Finding Yeezus is a new series about a Kanye West game suspected of being a cult recruitment tool

Finding Yeezus is a new documentary series focused on solving the mystery of Kanye Quest 3030, an unlicensed fan RPG that hid a secret ending – and led some to believe it was part of a cult recruitment campaign.

The show, which begins September 26 and airs weekly on Grouse House (a web series channel set up by Australian comedy group Aunty Donna), will be hosted by comedians Alexei Toliopoulos and Cameron James. The pair have previously delved into mysteries surrounding unsanctioned Rocky sequels and missing world-breaking movies on their podcasts Finding Drago and Finding Desperado, but this will mark their first time tackling a gaming topic.

“There’s something so exciting about a video game mystery,” Toliopoulos tells me over email, “it just feels so present to us that’s forming.”

It’s a legend told almost a decade ago. Toliopoulos explains how he and James found out about the mystery and what prompted them to solve it:

Uploaded virtually anonymously to the web in 2013, Kanye Quest 3030 was a simple Pokémon-style role-playing game in which you battle other famous rappers as Kanye West. It became a mildly viral sensation due to its humor and premise… Then like those things it disappeared… until 2 years later a hidden level in the game was discovered.

“If you prove yourself worthy (by solving some cryptic puzzles), the game admits that everything you’ve experienced up to this point has been a facade. With the promise of ‘Ascension’, the game reaches you in real life Many believe the game is a recruitment tool for a New Age cult called Ascensionism. It’s such an intriguing mystery! I remember playing the game years ago but didn’t learn the mystery until late 2020, when we had just finished Finding Desperado and was starting to feel the itch to challenge ourselves with something even bigger that needs to be unraveled.”

It quickly became a much bigger mystery than the pair’s previous work – hence their evolution from investigative podcasters to screen presenters. The effort has apparently paid off – there have been numerous investigations into Kanye Quest over the years, but Toliopoulos and James open the first episode by saying the mystery has never really been solved – until now.

“The true story of Kanye Quest and the cult of Ascensionism will be revealed in the final installment of Finding Yeezus,” says Toliopoulos. “We’ve become pretty good investigators since we started out as journalism dropouts.”

“The true story of Kanye Quest and the cult of Ascensionism will be revealed in the final episode.”

But the key to Finding Yeezus and the hosts’ previous podcasts is that it’s both comedy and investigation. Toliopoulos and James tend to take on mysteries on the sillier, weirder side of things, but they make it clear that the show’s comedy is built around the actual investigation — you don’t see them constructing laughter over answers:

“We’re obsessed researchers and uncovering history is a real organic process,” explains Toliopoulos. “For us, it’s all about the joy of discovery and finding the emotional connection that fuels curiosity. With documentaries there is so much planning before you start shooting, but the excitement comes from the surprise that the end product is almost completely different from what we expected. It’s hard to predict real life! It’s about finding the narrative in reality, and for us it’s also about incorporating the comedy.

Having seen the first two episodes for myself, Finding Yeezus is already proving to be as funny as it is intriguing, with a higher twist-per-minute ratio than I realistically expected. There’s a real joy behind it too – in the midst of a documentary filmmaking culture that so often reveals the darkest sides of modern life, it’s nice to find something that just wants to revel in how weird and interesting people can be. At least… so far.

Finding Yeezus begins next Monday, September 26th exclusively on the Grouse House YouTube channel. There will be a total of six episodes, airing weekly on Mondays until the finale on Tuesday October 25th.

Joe Skrebels is IGN’s Executive Editor of News. He thinks Finding Drago is probably the best podcast ever and that you should check it out. Keep following him Twitter.

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