Like we always do at this time, we go for ours, we got to shine, now put your headphones on your ears! Because it's time for Watching the Throne!! Chris and Travis apologize for missing an episode, but they're back to discuss some very important Kanye West news, like Kim and Kanye's interview in Harper's Bazaar and the brand new Wolves music video (which might be his best yet?). We also explore Jay Z's frustration with Taylor Swift, determine if Kelly Clarkson and Piers Morgan are wavy or basic, and try to figure out why the Redditors aren't more excited about the first public Saint West video because IMA LET U FINISH BUT BABY YE IS THE CUTEST BABY OF ALL TIME.
OF ALL TIME.
Chris, Travis, and Anna spend close to two hours detailing the history of Kanye West and Taylor Swift, from when Kanye stormed the VMA stage in 2009 to Kim Kardashian’s Snapchat revelation that Taylor approved the Famous line, just days ago. The crew covers key points in Kanye and Taylor's shared history that many people have forgotten about, the collateral damage that's resulted from the feud, and where each party could go from here. This is the most absolutely comprehensive analysis you will find of Kanye and Taylor on the Internet, with some terribly unfunny banter to boot. What's not to love?
You guys, Chris and Travis are.So.SORRY. In their pursuit to do one of the coldest storYes ever told justice, they brought in Jordan C. Johnson and then there was some sort of disagreement and then all hell broke loose. Almost two hours later, the WTT gang found itself crawling its way out of a mountain of snow brought on by Kanye's icy cold imagery on 808s & Heartbreak and the torrential blizzard of debate that came from understanding the album's third track, Heartless.
P.S. The episode definitely isn't overlong due to confusion over the WWE and our collective hatred of Anthony Fantano.
P.P.S. Please still love us.
Chris and Jordan keep it wavy as they discuss a particularly light week for Kanye West news. They gauge Dave Franco and Kings of Leon on the Kanye Barometer, discuss Jay Z's fascination with ghosts, countdown the best of the Kanye sub-Reddit, and read a scouting report detailing the Kardashians trip to Iceland for Kanye's latest music video.
"N-now th-that that don't kill them...can only make them stronger...we need WTT to hurry up now......god can they talk much longer?!"
Yup! Chris and Travis probably could, but at some point they had stop themselves from analyzing Kanye West's smash-shit Stronger so hard that they believed they could walk into any club in the world and everyone would go ahead go nuts go apeshit. Join them as they contextualize one of Kanye's most superficial songs within Graduation to show how Kanye's relationship with Chicago is actually a narrative building on the album.
The dream team meets the supreme team this week as Chris tags in Lauren for some very important Kanye West news. Lauren and Travis get into all sorts of shenanigans, such as Saint West photos, Kim Kardashian's food shaming, Kylie's lipstick line, Jay Z giving up on Dexter several years too late, and Jack Black's cryptic Kanye fandom. Oh yeah, and they spend about 20 minutes dissecting a photo of a burger Kanye tweeted.
"They take my time when I'm in need...yeah they some triflin' hosts indeed." Sorry, they didn't mean to dig on you! But then again, you shouldn't have had expectations for Chris and Travis, who probably became the first people in the world to sit down and talk about Gold Digger for an hour straight. But then again, nobody has ever really cared about the avant-garde structure of what is perhaps Kanye West's most popular hit, making a reasonable person wonder why Chris and Travis are even doing this podcast in the first place.
Good thing they're not reasonable.
There's only one word we can use to describe the length of this episode: SCARY. Because dear lord do Chris, Travis, and special guest/past StorYe guest Anna go off the goddamn rails. They go deep into Kanye West's new video for Famous, WTT getting shut down by Lena Dunham's Facebook page, Jay Z's financially draining obsession with old Saturday morning cartoons, the latest episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians, and the now all-time most upvoted Kanye sub-Reddit post. Hold on to your butts, Stans.
To quote the legendary rock band Staind: It's been awhiiiiile. That's right, it's time for another StorYe! And this week Chris and Travis are interviewing friend-of-the-show/Throner/Keeping Up-dater Anna Zeck, who, as a huge Kimye fan who's seen every episode of every Kardashian spin-off ever, brings a unique perspective to the show. They cover her relationship with Kanye—from his music to his fashion to his relationship with Kim—and, of course, count down her favorite Kanye West songs. That shit cray.
Just want to feel liberated, they-ey-ey-ey...they just want to feel liberated they-ey-ey-ey...if they ever bored you to death they're SORRRRYYYYY! Actually, Chris, Travis, and Jordan are sorry about this analysis, which goes so in depth into Father Stretch My Hands Pt. 1 & 2 (from The Life of Pablo) that you'll probably and unfortunately never even need to listen to the song again. They talking duality, adultery, liberation, and pandas in an episode that just will not end. Tell me who in here can relate.
Doctors say they the illest 'cause they suffering from realness—that's right, Chris and Travis are back for another week of Kanye news, telling it like it is when it comes to Taylor Swift, Wiz Khalifa, and Ryan Tedder (now known as He Who Must Not Be Named). They also discuss the upcoming Famous video, cover a Kim-North-Saint-heavy week, give a preview of next week's StorYe, and pretend to care about Jay Z's obsession with The Legend of Zelda.
Chris and Travis tore On Sight a new one a couple months ago, but even that couldn't prepare them for what's on the docket today—it's time to talk about Black Skinhead and everything that comes with it, from the narrative on Yeezus to racial injustice to alienation to inspiration to goon shit to anarchy to becoming a god to putting your black jeans on by any means...on. So yeah, they, like, cover a lot.
LOOK THE F$&K OUT WE BOUTS TA HIT THE YE BUTTON. That's right, it's that time of the week for the thing literally nobody in the world is asking for—your weekly Kanye, Kim, North, Saint, and Jay Z news. Chris and Travis discuss the Saint Pablo Tour, Taylor Swift (aka Tay Tay (aka snek)), North's third birthday, and a young Stan's interaction with the one and only himself. Life is good, fam.
Ain't no question if they want it, Chris and Travis NEED to talk about Gorgeous. Partly because it's the next song on the list, but also because, well, this song is goddamn incredible. They get into Kanye's continued obsession with fame on My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, his role as a preacher for a new religion (hip hop), the plethora of micro-narratives, and how the oppression of black people extends from the streets to the top of Mount Olympus.
After a lean episode with Jordan, Chris and Travis are proving they literally have zero self control. They discuss Kanye's birthday, Kanye-themed ice cream, Jay Z just missing out on the Panama Papers, Macklemore and George Zimmerman on the Kanye Barometer, a Throner's analysis of the latest Keeping Up With The Kardashians episode, and a sports broadcaster's next-level Stannery.
Welcome to Watching the Throne—or, perhaps we should say, Welcome to Heartbreak. Chris and Travis are breaking down the second track on 808s & Heartbreaks, covering its themes of heartbreak, yearning, and fame life vs. a fulfilling life. Amidst the mindless banter, covering everything from Kid Cudi to family weddings to the inevitable day they meet Kanye West, they also manage to talk about the groundbreaking production of the album.
Chris is gone, but Jordan is filling the void! The future WTT hall of famer and Travis (who's definitely not a future hall of famer) discuss Kimye suing their bodyguard, music legends endorsing Kanye West, Jay Z's movie-filled week, the state of the Kanye subreddit, and Kim's ideas for couple Halloween costumes.
Is this another Breathe In Breathe Out moment? For a long time, Chris and Travis had little to no opinion of Champion—but after a long discussion? They think they may have stumbled upon an under-appreciated Kanye track. They get into Kanye's reflections on his past with his father, the deeply layered production, Kanye's influence on Chicago, and how Champion fits into the themes explored on Graduation as a whole.
Chris and Travis further prove they have absolutely zero self control with the latest WTT news episode. They try to stay on track before veering off into a 20-minute discussion of Kanye appearing on Ellen, followed by Brandon Flowers hating Kanye, Bill Simmons loving Kanye, Kim taking a pregnancy test, and Jay Z working on his calf muscles. Sigh.
Today, Chris and Travis make WTT history! OK...it's not that exciting, but they've definitely never covered a track featuring Kanye West, and what better time than the present? They dig into ScHoolboy Q's new track THat Part in a slightly different manner than usual, attempting to figure out if Kanye and Q are actually working together to find a deeper dichotomy and explore rap culture. It's that, or it's just a superficial track—you be the judge.
For a light week in Kanye news, Chris and Travis still manage to find lots to talk about? With Elijah Wood showing love for Yeezus, Jay Z unclogging toilets, a brand new Keeping Up With the Kardashians, and (as always) the Kanye subreddit, there's never a shortage of WTT news bulletins.
I gotta testify—it's time to talk about Touch the Sky. That's right, Chris and Travis are going back to 2005 to discuss what is probably one of Kanye's most "superficial" songs, aka a super-fun song that talks about being awesome and reaching the high heavens. They discuss how Kanye drifts between past, present, and future, the tension between fame and representing your home, and how the song fits into Late Registration as a whole. They also spend 1.5 seconds trying to figure out Lupe Fiasco's verse before self-performing lobotomies.
Things really go off the rails in this episode, as would be the case with Chris and Travis finally back together to cover the week in Kanye West news: Kanye goes on the Steve Harvey radio show and makes some comments about racism; the gang gauges the Kanye Barometer with Kevin Sorbo and Meryl Streep; Jay Z has some conflicted emotions about Lemonade and lemonade; the Kardashians go to Kuba; and the Kanye Subreddit drifts towards complete fucking insanity.
Tune in Monday for when Chris and Travis cover Touch the Sky.
This is a God dream...this is a God dream! This is everything—this is, finally, Ultralight Beam (from The Life of Pablo). What Chris and Travis once thought would take years has only taken a few months, as they're now dissecting what could indeed be Kanye West's greatest song to date. They get into Kanye's struggle with his faith, the duality between innocence and imperiledness, and, ultimately, how you can believe enough in yourself to create beam of light. Overall, they unpack how Ultralight Beam signals Kanye's album-long narrative of finding his younger, hopeful, faith-driven, optimistic, Chance-esque self.
Chris is gone, but Travis is here to report the week in everything Kanye-related with future StorYe guest Tony Walter. They discuss Kanye's wedding antics, gauge the Kanye Barometer with Alec Baldwin, praise Jay Z's strange obsession with Tidal's Twitter account, check in on Kim's Snapchat, and say goodbye to one of r/Kanye's most beloved followers.
Tune in Monday for when they cover Ultralight Beam.