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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!

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.