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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: December, 2016
Dec 27, 2016

Was you saying something? Was you telling Chris and Travis that spending hours upon hours talking about Kanye West was a waste of time? Was you scoffing at their analytical dive into Can't Tell Me Nothing? Was you denying the song's idyllic, yet ironic portrait of fame and fortune as the album Graduation digs the character of Kanye deeper and deeper until he's completely alienated from his friends, family and hometown of Chicago? Was you saying something???

Uh-uh you can't tell them NOTHING.

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Dec 20, 2016

Go on and celebrate Christmas all you want—Chris and Travis have upgraded to ChristmaHanuKwanzaakah. 

That's right! It's time for an absurdly long lyrical analysis of Christmas in Harlem, Kanye West's one and only stab at a creating a classic Christmas jingle. They're breaking down all eight verses from Kanye and his friends that we can only assume were recorded in Hawaii while Kanye was making one of the greatest albums of all time. Kinda crazy when you think about it, huh?

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Dec 16, 2016

This week, Chris and Travis are talking about the two biggest blondes dominating the news cycle at the moment: Donald Trump and Kanye West. They gauge the public's reaction to the meeting and discuss if there is a chance for diplomacy with Trump. They also talk about Kanye's new medical team, his side career in BMXing, Kim Kardashian's Love Magazine photoshoot, and the top 20 TV shows Kanye should appear in. Oh, and J. Cole updates, of course.

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Dec 13, 2016

Miss the old Kanye? Well, you're in luck, because today Chris and Travis are discussing Roses from his second album, Late Registration. They observe the middle ground Kanye exists on between fame and family (which foreshadows The Life of Pablo), his amazing use of setting and imagery, and the narrative journey he takes to make that final line so iconic.

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Dec 9, 2016

While most podcasts cover a wide array of subjects—such as crime, sports, or perhaps even an entire genre of music—there's only one topic near and dear to Chris and Travis's heart: Whatever the hell Kanye West is up to. And this week has no shortage of news to speculate about. They discuss Kanye's Grammy nominations, his new blonde hair, the insane Kimye divorce rumors, Saint West's first birthday, J. Cole riding the bus and getting prescription glasses—and, of course, possibly our first real piece of Turbo Grafx 16 news.

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Dec 6, 2016

The lights dimmed as Chris and Travis joined hands and formed a prayer circle, begging for the strength to cover one of Kanye West's most insane tracks. As the lights raised, so did the WTT crew, ready to discuss Low Lights and Highlights, the shift they represent for Kanye's internal struggle on The Life of Pablo, and the vulnerability resting beneath the superficiality of it all.

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Dec 2, 2016

Breaking from the format, Chris and Travis are doing something they've never done before: covering a song that does NOT feature Kanye West.

Well...sort of. As rumor has it, Kanye could very well be the subject of J. Cole's latest single, False Prophets, and WTT is ready to give it the same level of scrutiny and analysis they would give to any Kanye song. They talk about the narrative J. Cole is forming, how his perceptions of Kanye fit in with the Old vs. New Kanye argument, and ultimately what the song is saying about "false prophets."

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