The director of Netflix´s new Kanye West documentary was left upset — although not stunned — by the controversial rapper´s last-minute demand to recut a film many years within the making.
Clarence “Coodie” Simmons began following his pal West with a digital camera in 2001, curious to see how far the bold younger music producer from Chicago might go, and finally amassed 320 hours of behind-the-scenes footage of his journey to worldwide stardom.
The primary a part of seven-hour film “jeen-yuhs: A Kanye Trilogy” shall be launched by Netflix on Wednesday, however the famously perfectionist West final month took to Instagram demanding “final edit and approval” on the venture, so as to “be in charge of my own image.”
“I told Kanye he had to have 100 percent trust in this film … he said he trusted,” mentioned Simmons.
“So when I seen that Instagram, I was a bit disappointed.”
As not too long ago as final week, West — now often called Ye — continued to problem calls for, similar to having fellow rap celebrity Drake take over the narration.
Mockingly, Simmons had gone to important lengths to make sure West was blissful, scrapping plans to first launch the footage again in 2005 as a result of West “said he wasn´t ready for the world to see the real him.”
The pair later grew aside and Simmons had little entry to West for the subsequent decade or so.
However in a seeming reconciliation, West confirmed up at a Hollywood screening of the documentary Friday, hugging Simmons and telling the viewers that “people try to cancel us and we all run away from each other and scatter or we be not talking to each other, not communicating.”