Rapper Kanye West is directing a new Netflix documentary – and the filmmaker putting it together has revealed he prays for him “every day”.
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A documentary maker who is helping to make a new Netflix documentary about Kanye West has revealed he prays for the rapper “every day”.
Clarence “Coodie” Simmons – who co-directs the three-part series titled Jeen-Yuhs: A Kanye Trilogy alongside Chike Ozah – has revealed he believes God has a purpose for him “bigger than what we have in mind right now.” could ever imagine.”
The filmmaker, who is a very close friend of Kanye’s, will show some 20 years of intimate footage spanning two decades that charts his evolution from unknown rapper to international star, fashion designer and businessman.
Ahead of the documentary’s launch, Clarence told PA: ‘I’m just praying. I just pray every day. And one thing I understand, even when I’m with him, and even just on this whole journey, is that God is with him.
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“So if anything happens I just trust God, that’s the first thing I say and I pray.
“But then things happened that I saw, like he had a car crash and survived and all the other things, even the mental health, I know God has him here for a reason and it’s bigger than us can even imagine right now. “
Kanye, who split from his wife Kim Kardashian last year, is said to be working on a follow-up album to Donda – his latest release.
Kanye previously publicly requested that Clarence and Chike give him “final editing and approval” of the documentary so they can “be responsible for my own image.”
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However, Chike said that giving a subject control over the final product is “the number one rule” of their work.
He told the PA: “Coodie definitely had these discussions with Kanye and he can elaborate on that.
“But as far as we’re concerned as documentarians, we all know that who your document is about doesn’t get the final word. That’s like cardinal rule number one.
“Our company is called Creative Control, so I think that alone tells you where we’re at with that.
“But as for input – input is always welcome. And whatever we think is best for the film we will use, and if not, it won’t be there.”
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Chike explained the documentary was “emotional” for Kanye to film and opened up about what they went through.
He said: “It was very emotional for him and he loved it.
Clarence added: “I think if you move with pure intention and move like we move to faith and Christ and God – that’s going to show in the film.
“And that’s the only way we can move.”
* Jeen-Yuhs: A Kanye Trilogy launches with Act One on February 16 on Netflix.