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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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Aug 15, 2015

Chris and Travis are tackling what is perhaps Kanye West's biggest song: Jesus Walks. They analyze the early stages of Kanye's world-building writing, his ability to express anger and frustration, and the themes of religion, racism, and the inner duality of good and evil—and, ultimately, why the song's structure limits it from achieving greatness. Also, North West updates, and maybe some Jay-Z stuff if they find the time.

Jul 22, 2015

Chris and Travis are slogging their way through College Dropout, and this time around, they're covering the extremely underrated Spaceship. They analyze the themes of oppression and achieving your dreams through hard work in the song, along with discussing the petition to keep Kanye out of the Pan Am games, North West's popcorn butter mishap, and Jay-Z's strange obsession with Channing Tatum's abs.

Jul 2, 2015

Episode 2 of Watching the Throne. Here, we analyze All Falls Down, discussing the structure of the song, how an early classic like this compares to Yeezus-level Ye, his use of cliches, and other literary techniques he uses to construct the song.  Aside from that, we discuss Jay-Z visiting Austin and Minneapolis in one weekend, Kanye in Glastonbury, and North West being sleepy sleepy.  

Jun 24, 2015

Chris and Travis launch head-first into Kanye West's discography with the song We Don't Care on Kanye's debut album, College Dropout. We discuss the themes of materialism, education, youth, hardship, rebellion, and artistry permeating throughout the song. We also try to put the song into Kanye's perspective as an artist and a new rapper representing Chicago, as well as talk about our memories of first hearing the song. We also look over some Kanye newswire items, talk about North West's second birthday, and may or may not discuss something Jay-Z did over the weekend.

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