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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

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 to...

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 that...

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 Kanye...

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

No More Parties in L.A. Part 1: The Ghost of Los Angeles Past

2/26/2019
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Se...sev...seventy one bars? Really, Kanye?? Do you realized what you're doing to Chris and Travis??? Ugh, fine. No More Parties in L.A. is such a gargantuan undertaking that they're being forced to cover it in two parts, with this first episode dedicated to the song's multiple samples and Kendrick's insane opening verse. 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...

Duration:01:02:31

AMAs and Heartbreak: 02/22/2019

2/22/2019
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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 when they think Yandhi will drop, the legacy of Say You Will, and the first Kanye song that hooked them into being superfans. 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...

Duration:01:07:33

Slow Jamz: A Club is Not a Home

2/19/2019
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Jamie Foxx sung the chorus as a lark—but little did he know that Slow Jamz would become Kanye West's first No. 1 single. There's so much to unpack when it comes to this legendary track, and Chris and Travis are ready to break it all down, from how it fits into the College Dropout narrative to Kanye's beautiful twist on Luther Vandross's A House is Not a Home. 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,...

Duration:00:57:09

The New Workout Plan: All This Irony for $Free.99?!

2/14/2019
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For about two-thirds of this episode, Chris and Travis wondered, "Did Kanye have any deeper intentions with The New Workout Plan?" And then suddenly, amidst the chaos of what is considered to be one of Kanye West's worst songs...they happen upon something. Go through this journey with them, as they try to fit this song into the College Dropout narrative and find out how it captures a young Kanye trying to find his place in the music industry. If you'd like to support the show, please rate...

Duration:01:37:12

AMAs and Heartbreak: 02/08/2019

2/7/2019
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For each AMAs & Heartbreak, Chris and Travis cover the latest Kanye West news and answer questions from fans. This week we discuss Kanye's lawsuit with Def Jam, the meaning behind I Thought About Killing You, and the most crucial songs to understanding Kanye as an artist and as a person. 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...

Duration:01:32:07

30 Hours: From Baby Lion to Lion King

2/5/2019
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From Los Angeles to St. Louis to Chicago? About 30 hours. To pass the time, you should probably pop in this absurdly long episode of Watching the Throne, in which Chris and Travis tackle one of Kanye's most postmodern songs, 30 Hours. They break down the song's role on the "bonus" section of the album, and how Kanye juxtaposes his past fame-chasing self with his current happy home. They also discuss Little Bear, buying a boat together, and Chris's sad, heart-wrenching past filled with Magic...

Duration:01:58:02

The 2019 Best Kanye West Song Tournament Death Match Extreme 3000

1/29/2019
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Every year we get Christmas, we get a birthday, we get the Best Kanye West Song Tournament Death Match Extreme. In this year's 3000 edition, deals are struck, alliances are formed, upsets are given, and friendships are shattered into oblivion. What song will Chris, Travis, and Jordan decide is Kanye West's greatest achievement? In what is surely the greatest episode of any podcast ever—let's find out. If you'd like to support the show, please rate us on iTunes, or help us out on...

Duration:02:22:43

Get Em High: Then Even Higher

1/25/2019
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Now we ain't ever tell you to put down your phone—queue us up! Because we've got another extensive breakdown of a Kanye West song, this time for the legendary Get Em High. Chris and Travis cover it all, from Kanye's first instance of conflating romance with fame, to Talib Kweli's disguised advice to a young Kanye, to Common's gargantuan (and slightly confusing (and purposely off-rhythm??)) verse. Take a puff, because episode is gonna get you high af. If you'd like to support the show,...

Duration:01:23:00

My StorYe: Nino Blu

1/22/2019
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Nino Blu is an up-and-coming rapper from Florida. Listen to the incredible story of how he ended up in the studio with Kanye, working on Yandhi. 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 June 18. Check out our two Kanye West shirts currently on the market (we have a Runaway...

Duration:01:13:06