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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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Nov 19, 2016

The public hasn't so collectively and vehemently lashed out at Kanye in a while, and Chris and Travis are here to take stock of Kanye admitting he "would've voted for Donald Trump." They break down the speech and get at the root of what Kanye was saying. Also, Kanye wants Will Ferrell to play him in a movie, Kim discusses having a third child with Kanye and exploring surrogacy, and Jay Z reveals the surprising person he wrote in for president.

Nov 15, 2016

bum bum bum bum...bum bum bum bum...They're still loving Ye...The way they wanted to...What they had to do...Had to talk again...They're in love him with...And the vibe is right...And it drove them...To an hour and 17 minutes...THEY'RE TALKIN' LOVE LOCKDOWN, IT'S LOVE LOCKDOWN, THEY'RE TALKIN' LOVE LOCKDOWN, BY KANYE WEST, THEY'RE TALKIN' LOVE LOCKDOWN, LOVE LOCKDOWN—

you lose

you lose

you lose

we all lose

This episode is brought to you by two white dudes with too much time on their hands.

Nov 11, 2016

In the wake of a Donald Trump presidential victory, Chris and Travis present a very election-themed episode. They discuss Kanye West's chances of becoming president in 2020, what the public reaction might look like, who he'd appoint to his cabinet, and much more. All of this is followed, of course, with Jay Z news, Kim Kardashian updates, and the state of r/kanye.

Nov 8, 2016

Like we do at this time, we go for ours, we gots to shine☀️ and we bout to hop a plane ✈️ and travel the world 🇦🇺 🇨🇳 🇩🇪 and go on a living spree 💰 because the best things in life are free and we don't paid to do this podcast 🎧  so talking about Kanye 💽 is pretty much all we have so please bare 🐻 with us as we try to make sense of one of Kanye West's most ridiculous songs (Good Life 👀) while still living to see another day 🙈 🙉 🙊.

This episode is brought to you by EasterxSunday and emoticons.

Oct 28, 2016

"Man, Jay, they don't really want no problems—BUT WE DO." 

That's right, Kanye West and Jay Z are (more than likely) beefing with each other and Chris and Travis are here with the details. They also cover the weird song Drake released about Kid Cudi, the mid-season premiere of Keeping Up with the Kardashians, and what they'd do on a camping trip with Kanye. Real important stuff, here.

Oct 25, 2016

Put that iPod on your tongue...yeah, that's pure, man! That's right, this episode is 100% certifiably wavy 🏄🏻 🏄🏻 🏄🏻 and Chris and Travis got the chops to prove it. This lyrical analysis of Crack Music will cover all the great things about Old Kanye, like deep wordplay, stark imagery, and a grand call to action that posits Kanye West as the next Gil Scott-Heron. 

Oct 21, 2016

With all the negativity weighing everyone down in recent weeks, it's time to celebrate one truly magnificent woman—the one, the only, Kim Noel Kardashian West. Chris and Travis (and Anna!) cover their favorite Kim moments, from her Snapchatting to her foray into club music to Kimojis to her absurd crying faces to her just goddamn killing it as a mother.

🙌 All hail one half of the bad-ass-est couple on the planet 🙌

Oct 18, 2016

They don't really want no problems—but damn, Chris and Travis got about 99 of em for the latest track off The Life of Pablo. While a great song, Feedback probably gives the WTT crew its biggest headache yet, sending them into a stupor over who the "father" is, what the "motto" might be, and why it matters at all that Kanye is a "south sider." Mixed within that confusion, however, is a very (as Chris and Travis would like to think) thoughtful analysis of Feedback and how Kanye West is building the idea of WHICH/ONE by going full god-mode in the form of Dennis Rodman (it'll all make sense later—they promise).

Oct 14, 2016

It's official: The entire WTT crew has seen the Saint Pablo Tour, and they're here to discuss their highs and lows (jk, there are no lows!). Chris, Travis, and Anna get deep into show's design, setlist, and merch, while also providing an extensive update of Kim Kardashian since the robbery, what Jay Z has been up to with his new best friend, and the top five posts of the Kanye subreddit.

Oct 12, 2016

There's a reason Chris and Travis love Yeezus so much—and New Slaves is pretty much that reason. They're here to convince you why the song is so important to not only the narrative of the album, but to the narrative of Kanye West as a whole, and what the idea of being a "new slave" represents to his body of work. Expect plenty of comparisons to Adam Sandler movies, There Will Be Blood, Akira, and that Alanis Morissette song that had everybody confused about what "irony" meant for a while.

Oct 7, 2016

The topics get real this week as Chris and Travis try to make sense of the disgusting reactions to the news that Kim Kardashian was robbed in Paris. While they also discuss Kid Cudi checking into rehab, they eventually cover some lighter subjects, like North seeing Matilda the Musical, Ringo Starr being super wavy, and the time Jay Z and his new best friend built a treehouse in his backyard. In addition to it all, Chris opens up about a potentially troubling piece of news the WTT crew received last week.

This episode is brought to you by EasterxSunday.

Oct 4, 2016

Shhhhhhh try not to wake up mom...

That's right, it's STORYE TIME (dude shut up!) and Janie Contreras Johnson (guess who she's married to!) is joining Chris and Travis's latest WTT slumber party to tell them about her journey with Kanye West. From the Hurricane Katrina relief special (cringe-worthy!) to her feminist beliefs regarding Kanye (and Bukowski!) to her top five Ye tracks (with a surprise No. 1!), Janie is proving she's more than just a woman—she's her husband's wife (ok—it's Jordan!).

Oct 1, 2016

Better call Becky with the good hair, because SHE'S A HE (BUM BUM BUMMMMMM).

That is just one of the many revelations that occur on today's Kanye West news episode, as Travis, Jordan, and Janie dive deep into the week that was Kanye, Jay Z, and Kim. They cover Kanye's flight to Paris and his new Instagram account, Kim's crazy-but-awesome see-through dress, and the best of the Kanye subreddit. They also do some live investigative reporting and uncover a BOMBSHELL relating to Jay Z's body double and his relation with Chris.

Sep 28, 2016

To cover all of the lights, we need all of the resources—Chris, Travis, (introducing) Janie Contreras Johnson. Who knows, if they get desperate, they'll enlist Genius for its annotations?

No...they would never!

jk, they totally do. In fact, they pull out all the stops to cover one of Kanye West's most infamous tracks, All of the Lights. They discuss fame, fortune, family, MJ, Tupac, the pros and cons of Borders vs. Barnes & Noble, and all of the different kinds of lights that exist. You can expect Janie to say smart things, and for Chris and Travis to talk about iPhones, high schoolers working at movie theaters, and Joe Dirt.

This episode is brought to you by EasterxSunday.

Sep 20, 2016

Does Kanye West say the word "amazing" over 60 times? Yes. Is he using the word ironically? It's up for interpretation...but probably. Do Chris and Travis talk about Hot Pockets and Gatorade? Of course. Is Young Jeezy a crazy person? Without a doubt. Is Kanye comparing his reign as the world's most controversial hip hop star to the decline and hollowness of the Ozymandias empire? Let's answer that question with another question: DO WE NEED AIR TO BREATHE?

Will WTT cover all that and more in their analysis of Amazing? Bet ur butt they do.

This episode is sponsored by EasterxSunday.

Sep 16, 2016

As 24-hour news outlets try to incessantly fill the day with the most mundane banalities of life, Chris and Travis find themselves strapped for time in trying to cover a week worth of Kanye West. Yeezus himself is up to big things this week, doing a classic interview that rails against the fashion industry and getting in an emotional feud with Kid Cudi. Also in other news, the NFL is not a fan of Yeezys, Kim is posting nude selfies once again, and Jay Z is getting into the lucrative children's lullabies business.

Sep 14, 2016

You know that part in Apocalypse Now when Martin Sheen finds Marlon Brando and Brando is just muttering nonsense and this magnificent film turns into a crazy fever dream? Well, if you listen to this episode long enough—in the midst of a classic, in-depth WTT analysis of I Wonder—you'll experience that scene in podcast form. It's a punch-drunk episode, Chris and Travis are food- and sleep-deprived, and shit gets crazy.

This episode is brought to you by EasterxSunday.

Sep 9, 2016

Chris and Travis' favorite word in the English language? Brevity—it's the only thing they know! And this 53-minute episode covering the week in Kanye West, Jay Z, and Kim Kardashian news can attest to that. They're talkin' Yeezy Season 4, Saint Pablo Tour, Desiigner, prepubescent boys and their YouTube comments, Dennis the Menace, wild rice & broccoli, Connect Four, and, of course, the mid-season finale of Keeping Up with the Kardashians.

Sorry...they are seriously so sorry.

Sep 4, 2016

Chris and Travis have talked about Famous enough—so now it's your turn! In the Throne Zone, we offer listeners a chance to throw out their theories about Kanye West tracks, starting with Famous. Chris and Travis discuss thoughts submitted from three different Throners who pitch their ideas about Kanye's legacy, the "hood famous" line, and how Famous ends up connecting to Saint Pablo.

Sep 2, 2016

Welcome to the first annual VMYe's!!!! Oh, you thought the VMAs had a lot of Kanye in it? Chris and Travis are committing 100% of their time to Yeezus himself, kicking off with an analysis of his music video for Fade. They break down the video's three-part structure and what the dancing, cat-face and sheep symbolize in the context of the album.

Aug 31, 2016

Chris and Travis pump the brakes a little bit with this episode, as they abandon the New Kanye for the Old Kanye with their analysis of Drive Slow. They examine the multiple interpretations the song presents about "driving slow," Kanye's amazing ability to paint a scene, why Mali and GLC represent Obi Wan and Emperor Palpatine, and how Late Registration lays the seeds of the themes later explored on My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, Yeezus, and The Life of Pablo.

Aug 26, 2016

"We young and we alive...and we NEVER gonna die!!!" Chris and Travis exclaimed as they grabbed Jordan by the hand and dove into their most extensive analysis of a Kanye West song yet—the one, the only, the controversial Famous. They're discussing fame, they're discussing delusion, and bet your bottom dollar they're discussing the infamous "I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex" line. They also get into the irony of using the Nina Simone "Do What you Gotta Do" and Sister Nancy "Bam Bam" samples, as well as how Rihanna's hook embodies The Life of Pablo's "New Kanye vs. Old Kanye" theme. If you're looking for more information about the Famous music video with all the celebrities in bed, check out our news episode, "Kanye West's Famous Video, A Live Kardashian Update, Jay Z Loves Harry Potter, Lena Dunham Starts a Feud With Us."

This episode is brought to you by EasterxSunday.

Aug 24, 2016

Chris and Travis are back in action for the news! And they're back with a vengeance, just like Hans Gruber's brother. They give a poetic reading of Kanye West's poem about McDonald's, put their pre-orders in for baby Yeezys, shake their heads over Scott Disick's crazy prank on Kourtney Kardashian, and take a long, hard look at their lives when confronted with the hurtful consequences of their Jay Z news.

Also, in a harrowing tale, Jay Z breaks his iPhone 6.

Aug 19, 2016

WHICH/ONE

WHICH/ONE

WHICH/ONE

It's a question Chris and Travis continually asked themselves as they discussed Kanye West and Travis Scott's remix of Alicia Keys' In Common—is Kanye talking about Kim or Taylor? The answer is complicated, as it ever is with Ye's multi-layered tracks. They get into Kanye's verses about Kim being his rock during the Taylor Swift situation, a continually changing style that may signal the direction of his next album, and how overall the song explores three different levels of sharing too much "in common" with others.

Aug 16, 2016

Is it a buttery croissant? Almond croissant? Chocolate croissant? Jelly-filled? Ham and cheese? Lye-glazed? Is it one of those hip, new croissan'wiches? How many croissants are there? Are they Austrian croissants served in a French bakery? Is it made in the style of a Kipferl, the precursor to croissant?

Guys, Watching the Throne is here to answer all these questions and more on this episode, as Chris, Travis, and Jordan get into Kanye West's most misunderstood song, I Am a God. They're discussing the tragic, lonely irony of becoming a god, how the song sets up the dominant themes and dichotomies of Yeezus, and the transcendent sonic moments that separate the song from every other song in the history of music.

All of that is, obviously, followed by debates about Blood on the Leaves and FourFiveSeconds, educating Jordan about Hulkamania, and, uh, croissants.

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