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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 4, 2020

This is an archived episode from our database of Kanye West song analyses. If you'd like to access all 120 songs we've dissected on this show, just visit

For $5 a month, you can access all of those episodes and help us out as we shift directions for the show. Plus, very soon there will be more...

Aug 1, 2020

At this point, Chris and Travis covered Kanye's entire discography (except for Watch the Throne (sorry, Jordan)). So as part of their latest Patreon series, they thought it'd be fun to look back at each album and talk about how they feel about them. Today, they start with College Dropout. They talk about Kanye's early...

Jul 29, 2020

This past week has been one of the most trying times ever for Kanye fans—and Kanye himself, seemingly. Chris and Travis run through everything in this episode, from DONDA being delayed to Kanye's Twitter rants to how our conversation about mental illness desperately needs a change.

Jul 21, 2020

"This was extremely good, this was extremely bad. I’m out." Those were the words spoken by Kanye West as he exited his first presidential campaign rally. And those words...well, they pretty much exactly describe how everyone felt. Chris and Travis talk about the best and the worst parts of the event.

If you'd like to...

Jul 20, 2020

Kanye West announced a new album!!! An album called DONDA!!!! An album that is....definitely coming out.......right? Right???

OK, realistically? The album might not come out this Friday. But in this episode Chris and Travis are going to pretend it is definitely positively 100% is coming out this Friday and...