Netflix ‘Jeen-Yuhs’: Did Kanye give up on his career? Donda West tells him to 'do what you love'
The much-awaited documentary ‘Jeen-Yuhs’ on Kanye West’s life finally hit the streaming giant platform Netflix on February 16. The docu-series is a three-week saga, Part 1 of which has been titled ‘Vision’. Shot by Kanye’s close pal Coodie Simmons and Chike Ozah over 21 years, the brand-new release sheds light on the award-winning rapper’s early days when he was hungry to prove himself and was trying to land a deal with a record label.
The very first part of the trilogy shows a young Kanye hitting the streets and networking with an intention to prove his caliber. Kanye, who now goes by the name of Ye, back in the day had a hit by producing Jay Z's award-winning track ‘Izzo’. However, despite the achievement, the producer-cum-rapper was failing to land a deal which left him disheartened. That’s when Kanye’s mother Donda West cheers up after he questions his abilities. The intimacy between the two shines as Kanye expresses his vulnerabilities to his mother.
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Fans get to see a very different side of Kanye West as he hustles with his friends. We got to see a lot of old-school rappers including the legendary Mos Def. Coodie Simmons narrates the very first act of the trilogy as he sees Kanye’s rise to fame from his lens. Despite giving his best shot, Kanye seemed disappointed as he visits his mother, Donda West.
Donda, who died in 2007 of cosmetic surgery complications, can be seen in the documentary cheering the rapper in order to lift his spirit up. In the footage, we get to see the close bond Kanye shared with his mother. The ‘Stronger’ hitmaker pours his heart out to Donda as she makes him believe he can achieve it all.
‘You lay tracks like Michael Jordan shoots free throws’
Kanye seems to be sad after he got dissed by a fellow producer. The rapper is also disappointed over how he is unable to crack a deal with a major record label with his eye on Jay Z’s Roc-A-Fella Records. Whilst trying to cheer Kanye up, Donda says, “You lay tracks like Michael Jordan shoots free throws. Anybody that does that much and that long and is that good. It’s gotta pay off.” She adds, “You can’t go over there and do nothing but blow up. The main thing is to do what you love to do.”
Donda continues, “You’ve got a lot of confidence, but it can come off a little arrogant, even though you’re humble. It’d be important to remember that a giant looks in the mirror and sees nothing” She adds, “I think the way you just handle yourself is perfect but if you could just remember to stand on the ground you could be in the air at the same time.” Right before encouraging Kanye, she even recited a verse of one of Kanye’s song while forgetting a few words. Looking at all the ups and downs of Kanye’s initial days, part one of ‘Jeen-Yuhs’ proves to be a perfect superhero origin story.