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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: May, 2016
May 27, 2016

Chris is gone, but Jordan is filling the void! The future WTT hall of famer and Travis (who's definitely not a future hall of famer) discuss Kimye suing their bodyguard, music legends endorsing Kanye West, Jay Z's movie-filled week, the state of the Kanye subreddit, and Kim's ideas for couple Halloween costumes.

May 24, 2016

Is this another Breathe In Breathe Out moment? For a long time, Chris and Travis had little to no opinion of Champion—but after a long discussion? They think they may have stumbled upon an under-appreciated Kanye track. They get into Kanye's reflections on his past with his father, the deeply layered production, Kanye's influence on Chicago, and how Champion fits into the themes explored on Graduation as a whole.

May 21, 2016

Chris and Travis further prove they have absolutely zero self control with the latest WTT news episode. They try to stay on track before veering off into a 20-minute discussion of Kanye appearing on Ellen, followed by Brandon Flowers hating Kanye, Bill Simmons loving Kanye, Kim taking a pregnancy test, and Jay Z working on his calf muscles. Sigh.

May 16, 2016

Today, Chris and Travis make WTT history! OK...it's not that exciting, but they've definitely never covered a track featuring Kanye West, and what better time than the present? They dig into ScHoolboy Q's new track THat Part in a slightly different manner than usual, attempting to figure out if Kanye and Q are actually working together to find a deeper dichotomy and explore rap culture. It's that, or it's just a superficial track—you be the judge.

May 14, 2016

For a light week in Kanye news, Chris and Travis still manage to find lots to talk about? With Elijah Wood showing love for Yeezus, Jay Z unclogging toilets, a brand new Keeping Up With the Kardashians, and (as always) the Kanye subreddit, there's never a shortage of WTT news bulletins.

May 9, 2016

I gotta testify—it's time to talk about Touch the Sky. That's right, Chris and Travis are going back to 2005 to discuss what is probably one of Kanye's most "superficial" songs, aka a super-fun song that talks about being awesome and reaching the high heavens. They discuss how Kanye drifts between past, present, and future, the tension between fame and representing your home, and how the song fits into Late Registration as a whole. They also spend 1.5 seconds trying to figure out Lupe Fiasco's verse before self-performing lobotomies.

May 7, 2016

Things really go off the rails in this episode, as would be the case with Chris and Travis finally back together to cover the week in Kanye West news: Kanye goes on the Steve Harvey radio show and makes some comments about racism; the gang gauges the Kanye Barometer with Kevin Sorbo and Meryl Streep; Jay Z has some conflicted emotions about Lemonade and lemonade; the Kardashians go to Kuba; and the Kanye Subreddit drifts towards complete fucking insanity.

Tune in Monday for when Chris and Travis cover Touch the Sky.

May 3, 2016

This is a God dream...this is a God dream! This is everything—this is, finally, Ultralight Beam (from The Life of Pablo). What Chris and Travis once thought would take years has only taken a few months, as they're now dissecting what could indeed be Kanye West's greatest song to date. They get into Kanye's struggle with his faith, the duality between innocence and imperiledness, and, ultimately, how you can believe enough in yourself to create beam of light. Overall, they unpack how Ultralight Beam signals Kanye's album-long narrative of finding his younger, hopeful, faith-driven, optimistic, Chance-esque self.

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