Last month, the Chicago rap icon took to Instagram to demand final approval of the film ahead of its release in February.
The three-part documentary chronicles Kanye’s life and career through a wealth of never-before-seen footage captured over the last 20-plus years by longtime friends and collaborators Coodie and Chike.
“I’m going to say this kindly for the last time,” Kanye wrote. “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 and Chike aren’t caving in to Kanye’s demands, though. According to Rolling Stone, the geniuses behind jeen-yuhs are refusing to let their documentary subject seize control of the film.
“Me and Chike have a company called Creative Control,” Coodie said. “Because you don’t want to lose your creative control.” He added, “God has the final cut.”
The filmmaking duo revealed they weren’t given a heads up about Ye’s Instagram post, but they weren’t entirely shocked by it, with Chike calling the stunt a promotional “blessing.”
“If Kanye wasn’t as polarizing of a character as he was, we wouldn’t have an interesting doc,” Chike said. “This just comes with the territory. This is Kanye’s personality, so you just embrace it and then it’s going to take us, take us wherever it takes us…. This is the person that we’re dealing with. We all know what we’re dealing with.”
Interestingly, Coodie said he bumped into Kanye West in L.A. on Tuesday (February 1), but the 44-year-old rapper/fashion mogul didn’t mention anything about his final cut demands.
“I asked him, ‘Did he watch the film?’ And he said, ‘I have a process,’” Coodie joked. “I said, ‘That’s great that you got your process.’ And we just talked as brothers from that point.”
jeen-yuhs: A Kanye Trilogy is described as one of the most intimate portraits of Kanye West‘s iconic career. Inspired by the 1994 documentary Hoop Dreams, the film compiles over 300 hours of footage dating back to the late 1990s when Coodie and Chike first began documenting an up-and-coming Kanye.
Over the course of three episodes, viewers are treated to front-row seats to various crucial moments throughout Ye’s life, from him signing to JAY-Z‘s Roc-A-Fella Records to crafting his debut album The College Dropout to the tragic death of his mother Donda West in 2007.
jeen-yuhs: A Kanye Trilogy is set to debut in theaters on February 10 before arriving on Netflix on February 16, where it will be rolled out over a three-week period. Watch the trailer below.