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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!

Mar 31, 2020

Feeling thirsty? Drink some water.

Wanna hear a great song that transitions Jesus is King from its combative, alienated first half into its embracing, communal second half? Then listen to Water.

Look, we're not saying Water is better than water—but give Chris and Travis to make their case. In this episode, they...

Mar 24, 2020

No need to go outside during these strange, quarantined times—everything we need is right in front of us! Today Chris and Travis see Kanye grappling with that universal truth as they discuss Everything We Need. They cycle through different ways to interpret Kanye's verses, the song's sonic parallel with I...

Mar 17, 2020

You might be wondering: where are all of Watching the Throne's song analyses? Turns out, we've already covered every single Kanye West song on the show, and our entire catalog is currently available at In this short episode, Chris and Travis explain why they made the move, how you can still...

Mar 10, 2020

Chris and Travis have been super busy lately...but there's always time for Kanye West! And for this episode they found a few moments away from their chaotic existences to discuss the next song on Jesus is King: On God. They discuss the Book of Job, Busta Rhymes, King Nebuchadnezzar, A Tribe Called Quest, the...