2020s

Soundtracks of Television: ‘Jeen-yuhs: A Kanye Trilogy’

Jeen-yuhs Soundtrack - Every Song in the 2022 Netflix Docuseries

The Jeen-yuhs: A Kanye Trilogy soundtrack includes music by Kanye West, Mos Def and Talib Kweli. This info article contains spoilers for Coodie and Chike Ozah’s 2022 Netflix docuseries. Visit the Soundtracks of Television section for more Vague Visages music guides.

Jeen-yuhs examines the life and times of the multi-hyphenate Kanye West. Divided into three acts, the docuseries consists primarily of footage that was recorded by the subject’s longtime friend Clarence Simmons Jr., aka Coodie, who directed the series with Chike Ozah. The filmmakers spotlight West’s creative process and Chicago upbringing, along with various musical collaborators and popular names from the hip-hop industry. Here’s every song in Jeen-yuhs.

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Jeen-yuhs Soundtrack: Every Song in Episode 1 “act i: VISION”

Jeen-yuhs Soundtrack - Every Song in Episode 1 on Netflix

  • “Izzo (H.O.V.A.)” by Jay-Z (00:10:00): Coodie narrates about the first ever BET Awards show in 2001. Jay-Z premieres a new song with the Roc-A-Fella family. The Jeen-yuhs soundtrack song continues as Coodie recalls Kanye playing the beat for him.
  • “All Falls Down” by Kanye West feat. Syleena Johnson (00:12:00): Kanye records new music in his apartment on May 8, 2002. The moment foreshadows the subject’s rise as a solo hip-hop artist. The recorded version can be heard at 00:14:00; Kanye also plays the track at 18:00 during a visit to Roc-A-Fella Records.
  • “Two Words” by Kanye West (00:14:00): Kanye plays the track at his apartment. Various friends rock out to the music. Kanye raps the song alongside Mos Def at 00:37:00.
  • “Oh Boy” by Cam’Ron (00:18:00): Kanye arrives at Roc-A-Fella Records. The Jeen-yuhs soundtrack song plays during an office scene. The music drops before Kanye discusses a life-changing collaboration with Jay-Z.
  • “Gimme the Light” by Sean Paul (00:19:00): Kanye navigates Roc-A-Fella Records. He decides to play new music for a woman named Carline. The song play on an office stereo.
  • “Guerrilla Monsoon Rap” by Black Thought, Pharoah Monch, Talib Kweli (00:26:00): Coodie narrates about Kanye’s rise in the hip-hop industry. The subject raps in a recording booth during the production of Talib Kweli’s 2002 album Quality. Kanye hopes to land a solo record deal.
  • “Breathe In Breathe Out” by Kanye West feat. Ludacris (00:35:00): Talib Kweli introduces Kanye during an Irving Plaza concert. The documentary subject performs for the crowd. Mos Def takes the stage.
  • “Family Business” by Kanye West (01:01:00): Kanye meets with the musician Scarface. He plays a new track that could use a featured guest spot. Kanye rhymes the Jeen-yuhs soundtrack song.
  • “Warning” by The Notorious B.I.G. 
  • “I Love Kanye” by Kanye West 
  • “Though the Wire” by Kanye West 
  • “Keep My Spirit Alive” by Kanye West 

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Jeen-yuhs Soundtrack: Every Song in Episode 2 “act ii: PURPOSE”

Jeen-yuhs Soundtrack - Every Song in Episode 2 on Netflix

  • Special Lady” by The Winans (00:00:00): The Jeen-yuhs soundtrack song plays during a sequence in 1990 Oklahoma City. A roomful of people listen to the R&B song. Young Kanye raps on camera after the song ends.
  • “One for Peedi Crakk” by Peedi Crakk (00:05:00): Coodie narrates about Kanye trying to prove himself. The subject attends a music video shoot.
  • “The Bounce” by Jay-Z feat. Kanye West (00:07:00): Kanye attends Jay-Z’s recording session for The Blueprint 2. He lands a guest spot on “The Bounce.” The track plays again at 00:40:00.
  • “Champions” by The Roc-A-Fella Dream Team (Beanie Siegel/Cam’Ron/Damon Dash/Kanye West/Twista) (00:11:00): Kanye earns a guest spot on the Paid In Full soundtrack. He rhymes during a recording session. Kayne rocks out to the recorded version of the Jeen-yuhs soundtrack song.
  • “Through the Wire” by Kanye West (00:18:00): Kanye hums the song’s melody in a doctor’s office. He hopes the footage can be used in a music video. The song can also be heard at 00:32:00, 00:39:00 and 01:05:00.
  • “Slow Jamz” by Kanye West (00:24:00): Kanye visits Jamie Foxx’s home studio. He raps his verse before they begin recording. Foxx delivers guest vocals on the track.
  • “Get Em High” by Kanye West (00:36:00): Kanye records a track for his album. He wears a Taxi Driver t-shirt and takes off his jewelry.
  • “Never Let Me Down” by Kanye West (00:42:00): The Jeen-yuhs soundtrack song scores a studio session. Kanye works on a new track. He runs the board and then hits the booth.
  • “We Don’t Care” by Kanye West (01:02:00): The music plays at a release party for “Through the Wire.” It can be heard again at 01:07:00.
  • “Jesus Walks” by Kanye West (01:08:00): Kanye listens to the song in a recording studio. A female guest talks about the lyrics.
  • “Spaceship” by Kanye West (01:10:00): Kanye works on a new track. He listens to the music in a recording studio. The Jeen-yuhs soundtrack song continues as Kanye raps his verse to the camera.
  • “Ordinary People” by John Legend (01:18:00): Coodie and Chike collaborate with John Legend. They work on a music video while Kanye tours.
  • “Gold Digger” by Kanye West (01:22:00): Jamie Foxx arrives at a recording studio. Kanye asks him to help clear a Ray Charles sample. The musicians listen to the track.
  • “Crack Music” by Kanye West feat. The Game 
  • “All Falls Down” by Kanye West feat. Syleena Johnson 
  • “Two Words” by Kanye West 
  • “Can’t Tell Me Nothing” by Kanye West 
  • “Partita for 8 Singers No.1 Allemande” by Brad Shaw, Room Full of Teeth 

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Jeen-yuhs Soundtrack: Every Song in Episode 3 “act iii: AWAKENING”

Jeen-yuhs Soundtrack - Every Song in Episode 3 on Netflix

  • “Hey Mama” by Kanye West (00:07:00): Kanye appears on The Oprah Winfrey Show. He speaks about a song that he wrote in 2000 for his mother. Kanye briefly performs the Jeen-yuhs soundtrack song; it can be heard again at 00:20:00.
  • “Touch the Sky” by Kanye West feat. Lupe Fiasco (00:14:00): The music plays at a Kanye West Foundation fundraiser. Kanye listens to the song before answering questions.
  • “Jesus Walks” by Kanye West (00:31:00): Kanye performs during a concert. Common joins him on the stage.
  • “Father Stretch My Hands Pt 1” by Kanye West (00:35:00): The Jeen-yuhs soundtrack song plays at a listening party for The Life of Pablo. Kanye dances with colleagues near the audio board.
  • “I Love Kanye” by Kanye West (00:36:00): A recorded version of the track plays at a listening party. Kanye performs for the camera.
  • “Famous” by Kanye West (00:37:00): Another track plays at Kanye’s party for The Life of Pablo. Coodie narrates about his subject’s fame at the time.
  • “Up from the Ashes” by Kanye West (01:01:00): The Jeen-yuhs soundtrack song scores a transition sequence. Coodie speaks to the camera about a Sunday Service session. Reporters speak about Kanye’s tour.
  • “Baby I’m Yours” by Breakbot (01:25:00): Kanye listens to music in a vehicle. The song plays through the stereo system. “Baby I’m Yours” fades as Tucker Carlson breaks down Kanye’s South Carolina presidential rally.
  • “Like a Ship” by Pastor T.L. Barrett & the Youth for Christ Choir (01:33:00): The Jeen-yuhs soundtrack song plays during the end credits.
  • “4TH Dimension” by Kanye West & Kid Cudi 
  • “Wow” by Kanye West, GLC 
  • “Father Stretch My Hands Pt 1” by Benita Jones 
  • “Space Ship” by Kanye West 
  • “Can’t Tell Me Nothing” by Kanye West 
  • “Ultralightbeam” by Kanye West 
  • “Total Praise” by Kanye West 
  • “Swagga Like Us” by T.I. feat. Kanye West and Lil Wayne 
  • “Kingdom” by Common 
  • “Keep My Spirit Alive” by Kanye West 
  • “Sonne=Black Box” by Ursula Bogner 
  • “The Corner – Remix” by Common 
  • “Gold Digger” by Kanye West 
  • “Heard Em Say” by Kanye West 
  • “Through the Wire” by Kanye West
  • “Wake the Dead” by Kanye West
  • “Feel the Love” by Kanye West & Kid Cudi 

Q.V. Hough (@QVHough) is Vague Visages’ founding editor.