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BBC announces new Kanye West documentary

By | Published on Thursday 16 February 2023

Kanye West

The BBC has announced that it will air a new documentary all about Kanye West which, needless to say, will be somewhat of a different programme than if it had been made two years ago.

With a working title of ‘We Need To Talk About Kanye’, the documentary will be fronted by investigative journalist Mobeen Azhar, who previously made ‘The Battle For Britney’ which put the spotlight on the controversial conservatorship that controlled the life and career of Britney Spears until 2021.

The new documentary will, among other things, look at West’s political ambitions in the US, and how the rapper ended courting so much controversy with his increasingly offensive and dangerous statements that he stalled his music career and other business ventures.

The BBC says: “Unfolding against the backdrop of Ye’s 2024 election campaign, and at a time when his behaviour has sparked outrage and a re-evaluation of his place in popular culture, this one-off documentary follows Mobeen as he attempts to understand the complex journey that led Ye to become one of the most famous and creatively successful artists of his generation. But more recently, to condemnation and notoriety”.

A transmission date for the new documentary is yet to be announced. However, we do know that it will be accompanied by an eight part podcast series on BBC Sounds in which various guests will “bring an insight into Kanye’s life and dig deeper into his place in culture; starting with the early stratospheric success to the condemnation of later years”.