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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: March, 2018

If you're coming from the Pitchfork article, hey! And I'm so sorry this looks so...much like this. 

This is the basic media player for WATCHING THE THRONE: A LYRICAL ANALYSIS OF KANYE WEST.

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Really appreciate you taking the time to check out the show. We've covered 85+ songs, have 200+ episodes, and have an interview series called My StorYe. 

We're currently going track by track through ye and Kids See Ghosts. Every Wednesday is a new ye episode. Every Saturday is a new Kids See Ghosts episode. 

Mar 30, 2018

A new Kanye West news episode...sign me up, Mr. President! That's right, Chris and Travis were bored, and March is ending, so it's time to cover everything Kanye that happened over the past month. They discuss a possible new album coming out of Wyoming, the leak of Southside Serenade, lawsuits, memes, Harriet the Spy (so sorry), and all the Jay/Clay Z news you can possibly cram into one episode.

Mar 27, 2018

Miranda Feneberger dishes on her history with Kanye's music, developing a love and understanding of hip hop, and more things Kanye West. 

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Miranda's work has been published or is forthcoming on sites such as HelloGiggles, NYLON, HuffPo, Rookie, BuzzFeed, Bustle, Thought Catalog, andPaste Magazine. She has also been published in print in Shiny People Zine, and on indie sites like The Inkport and Vinyl Mag.

Mar 20, 2018

If it's 4 a.m. and you can't sleep. If it's a lonely night and you're starting to fade. If the love you need is a thousand miles away.

Don't worry, we're covering the right song for you today.

As Chris and Travis reach the tail end of 808s & Heartbreak, they try to keep their composure as Kanye reaches the apex of all the fear and regret that's plagued him throughout the album. It's a dark, yet strangefully hopeful time on Coldest Winter, which finds Kanye saying goodbye to his mother (and, effectively, his fantasies about fame) as he looks towards building his own future.

Mar 16, 2018

Timothy Anne Burnside brings her expert opinion on African American history and culture to bear on Kanye as a musician, his influences, and his legacy. 

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Timothy Anne Burnside works closely with object donors and museum colleagues to build collections and develop exhibitions and programs that offer complex representations of history and cultural expression. Her background includes curatorial research and collecting, archival work, collections management, and program production. Timothy began her career with the Smithsonian at the National Museum of American History in 2003, where she worked in the Archives Center and Division of Cultural History, then launched that museum’s hip-hop collecting initiative in 2006. She has since worked on many Smithsonian exhibitions and projects, including the NMAAHC’s preview exhibition about the Apollo Theater in Harlem, New York that toured the country in 2010-2012. Timothy most recently contributed to multiple NMAAHC inaugural exhibitions, including Musical Crossroads, Sports: Leveling the Playing Field, Taking the Stage, and The Power of Place. She regularly presents at conferences across the country, speaks with college and graduate students about opportunities in the museum field, and serves on the Executive Committee of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music. Timothy received her B.A. in History, English, and Music Performance from Lawrence University, and M.A. in Museum Studies from Johns Hopkins University.

 

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"The National Museum of African American History and Culture is the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture. It was established by Act of Congress in 2003, following decades of efforts to promote and highlight the contributions of African Americans. To date, the Museum has collected more than 36,000 artifacts and nearly 100,000 individuals have become members. The Museum opened to the public on September 24, 2016, as the 19th and newest museum of the Smithsonian Institution."

 

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https://timothyanne.com/writing/f/finding-kanye-wests-influences-in-our-collection

Mar 14, 2018

We were live on the SXSW and TuneIn Podcast Stage. Chris and Travis, a room full of Kanye fans, delicious breakfast tacos from Tacodeli—could we get much higher?

You'll hear some Kanye-themed games (Family Feud/Kanye or Jay-Z/and Wait, Kanye, What?) and some truly wavy conversation about Mr. West. 

 

 

Mar 9, 2018

Joe Perez is a freelance creative director & graphic artist based in Providence, Rhode Island.
He attended Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA.
 
2008-2010 he curated Kanye West’s two blogs: kanyeuniversecity.com & gallery.kanyewest.com
 
He went on to work as the lead art director at Kanye West’s design studio DONDA from 2011-2016.
His most notable work was on the Cruel Summer, & Yeezus album covers.
Joe also contributed to the award nominated “The Life of Pablo” merchandise where
he developed product ideas and designed the interior of the NYC pop-up shop.
 
Joe went on to form his own studio which crafted Nicki Minaj’s “The Pink Print” album cover.
The cover was later selected by Billboard magazine as one of the 50 greatest album covers of all time.
 
In 2017 he released his first clothing collection entitled, “MASON”.

Mar 6, 2018

Can we talk our shit again? We can?! Because it's our podcast?!?!?! Yippee!!!

Today Chris and Travis are breaking down what might be Kanye West's most underrated song: The Glory. The track that might truly be the pinnacle of Old Kanye's powers. They discussing ironic use of ego,  the beauty of sampling Laura Nyro, and how the song sets up Kanye's "break up" with Chicago.

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