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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: January, 2017
Jan 31, 2017

In a typically meta move by the WTT crew, Chris, Travis, and Jordan decide the only way to properly analyze I'm In It is to trap themselves in a two-hour podcast that just won't seem to f**king end. They eventually emerge from breaking down one of Kanye West's greatest songs, but not before trekking in-depth through the track's mix of identity politics, sexual aggression, and existential anxiety.

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Jan 27, 2017

It might be a light week for Kanye news, but all of Kanye's buddies are up to plenty of shenanigans! And Chris and Travis are here to report on it all, from Kanye tweeting to J. Cole sledding to Jay Z trumping to Kim Costa Rica-ing to Ray J bitching yet again about something totally stupid as we all collectively nod our heads in unison and say, "Yeah Ray J...yeah. Sure. Totally. You're right, Ray J. You're so right."

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Jan 23, 2017

Ramón Ramirez, entertainment editor for The Daily Dot, takes a deep dive into The Life of Pablo with Chris, exploring the album's depth track by track and using his expertise to show why Kanye West's album will come to represent 2016.

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Jan 20, 2017

Have you heard about the Kanye class at Washington University? We talked with Dr. Jeffrey Q. McCune Jr. about why he wanted to teach the class, how the idea came about, the politics of black success and celebrity iconography, and, most importantly, why the work of Kanye deserves this kind of discussion.

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Jan 17, 2017

There's only one podcast in the world where you can hear the phrases "Mr. Rogers in high heels," "Cheddar Bleep Blop Bloops," and "Kanye West hosted an orgy in Hawaii" all in one episode! That's right, Chris and Travis got appropriately loopy and punch-drunk for their analysis of So Appalled, which is sort of assigning Kanye West as an apathetic god figure for his narrative journey on My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, but also sort of too insane to have any right to exist.

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Jan 13, 2017

What are Chris and Travis to do when they have a slow Kanye news week...START A NEW TRADITION.

That's right, they kidnapped Jordan and forced him to participate in the first ever Best Kanye West Song Tournament Death Match Extreme 2000, where they took r/kanye's recent Best Kanye Song Tournament and formed their own bracket. They go through every (and I mean EVERY) round and discuss why they voted the way they did. The result is sometimes insightful, most of the time contentious, and always...long.

Oh my god it's so long.

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Jan 10, 2017

Wait, what's wrong? What are you looking at us like that?? Don't you still like the show??? WHAT'S WRONG PLEASE TELL US.

In other news, Chris and Travis are covering Paranoid on this episode, and they're quite confident in their analysis, and not at all scared that you'll abandon their show!

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Kanye, please love us!!!

Jan 7, 2017

In an effort to make up three weeks of Kanye West news, Chris and Travis really go overboard with this one. They dispel the ridiculous Kimye divorce rumors, cry tears of joy over Kim's return to social media, ponder what character Kanye would play in The Office, and provide their signature updates on the life and times of J. Cole.

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Jan 3, 2017

It's been a minute since we had some fresh blood on Watching the Throne, but this week that all changes. Kevin sits down with Chris for a marathon interview about the ups and downs of being a Kanye megafan.

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