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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 21, 2018

There's a key moment in Reborn where Kid Cudi is sitting in a storm, wondering which way to go. And his (and Kanye's) will to move out of that storm represents a true turning point for this crazy, ghoulish journey the Kids have taken us on. Chris and Travis break down everything that has allowed Ye and Cudi to be at...

Aug 17, 2018

It was the four seconds heard around the world—the moment Kanye West couldn't answer a question about Donald Trump.

Well...couldn't immediately answer. Which in retrospect seems kinda normal. Which makes you wonder why everyone is so mad about it. Which makes you wish someone would talk sensibly about...

Aug 14, 2018

Director, actor, podcast host, and all-around go-getter Chase Crawford dishes on his relationship with Kanye's music over the years. 

Check out his podcast: According to the Internet

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Aug 8, 2018

Make no mistake, Kanye, we still love you!

...even though you make our brains hurt. Because even a seemingly simple song like No Mistakes is chock-full of meaning and sonic depth. Chris and Travis try their best to navigate those waters, covering everything from the Slick Rick and Edwin Hawkins Singers samples to the...