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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!

Aug 24, 2017

We've got some real bad news, guys—we're gonna keep doing this podcast.

I know, I know...you thought this would be the last episode. But our Kanye fandom is just too mountainous to overcome, so we're probably just gonna keep talking to each from thousands of miles away until we've covered every last song that Kanye has had a hand in. That includes today with the ninth track on 808s and Heartbreak, Bad News, which mixes Kanye's heartbreak with romance and fame. Ultimately, the song is a precursor to what he'd accomplish on Runaway...so if that doesn't capture your attention, we don't know what will.

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