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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: September, 2017
Sep 29, 2017

Chris, Travis and Jordan are taking on the masterpiece known as Yeezus, starting with On Sight. They break down how the song kicks off the epic narrative, how it sets up the tragic, ironic importance of immediacy for the character on the album, and how the insanely deep and stripped down production feeds into all of it.

The is a remastering of an old episode.

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Sep 29, 2017

The interlude in On Sight is beautiful, but can be befuddling. How we make sense of it depends on what kind of album we think Yeezus is. Is it a collection of single tracks? Or is it more? Is it a concept album like The Who's Tommy or Green Day's American Idiot? Chris will take you on a journey of discovery to see the depth and awesomeness of not just Yeezus, not just On Sight, but of the interlude itself.

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Sep 29, 2017

“Non-musical. Super aggro. Really noisy...

I loved it. It made me crazy.”

That’s how Rick Rubin, who came in at the last second to help polish up the production on Yeezus, describes the opening moments of On Sight. Without wasting a second, the opening track, to what is probably Kanye West’s most misunderstood album, immediately polarizes listeners—on purpose. It's completely in line with the character Kanye is creating; a character we'll come to explore on the album.

So let's talk about it.

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Much thanks to Chris Lambert, Jordan C. Johnson, and  for their helpful notes on this recording.

Sep 26, 2017

Noisy Images is one of the best YouTube channels for hip hop related content. Perhaps the best part of the channel is how Kanye-centric it is. In this episode, Chris talks with Noisy Images creator Don about Don's love of Kanye. Warning, a lot of talk about life as well, because, at the end of the day, Kanye is life. You can check out Noisy Images by clicking here.

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Sep 22, 2017

Chris and Travis are dedicating the next three months to what could be Kanye's most monumental achievement: Yeezus. Over the several weeks, they'll release an analysis for each song on the album, and to start, they want to provide a brief overview of the storyline on Yeezus.

This episode was recorded at the 2017 SXSW & TuneIn Podcast Stage.

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Sep 19, 2017

Chris and Travis are now getting into what might be the greatest stretch of Kanye West songs as they take on FML. And it's such a tall order that they'll need some help from Janie Contreras Johnson, who happens to think FML is the greatest song ever made. The three of them discuss insane level of vulnerability Kanye displays on the song, how Kanye's relationship with the public feeds into his domestic troubles, and how FML sets up the finale of The Life of Pablo.

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Sep 15, 2017

We 'bout to send this bitch up and, yes, it WILL go down.

Yup, you guessed it: Chris and Travis are dissecting Sent It Up today, which only leaves one song to go on what is possibly Kanye West's greatest album: Yeezus. With that in mind, they're really getting into Kanye's state of mind at this point in the album's narrative, which finds Kanye dipping back into his Yeezus persona after finding some catharsis on Guilt Trip. They talk about braggadocio and irony, how the song mirrors On Sight lyrically and sonically, and how the song sets up both Bound 2 and The Life of Pablo.

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Sep 12, 2017

This week, we're celebrating the 10-year anniversary of Graduation by dissecting Kanye's first single from the album, Can't Tell Me Nothing. Chris and Travis talk about the song's idyllic, yet ironic portrait of fame and fortune as the album digs Kanye deeper and deeper into a hole until he's completely alienated from his friends, family and hometown of Chicago.

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Sep 8, 2017

Chris and Travis have kidnapped Jordan and forced him to participate in the first ever Best Kanye West Song Tournament Death Match Extreme 2000, where they created Best Kanye Song Tournament bracket and voted on their favorites. They go through every (and I mean EVERY) Kanye West song 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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This is a rerun of an old episode.

Sep 5, 2017

I tell you what—it's one hell of a life hosting a Kanye West podcast. It's almost as crazy as the song Hell of a Life, which Chris and Travis think is probably the most underrated and misunderstood song on Ye's discography. They get into the "fantasy" of the song, why Kanye feels such a connection to this porn star, and how all of it wraps up in the most tragic, awkward of ways.

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