Mr. West is headed to Netflix.
Billboard broke the news yesterday that the streaming giant acquired a multipart docuseries that spans more than 20 years of the rapper’s life and career, and is reportedly set to release later this year. Featuring never-before-seen footage of West, the doc will focus on his long-running music career, his endeavors in fashion, his failed presidential run, and the death of his mother, Donda West. Sources told the outlet that Netflix shelled out $30 million for the upcoming release, but Variety reported that that price is inaccurate. The streamer has yet to confirm the news.
Still, Billboard reported that the yet-untitled project is directed by Clarence “Coodie” Simmons and Chike Ozah, the filmmakers behind Wests’s early music videos like “Through the Wire” and “Jesus Walks.” The duo’s past documentary work includes 2012’s Benji, based on Benjamin Wilson for ESPN’s 30 for 30 series, and 2019’s A Kid from Coney Island, on basketball player Stephon Marbury.
Considered one of the most influential—yet controversial—figures in hip-hop, West certainly won’t make a boring documentary subject, especially given his status as a celebrity firebrand, which worsened when he aligned himself with former president Donald Trump. News of the film comes weeks after West won his first Grammy Award in eight years, Best Contemporary Christian Music Album, for his 2019 LP, Jesus Is King.
The rapper also made headlines in February when reports broke that he and wife Kim Kardashian are divorcing. The couple were married for six years and share four children together.
From Harper’s Bazaar US