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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: September, 2016
Sep 28, 2016

To cover all of the lights, we need all of the resources—Chris, Travis, (introducing) Janie Contreras Johnson. Who knows, if they get desperate, they'll enlist Genius for its annotations?

No...they would never!

jk, they totally do. In fact, they pull out all the stops to cover one of Kanye West's most infamous tracks, All of the Lights. They discuss fame, fortune, family, MJ, Tupac, the pros and cons of Borders vs. Barnes & Noble, and all of the different kinds of lights that exist. You can expect Janie to say smart things, and for Chris and Travis to talk about iPhones, high schoolers working at movie theaters, and Joe Dirt.

This episode is brought to you by EasterxSunday.

Sep 20, 2016

Does Kanye West say the word "amazing" over 60 times? Yes. Is he using the word ironically? It's up for interpretation...but probably. Do Chris and Travis talk about Hot Pockets and Gatorade? Of course. Is Young Jeezy a crazy person? Without a doubt. Is Kanye comparing his reign as the world's most controversial hip hop star to the decline and hollowness of the Ozymandias empire? Let's answer that question with another question: DO WE NEED AIR TO BREATHE?

Will WTT cover all that and more in their analysis of Amazing? Bet ur butt they do.

This episode is sponsored by EasterxSunday.

Sep 16, 2016

As 24-hour news outlets try to incessantly fill the day with the most mundane banalities of life, Chris and Travis find themselves strapped for time in trying to cover a week worth of Kanye West. Yeezus himself is up to big things this week, doing a classic interview that rails against the fashion industry and getting in an emotional feud with Kid Cudi. Also in other news, the NFL is not a fan of Yeezys, Kim is posting nude selfies once again, and Jay Z is getting into the lucrative children's lullabies business.

Sep 14, 2016

You know that part in Apocalypse Now when Martin Sheen finds Marlon Brando and Brando is just muttering nonsense and this magnificent film turns into a crazy fever dream? Well, if you listen to this episode long enough—in the midst of a classic, in-depth WTT analysis of I Wonder—you'll experience that scene in podcast form. It's a punch-drunk episode, Chris and Travis are food- and sleep-deprived, and shit gets crazy.

This episode is brought to you by EasterxSunday.

Sep 9, 2016

Chris and Travis' favorite word in the English language? Brevity—it's the only thing they know! And this 53-minute episode covering the week in Kanye West, Jay Z, and Kim Kardashian news can attest to that. They're talkin' Yeezy Season 4, Saint Pablo Tour, Desiigner, prepubescent boys and their YouTube comments, Dennis the Menace, wild rice & broccoli, Connect Four, and, of course, the mid-season finale of Keeping Up with the Kardashians.

Sorry...they are seriously so sorry.

Sep 4, 2016

Chris and Travis have talked about Famous enough—so now it's your turn! In the Throne Zone, we offer listeners a chance to throw out their theories about Kanye West tracks, starting with Famous. Chris and Travis discuss thoughts submitted from three different Throners who pitch their ideas about Kanye's legacy, the "hood famous" line, and how Famous ends up connecting to Saint Pablo.

Sep 2, 2016

Welcome to the first annual VMYe's!!!! Oh, you thought the VMAs had a lot of Kanye in it? Chris and Travis are committing 100% of their time to Yeezus himself, kicking off with an analysis of his music video for Fade. They break down the video's three-part structure and what the dancing, cat-face and sheep symbolize in the context of the album.

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