In 2003, Kanye West released the video for his debut single “Through The Wire,” directed by Clarence “Coodie” Simmons and Chike Ozah, the directing team known as Coodie & Chike. That same year, the duo directed a clip for Kanye’s University dropout track “Two Words”. When Kanye wasn’t satisfied with the first two “Jesus Walks” videos, he enlisted Coodie & Chike to direct a third. Simmons, a fellow Chicago native, has been filming Kanye for many years, as early as 1998, as this footage attests, and around 2002 he did so with the intention of making a documentary about his life and career. Now, several monumentally eventful decades later, it seems like his and Ozah’s movie are finally getting out much longer than the standard length of a movie.
Billboard reports that Netflix has paid $ 30 million for the rights to Coodie & Chike’s documentary series Kanye. According to the report, Kanye is not creatively involved with the project, but has supported it by giving filmmakers access over the years. His company Creative Control will reportedly co-produce the series with TIME Studios. The project will reportedly feature never-before-seen footage and cover many of the major events in Kanye’s life and career, including the death of his mother, his move into fashion design, and his failed 2020 presidential run. Not Netflix nor did Kanye’s rep comment on Billboardreport.