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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!

Sep 30, 2020

It's time for Round 2! Chris and Travis tried analyzing All Falls Down a couple years ago when they were noobs—but they are now ready to give it a more legit dissection in 2018. All Falls Down is a great example of Kanye's early storytelling and sampling powers, using Lauryn Hill and Biggie songs to encapsulate the...

Sep 23, 2020

Oh yeah, we've got a perfect podcast for the Kanye fans! It's called Watching the Throne, and today hosts Chris and Travis are starting down a new path as they tackle Kanye's debut album "The College Dropout." On this episode, they discuss the themes of materialism, education, youth, hardship, rebellion, and...

Sep 16, 2020

The first time Chris and Travis cycled through every song on Kanye West's first album, "The College Dropout," they weren't up to the task. Armed with shoddy equipment and amateur analytical skills, they didn't do one of the greatest debut albums in the history of music proper justice.

But now's the time to fix...