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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: March, 2016

If you're coming from the Pitchfork article, hey! And I'm so sorry this looks so...much like this. 

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Really appreciate you taking the time to check out the show. We've covered 85+ songs, have 200+ episodes, and have an interview series called My StorYe. 

We're currently going track by track through ye and Kids See Ghosts. Every Wednesday is a new ye episode. Every Saturday is a new Kids See Ghosts episode. 

Mar 23, 2016

The WTT crew is finally diving into Kanye West's controversial album 808s & Heartbreaks by breaking down Say You Will line for line. Chris and Travis get into the song's unique structure, the themes of fantasy, yearning, and heartbreak, and how the song signals a new era for Ye's production. They also go through Travis' Snapchat account for a very important Kim Kardashian update, and finally address the Jay Z cliffhanger from last episode.

Mar 15, 2016

Good morning! Seriously...wake up! Because it's time for another episode of Watching the Throne. Today, Chris and Travis are covering Kanye West's opening track to Graduation, Good Morning. They're really starting to dig into Kanye's progression as both a producer and a lyricist, as Good Morning marks the first song where Kanye clearly sets up a narrative arc for an album and serves as a lead-in to the sound he creates on 808s & Heartbreaks. We get into all that and more, with the "more" being a cliffhanger regarding Jay Z's hatred for black licorice.

Mar 7, 2016

Nothing's ever promised tomorrow today...except the latest episode of Watching the Throne! (sorry about that) Today Chris and Travis are breaking down Kanye West's Heard 'Em Say with a very special guest (Chris' friend Alex), comparing and contrasting how Late Registration and College Dropout differ in their introductions and discussing how the song foreshadows many of Kanye's musical and lyrical accomplishments in the years to come. And while it's a pretty low-key day for Jay Z news, you had best believe they still got the goods.

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