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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: Leon Laing

6/18/2018
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Leon Laing is a Jamaican-American and founder of Vigor Online, an award-winning website that posts online stories about urban music, culture, and the arts in mainly the Harrisburg and Philadelphia areas. Chris and Leon discuss Leon’s journey with Kanye’s music and Leon’s collection of Kanye magazine interviews.

Duration:01:18:00

Feel the Love: Ghosts of Past, Present, and Future

6/16/2018
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As Chris and Travis continue their lyrical analysis from ye to Kids See Ghosts, they find themselves in much darker, scarier territory...which is why they'll be holding hands this entire season. For the Feel the Love dissection, the WTT gang gets into all kinds of murky territory where Kanye West and Kid Cudi are forced to confront their ghosts and resist the unhealthy urges that would form new ghosts in the future. Hopefully Cudi and Ye are holding hands too... If you'd like to support...

Duration:00:49:15

Feel the Love BONUS: Song Rankings, Favorite Lines, Wait Kanye What?

6/16/2018
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For each song's bonus episode, we list our rankings for the songs we've covered so far, discuss our favorite lines from the song, and recall the moment Ye stopped us in our tracks and made us think, "Wait Kanye...what???" Also, stay tuned for a childhood ghost story from Chris!!! 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...

Duration:00:30:33

I Thought About Killing You Bonus: Song Rankings, Favorite Lines, Wait Kanye What?

6/13/2018
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For each song's bonus episode, we list our rankings for the songs we've covered so far, discuss our favorite lines from the song, and recall the moment Ye stopped us in our tracks and made us think, "Wait Kanye...what???"

Duration:00:18:04

I Thought About Killing You: Me, Myself, and JAY-Z

6/13/2018
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Today, our trek through ye—which could be Kanye West's most challenging episode yet—begins. To help, Jordan is teaming up with Chris and Travis as they all try to decipher who the "you" in I Thought About Killing You is. They get into all kinds of topics, including how the song is largely a response to Kill Jay Z, how Kanye sonically explores his bipolarism, and how the song foreshadows a grand narrative and thematic journey that builds from Daytona to ye to Kids See Ghosts.

Duration:01:29:17

Burn the Rain, Burn the Pain: The Emotional Catharsis of Kids See Ghosts

6/8/2018
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You know how Kanye set release dates for Pusha's album, for his solo album, for Kids See Ghosts, for Nas' album, and for Teyana's debut? Well, we said we'd put out a Kids See Ghosts episode on the day it released, and dammit, we're following through. After a marathon texting session this morning as we listened through the album on repeat, and after a lengthy discussion as we went track by track, Chris and Travis are ready to give an overview of the storyline occurring on Kids See Ghosts—an...

Duration:01:00:03

ye: From LA to Wyoming, an End to Performance Art

6/5/2018
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It's only been three days, but Chris, Travis, and Jordan have been talking NON-STOP about Kanye West's new album, ye, since its release and feel ready to provide a general overview of the album's narrative and thematic journey before heading into the individual song analyses over the next seven weeks. In this episode, we discuss how the album provides insight into Kanye's recent behavior, how it plays into the narrative building on his discography, and what new directions it points for his...

Duration:01:00:19

First Reactions to Kanye’s New Album, ye

6/1/2018
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Before Chris and Travis dive headfirst into dissecting every nook and cranny of Kanye West's new album, ye, they're here to give some knee-jerk reactions to the days leading up to the album, their expectations, the live stream, and how they generally feel about the album about 12 hours in. On Tuesday, they're start their full-on track-by-track analysis.

Duration:01:03:34

My StorYe: Robin Petering

5/29/2018
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Yeezy Super-stan Robin Petering dishes on her experience with Kanye West concerts and more in this week's StorYe! Robin is a community inclusive researcher who specializes in homelessness advocacy. She runs a research consulting firm called Lens (the name for which was inspired by Frank Ocean).

Duration:00:57:43

Chaos or Order? The Life of Pablo Deconstructed

5/22/2018
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New to The Life of Pablo? Or perhaps you're looking for a reason to love it more? Or just wondering what makes it special at all? Well, Chris and Travis, the hosts of Watching the Throne, are going to lay their entire thesis out in one episode. Each episode of Season 7 covers the individual songs of Kanye West's latest album, but on this overview, they'll cover The Life of Pablo's storyline on a broader level, giving some macro context before you head into the individual deep dives.

Duration:01:46:41

My StorYe: TinyTosha

5/18/2018
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Artist LaTosha Maddox shares how Kanye helped fuel her creative journey. She is a 23 year old African American Visual Artist who takes strong influence in Pro Black themes and Pop Culture. After beginning her Art Education at The Delaplaine Visual Arts Center and Academy of Arts in Frederick Maryland she pursued a Fine Arts Degree at Louisiana State University. Currently residing in the DMV area, taking time off to focus on an array of creative pursuits. Visit contact for any personal...

Duration:00:50:32

Lift Yourself?

5/15/2018
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Duration:01:12:03

Is Kanye West Doing Performance Art?

5/11/2018
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Spencer Wolff, aka @Snowcone965 on Twitter, is the man who helped popularize the theory that Ye’s recent controversies—Candace Owens, Trump, TMZ—are part of a larger performance art. Dive further into the concept with this discussion! If you want to read more about the theory to have some context heading into the episode, check out these two posts: https://twitter.com/Snowcone965/status/991695769714479104 https://pigeonsandplanes.com/in-depth/2018/05/kanye-west-prestige-theory

Duration:01:02:32

Wolves - Kanye West, The Life of Pablo

5/9/2018
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Pretty much every relationship, idea, theme, and issue Kanye has explored throughout his discography has revolved around finding "the one." How perfect is it then that Wolves, the last song on The Life of Pablo's main storyline concludes with Kim and Kanye finding each other, balancing one another, ready to start their lives as husband and wife, father and mother. Chris and Travis try their best to do Kanye's magnum opus justice as they discuss marriage, love, lambs, the Bible—and the...

Duration:02:13:58

My StorYe: Daniel Pultz

5/8/2018
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A true lover of hip-hop, Daniel Pultz shares with us the reasons why he’s been a fan of Kanye since day 1.

Duration:01:01:48

My StorYe: Deezie Brown

5/4/2018
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Deezie Brown’s album “Judith” is the closest thing Chris has felt to listening to Kanye. It makes sense that Deezie drew incredible inspiration from My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. Enjoy the perspective an artist brings to talking about Kanye as Deezie shares his StorYe.

Duration:01:08:10

Our StorYe: Fans React to this Week in Kanye

5/4/2018
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Watching the Throne is happy to host a conversation between DeMario Jackson and friends Amaron and Nate about the most dramatic week in Kanye history. Real people, real fans, real reactions. These are the real conversations Kanye is creating.

Duration:01:25:04

Ye vs. the People - Kanye West

5/1/2018
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For the first time, Chris and Travis have a Kanye West song that exists outside any album narrative. However, Ye vs. the People fits PERFECTLY into the Kanye West narrative on a broader scale, as he's now once again controlling the conversation, challenging conventional thought and shifting the zeitgeist. But is that good or bad? Is there a danger and naïveté to Kanye's rhetoric? Or should we think more constructively about Kanye's core message and reconsider how we talk about...

Duration:01:48:25

My StorYe: Carrington Harrison

4/24/2018
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Carrington Harrison is known for being a radio host on 610Sports in Kansas City. More relevant to Kanye fans, Carrington and his friends are the ones behind the Kanye Madness bracket challenge that swept the nation this March. On this episode you can find out more about how Kanye Madness got started and Carrington's own Kanye fandom.

Duration:01:06:16

KANYE ANNOUNCED HIS NEXT ALBUM LET'S TALK ABOUT

4/20/2018
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On June 1, we get the seventh Kanye West album. On June 8, we get the first album from Kanye and Kid Cudi's band, Kids See Ghost. And on April 20, Chris and Travis lost their goddamn minds. Still, they try to keep their composure (EVEN THOUGH KANYE IS OFFICIALLY BACK) and give a fair, scholarly assessment of Kanye's behavior since reappearing online (PREVIEW: IT'S LIKE MANNA FROM HEAVEN) and how that could signal the sound/direction of the forthcoming album (THIS IS A GOD DREAM THIS IS...

Duration:00:57:31