Kanye West took to Instagram on Friday morning, saying he must get final approval on a Netflix documentary about his life titled Jeen-Yuhs: A Kanye Trilogy. The controversial rapper and Grammy Award winner also claimed that he’s been locked out of the Netflix editing room and has yet to see a finished product.
It’s unknown how his Instagram rant will affect the documentary, as the three-part series is set to premiere this weekend at the Sundance Music Festival on Jan. 23.
Unlike many celebrity documentaries, Jeen-Yuhs was produced by Kanye West himself, further confounding claims that he has been left out of the editorial process. A known perfectionist who often pushes back album release dates – as well as occasionally updating them post-release – it’s possible that he was excluded in the film’s final days to ensure its set premiere date.
“I’m going to say this kindly for the last time,” he wrote on Instagram, “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,” he continued. “Thank you in advance 😊”
Distributed by Netflix, Jeen-Yuhs is directed by Clarence “Coodie” Simmons and Chike Ozah, a.k.a. Coodie & Chike, best known for directing early Kanye West music videos such as “Through the Wire” and “Jesus Walks.” They also helmed the ESPN “30-for-30” documentary Benji in 2012, which focused on star Chicago high school basketball player Ben Wilson, who was shot before his career could take off.
“When [Netflix executives saw the pile of mini-DV tapes, they greenlit it,” Coodie told the press. “This dude is a superstar… I wanted to do a ‘Hoop Dreams’ on Kanye and see how far he’d go.”
Netflix has yet to responds to Kanye’s claims.
The rapper has been keeping busy these past few months as he deals with the reality of his impending divorce from Kim Kardashian. Releasing a track with The Game on Friday called “Eazy,” he appeared to mention the split, as well as Kim’s recent relationship with SNL comedian Pete Davidson.
Kanye West also recently made a major change in October when he legally altered his name to “Ye.”
According to co-producer Leah Natasha Thomas, the artist’s volatile and controlling personality will be on display in Jeen-Yuhs, as the three-part documentary attempts to capture all sides of the complicated musician and media figure.
Comprised of archival footage and home videos from the past 21 years of his career in music, fashion, and politics, the Netflix documentary will also cover the death of his mother, Donda West, and his unsuccessful attempt to run for President in the 2020 election.
Although the documentary will premiere at Sundance on Jan. 23, it has reportedly been labeled a “work in progress” according to sources at Deadline. After the film festival, Jeen-Yuhs heads to Netflix for a general audience on Feb. 16.
In a previous interview with directors Coodie & Chike, they told Variety that they were given the rights to a final cut, no matter what Kanye West may say.
“I said, ‘Dude, you have to trust me.’ And he did, 100%,” Coodie said. “Mind you, when his team and the business-people have gotten involved, they’re of course going to have their say. But I needed to tell this story.”
“It’s not about making Kanye likable or not. The footage doesn’t lie,” he continued. “What makes the film special is that it’s not something definitive; it’s his journey through my vision.”