City in 2002 as a young Ye could be seen telling the cameras that he had bickered with collaborator and fellow Chicago-based rapper Rhymefest over his genius 
  • There is plenty of intimate and rare footage shown in the clip including one of him dancing in the kitchen with his beloved mother Donda
  • She tragically died in November 2007 due to coronary artery disease and multiple post-operative factors from cosmetic surgery 
  • In April 2021, Billboard.com reported that Netflix had spent upwards of $30 million to acquire the feature being put together by Ye collaborators Clarence ‘Coodie’ Simmons and Chike Ozah
  • According to Billboard, Simmons has been filming Kanye since the late 1990s 
  • jeen-yuhs: A Kanye Trilogy begins streaming on Netflix on Wednesday, February 16 


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Before the high-profile marriage to Kim Kardashian and building an over billion dollar empire, Kanye West was just an artist from Chicago with a dream.

And a new documentary – titled jeen-yuhs: A Kanye Trilogy – will feature rare footage from his humble beginnings trying to make his name in the hip-hop scene to his improbably 2020 US presidential run.

A teaser was released for the three-part Netflix docuseries which is over 21 years in the making which showed never-before-scene clips of the now 44-year-old rapper working on his 2004 debut album The College Dropout and intimate moments with his beloved mother Donda before she tragically passed away in November 2007.

Through the wire:  teaser for a new Kanye West documentary - titled jeen-yuhs: A Kanye Trilogy - will feature rare footage from his humble beginnings trying to make his name in the hip-hop scene to his improbably 2020 US presidential run.

Through the wire:  teaser for a new Kanye West documentary - titled jeen-yuhs: A Kanye Trilogy - will feature rare footage from his humble beginnings trying to make his name in the hip-hop scene to his improbably 2020 US presidential run.

Through the wire:  teaser for a new Kanye West documentary – titled jeen-yuhs: A Kanye Trilogy – will feature rare footage from his humble beginnings trying to make his name in the hip-hop scene to his improbably 2020 US presidential run.

Through the fire: A teaser was released for the three-part Netflix docuseries which is over 21 years in the making which showed never-before-scene clips of the now 44-year-old rapper working on his 2004 debut album The College Dropout and intimate moments with his beloved mother Donda (pictured)  before she tragically passed away in November 2007

Through the fire: A teaser was released for the three-part Netflix docuseries which is over 21 years in the making which showed never-before-scene clips of the now 44-year-old rapper working on his 2004 debut album The College Dropout and intimate moments with his beloved mother Donda (pictured)  before she tragically passed away in November 2007

Through the fire: A teaser was released for the three-part Netflix docuseries which is over 21 years in the making which showed never-before-scene clips of the now 44-year-old rapper working on his 2004 debut album The College Dropout and intimate moments with his beloved mother Donda (pictured)  before she tragically passed away in November 2007

The minute-long video began with footage from New York City in 2002 as a young Ye could be seen telling the cameras that he had bickered with collaborator and fellow Chicago-based rapper Rhymefest over his genius.

Kanye said:  ‘Me and [Rhyme]Fest got into an argument in the car. I feel like he disrespected me, man. He tried to say that I wasn’t a genius yet.’

The now 44-year-old rapper – born Che Smith – challenged him as he replied: ‘Well who is you to call yourself a genius?’

Bond: The minute-long video began with footage from New York City in 2002 as a young Ye could be seen telling the cameras that he had bickered with collaborator and fellow Chicago-based rapper Rhymefest (pictured) over his genius

Bond: The minute-long video began with footage from New York City in 2002 as a young Ye could be seen telling the cameras that he had bickered with collaborator and fellow Chicago-based rapper Rhymefest (pictured) over his genius

Bond: The minute-long video began with footage from New York City in 2002 as a young Ye could be seen telling the cameras that he had bickered with collaborator and fellow Chicago-based rapper Rhymefest (pictured) over his genius

Kanye said: 'Me and [Rhyme]Fest got into an argument in the car. I feel like he disrespected me, man. He tried to say that I wasn't a genius yet'

Kanye said: 'Me and [Rhyme]Fest got into an argument in the car. I feel like he disrespected me, man. He tried to say that I wasn't a genius yet'

Kanye said: ‘Me and [Rhyme]Fest got into an argument in the car. I feel like he disrespected me, man. He tried to say that I wasn’t a genius yet’

The now 44-year-old rapper - born Che Smith - challenged him as he replied: 'Well who is you to call yourself a genius?'

The now 44-year-old rapper - born Che Smith - challenged him as he replied: 'Well who is you to call yourself a genius?'

The now 44-year-old rapper – born Che Smith – challenged him as he replied: ‘Well who is you to call yourself a genius?’

The original Jim: Ye is then showed hilariously glaring into the camera with his signature smile on his face

The original Jim: Ye is then showed hilariously glaring into the camera with his signature smile on his face

The original Jim: Ye is then showed hilariously glaring into the camera with his signature smile on his face

Ye is then showed hilariously glaring into the camera with his signature smile on his face.

There is plenty of intimate and rare footage shown in the clip including one of him dancing in the kitchen with his beloved mother Donda. 

Donda – who was the first ever Black chair of Chicago State University’s Department of English, Communications, Media and Theater – tragically died in November 2007 due to coronary artery disease and multiple post-operative factors from cosmetic surgery.

Bond: There is plenty of intimate and rare footage shown in the clip including one of him dancing in the kitchen with his beloved mother Donda

Bond: There is plenty of intimate and rare footage shown in the clip including one of him dancing in the kitchen with his beloved mother Donda

Bond: There is plenty of intimate and rare footage shown in the clip including one of him dancing in the kitchen with his beloved mother Donda

Muse: Donda - who was the first ever Black chair of Chicago State University's Department of English, Communications, Media and Theater - tragically died in November 2007 due to coronary artery disease and multiple post-operative factors from cosmetic surgery

Muse: Donda - who was the first ever Black chair of Chicago State University's Department of English, Communications, Media and Theater - tragically died in November 2007 due to coronary artery disease and multiple post-operative factors from cosmetic surgery

Muse: Donda – who was the first ever Black chair of Chicago State University’s Department of English, Communications, Media and Theater – tragically died in November 2007 due to coronary artery disease and multiple post-operative factors from cosmetic surgery

Where the heart is: There was also an old clip of Ye outside of the home he grew up in in Chicago as his mother yelled out his name from the front door

Where the heart is: There was also an old clip of Ye outside of the home he grew up in in Chicago as his mother yelled out his name from the front door

Where the heart is: There was also an old clip of Ye outside of the home he grew up in in Chicago as his mother yelled out his name from the front door

'I drink a Boost for breakfast, an Ensure for dessert': There was also a clip shown of Ye's jaw wired shut as he hummed the sample from Chaka Khan's 1985 hit Through The Fire which was used for his debut single Through The Wire

'I drink a Boost for breakfast, an Ensure for dessert': There was also a clip shown of Ye's jaw wired shut as he hummed the sample from Chaka Khan's 1985 hit Through The Fire which was used for his debut single Through The Wire

‘I drink a Boost for breakfast, an Ensure for dessert’: There was also a clip shown of Ye’s jaw wired shut as he hummed the sample from Chaka Khan’s 1985 hit Through The Fire which was used for his debut single Through The Wire

There was also an old clip of Ye outside of the home he grew up in in Chicago as his mother yelled out his name from the front door. 

There was also a clip shown of Ye’s jaw wired shut as he hummed the sample from Chaka Khan’s 1985 hit Through The Fire which was used for his debut single Through The Wire. 

The artist famously wrote and recorded the song with his jaw wired shut after a near-fatal car accident while leaving a California studio in October 2002. 

There was also old footage of him in the studio with Pharrell Williams  who could be seen in awe of him as he spat one of his verses in the studio.

Icons: There was also old footage of him in the studio with Pharrell Williams who could be seen in awe of him as he spat one of his verses in the studio

Icons: There was also old footage of him in the studio with Pharrell Williams who could be seen in awe of him as he spat one of his verses in the studio

Icons: There was also old footage of him in the studio with Pharrell Williams who could be seen in awe of him as he spat one of his verses in the studio

The 48-year-old Virginia Beach native said: 'Very rarely do you encounter self-contained people. This man can do everything himself. He's living it'

The 48-year-old Virginia Beach native said: 'Very rarely do you encounter self-contained people. This man can do everything himself. He's living it'

The 48-year-old Virginia Beach native said: ‘Very rarely do you encounter self-contained people. This man can do everything himself. He’s living it’

Big brother: There are other clips shown including him in the studio with mentor Jay-Z

Big brother: There are other clips shown including him in the studio with mentor Jay-Z

Big brother: There are other clips shown including him in the studio with mentor Jay-Z

Good: There was a clip shown of him jumping up and down with protégé Kid Cudi at The Life Of Pablo album release party in New York's Madison Square Garden back in February 2016

Good: There was a clip shown of him jumping up and down with protégé Kid Cudi at The Life Of Pablo album release party in New York's Madison Square Garden back in February 2016

Good: There was a clip shown of him jumping up and down with protégé Kid Cudi at The Life Of Pablo album release party in New York’s Madison Square Garden back in February 2016

A young Kanye explained the cameras to a friend as he proudly declared: 'They are making a documentary about me'

A young Kanye explained the cameras to a friend as he proudly declared: 'They are making a documentary about me'

A young Kanye explained the cameras to a friend as he proudly declared: ‘They are making a documentary about me’

The 48-year-old Virginia Beach native said: ‘Very rarely do you encounter self-contained people. This man can do everything himself. He’s living it.’

 There are other clips shown including him in the studio with mentor Jay-Z as well as him jumping up and down with protégé Kid Cudi at The Life Of Pablo album release party in New York’s Madison Square Garden back in February 2016. 

He finishes off the teaser with a voiceover as he says: ‘It was like God saying, “I’m about to hand you the world. Just know, at any given time, I could take it away from you.”‘

It ended with a more recent clip of Kanye in studio as he looked away from the microphone. 

Fast forward: There were also more recent clips of the artist shown toward the end of the teaser

Fast forward: There were also more recent clips of the artist shown toward the end of the teaser

Fast forward: There were also more recent clips of the artist shown toward the end of the teaser

He finishes off it with a voiceover as he says: 'It was like God saying, "I'm about to hand you the world. Just know, at any given time, I could take it away from you"'

He finishes off it with a voiceover as he says: 'It was like God saying, "I'm about to hand you the world. Just know, at any given time, I could take it away from you"'

He finishes off it with a voiceover as he says: ‘It was like God saying, “I’m about to hand you the world. Just know, at any given time, I could take it away from you”‘

Foreshadowing? It ended with a more recent clip of Kanye in studio as he looked away from the microphone

Foreshadowing? It ended with a more recent clip of Kanye in studio as he looked away from the microphone

Foreshadowing? It ended with a more recent clip of Kanye in studio as he looked away from the microphone

In April 2021, Billboard.com reported that Netflix had spent upwards of $30 million to acquire the feature being put together by Ye collaborators Clarence ‘Coodie’ Simmons and Chike Ozah. 

According to Billboard, Simmons has been filming Kanye since the late 1990s.

The never-before-seen footage includes the early years of the rapper’s career in Chicago, the death of his mother Donda West, his foray into the fashion industry and his 2020 presidential run.

The feature is being put together by Ye collaborators Clarence 'Coodie' Simmons and Chike Ozah, pictured in 2015. The duo worked with Kanye on his Through The Wire video in 2003 and Simmons has been filming the recording artist since the late 1990s, according to Billboard

The feature is being put together by Ye collaborators Clarence 'Coodie' Simmons and Chike Ozah, pictured in 2015. The duo worked with Kanye on his Through The Wire video in 2003 and Simmons has been filming the recording artist since the late 1990s, according to Billboard

The feature is being put together by Ye collaborators Clarence ‘Coodie’ Simmons and Chike Ozah, pictured in 2015. The duo worked with Kanye on his Through The Wire video in 2003 and Simmons has been filming the recording artist since the late 1990s, according to Billboard

It will also detail his 2020 presidential run (pictured with Donald Trump in the Oval Office in October 2018) but it's not known if it will also address his highly publicized mental health breakdown in 2016 that left him hospitalized in LA

It will also detail his 2020 presidential run (pictured with Donald Trump in the Oval Office in October 2018) but it's not known if it will also address his highly publicized mental health breakdown in 2016 that left him hospitalized in LA

It will also detail his 2020 presidential run (pictured with Donald Trump in the Oval Office in October 2018) but it’s not known if it will also address his highly publicized mental health breakdown in 2016 that left him hospitalized in LA

It’s not known if it will also include details of his highly-publicized mental health breakdown in 2016 that led him to be hospitalized in Los Angeles. 

Simmons and Ozah worked with Kanye on his Through The Wire video released in 2003 and on the third version of Jesus Walks.

 A source told Billboard that the Life Of Pablo artist has given the duo his blessing for the project which the pair will produce in conjunction with TIME Studios.

jeen-yuhs: A Kanye Trilogy begins streaming on Netflix on Wednesday, February 16.

Highly-anticipated: jeen-yuhs: A Kanye Trilogy begins streaming on Netflix on Wednesday, February 16

Highly-anticipated: jeen-yuhs: A Kanye Trilogy begins streaming on Netflix on Wednesday, February 16

Highly-anticipated: jeen-yuhs: A Kanye Trilogy begins streaming on Netflix on Wednesday, February 16

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