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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!

Oct 26, 2018

On this week's bonus episode, we cover our favorite (and the craziest) lines from Cudi Montage. We also discuss Charlamagne Tha God cancelling his TimesTalk with Kanye West, Kanye's support of Amara Enyia for Chicago mayor, all the new accounts Kanye has been following on Twitter, and what surprise Grammy category KIDS...

Oct 23, 2018

Throughout KIDS SEE GHOSTS, we've seen Kid Cudi and Kanye West slowly overcome their demons—and it all culminates with Cudi Montage. As Chris and Travis recap the entirety of the album, they show how the Kids fell victim to the ghosts, learned to control their environment, and finally let God back into their lives...

Oct 19, 2018

On this week's bonus episode, we cover our favorite (and the craziest) lines from Violent Crimes. We also discuss Pardison Fontaine writing most of Violent Crimes, Kanye West's visit to the Trump White House, Kanye's trip to Africa to record Yandhi, and (BREAKING) a surprising revelation about who told Pusha T...

Oct 16, 2018

At the end of The Holy Mountain—one of Kanye West's favorite movies—the Alchemist says, "We shall break the illusion. This is Maya! Goodbye to the Holy Mountain. Real life awaits us." And now here, on the final song of ye, we find Kanye on the same journey. The colors are dripping off the dark fantasy set up on My...

Oct 12, 2018

On this week's bonus episode, we cover our favorite (and the craziest) lines from Kids See Ghosts. We also talk about Pete Davidson and Lana Del Rey going after Kanye.

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