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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!

Nov 12, 2019

Jackson is the voice behind the infamous “DidYandhiDrop” Twitter account. He spent almost a year making commenting on the long awaited and oft delayed Kanye project. He speaks with Chris about the origin story of the account and the experience of running it through the highs and the lows of the journey to Kanye’s...


Nov 8, 2019

The World Famous Tony Williams sings on "Spaceship" and 25 other Kanye West tracks. He co-wrote "Street Lights" and 10 other Kanye West tracks. He's a Grammy winner. He's Kanye West's cousin. In this special interview, Chris talks with Tony about his career, his newest album (To Gain the World), and much much more. It's...


Nov 5, 2019

OUR BOY IS BACK!!! Chris is home from his honeymoon and ready to talk some Ye—specifically, he's ready to give us his first impressions of Jesus is King. In this episode, Chris sits down with Travis and recounts his first listening experience and how he's been feeling about the album over the past week. Then Chris...


Nov 3, 2019

In the week leading up to Chris's return from his honeymoon, Travis is hosting some of Watching the Throne's favorite guests to hear their reactions to Kanye West's new album, Jesus is King. Today, Travis speaks to the creator of The Most Unruly YouTube channel,...


Oct 30, 2019

In the week leading up to Chris's return from his honeymoon, Travis is hosting some of Watching the Throne's favorite guests to hear their reactions to Kanye West's new album, Jesus is King. Today, Travis speaks to series regular and resident troll Jordan...