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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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Mar 31, 2017

Having trouble keeping up with Keeping Up with the Kardashians? No fear! Travis, Chris and their special guest Anna have got you covered. Not only are they here to recap Kimye's stresses after the Paris robbery, but cover how publicity and celebrity seem to be catching up with the Kardashians in general. They also discuss Kanye's two new features with Mary J. Blige and Drake and Kanye's new Calabasas clothing collection. Also at one point Chris spends about 30 minutes on Twitter. Hurray and huzzah.

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Mar 18, 2017

This is the moment no one has been waiting for! A Chris-only episode of Watching the Throne. Be prepared for too many audible breaths, a monotone that will put you to sleep, and the shortest episode WTT has done in over a year!

 

 

Mar 14, 2017

Put your hands 🙌  to the constellations ✨ because it's finally time to dissect one of Kanye West's most beloved songs: Devil in a New Dress 💃🏿. Hot off their live SXSW show, Chris and Travis 👬  have a fire in their bellies 🔥 over this track, which features the one and only Kanye West 🐐  being completely emasculated by a woman before pouring his heart and soul out to the world on Runaway 😭 😭 😭. It's the kind of lyrical storytelling these stans 😎  just can't get enough of.

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Mar 12, 2017

Middle America packed in, came to see...Watching the Throne? At SXSW 2017?! Better believe it! Chris and Travis somehow sweet-talked their way onto the SXSW Podcast Stage (presented by TuneIn), and they're using the opportunity to educate the world on the masterpiece that is Yeezus. They break down the album's main motifs of ego, race, and romance, detailing the moments that make up the hyperbolized version of Kanye, aka "Yeezus" himself. Fun is, of course, had all around.

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Mar 11, 2017

While Chris and Travis wait for the audio of their live SXSW episode, they decided to have some fun! Which may or may not involve libations. They finally got in the same room together to talk some Kanye West news, which also involves some drinking games, next-level J-Crew news, and a special appearance (or two or three or ten) by Alexa. Fair warning: Shit gets goofy. You're welcome.

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Mar 7, 2017

'Bout the dumbest dudes you ever seen
Straight up out da podcast scene
They call themselves Lambert & Bean
And they spend their lives Kanye-ing
Up late night with their boy Noah, whoa
Checkin' every line like Ye on parole
He told 'em it's some things they don't need to know
They never let it go, ohhhhh

OKAYYYY OKAY OKAYYYYY THEY WILL NEVER STOP IT NOW

'Cause it's time to analyze RoboCop
Wow, they really like the song RoboCop
The also happen to like the film RoboCop
Yeah, it's time for RoboCop

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Also, check out Noah's music at https://soundcloud.com/grasskingdoms.

 

Mar 3, 2017

It's StorYe time! We've got superfan Alex Dellbridge on the show, and he's to tell us if other countries like Kanye West as much as the U.S. of A. In addition, Alex joins Chris and Travis to cover Kanye West news, which includes the new Zebra Yeezys, a glimpse into the genesis of Kimye, a minor lawsuit Kanye escaped, and a very strange segment of the Kanye Bounce House (is there any other kind?).

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