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Watching the Throne: A Lyrical Analysis of Kanye West

This is an in-depth-yet-entertaining dive into the lyrics and narrative artistry of Kanye West's music. We go track by track through Ye's discography, revealing the narrative and poetic techniques he uses, tracking his growth as a storyteller, and illuminating the narratives behind Yeezus and The Life of Pablo. For Kanye fans, this might be the Ye-centric lyrical discussion you've been waiting for. For musicians and writers, this is practical insight into how one of the best storytellers in music history does what he does. We also have a news show about Kanye, Kim, North, Saint, and Jay-Z. We look at the top 5 posts from Reddit's Kanye community, r/Kanye. And discuss other relevant Ye topics. And there's our interview series, My StorYe, where we interview people about their relationship with Kanye West. We hope you enjoy!
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Now displaying: December, 2015
Dec 30, 2015

Chris and Travis are officially working their way through what is arguably the strongest stretch of songs on College Dropout by breaking down the epically epic Two Words. They discuss the lack of thematic structure in relation to the strong aesthetics and production, Kanye's love for Chicago, and what Freeway's crazy-ass verse says about Kanye as a rookie in the studio. Also, North and Kim get matching French braids, Kanye buys Kim 150 Christmas presents, and Jay Z starts a nationwide manhunt to find his favorite pajamas.

Dec 14, 2015

For the first time in Watching the Throne history, Chris and Travis are at a loss. They love Kanye. They love everything he's ever created: Yeezus, Breathe In Breathe Out, North West, Drake—even the songs featuring Jay Z! But, alas, here they are presented with a song that just doesn't make any sense. Listen as they try to figure out what is actually going on in School Spirit and discuss whether or not it is, indeed, the worst song in Kanye's entire discography.

Dec 2, 2015

They've been hyping it for weeks, and now it's finally here: Chris and Travis have dubbed Breathe In Breathe Out one of Kanye's worst songs in the past—but now confronted with dissecting the song, have they had a change of heart? Do they hate it even more? Does the song reveal a deeper thematic narrative on the album? Did North become the youngest person to ever get a driver's license? Does Jay-Z finally try double-stuffed Oreos? Will you stop asking questions and just listen to this episode already?

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