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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!

Dec 17, 2019

Kanye West only follows 264 people on Twitter. You've got Kim Kardashian, Kid Cudi, Donald Trump, the Watching the Throne bros—oh yeah, and some guy named Alex Johnson (@alexmjjohnson). One of the most vocal Kanye fans on Twitter sat down with Travis to discuss how he became a Ye fan and how Kanye inspires him as an...

Dec 11, 2019

Harry Edohoukwa is a huge Kanye fan, and his new album, “Fire on the Mountain,” draws a lot of inspiration from Kanye. Chris talks with Harry about his relationship with Kanye’s music, the making of the new album, and other insights into being an artist in the 21st Century.

Dec 6, 2019

Hallelujah! Let's talk about Selah! Hallelujah! Today Chris and Travis discuss Ephesians, Timothy, John, and Revelations as they break down the second track on Kanye West's latest album. On this episode, they show how the first verse sets up the album narrative, analyze the holy interpolation of a chorus, and review the...

Nov 29, 2019

Oh look! A nice, easy, short song. This shouldn't take too long—

JUST KIDDING. You knew the Watching the Throne boys would go extra on a short intro track. For their lyrical analysis of Every Hour, Chris and Travis break down what the song sets up for Jesus is King. They also take a deep dive into the song's...

Nov 26, 2019

Rob Haze is a comedian. Kanye fans may also know him as the co-host of the Book of Ye podcast. Join Chris in discovering Rob’s StorYe, from his beginnings of becoming a Kanye fan, to what happened to Book of Ye, to the history between Watching the Throne and Book of Ye.