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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: October, 2016
Oct 28, 2016

"Man, Jay, they don't really want no problems—BUT WE DO." 

That's right, Kanye West and Jay Z are (more than likely) beefing with each other and Chris and Travis are here with the details. They also cover the weird song Drake released about Kid Cudi, the mid-season premiere of Keeping Up with the Kardashians, and what they'd do on a camping trip with Kanye. Real important stuff, here.

Oct 25, 2016

Put that iPod on your tongue...yeah, that's pure, man! That's right, this episode is 100% certifiably wavy 🏄🏻 🏄🏻 🏄🏻 and Chris and Travis got the chops to prove it. This lyrical analysis of Crack Music will cover all the great things about Old Kanye, like deep wordplay, stark imagery, and a grand call to action that posits Kanye West as the next Gil Scott-Heron. 

Oct 21, 2016

With all the negativity weighing everyone down in recent weeks, it's time to celebrate one truly magnificent woman—the one, the only, Kim Noel Kardashian West. Chris and Travis (and Anna!) cover their favorite Kim moments, from her Snapchatting to her foray into club music to Kimojis to her absurd crying faces to her just goddamn killing it as a mother.

🙌 All hail one half of the bad-ass-est couple on the planet 🙌

Oct 18, 2016

They don't really want no problems—but damn, Chris and Travis got about 99 of em for the latest track off The Life of Pablo. While a great song, Feedback probably gives the WTT crew its biggest headache yet, sending them into a stupor over who the "father" is, what the "motto" might be, and why it matters at all that Kanye is a "south sider." Mixed within that confusion, however, is a very (as Chris and Travis would like to think) thoughtful analysis of Feedback and how Kanye West is building the idea of WHICH/ONE by going full god-mode in the form of Dennis Rodman (it'll all make sense later—they promise).

Oct 14, 2016

It's official: The entire WTT crew has seen the Saint Pablo Tour, and they're here to discuss their highs and lows (jk, there are no lows!). Chris, Travis, and Anna get deep into show's design, setlist, and merch, while also providing an extensive update of Kim Kardashian since the robbery, what Jay Z has been up to with his new best friend, and the top five posts of the Kanye subreddit.

Oct 12, 2016

There's a reason Chris and Travis love Yeezus so much—and New Slaves is pretty much that reason. They're here to convince you why the song is so important to not only the narrative of the album, but to the narrative of Kanye West as a whole, and what the idea of being a "new slave" represents to his body of work. Expect plenty of comparisons to Adam Sandler movies, There Will Be Blood, Akira, and that Alanis Morissette song that had everybody confused about what "irony" meant for a while.

Oct 7, 2016

The topics get real this week as Chris and Travis try to make sense of the disgusting reactions to the news that Kim Kardashian was robbed in Paris. While they also discuss Kid Cudi checking into rehab, they eventually cover some lighter subjects, like North seeing Matilda the Musical, Ringo Starr being super wavy, and the time Jay Z and his new best friend built a treehouse in his backyard. In addition to it all, Chris opens up about a potentially troubling piece of news the WTT crew received last week.

This episode is brought to you by EasterxSunday.

Oct 4, 2016

Shhhhhhh try not to wake up mom...

That's right, it's STORYE TIME (dude shut up!) and Janie Contreras Johnson (guess who she's married to!) is joining Chris and Travis's latest WTT slumber party to tell them about her journey with Kanye West. From the Hurricane Katrina relief special (cringe-worthy!) to her feminist beliefs regarding Kanye (and Bukowski!) to her top five Ye tracks (with a surprise No. 1!), Janie is proving she's more than just a woman—she's her husband's wife (ok—it's Jordan!).

Oct 1, 2016

Better call Becky with the good hair, because SHE'S A HE (BUM BUM BUMMMMMM).

That is just one of the many revelations that occur on today's Kanye West news episode, as Travis, Jordan, and Janie dive deep into the week that was Kanye, Jay Z, and Kim. They cover Kanye's flight to Paris and his new Instagram account, Kim's crazy-but-awesome see-through dress, and the best of the Kanye subreddit. They also do some live investigative reporting and uncover a BOMBSHELL relating to Jay Z's body double and his relation with Chris.

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