‘Jeen-Yuhs’ Filmmakers, Coodie & Chike, Discuss The “Narrative Shift” That Came With Donda West’s Passing

Filmmakers Clarence “Coodie” Simmons and Chike Ozah are receiving accolades for their amazing footage of Kanye West. Over 330 hours of tape recorded since the 1990s, documenting Ye’s life and career have been pieced together into the ‘jeen-yuhs: A Kanye Trilogy docuseries’.

The docuseries is a different point of view into the rise of West as a music artist and fashion icon, and made its arrival at about the same time that Ye began promoting Donda 2. The new project, along with its first installment, are both named after West’s late mother, Donda West.

Coodie and Chike, sitting down for a recent interview with Business Insider, were questioned about the “narrative shift” that happens in jeen-yuhs following Donda’s passing. The publication also wanted to know the filmmaker’s perspectives on exactly how Ms. West’s death “affected both Kanye’s career” and their collaborative work with him for the film.

“When you have a situation when two people had an amazing goal and then you accomplish your goal and all of a sudden that person is not in your life, it’s all in how you perceive it,” Coodie said. “And I couldn’t even imagine — because I’m not in Kanye’s head — how it would feel to have Mama West make a transition at the same time as you reaching the top of your goal.”

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