Kanye West documentary goes to Netflix for $30M

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A documentary 21 years in the making featuring exclusive footage of Kanye West has been sold to Netflix for a reported $30M, according to Billboard.

The documentary is the work of two filmmakers Clarence “Coodie” Simmons and Chike Ozah, who’ve previously worked with Kanye on several music videos for iconic tracks like “Jesus Walks” and “Through the Wire.” For over two decades the two have been documenting the artists life and are finally ready to release the miniseries later this year.

In the past the two directors have also worked on other documentaries, like their critically acclaimed ESPN documentary series 30-for-30, and Benji, a film about Chicago basketball player Ben Wilson.

The documentary series aims to tell the story of the producer turned rapper turned billionaire entrepreneur’s rise to stardom and success as well as his effect on the music industry at large, something undeniable to many artists working today.

According to Billboard, the directors relationship with West serves as the “backbone” of the series, dispute West having nothing to do with the project creatively. With that being said, Kanye West has reportedly given the documentary his “blessing” and his willingness to be filmed for 21 years is support enough.

Kanye West is no stranger to headlines. Just last month, Forbes estimated that the rapper’s net worth was around $1.8 billion making him one of the richest black men in the world. A year prior, West made headlines for his presidential bid. However, it would seem this documentary is going to cover far more than what general audiences have been exposed to thanks to the “exclusive” and “rare” footage the directors have captured.

While the series remains untiled it is slated to release later in 2021.

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