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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: July, 2016
Jul 30, 2016

Like we always do at this time, we go for ours, we got to shine, now put your headphones on your ears! Because it's time for Watching the Throne!! Chris and Travis apologize for missing an episode, but they're back to discuss some very important Kanye West news, like Kim and Kanye's interview in Harper's Bazaar and the brand new Wolves music video (which might be his best yet?). We also explore Jay Z's frustration with Taylor Swift, determine if Kelly Clarkson and Piers Morgan are wavy or basic, and try to figure out why the Redditors aren't more excited about the first public Saint West video because IMA LET U FINISH BUT BABY YE IS THE CUTEST BABY OF ALL TIME.

OF ALL TIME.

Jul 22, 2016

Chris, Travis, and Anna spend close to two hours detailing the history of Kanye West and Taylor Swift, from when Kanye stormed the VMA stage in 2009 to Kim Kardashian’s Snapchat revelation that Taylor approved the Famous line, just days ago. The crew covers key points in Kanye and Taylor's shared history that many people have forgotten about, the collateral damage that's resulted from the feud, and where each party could go from here. This is the most absolutely comprehensive analysis you will find of Kanye and Taylor on the Internet, with some terribly unfunny banter to boot. What's not to love? 

Jul 20, 2016

You guys, Chris and Travis are.So.SORRY. In their pursuit to do one of the coldest storYes ever told justice, they brought in Jordan C. Johnson and then there was some sort of disagreement and then all hell broke loose. Almost two hours later, the WTT gang found itself crawling its way out of a mountain of snow brought on by Kanye's icy cold imagery on 808s & Heartbreak and the torrential blizzard of debate that came from understanding the album's third track, Heartless.

P.S. The episode definitely isn't overlong due to confusion over the WWE and our collective hatred of Anthony Fantano.

P.P.S. Please still love us.

Jul 16, 2016

Chris and Jordan keep it wavy as they discuss a particularly light week for Kanye West news. They gauge Dave Franco and Kings of Leon on the Kanye Barometer, discuss Jay Z's fascination with ghosts, countdown the best of the Kanye sub-Reddit, and read a scouting report detailing the Kardashians trip to Iceland for Kanye's latest music video.

Jul 13, 2016

"N-now th-that that don't kill them...can only make them stronger...we need WTT to hurry up now......god can they talk much longer?!"

Yup! Chris and Travis probably could, but at some point they had stop themselves from analyzing Kanye West's smash-shit Stronger so hard that they believed they could walk into any club in the world and everyone would go ahead go nuts go apeshit. Join them as they contextualize one of Kanye's most superficial songs within Graduation to show how Kanye's relationship with Chicago is actually a narrative building on the album. 

Jul 8, 2016

The dream team meets the supreme team this week as Chris tags in Lauren for some very important Kanye West news. Lauren and Travis get into all sorts of shenanigans, such as Saint West photos, Kim Kardashian's food shaming, Kylie's lipstick line, Jay Z giving up on Dexter several years too late, and Jack Black's cryptic Kanye fandom. Oh yeah, and they spend about 20 minutes dissecting a photo of a burger Kanye tweeted.

Jul 6, 2016

"They take my time when I'm in need...yeah they some triflin' hosts indeed." Sorry, they didn't mean to dig on you! But then again, you shouldn't have had expectations for Chris and Travis, who probably became the first people in the world to sit down and talk about Gold Digger for an hour straight. But then again, nobody has ever really cared about the avant-garde structure of what is perhaps Kanye West's most popular hit, making a reasonable person wonder why Chris and Travis are even doing this podcast in the first place.

Good thing they're not reasonable.

Jul 2, 2016

There's only one word we can use to describe the length of this episode: SCARY. Because dear lord do Chris, Travis, and special guest/past StorYe guest Anna go off the goddamn rails. They go deep into Kanye West's new video for Famous, WTT getting shut down by Lena Dunham's Facebook page, Jay Z's financially draining obsession with old Saturday morning cartoons, the latest episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians, and the now all-time most upvoted Kanye sub-Reddit post. Hold on to your butts, Stans.

Jul 1, 2016

To quote the legendary rock band Staind: It's been awhiiiiile. That's right, it's time for another StorYe! And this week Chris and Travis are interviewing friend-of-the-show/Throner/Keeping Up-dater Anna Zeck, who, as a huge Kimye fan who's seen every episode of every Kardashian spin-off ever, brings a unique perspective to the show. They cover her relationship with Kanye—from his music to his fashion to his relationship with Kim—and, of course, count down her favorite Kanye West songs. That shit cray.

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