Netflix ‘Jeen-Yuhs’: When Pharrell Williams predicted Kanye West’s greatness

Netflix ‘Jeen-Yuhs’: When Pharrell Williams predicted Kanye West’s greatness
Pharrell Williams and Kanye West (Photos by Victor Boyko/Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

While Act I of Kanye West’s Netflix documentary ‘Jeen-Yuhs’ focused on his vision get signed with Jay Z’s Roc-A-Fella Records, Act II gets more layered as his fans get to see the multi-platinum rapper’s journey to find a purpose and defeat all odds to drop his debut album, ‘The College Dropout’. Helmed by Coodie Simmons and Chike Ozah, ‘Jeen-Yuhs’ gets inside the professional life of Kanye West in Act II and how he ends up cooking one of the classic hip-hop albums of all time.
While the fate of Kanye West’s debut studio effort ‘The College Dropout’ was unknown, Kanye did meet some of the people from the industry that became his lifelong friends and a sheer guiding force. In Act II, we get to see Kanye jamming with Jamie Foxx, Ludacris, Jay Z, and Pharrell Williams among others. Pharrell, who was part of The Neptunes when Kanye was trying to make it big, soon became close friends with the rapper after he listened to Ye’s debut single ‘Through the Wire’ before its release.
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When Pharrell Williams predicted Kanye West’s greatness

Act II of the documentary film ‘Jeen-Yuhs’ sees Kanye West doing everything possible to release his debut project after his then record label Roc-A-Fella dropped hints about delaying the project. Kanye in the latest part is spotted with Pharrell Williams with whom he met for the first time during a party hosted by Jay Z. In the studio, an excited Ye wants Pharrell to listen to his debut single prior to its release.
Soon, we see Pharrell and Kanye bumping their heads to the song, ‘Through the Wire’, which later becomes one of the biggest singles of Kanye’s prolific career. An impressed Pharrell, who himself is a music producer, praises Kanye’s skills and soon guides him for the future. Pharrell quickly predicts how the rapper is going to make it big in hip-hop which, of course, later turns out to be true.



‘You gonna make it’: Pharrell Williams

Pharrell Williams, after listening to Kanye’s ‘Through the Wire’, says, “You are one of my favorite artistes man. That’s real. I just heard two records. You gonna make it and when you make it keep the same perspective and keep the same hunger.” The award-winning producer adds, “That hunger is gotta be- ‘Man, I feel something and I gotta put it down’. As long as you keep that and can’t do both between those things clear for the energy to come through, you are going to be ill for the rest of your life.”


Kanye West in a still from 'Jeen-Yuhs' (Photo by Netflix)

He further tells Kanye, “I can tell when [N-word] are really high. I can tell when they have the potential to become complacent. You do not have that. But the only thing I am saying is once a [N-word] tell you high- still doubt yourself.” Act III of ‘Jeen-Yuhs’ will be released next week that will further shed light on Kanye West’s personal and professional lives.


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