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Watching the Throne: A Lyrical Analysis of Kanye West

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Do you like Kanye West? Do you like podcasts? Well! We provide a lyrical analysis of Kanye West, in podcast form(!), going track by track through Ye's discography. We find new ways to appreciate old favorites like College Dropout, Late Registration, and Graduation. We'll show how 808s and Heartbreak is the starting point for the current version of Ye. We pull back the curtain on the socio-political exploration that is My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. We'll blow your mind when we show that Yeezus is one, cohesive narrative. And how The Life of Pablo might be Kanye's most brilliant album yet. We also get into some Kanye news, North West news, and have the most insane Jay-Z news you will ever hear. We hope you listen and enjoy!

Do you like Kanye West? Do you like podcasts? Well! We provide a lyrical analysis of Kanye West, in podcast form(!), going track by track through Ye's discography. We find new ways to appreciate old favorites like College Dropout, Late Registration, and Graduation. We'll show how 808s and Heartbreak is the starting point for the current version of Ye. We pull back the curtain on the socio-political exploration that is My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. We'll blow your mind when we show that Yeezus is one, cohesive narrative. And how The Life of Pablo might be Kanye's most brilliant album yet. We also get into some Kanye news, North West news, and have the most insane Jay-Z news you will ever hear. We hope you listen and enjoy!
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Do you like Kanye West? Do you like podcasts? Well! We provide a lyrical analysis of Kanye West, in podcast form(!), going track by track through Ye's discography. We find new ways to appreciate old favorites like College Dropout, Late Registration, and Graduation. We'll show how 808s and Heartbreak is the starting point for the current version of Ye. We pull back the curtain on the socio-political exploration that is My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. We'll blow your mind when we show that Yeezus is one, cohesive narrative. And how The Life of Pablo might be Kanye's most brilliant album yet. We also get into some Kanye news, North West news, and have the most insane Jay-Z news you will ever hear. We hope you listen and enjoy!

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English


Episodes

My StorYe: Ali Graham, creator of Lil Ye

6/7/2019
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The mind behind Lil Ye, Ali Graham is an a UK-based artist with a long history of hip hop inspired works: from his initial Jay-Z collection, 99 Problems, to five years of Lil Ye and the recent Lil Ye Land video game. He’s worked with Complex, HBO, The Who, and more. Learn about the origins of Lil Ye and Ali’s own history with Kanye’s music. If you'd like to support the show, please rate us on iTunes, or help us out on Patreon. You can buy The Yeezus Book—a scholarly, visual-heavy coffee...

Duration:01:02:07

Kanye's Interview with David Letterman

5/31/2019
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Chris and Travis may be on a break from song analysis...but if Kanye does an interview, it's time for an emergency session! On this episode we dissect Kanye's conversation on My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman. If you'd like to support the show, please rate us on iTunes, or help us out on Patreon. You can buy The Yeezus Book—a scholarly, visual-heavy coffee table book that breaks down Yeezus in its entirety, from the album's narrative to the production to the...

Duration:01:14:07

Last Call: It's Time for Us to Have a Toast

5/21/2019
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We've reached the end of The College Dropout...and the end of an era on Watching the Throne. Chris and Travis have big plans for season 10 of the show, but for now, they're going to focus on what may be Kanye West's magnum opus: a 13-minute track that details how Kanye used arrogance as the steam to power his dreams. If you'd like to support the show, please rate us on iTunes, or help us out on Patreon. You can buy The Yeezus Book—a scholarly, visual-heavy coffee table book that breaks...

Duration:01:22:21

Saint Pablo Part 2: Does This Bar Have a Bible?

5/14/2019
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Chris and Travis finish their analysis of Saint Pablo! They discuss Kanye's second verse and Sampha's bleak outro. Be sure to listen to Part 1 of this episode so you get a full picture of how Kanye closes out The Life of Pablo! If you'd like to support the show, please rate us on iTunes, or help us out on Patreon. You can buy The Yeezus Book—a scholarly, visual-heavy coffee table book that breaks down Yeezus in its entirety, from the album's narrative to the production to the tour—on...

Duration:01:05:37

Saint Pablo Part 1: To Fly or Fall

5/7/2019
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Chris and Travis have finally reached the only song they haven't covered from Kanye's discography: Saint Pablo. And BOY is it a doozy. In Part 1 of their analysis, they break down Kanye's first verse and Sampha's chorus, and what it means for his journey into sainthood on The Life of Pablo. If you'd like to support the show, please rate us on iTunes, or help us out on Patreon. You can buy The Yeezus Book—a scholarly, visual-heavy coffee table book that breaks down Yeezus in its entirety,...

Duration:01:00:33

Family Business: A Seat at the Table

4/30/2019
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All that glitters is not gold...but all that shines is Kanye. OK, sorry, that was terrible. And doesn't do justice to Family Business. We'll make up for it by analyzing this fan favorite track, which brings the story on The College Dropout to a poetic close. If you'd like to support the show, please rate us on iTunes, or help us out on Patreon. You can buy The Yeezus Book—a scholarly, visual-heavy coffee table book that breaks down Yeezus in its entirety, from the album's narrative to...

Duration:01:09:02

Kanye West's Transformation Into Sainthood

4/26/2019
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Many people believe Saint Pablo to be the most important song of Kanye West's career—but this ascension into sainthood doesn't occur without Fade. On this bonus episode, we break down how the cavalcade of samples Kanye uses on Fade are part of the grander narrative on The Life of Pablo. If you'd like to support the show, please rate us on iTunes, or help us out on Patreon. You can buy The Yeezus Book—a scholarly, visual-heavy coffee table book that breaks down Yeezus in its entirety,...

Duration:00:08:39

Fade: We Have Lift Off

4/23/2019
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Before we dissect what may be the most important song of Kanye's career, Saint Pablo, we first have to analyze what may surprise you to discover is one of Kanye's most complex songs: Fade. Chris and Travis have their work cut out for them on this one, as Fade's multitude of samples signal a key transformation taking place heading into Saint Pablo. We break down each one of them as we go line by line to show just how that transformation is taking place. If you'd like to support the show,...

Duration:01:08:09

The Making of the Runaway Film (Club Kanye Exclusive)

4/19/2019
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Of course Kanye West's Runaway film is one of the best movies ever made...but HOW did it get made? What were Kanye's inspirations? Who was involved during that four-day shoot in Prague? Chris and Travis did some research and are ready to unpack it all on today's bonus episode. Note that this is just a snippet of the full conversation. To hear full bonus episodes from Watching the Throne, join Club Kanye at patreon.com/KanyePodcast.

Duration:00:14:27

Through the Wire: Mr. Unbreakable

4/16/2019
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Every superhero has their origin story. Often they are called upon for a greater mission, but must find the power to fight from within. And here on Through the Wire, Kanye finds himself in that exact situation as he looks to turn tragedy to triumph after a terrible car accident. Chris and Travis break down how Kanye does this with his energy and production, from his legendary Chaka Khan sample to his avant-garde storytelling techniques to his subtle nod to Gil Scott-Heron. If you'd like...

Duration:01:09:27

Two Words: Everybody Move

4/9/2019
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Moving away from "bullshit ice rap", Kanye enters the final phase of The College Dropout with Two Words—an epic tribute to his idols and a promise to make music that change the world for good. Jay Z, Mos Def, Beanie Sigel, Freeway, 5th Dimension and Mandrill all contribute to what is perhaps Old Kanye's most layered track, and Chris and Travis are going to break it all down. If you'd like to support the show, please rate us on iTunes, or help us out on Patreon. You can buy The Yeezus...

Duration:01:01:58

AMAs and Heartbreak: The Runaway Movie

4/5/2019
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As part of Club Kanye, Chris and Travis will choose a specific Kanye topic to cover each month in the bonus episodes. For April, we'll will be dissecting the Runaway movie, starting with this AMA where we answer fan questions about this short film. Also, be sure to tune into our YouTube channel on Wednesday, April 10, at 3 p.m. CT for a live viewing of the movie. We'll be watching the movie and pausing to discuss what we think Kanye is doing, and on top of that, we'll take questions from...

Duration:00:58:15

Facts (Charlie Heat Version): New Slaves Pt. 2

4/2/2019
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Three years ago, Chris and Travis analyzed the original Facts. And now, with a better understanding of the TLOP narrative three years later, they're ready to take another crack at it—this time with the Charlie Heat version. They break down the self-reflective journey Kanye goes on with what is essentially Part 2 of New Slaves. If you'd like to support the show, please rate us on iTunes, or help us out on Patreon. You can buy The Yeezus Book—a scholarly, visual-heavy coffee table book...

Duration:01:19:57

Kanye's Sunday Services: Everything We Know So Far (Club Kanye Exclusive)

3/22/2019
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We may not have Yandhi quite yet, but in the meantime, Kanye has been blowing everybody's minds with his Sunday Services. So what exactly are these services? Who is involved? What do they tell us about Yandhi? And will we get a tour? In this Club Kanye exclusive episode, they break down everything you need to know (and should expect from) Kanye's Sunday Services. Note that this is just a snippet of the full conversation. To hear full bonus episodes from Watching the Throne, join Club...

Duration:00:17:20

School Spirit: Fighting for Lil Jimmy

3/19/2019
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At one time, Chris and Travis considered School Spirit to be Kanye's worst track—today, they make amends. Not only is there so much going on within the song itself (don't get us started on that Aretha Franklin sample), but how School Spirit and the skits play into the College Dropout narrative is next level. We're here to break it all down. If you'd like to support the show, please rate us on iTunes, or help us out on Patreon. You can buy The Yeezus Book—a scholarly, visual-heavy coffee...

Duration:01:17:50

The 1st Annual Kanye West Music Video Madness

3/15/2019
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Each December, Watching the Throne listeners fill out brackets to decide the best Kanye West song—and now it's time for a new tradition. In honor of March Madness, we will now host a bracket for Kanye music videos! In this episode, Chris and Travis (and Club Kanye members) discuss their favorite music videos and what they expect from this sure-to-be-contentious tournament. If you'd like to support the show, please rate us on iTunes, or help us out on Patreon. You can buy The Yeezus Book—a...

Duration:00:47:42

Breathe In Breathe Out: Respiration Inspiration

3/12/2019
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Alright everyone, we know what you're thinking: "Why even bother with Breathe In Breathe Out? It's the worst song in Kanye's discography!" Well, we're here to help you appreciate it a little more. Despite its problems, Kanye actually pulls off one of the most impressive feats of his career by interpolating one of Black Star's most famous songs, Respiration. We'll show how Kanye's ironic twist on this classic track signals a turning point in The College Dropout's narrative. If you'd like to...

Duration:01:38:27

Introducing: Club Kanye

3/11/2019
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We've decided to create a private space for fans of the Louis Vuitton Don. We are proud to introduce: Club Kanye. Not only is it the beginning of a much larger platform for Kanye fans and conversations, you'll also get to help us determine what to cover on our podcast and how we cover it. You can join the club for just $1 a month. Our short term goal is to grow the club and podcast. We'll be able to partner with more people, which will lead to cooler Kanye merchandise and bigger guests on...

Duration:00:04:18

AMAs and Heartbreak: 03/08/2019

3/8/2019
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For each AMAs & Heartbreak, Chris and Travis cover the latest Kanye West news and answer questions from fans. This week they discuss future Kanye (and non-Kanye) songs they plan to discuss on the show, theorize about the Phoenix from the Runaway movie, and assign every song every song from ye to...a food from McDonalds? Yeah OK apparently they do that at some point. If you'd like to support the show, please rate us on iTunes, or help us out on Patreon. You can buy The Yeezus Book—a...

Duration:01:15:22

No More Parties in L.A. Part 2: The Ghost of Los Angeles Present

3/5/2019
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Well, we can't hide from those 71 bars forever. Chris and Travis are finally breaking down Kanye's behemoth verse from No More Parties in L.A. Line by line, they show you why this track thematically was likely the foundation of The Life of Pablo. If you'd like to support the show, please rate us on iTunes, or help us out on Patreon. You can buy The Yeezus Book—a scholarly, visual-heavy coffee table book that breaks down Yeezus in its entirety, from the album's narrative to the production...

Duration:01:02:04