The director of controversial rapper Kanye West’s documentary expressed his discontent over the artist’s last-minute demand to recut movie decades in the making.
According to reports, the director, Clarence “Coodie” Simmons began following his friend West with a camera in 2001, with the curiosity to see how far the ambitious young music producer from Chicago could go. Eventually a 320 hours of behind-the-scenes footage was collected of his journey to international stardom.
The seven hour movie “jeen-yuhs: A Kanye Trilogy,” first part will be released by Netflix on Wednesday. However, last month the West took to Instagram demanding a final edit and approval on the project, in order to “be in charge of my own image.”
As recently as last week, West continued to issue demands, such as having fellow rap superstar Drake take over the narration.
Ironically, Simmons had reportedly gone to significant lengths to ensure West was happy, while even scrapped the plans to first release the footage back in 2005 as he mentioned the world is not ready to see the real him.
Later, the pair grew apart and Simmons had little access to West for the next decade or so.
However, in a seeming reconciliation, West showed up at a Hollywood screening of the documentary Friday.
According to reports, the documentary touches on West’s mental health issues, including a bipolar disorder, which led to him being hospitalized in 2016 and came under renewed spotlight during his bizarre run for the US presidency in 2020.
Simmons and co-director Chike Ozah hope that showing West’s more vulnerable and sometimes embarrassing moments during his rise to greatness will help the world reassess a figure known for frequent arrogant and egocentric outbursts.