Netflix’s “Jeen-yuhs” trilogy is an inspiring view of the early years of rapper and fashion icon Kanye West all the way to the present. As the final part of his story aired, fans are in awe of Ye’s renewed spirit after many derailing events.
The third installment begins with Ye creating his second album, Late Registration. Coodie Simmons, Ye’s cameraman, slowly fades from documenting as heavily due to Kanye’s rise to fame. Ye’s perspective of how he wanted the world to see him severely changed. As Ye grew to fame with his mother, Donda West, managing him, you could tell how much he valued her opinions as a person and as a business partner.
Donda’s Death And Kanye’s Spiralling
On November 11, 2007, Donda passed away from a heart attack after undergoing cosmetic surgery the day before, leaving Kanye’s world forever changed. This unforeseeable moment caused Kanye’s mental health to go on a downhill spiral. It was heartbreaking to see Ye & Donda sing “Hey Mama,” the song Ye wrote and dedicated to his mother. As Ye started to derail, there was always controversy followed by success, to the point where Coodie and Ye stopped speaking to each other until they crossed paths due to Common wanting him to document the AAH Fest in Chicago in 2014 with Ye as the special guest.
Reuniting With Coodie
Coodie didn’t film Ye again until 2016 in NYC when he came out to film Kanye’s fashion show for his clothing line, Yeezy, and a listening party for Kanye’s album, The Life of Pablo. After another great moment, it seemed he hit another horrible one when his wife, Kim Kardashian, was robbed in Paris while he was touring. He was then clowned in the media for being hospitalized for being “psychotic,” a few months later.
Ye has been a voice for mental health for some time now, but he has also taught us that we can sometimes view it as a “super power.”
“You see? You see?
That’s what I’m talkin’ ’bout!
That’s why I f— with Ye!
See, that’s my third per-
That’s my bipolar ish, n—-, what?
That’s my superpower, n—-, ain’t no disability
I’m a superhero! I’m a superhero!”
To still be able to overcome and adapt to the world around him, he has shown us time and time again that he will never have his voice stripped from him as it’s his most valuable weapon to this day.
It’s been amazing to see him rise from it all and, as Coodie tells it, going “from Jesus Walks to Jesus is King, coming full circle.” No matter the controversy and no matter how much being a billionaire means, he turned his pain into power. Donda said it best, “the giant looks into the mirror and sees nothing,” He has stayed true to himself, true to his family, true to his voice and beliefs, and, most importantly, to his biggest blessings, his children; North, Saint, Psalm, and Chicago.
Perfectionists have their flaws and Kanye has shown us repeatedly what the balance looks like, sometimes beauty isn’t always so beautiful. We love you Ye, the true symbol of an awakening.
Overall, Jeen-Yuhs is a great documentary of Kanye West’s life and I’ll watch it again.