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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: May, 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.

You can find the podcast on itunes, Spotify, TuneIn, Stitcher, and more!

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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. 

May 29, 2018

Yeezy Super-stan Robin Petering dishes on her experience with Kanye West concerts and more in this week's StorYe!

Robin is a community inclusive researcher who specializes in homelessness advocacy. She runs a research consulting firm called Lens (the name for which was inspired by Frank Ocean).

May 22, 2018

New to The Life of Pablo? Or perhaps you're looking for a reason to love it more? Or just wondering what makes it special at all? Well, Chris and Travis, the hosts of Watching the Throne, are going to lay their entire thesis out in one episode. Each episode of Season 7 covers the individual songs of Kanye West's latest album, but on this overview, they'll cover The Life of Pablo's storyline on a broader level, giving some macro context before you head into the individual deep dives.

May 18, 2018

Artist LaTosha Maddox shares how Kanye helped fuel her creative journey. 

She is a 23 year old African American Visual Artist who takes strong influence in Pro Black themes and Pop Culture. After beginning her Art Education at The Delaplaine Visual Arts Center and Academy of Arts in Frederick Maryland she pursued a Fine Arts Degree at Louisiana State University. Currently residing in the DMV area, taking time off to focus on an array of creative pursuits. Visit contact for any personal inquiries or requests. 

https://www.tinytosha.com

You can commission works or buy her Kanye-inspired prints through her website!

May 15, 2018

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May 11, 2018

Spencer Wolff, aka @Snowcone965 on Twitter, is the man who helped popularize the theory that Ye’s recent controversies—Candace Owens, Trump, TMZ—are part of a larger performance art. Dive further into the concept with this discussion!

If you want to read more about the theory to have some context heading into the episode, check out these two posts:

https://twitter.com/Snowcone965/status/991695769714479104

https://pigeonsandplanes.com/in-depth/2018/05/kanye-west-prestige-theory 

May 9, 2018

Pretty much every relationship, idea, theme, and issue Kanye has explored throughout his discography has revolved around finding "the one." How perfect is it then that Wolves, the last song on The Life of Pablo's main storyline concludes with Kim and Kanye finding each other, balancing one another, ready to start their lives as husband and wife, father and mother. Chris and Travis try their best to do Kanye's magnum opus justice as they discuss marriage, love, lambs, the Bible—and the fuckin' wolves.

May 8, 2018

A true lover of hip-hop, Daniel Pultz shares with us the reasons why he’s been a fan of Kanye since day 1.

May 4, 2018

Deezie Brown’s album “Judith” is the closest thing Chris has felt to listening to Kanye. It makes sense that Deezie drew incredible inspiration from My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. Enjoy the perspective an artist brings to talking about Kanye as Deezie shares his StorYe.

May 4, 2018

Watching the Throne is happy to host a conversation between DeMario Jackson and friends Amaron and Nate about the most dramatic week in Kanye history. Real people, real fans, real reactions. These are the real conversations Kanye is creating.

May 1, 2018

For the first time, Chris and Travis have a Kanye West song that exists outside any album narrative. However, Ye vs. the People fits PERFECTLY into the Kanye West narrative on a broader scale, as he's now once again controlling the conversation, challenging conventional thought and shifting the zeitgeist. But is that good or bad? Is there a danger and naïveté to Kanye's rhetoric? Or should we think more constructively about Kanye's core message and reconsider how we talk about politics?

Only time will tell. But for now, we've got Ye vs. the People.

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