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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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Episodes

Blame Game - Kanye West, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

11/21/2017
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Warning: There will be tears. Because today Chris and Travis are breaking down Blame Game—the penultimate track on My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, and quite possibly the saddest song Kanye ever recorded. Chris and Travis go deep in dissecting the fraught on the track, which represents both Kanye's personal struggles with romance, his personal struggles with fame, and his personal struggles with hip hop.

Duration: 01:56:16


I Am a God BONUS: Explaining why Kanye West screams in I Am a God

11/18/2017
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Watching the Throne breaks down the most misunderstood moment in Kanye West's career: The moment he screams on the track I Am a God. If you would like to support the show, visit our Patreon page.

Duration: 00:11:02


I Am a God - Kanye West, Yeezus

11/17/2017
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Is it a buttery croissant? Almond croissant? Chocolate croissant? Jelly-filled? Ham and cheese? Lye-glazed? Is it one of those hip, new croissan'wiches? How many croissants are there? Are they Austrian croissants served in a French bakery? Is it made in the style of a Kipferl, the precursor to croissant? Guys, Watching the Throne is here to answer all these questions and more on this episode, as Chris, Travis, and Jordan get into Kanye West's most misunderstood song, I Am a God. They're...

Duration: 01:27:04


Breaking Down Taylor Swift's "Reputation" and How it Relates to Kanye West

11/14/2017
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This is why we can't have nice things, Taylor! Because you go and and make an album like "Reputation," which we then have to completely tear apart, track by track. Chris is out this week, but Anna joined Travis to discuss Taylor Swift's latest album and how it relates to and addresses Kanye West. In all honesty, they tried to be fair? "Tried" is the key word, here.

Duration: 01:22:25


Black Skinhead - Kanye West, Yeezus

11/10/2017
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As Chris and Travis continue to tear through Kanye West's most misunderstood album, Yeezus, they move on to analyze Black Skinhead and everything that comes with it, from the narrative on Yeezus to racial injustice to alienation to inspiration to goon shit to anarchy to becoming a god to putting your leather black jeans on by any means...on. So...yeah. They cover a lot. If you would like to support the show, visit our Patreon page.

Duration: 01:07:06


Hey Mama - Kanye West, Late Registration

11/7/2017
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Today is a celebration. To celebrate Donda West, Chris and Travis are skipping ahead a bit and breaking down Hey Mama, Kanye West's ode to his loving mother. To prepare, the Watching the Throne crew read Donda's book, "Raising Kanye," and are applying that knowledge to their analysis. They talk about Kanye's use of micro-narratives, the methodical use of the song's sample, and how Kanye creates a communal setting to celebrate his mom.

Duration: 01:46:10


My StorYe: Ron Parida

10/24/2017
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Ron Parida is the mind behind RPV Creative, a social media gency and production company. This is the group behind the wild and wonderful @kanye_isms Instagram page where they turn Kanye sound bytes into entertaining adventures. In this StorYe, Ron shares the approach to kanye_isms and his views on Kanye as a musician and creative. Check out Ron's work at https://www.instagram.com/kanye_isms/

Duration: 00:42:32


We Major - Kanye West, Late Registration

10/20/2017
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We're feeling like we've never felt before today... Because we've never felt this confused. This is a weird one. For the first time in Watching the Throne, Chris and Travis are at a loss about a song. While they like We Major...they might not know what the song is about at all? Or they might know exactly what the song is about? Or they might have a thousand different theories for what the song could be about? Who knows. Go down the rabbit hole with them as they try to piece together We...

Duration: 01:29:02


My StorYe: Corbin Reiff

10/17/2017
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Corbin Reiff is the Deputy Music Editor at Uproxx. He's first book, "Lights in the Sky: The All-Time Greatest Concerts, 1960-2016" just came out and features not one but two Kanye performances. In this episode, you get to hear all about Corbin's StorYe, his views on Kanye's music and concerts. Check out his book here: http://amzn.to/2ytA0pk

Duration: 00:56:48


Keeping Update: MILFs Gone Wild

10/14/2017
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Anna watched Keeping Up with the Kardashians...so you don't have to! And you're lucky this week, considering the new episode—even by Anna's standards—was a real dud. Khloe dances to Despacito, Kris goes "camping," Kim is vain, and Kylie continues to push the theory that walking and talking robots exist among us.

Duration: 00:08:17


2017's JAY-Z Monster Mad Lib Madness

10/13/2017
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Sasquatch, Godzilla, King Kong, Loch Ness Goblin, ghoul, a zombie with no conscience Question: What do these things all have in common? EVERYBODY KNOWS IT'S TIME TO CELEBRATE JAY-Z You guys! It's almost Halloween!! And Watching the Throne wants to start a new yearly tradition: A celebration of JAY-Z's legendary verse from Monster. That's right, we're paying tribute to the 60 seconds that altered the course of humanity and made everything stop and wonder, "Do I get enough love?" In...

Duration: 00:39:31


We Don't Care - Kanye West, The College Dropout

10/10/2017
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The very first song Watching the Throne ever covered by Kanye West was We Don't Care. Way back in early 2015, they were just finding their footing, laying the seeds for what would become...an insane show where they would eventually come to spend over an hour trying to figure out Jay's verse on Monster. So after mastering their craft, Chris and Travis have decided to go back to The College Dropout years and re-analyze Kanye's earliest songs. With a much different perspective post-The Life...

Duration: 01:40:15


Kanye Smiles in Wyoming; The Life of Pablo Certified Gold in UK; Bruce Springsteen Loves Kanye; Is Kanye Fat Now?

10/6/2017
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What does one do when one has run out of ideas? ...one speaks of Ye! Like, anything about Ye. Literally any bit of news one can find. And that's exactly what Chris and Travis did this week as they made their first Kanye West news episode in months! They get into everything going on with Kanye as of late, including his potential collaboration with Kid Cudi, Bruce Springsteen's playlist, Jamie Foxx's story about the inception of Slow Jamz, and Ye's childhood home becoming the South Side...

Duration: 01:21:27


My StorYe: DeMario Jackson

10/2/2017
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You may know DeMario Jackson from season 13 of The Bachelorette. What's apparent is how charismatic, charming, and fun DeMario is. What may not have been apparent is just how much he loves Kanye. In his StorYe, DeMario takes us through his Ye fandom from the day Through the Wire dropped into 2017, revealing what Ye's music has meant to him and how it's saved his life twice. This is, by far, our most epic StorYe yet. You can find more from DeMario at https://demariojackson.com/bio/....

Duration: 01:52:28


On Sight - Kanye West, Yeezus

9/29/2017
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Chris, Travis and Jordan are taking on the masterpiece known as Yeezus, starting with On Sight. They break down how the song kicks off the epic narrative, how it sets up the tragic, ironic importance of immediacy for the character on the album, and how the insanely deep and stripped down production feeds into all of it. The is a remastering of an old episode. If you would like to support the show, visit our Patreon page.

Duration: 00:48:08


On Sight BONUS: The meaning behind the interlude, and why Yeezus is a concept album

9/29/2017
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The interlude in On Sight is beautiful, but can be befuddling. How we make sense of it depends on what kind of album we think Yeezus is. Is it a collection of single tracks? Or is it more? Is it a concept album like The Who's Tommy or Green Day's American Idiot? Chris will take you on a journey of discovery to see the depth and awesomeness of not just Yeezus, not just On Sight, but of the interlude itself. If you would like to support the show, visit our Patreon page.

Duration: 00:30:38


On Sight BONUS: How the opening Daft Punk synths set up the character of Yeezus

9/29/2017
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“Non-musical. Super aggro. Really noisy... I loved it. It made me crazy.” That’s how Rick Rubin, who came in at the last second to help polish up the production on Yeezus, describes the opening moments of On Sight. Without wasting a second, the opening track, to what is probably Kanye West’s most misunderstood album, immediately polarizes listeners—on purpose. It's completely in line with the character Kanye is creating; a character we'll come to explore on the album. So let's talk...

Duration: 00:22:12


My StorYe: Don, creator of Noisy Images

9/26/2017
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Noisy Images is one of the best YouTube channels for hip hop related content. Perhaps the best part of the channel is how Kanye-centric it is. In this episode, Chris talks with Noisy Images creator Don about Don's love of Kanye. Warning, a lot of talk about life as well, because, at the end of the day, Kanye is life. You can check out Noisy Images by clicking here.

Duration: 01:53:00


The Story of Yeezus, Episode 1: A Prelude

9/22/2017
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Chris and Travis are dedicating the next three months to what could be Kanye's most monumental achievement: Yeezus. Over the several weeks, they'll release an analysis for each song on the album, and to start, they want to provide a brief overview of the storyline on Yeezus. This episode was recorded at the 2017 SXSW & TuneIn Podcast Stage.

Duration: 01:05:42


FML - Kanye West, The Life of Pablo

9/19/2017
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Chris and Travis are now getting into what might be the greatest stretch of Kanye West songs as they take on FML. And it's such a tall order that they'll need some help from Janie Contreras Johnson, who happens to think FML is the greatest song ever made. The three of them discuss insane level of vulnerability Kanye displays on the song, how Kanye's relationship with the public feeds into his domestic troubles, and how FML sets up the finale of The Life of Pablo.

Duration: 01:41:17

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