Visionary filmmakers Coodie& Chike chop it up on “Tamron Hall” about why they refused to let Kanye West do the final edit on their hit Netflix documentary “jeen-yuhs” and whether they think Ye’s recent erratic behavior is a performance or not. Find out what they said inside…
Since “jeen-yuhs: A Kanye trilogy” premiered on Netflix last month, it was been met with rave reviews from fans and critics - both off and online.
As everyone reveled in the behind-the-scenes sneak peek at Ye’s life from his not-so humble beginnings in the music industry, in real life, the Chi-town rapper was slowly tainting his legacy with Instagram rants that included threats and seemingly stalkerish-like behavior.
At one point, Ye turned his attention to co-directors Clarence “Coodie” Simmons and Chike Ozah - who both have long-standing friendships with Ye - weeks before the documentary’s release. The Grammy winning rapper demanded they allow him the final edit of the trilogy before its release.
— Did Donda 2 Get Finished Today? (@didjesusdrop) January 21, 2022
“I’m going to say this kindly for the last time,” Ye wrote on Instagram (and deleted). “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.”
Coodie & Chike denied Ye's request.
“We have to be true to the story. We can’t sugarcoat nothing. Everybody is going to have their own opinion,” Coodie said at the time.
Now, the directors are explaining more in-depth why they decided to deny Ye’s request on a new episode of "Tamron Hall." They felt the story was bigger than Ye and it needed to be told.
“Oh yeah, it was like heartbreaking at first, but I told Kanye when I met with him in D.R. that, you know the story is not about him and it's not about me, or Chike or J. Ivy,” Coodie said. “This story's about, for all the dreamers and we just the blueprint of how you can, you know, have the confidence and movement and faith you know, with God walking with you, with Christ walking with you to get to where you need to go. So when he did say he wanted creative control, the only thing I could say was ‘Trust God,’ you know? Trust God period – you can’t stop what’s ordained by God and when he said that, you know, I just knew that we was going to hold our ground and we we’re going to keep moving and we’re here now so you know…”
When asked if they’re still friends with Ye, Simon responded, “Yeah, we’re definitely still…I mean, he’s always going to be a brother. I'm six years older than him so, he always going to be my little brother really and when I can reach out to him, I will, and I have been, like sending him different quotes and you know things like that people might send me, you know, but one thing about Kanye is he you know, when it comes to, when it comes to telling him not to do something, he want to do it even more.”
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Some attribute Kanye’s erratic online behavior to his bipolar diagnosis while others feel he’s just seeking attention and stirring up drama to promote his projects. Coodie doesn’t think he’s doing it for attention and seemingly feels like there’s something more as to why he’s acting the way he is. However, he said he’s not too worried about it because “God got him.”
“Yeah, but that's what I thought throughout the whole journey – anytime that he, we call it ‘going off’ in Chicago – when he would go off and have rants I thought, you know, that was just a part of the show, but I realized that it wasn't. The only time when I really experienced it in person was in D.R. [Dominican Republic], on my camera and it just felt – it didn't feel right – and I put the camera down because I was like ‘I need to pay attention,’ because Kanye is not just you know, an artist, he's like my brother so I knew I needed to listen and really, you know if I had to intervene, or whatever, because I just never experienced that. But I know God got him because God always had him. So I'm not too worried about that at all."
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From the outside looking in, many people have judge Ye for his actions. Chike believes the loss of his mother, DONDA West, really took a toll on the Grammy winning rapper and that he still hasn’t healed from the tragic loss. Losing the person that was closest to him and always had a back did a number on him.
“I agree with you. I think it's definitely safe to bring up. I think it's a fair argument to make. You know, my mother was one of those mothers that went above and beyond what is expected of a mother and Kanye’s mother did the same, so I know what that feeling’s like, to have a mother that just supported you and is really truly your anchor, you know, because she supported you, and to lose that, I could only imagine losing my mother now and what that would do to me psychologically. And I'm 43 so I can imagine losing that in my late 20s. And my early 30s [like Kanye did], how do you recover from that?”
It was important for the “jeen-yuhs” directors to share the story of how having faith in what you’re passionate about can help you overcome adversities in life.
“I mean, you know, and we can definitely relate as filmmakers, and especially as Black filmmakers, you know, you feel like you're always fighting, climbing an uphill battle, you know what I mean? And I think, you know, Kanye, he believed and knew how good he was, and he had a message that he wanted to get across to the world that he was super passionate about,” Chike expalined. “And I think you know, and obviously with his mother being so, you know, instrumental and being a champion of him as well and believing in him, I think he just, it was hard for him to feel like – why didn't other people believe in him in the same way? – And that's why this film, for us, is so much about having faith because it really takes faith to overcome all the adversities in life that you're going to have to face when you’re moving in your passion.”
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After watching the trilogy, many fans shared on social media how instrumental the “Jesus Walks” rapper was in their life. NBA baller Kevin Durant feels the same way:
Kevin Durant says watching Kanye West’s documentary series Jeenyuhs made him realize how important Ye was in his life pic.twitter.com/5d9eGClRJu
— 2Cool2Blog (@2cooI2blog) March 20, 2022
Like this Tweet says, watching Ye’s come-up in the game can be inspirational, but he def has taken a left turn into uncharted territory:
I’m watching “Jeen-Yuhs” and this man Kanye really spoke ALL that shit. Talk about believing in yourself. Wild asf. He still be wildin now tho.
— Daniel (@dannydkh) March 20, 2022
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