jeen-yuhs Review

Kanye West is a much talked about celebrity, majority of the time it is not a good thing. When Kanye West first came to the limelight I was a fan of his music. “Through the Wire” is my favorite song from him. So, when I saw the Jeen-yuhs docuseries on Netflix I knew I would watch it. I waited until all episodes were out so that I could binge watch it.

Jeen-yuhs follows Kanye as he tries to make a name for himself in the music industry. Coodie, who is the director and narrator of the series, gives us an inside look at all the work that Kanye did just to be able to release his first album. We get to see how his singles came about, his struggles after his car accident, the making of his first video. The first 2 episodes are all about the come up.

The dynamic changes in the last episode. The series goes from an inside look to Coodie feeling excluded. The last episode does take place years after the first 2 episodes but in my opinion, Coodie made it more about himself than Kanye. When we weren’t subject to Coodie’s complaining, we get to see just how much Kanye changed since his “College Dropout” days. This Kanye is more erratic. He can go from having a normal conversation to a rant. It’s kind of sad witnessing the state of his mental health and it puts things into perspective when you think about all the recent headlines.

I enjoyed the series and could definitely see myself watching the first 2 episodes again.

Super Bowl LVI Halftime Show

Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Mary J. Blige, Kendrick Lamar, 50 Cent

I’m not a football fan but I always tune into the Super Bowl. This year I definitely made sure I reserved the living room tv because I wasn’t missing the halftime show. As a relatively new English music listener back in the late 90s early 00s, these were the artists that I gravitated towards too. When I saw the commercial promoting the halftime show a couple of weeks ago I was excited because it is by far my favorite time in English music. Going into the halftime show I wondered how they were going to fit everything into 15 minutes. 

After watching the show, I can say that I enjoyed it but it could’ve been better. I just felt like it was too short! I would’ve liked to see Eminem perform more than one song and “No More Drama” by MJB felt like it didn’t belong. Overall, I did appreciate the set design. I thought it was fitting to have the City of LA as the backdrop. Dr. Dre was the maestro because he produced for all the artists on the lineup. My favorite part of the performance was hands down “Still D.R.E.” From the choreography, dancers, and all of them coming together in the end, I can rewatch that part over and over again!