Netflix Buys Kanye West’s Documentary


Netflix has bought a documentary series spanning two decades of Kanye West’s life, said to cover the death of his mother, Donda, in 2007 and his failed 2020 US presidential bid and possibly his pending divorce from Kim Kardashian. The as-yet-untitled film will include previously unseen home videos of West and footage shot over a 21-year period by Clarence “Coodie” Simmons and Chike Ozah, who directed West’s music videos Jesus Walks (Version 3) and Through the Wire.

Billboard reports that the series is set for release this year. A source told Variety that a reported price tag of $30m was inaccurate. It is not known if details about West’s pending divorce from Kim Kardashian West will be included in the documentary. The past two decades have been extremely eventful for West. He first became known as a producer, particularly for his work on Jay-Z’s 2001 album The Blueprint. He received massive acclaim for his subsequent solo albums, The College Dropout, Late Registration and Graduation.

His album 808s and Heartbreak, released in 2008, proved divisive for its heavy use of AutoTune – yet it was also prophetic, as the aesthetic would overtake pop and rap in the decade to come. West’s 2010 album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, is considered among the defining albums of its era.