Set to premiere on February 16, 2022, the Netflix original docuseries jeen-yuhs: a Kanye trilogy promises to provide a candid behind-the-scenes look into the private life of Kanye West, the ever-polarizing hip-hop entertainer, pop star and successful business mogul. A lot has happened in Ye’s life over the past year, so the doc is sure to fill in some juicy details during its four and a half hour runtime.
Sure, jeen-yuhs joins a small group of hip-hip docuseries that focus on the movement as a whole, as well as a handful of influential pop star docuseries that examine the personal trials and tribulations of its singular subject.
The Rebels (2017) – Stream On Peacock
HBO’s 4-part docuseries The defiant offers fascinating insight into the working relationship between legendary West Coast super-producer Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine, a visionary producer and businessman. Against the system with a rebellious spirit, the two forged their own success without compromising their integrity, which is very similar to Ye’s story.
Featuring hard-hitting interviews with hip-hop legends like Fab 5 Freddy, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Nas, Ice Cube, Kendrick Lamar and more, HBO’s stellar miniseries examines the West Coast hip-hop sound. and how its influence continues to be felt 30 years later. .
Hip-Hop Evolution (2016) – Stream on Netflix
While The defiant focuses primarily on west coast rap, Evolution of hip hop takes a broader macro approach to his subject. As the title suggests, the 4-part miniseries takes a full and comprehensive chronicle of hip-hop from its inception in the South Bronx in the ’70s to the heights it reaches today.
With nearly every significant figure in hip-hop other than Ye included in the docuseries, Ye’s greatest heroes from Afrika Bambaataa, and Kool Herc to Grandmaster Flash, Prince Paul and countless others are on hand to tell their own personal stories in the industry.
Wu-Tang: Of Mics And Men (2019) – Stream on Amazon Prime Video
Speaking of Prince Paul, Gravegiggaz fans everywhere know how much he contributed to the success of the Wu-Tang spin-off group. Fans of the East Coast brand of hip-hop pioneered by the Wu-Tang Clan in the 1990s would be remiss not to watch Microphones and men.
With hours of archival footage taken from their early days finding their voice, watching Kung-Fu movies that inspired their music, to massive success as one of hip-hop’s first hit supergroups. presto, the docuseries will bring tears to the eyes of those who have rolled with the clan since day one. As for Ye, he might not even exist if it weren’t for Rza and Prince Paul.
And You Don’t Stop: 30 Years of Hip-Hop (2004) – Stream On Vimeo
Produced in the same year that saw Ye rise to skyrocketing fame with “Through the Wire,” hip-hop’s three-decade history was examined in detail in the 5-hour docuseries. And you don’t stop. The superb hip-hop documentary is essential viewing for all fans of the form, including Ye’s bandmates, who really want to know where the poetic art form came from and how it was co-opted for commercial gain.
Despite Ye’s conspicuous absence from the docuseries, iconic names such as Jay-Z, Will Smith, Ice-T, Snoop Dogg, Nas, Questlove, Chuck D, KRS-One, Kurtis Blow and many more come together to tell stories, celebrate their legacies and warn future generations about shady business practices.
Coach Snoop (2016) – Stream on Netflix
Because jeen-yuhs chronicles Ye’s off-stage life and its impact on the lives of others around him, another similar docuseries to check out is Nosy Trainer. Everyone knows Snoop as the ultra-chilled West Coast emcee, but few are aware of his hyper-competitive nature and ability to teach young kids how to play football.
Nosy Trainer is an eye-opening insight into Snoop as a devoted father, brilliant motivator, and positive role model keeping inner-city youth off the streets. Snoop draws on the discipline he developed as a competitive hip-hop artist and passes on the lessons he learned in his own craft to help others in theirs.
JANETJACKSON. (2022) – Stream on DirecTV
Released two weeks ago, JANETJACKSON. is a candid four-part documentary series that examines the titular pop star’s personal and professional career. No stranger to his own misadventures and public controversies, fans of jeen-yuhs are sure to love this documentary.
Using archival footage gathered over a three-year period, the film traces Janet’s tumultuous childhood in the Jackson 5, her abusive father Joe, her hit albums, her doomed marriage, her massive tour of comeback and, of course, the Super Bowl “nipplegate” debacle, an incident Ye can certainly relate to after Taylor Swift’s infamous VMA speech.
Framing Britney Spears (2021) – Stream On Hulu
Despite their disparate musical genres, Ye and Britney Spears have followed a similar career path. The two faced a host of personal issues after becoming the most famous musical artist on the planet, with major redemption stories as well as mental health issues along the way.
As such, Framing Britney Spears is a must to see the personal and professional parallels of the two musical talents with unique qualifications. Produced by The New York Timesthe docuseries delves into Britney’s high-profile conservatorship battle from 2008.
Demi Lovato: Dancing with the Devil (2021) – Stream on YouTube Premium
Like you and Framing Britney Spearsthe 4-part docuseries from YouTube Originals Demi Lovato: Dances with the Devil offers intimate admissions from a pop star to their most vulnerable. All three artists have faced tremendous upheaval offstage, but it’s how they bounce back with an indomitable spirit that matters most.
dance with the devil looks at Demi’s near-fatal drug overdose in 2018 and how the external pressures of fame, fortune and being a commercial pop star played a part in her ongoing struggle with drug addiction.
McCartney 3,2,1 (2021) – Stream on Hulu
Including, pop stars don’t get much bigger than Sir Paul McCartney. Musical royalty is the subject of Hulu’s original docuseries McCartney 3,2,1in which super-producer Rick Rubin sits down with the legend for a deeply engaging 6-part interview.
Along with his storied career with the Beatles, Wings and as a soloist, the show delves into the deep relationships and collaborations McCartney has forged over the years, including John Lennon, Bob Dylan and others. Coming full circle about six degrees of separation, Rick Rubin has produced several of Ye’s musical projects in the past.
Cradle to Stage (2021) – Stream on Paramount+
From the love of his mother Donda to his current attempt to win his wife back, it’s clear that family plays an important role in Ye’s life. Luckily, the new 6-part docuseries from Paramount+ From cradle to stage celebrates the parents of various musicians and the role they played in the success of their children.
Dave Grohl, Pharrell Williams, Dan Reynolds, Miranda Lambert, Tom Morello, Brandi Carlile and Geddy Lee all sit down with their parents and recount their upbringing, early musical failures that led to smash success, the importance of giving back and how family plays a key role in everything they do.
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