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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: August, 2016
Aug 31, 2016

Chris and Travis pump the brakes a little bit with this episode, as they abandon the New Kanye for the Old Kanye with their analysis of Drive Slow. They examine the multiple interpretations the song presents about "driving slow," Kanye's amazing ability to paint a scene, why Mali and GLC represent Obi Wan and Emperor Palpatine, and how Late Registration lays the seeds of the themes later explored on My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, Yeezus, and The Life of Pablo.

Aug 26, 2016

"We young and we alive...and we NEVER gonna die!!!" Chris and Travis exclaimed as they grabbed Jordan by the hand and dove into their most extensive analysis of a Kanye West song yet—the one, the only, the controversial Famous. They're discussing fame, they're discussing delusion, and bet your bottom dollar they're discussing the infamous "I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex" line. They also get into the irony of using the Nina Simone "Do What you Gotta Do" and Sister Nancy "Bam Bam" samples, as well as how Rihanna's hook embodies The Life of Pablo's "New Kanye vs. Old Kanye" theme. If you're looking for more information about the Famous music video with all the celebrities in bed, check out our news episode, "Kanye West's Famous Video, A Live Kardashian Update, Jay Z Loves Harry Potter, Lena Dunham Starts a Feud With Us."

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Aug 24, 2016

Chris and Travis are back in action for the news! And they're back with a vengeance, just like Hans Gruber's brother. They give a poetic reading of Kanye West's poem about McDonald's, put their pre-orders in for baby Yeezys, shake their heads over Scott Disick's crazy prank on Kourtney Kardashian, and take a long, hard look at their lives when confronted with the hurtful consequences of their Jay Z news.

Also, in a harrowing tale, Jay Z breaks his iPhone 6.

Aug 19, 2016

WHICH/ONE

WHICH/ONE

WHICH/ONE

It's a question Chris and Travis continually asked themselves as they discussed Kanye West and Travis Scott's remix of Alicia Keys' In Common—is Kanye talking about Kim or Taylor? The answer is complicated, as it ever is with Ye's multi-layered tracks. They get into Kanye's verses about Kim being his rock during the Taylor Swift situation, a continually changing style that may signal the direction of his next album, and how overall the song explores three different levels of sharing too much "in common" with others.

Aug 16, 2016

Is it a buttery croissant? Almond croissant? Chocolate croissant? Jelly-filled? Ham and cheese? Lye-glazed? Is it one of those hip, new croissan'wiches? How many croissants are there? Are they Austrian croissants served in a French bakery? Is it made in the style of a Kipferl, the precursor to croissant?

Guys, Watching the Throne is here to answer all these questions and more on this episode, as Chris, Travis, and Jordan get into Kanye West's most misunderstood song, I Am a God. They're discussing the tragic, lonely irony of becoming a god, how the song sets up the dominant themes and dichotomies of Yeezus, and the transcendent sonic moments that separate the song from every other song in the history of music.

All of that is, obviously, followed by debates about Blood on the Leaves and FourFiveSeconds, educating Jordan about Hulkamania, and, uh, croissants.

Aug 14, 2016

Sorry, Mr. Bean is gone! But Chris is here, and he's with his girlfriend Marie, and they're doing Kanye West news. It's been a pretty busy week, with him breaking Billboard records and getting Werner Herzog's approval and everything. Oh, and don't worry, they didn't forget about Jay Z's latest charity venture, Squirrels Without Fathers.

Aug 9, 2016

As they looked down at their diamond encrusted microphones, Chris and Travis embarked on their longest, toughest, most treacherous journey yet: analyzing Kanye West's legendary hit, Power. Powered by the self-confidence Kanye shows on the track, the WTT crew opens the prison doors, brings the goalies in and goes straight Genghis Khan on everyone's asses.

Man, this is way too much, they need a moment.

Aug 5, 2016

Kids, grab your sleeping bags, gather 'round, and turn on your flashlights...because it's storYe time! That's right, artist Robyn O'Neil sits down with Chris and Travis to talk about Kanye West because everyone else is annoyed when she talks about Kanye West and she.needs.to.talk.about.KANYE.WEST. We go deep into this stan's insane obsession (that the WTT Crew can relate to a little bit too well) with Mr. West, how her opinion of him and his music has changed over time, how his lyrics have helped her through some rough moments, and why she is now a full-blown Keeping Up With the Kardashians addict.

Check out Robyn's podcast! It's called "Me Reading Stuff" and you can find it on iTunes.

Also check out http://robynoneil.com for some of her awesome artwork!

Aug 2, 2016

Our mouths bulgin' bulgin' bulgin' with analysis. Analysis. Analysis—

OK that's enough of that.

Look, Chris and Travis are talking about the Gucci Mane song Pussy Print, which features Kanye, talks about money and sex, and, in case you missed it, is called PUSSY PRINT. But it's a cool song that Travis somehow convinced Chris to appreciate. Let's see if they can do the same for you as they dissect Gucci's Scarface-level bonkers verse and contemplate how Kanye can transition himself into the trap game.

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