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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: April, 2016
Apr 30, 2016

Chris is gone, but Travis is here to report the week in everything Kanye-related with future StorYe guest Tony Walter. They discuss Kanye's wedding antics, gauge the Kanye Barometer with Alec Baldwin, praise Jay Z's strange obsession with Tidal's Twitter account, check in on Kim's Snapchat, and say goodbye to one of r/Kanye's most beloved followers.

Tune in Monday for when they cover Ultralight Beam.

Apr 25, 2016

Chris, Travis and Jordan are taking on the masterpiece known as Yeezus, starting with On Sight. They break down how the song kicks off the epic narrative, how it primes the character on the album, and how the insanely deep and stripped down production feeds into all of it.

Apr 22, 2016

Chris and very special guest Jordan C. Jordan cover the latest in Watching the Throne news for the week of 4.15.2016. Kanye drops some bombshells on Kocktails with Khloe, WTT gauges the Kanye Barometer, Azealia Banks says things, and then something about Jay-Z and LeBron's penis.

Tune in next episode for when Chris, Travis, and Jordan cover On Sight.

Apr 18, 2016

Chris and Travis are finally moving on to My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, starting with the epic track Dark Fantasy. They analyze the song's general sprawling nature and how it toys with our collective perception of fame, while also working through how the song serves as an intro to the album and how it fits into Kanye's oeuvre as a whole. 

Apr 15, 2016

Chris and Travis cover the latest in Watching the Throne news for the week of 4.7.2016. Kanye tops the Billboard charts, North goes on a pushup ride, Kim wears some truly outrageous(ly awesome) shades, and Jay Z becomes a second baseman. 

Tune in next episode for when they cover Dark Fantasy.

Apr 4, 2016

The WTT crew is taking a week off from analyzing Kanye West songs to hear from one of his biggest fans: Lauren Kelly has gone from passive Kanye listener to insatiable aficionado in just a few short years, and she's ready to tell the world her StorYe. Lauren also counts down her favorite songs, her favorite and least favorite lines, and even has some Jay Z news, because who doesn't these days.

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