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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: July, 2017
Jul 31, 2017

Today we're talking to Cole Cuchna, creator and host of the Dissect Podcast. He performs musical analysis (just like us!) by going track-by-track through albums, breaking the format into short, easily digestible episodes (not just like us!). 

The first season featured Cole going through Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp a Butterfly, and the second will continue with Kanye West's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. Chris and Travis sit down with Cole to get his StorYe: When he first heard Kanye West, how his relationship has evolved since then, and what it was like to intricately dissect one of the most important hip hop albums of all time.

This episode is also brought to you by Audible. Go to www.audibletrial.com/wtt to get a free audiobook and test out a 30-day trial with Audible.

Jul 25, 2017

Kanye is forever...
He's all we need to please us
He can't stimulate or tease us
He won't leave in the night
Have no fear that he might desert me...

KANYE IS FOREVER. FOREVER. FOREVER.

Good mornin'! It's another week, another #TuesYe, and (unfortunately) another JAY-Z verse to dissect. That's right: Chris and Travis are ripping into a verse that many consider to be GOAT...which is weird to us, especially when its pit against Kanye's brutally honest and capricious confession on the Diamonds From Sierra Leone remix. We discuss everything Kanye is exploring, like his struggle with balancing his humbled home life with celebrity life, the black community's obsession with self-worth, and how social issues from across the world can blend into one another—and then we discuss everything JAY-Z is exploring, like how awesome his money is, why he's basically Jesus, and how on God's green earth the Titanic sinking in WATER is comparable to a phoenix burning in a FIRE.

is episode is also brought to you by Audible. Go to www.audibletrial.com/wtt to get a free audiobook and test out a 30-day trial with Audible.

Jul 18, 2017

Scars. Tattoos. Diamonds. Hydro flasks. L.L. Bean hiking boots. J.K. Rowling's imagination. Celine Dion's "My Heart Will Go On." Ryan Gosling's charm. The universe. Love.

Oh—and waves. Waves also last forever.

Waves don't die.

Actually, you can add this episode to that list, because Chris and Travis can apparently spend forever talking about Waves, one of the most popular tracks off The Life of Pablo. It also happens to be one of the most strongly contested songs between the WTT hosts for months. In this analysis, they explore the metaphor of waves, debate the power of Chris Brown's chorus, and freak out about the long-awaited realization of the Old Kanye vs. New Kanye dynamic.

This episode is also brought to you by Audible. Go to www.audibletrial.com/wtt to get a free audiobook and test out a 30-day trial with Audible.

Jul 11, 2017

Welcome to Watching the Throne, a lyrical analysis of...Jay Z? No, wait: JAY-Z. Because Jay Z is dead on 4:44, which means it's time for Chris and Travis to—for the first time ever—analyze a song that isn't a Kanye West track!

However, the first track off JAY-Z's latest album is ABOUT Kanye, which means the WTT crew is uniquely qualified to analyze it, dissect it—and completely trash it (sort of). They explore the old-Jay Z vs. new-JAY-Z dynamic set up on 4:44, the manner in which JAY-Z explores his demons, and what it really means that he dissed his once-protégé.

This episode is also brought to you by Audible. Go to www.audibletrial.com/wtt to get a free audiobook and test out a 30-day trial with Audible.

Jul 4, 2017

Chris is gone, which means Travis has nobody telling him to not make terrible decisions...which means Travis decided to bring his friend Christina on the show! And they have an interesting relationship when it comes to Kanye, as in Christina thinks Kanye might be a huge misogynist and Travis likes to yell about how she's wrong about that.

But seriously, it's an important discussion that Travis thinks is good to have live on the show, considering how Chris and Travis just constantly talk about how great he is and one dissenting opinion won't kill them.

We also get into Christina's StorYe, talk about Jay Z's new bloody mary mix, and theorize about some of the more intimate moments of Kim and Kanye's lives.

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