Netflix ‘Jeen-Yuhs’: Was Kanye West too desperate to sign with Jay Z’s record label?

Netflix ‘Jeen-Yuhs’: Was Kanye West too desperate to sign with Jay Z’s record label?
Kanye West and Jay Z (Photos by Victor Boyko/Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)

Act I titled ‘Vision’ of Kanye West’s documentary titled ‘Jeen-Yuhs’ was released on Netflix on February 16. Showcasing the ups and downs of the rapper’s early days, the new feature takes the fans of the acclaimed rap artist into the journey of how hungry he was to prove his mettle in the big bad world of hip-hop. ‘Jeen-Yuhs’ is shot by Kanye’s longtime associates Coodie Simmons and Chike Ozah.
Coodie Simmons, who has narrated the entire docu-film, shines with the handheld footage that he shot over 21 years. In Netflix’s new feature, Kanye is a busy producer who also wants to rap something that was never heard of back in the day. Despite producing an award-winning track ‘Izzo (H.O.V.A)’ for Jay Z’s ‘Roc-A-Fella’, he fails to land a record deal with the label. At one point, we see Kanye heading to Jay's office in New York without an invite.
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Kanye West in a shot from 'Jeen-Yuhs' (Photo by Netflix)

Was Kanye West too desperate to sign with Jay Z’s record label?

In Act I of the three-part documentary, we see Kanye West not willing to settle down as a producer as he claims that he wants to rap too something that proved to be out of the box concept for the artists in early 2000’s. In order to showcase his worth, Kanye West decides to barge into Jay Z’s office in New York. At the same time, Coodie Simmons narrates that since they were in the city they were willing to do whatever it took to make their dreams come true which certainly included getting signed by Jay Z’s record label Roc-A-Fella.

Ye arrives to the arena for the fight between Jamel Herring and Shakur Stevenson at State Farm Arena on October 23, 2021, in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Brandon Magnus/Getty Images)


In Part 1 of the documentary, we see Kanye West along with his crew barging into rooms without an invite whilst carrying a bunch of CDs of new music. Kanye West can be seen rapping along as his tracks play in the speakers. The marketing executives and executive assistants at Roc-A-Fella bump to his music but don’t really help Kanye to bag a deal with the record label. Jay’s close associate Damon Dash loves the beats Kanye produces for Roc-A-Fella artists but doesn’t offer him a deal. Kanye ultimately leaves office with handful of CDs and DVDs sans a record deal. In most part of the documentary, we see Kanye either hustling in the streets making connections, or getting disappointed with the fact that is not getting what he is eyeing for.
At another point in the documentary, Kanye gets a bit close to seeing Jay Z when he gets to attend a Roc-A-Fella party in New York. He does get to meet the rap icon but the meeting only lasts for a few seconds. The footage shows Kanye West and Jay Z going for the handshake and a side hug before the latter diverts his attention to another guest.

Jay Z is inducted onstage during the 36th Annual Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse on October 30, 2021 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame )

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