If there’s one thing 2022 has given us in abundance, it’s Kanye West news. From the start of his relationship with actress Julia Fox to the debut of his Pete Davidson-bashing song “Eazy” to his ongoing co-parenting issues with Kim Kardashian, the 44-year-old has been omnipresent. In the last few days alone, West has made the scene at Paris Fashion Week with Fox, appeared on a surprising magazine cover, given another headline-filled interview, and demanded input into Jeen-Yuhs, the sprawling Netflix documentary about him which debuted at Sundance over the weekend.
On January 21, West posted on Instagram that he “must get final edit and approval on this doc” before it’s released. The three-part film was directed by West’s old friend Clarence “Coodie” Simmons, and consists mostly of intimate footage shot in the years leading up to The College Dropout, before Kanye was truly famous. In response, Coodie said that although he believes West’s team has seen the film, he “[hasn’t] had a conversation with Kanye about it,” and “I would hope he appreciates everything, because we’re just showing real life.” The first episode of the doc hits Netflix on January 23.
Over the weekend, Kanye and his new paramour Julia Fox (or Julieye, as she’s christened them) grabbed most of the Paris Fashion Week headlines when they popped up in full costume. Hardcore rap fans were also excited by a video snippet from a party showing them dancing with Pusha T to what sounded like a new song from Pusha’s forthcoming album, co-produced by Kanye and The Neptunes. (If Pusha’s Instagram activity this past weekend is any indication, he’s finally almost ready. Between that and Donda 2, looks like it’ll be another busy year for Yeezy music.)
On January 24, Kanye appeared on the cover of the basketball magazine SLAM as part of a feature story on Donda Academy, the new school he’s launched in California. Last October, four high-profile recruits announced that they would be transferring to West’s school, and Donda Academy has gained traction from there, adding a top 10 prospect in JJ Taylor. The feature gets into what life is like for these kids– naturally, their jerseys are made by Balenciaga.
The piece stressed that Kanye is actually involved in the running of the school, and routinely attends practices and checks on the academic progress of students. “When I have opportunities to talk with [Ye] about his vision for the school, it’s by no stretch of the imagination something that’s out of reach. He wants to do all the things, and big things,” Shayla Scott, the school’s AD, told SLAM. “I get really excited whenever we have a chance to just sit down and talk about what we’re doing and how it’s so minor in some respects to what he wants to do.”