While Kanye West, who changed his legal name to Ye, is best recognized today as an ultra-famous rapper and polarizing public figure, his origins as a producer for Jay-Z, Mos Def and Lil’ Kim may not be neglected. In fact, it’s West’s tireless quest to be taken seriously as a rapper and not just a producer that provides rich fodder for Jeen Yuhs, Netflix’s three-part documentary about the artist. (Jeen Yuhs is produced by TIME Studios, the film and television division of TIME.)
As hard as he worked to free himself from being boxed in as a producer, there’s no denying that West’s production skills were – and still are – exceptional. And while West has manifested the rapping career he’s always dreamed of (with 22 Grammy wins to date), over his nearly three decades in the music industry, his output has always been influential. disproportionate to the sound of the times. , both through his own albums and those of others.
In an exclusive clip that didn’t make the final cut of Jeen Yuhs, West the producer is seen in full force. While filming this scene in the summer of 2017, he was hard at work producing five albums under his GOOD Music label, including Teyana Taylor’s. KTSEan album now widely regarded as one of R&B’s new classics.
In the clip, West is seen working in the studio with Taylor on the song “Cold Blooded,” which was ultimately dropped from the album. He completely strips the song of its old beat, then creates a new one from scratch in minutes. It’s an illuminating look at his artistic process.
Watch the full clip, above.
Jeen Yuhs premiering on Netflix starting February 16. Twenty-four years in the making, this Kanye West documentary was produced by Coodie & Chike, of Time Studios and creative control.