Jeen-Yuhs is a three-part documentary that tells the story of the rise of iconic Hip Hop artist Kanye West. A collection of footage directed by Coodie and Chike follows the burgeoning musician through mostly 2002, which was perhaps the most important year of Kanye’s life. In the documentary, you get an in-depth look at Kanye West from complete obscurity to signing his deal with Roc-A-Fella Records.
What’s phenomenal about the documentary is we get to see Kanye’s emotions, work ethic, and personality speak for themselves. Watching Kanye rap to anyone who would listen, though at the time no one took him seriously.
We get to witness a different Kanye than the one we have become accustomed to today. Back then, it wasn’t about the money for him, His vulnerability and sometimes shyness can be seen which allows the viewers to relate to his story.
Another fascinating thing about the documentary is that it’s a great indication of where rap was at the time. The gems in this film are powerful and the moments are priceless and have great value.
The viewers actually are able to watch the footage and get an inside look into the creation of some of Kanye’s biggest hits such as “Through The Wire” and “Jesus Walks.” One of the great, powerful and most important moments in the film is seeing Kanye West’s mother “Donda.”
She seems magical with the glow of an Angel as she gives Kanye nuggets and wisdom that would eventually catapult him into the star that he is today. Her energy in the film was soothing and very welcoming.
Even though Jeen-Yuhs is a great body of work, and has its pros. I must point out a few cons about the series as well. I feel the documentary is loosely done and very drawn out. The film is often repetitive at times. But at the end of the day, I feel it’s a must-watch for anyone who is a fan of the music and loves artist biopics.
Overall, I give this docuseries a 4 out of 5 stars.
Part 3 of Jeen-Yuhs will premiere Wednesday, March 2nd.