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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

Chicago West; CudYe on Stage; Kanye's Valentine Insta-thon; Clay Z's Olympic Dreams

2/23/2018
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We haven't done a news episode in a while—which means there's a TON to cover. Chris and Travis do their best to cover everything Kanye from the past month or so, including Kanye joining Kid Cudi on stage, Kanye's return to Instagram, the birth of Kimye's third babe—and, of course, the latest and greatest JAY-Z/Clay Z news.

Duration:01:36:11

Celebration - Kanye West, Late Registration

2/20/2018
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You know what this is? It's a... a... we're actually not sure? Chris and Travis usually have a complete grasp on Kanye West, but when it comes to Celebration, they're at a bit of a loss. They try to piece together how Celebration might fit into the theme of Late Registration, how the skits might point towards the song's intentions, and how this might be a lite foreshadowing of the Yeezus version of Kanye. The key word here? Might.

Duration:01:14:52

My StorYe: Brent Lewis

2/13/2018
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Brent Lewis is the Senior Photo Editor for ESPN's "The Undefeated" and co-founder of the Diversify Photo initiative. Self-proclaimed lover of all things Chicago. You can follow Brent at @BLewisPhoto.

Duration:01:16:52

Send It Up - Kanye West, Yeezus

2/9/2018
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We 'bout to send this bitch up and, yes, it WILL go down. Yup, you guessed it: Chris and Travis are dissecting Sent It Up today, which only leaves one song to go on what is possibly Kanye West's greatest album: Yeezus. With that in mind, they're really getting into Kanye's state of mind at this point in the album's narrative, which finds Kanye dipping back into his Yeezus persona after finding some catharsis on Guilt Trip. They talk about braggadocio and irony, how the song mirrors On...

Duration:01:24:33

All Falls Down - Kanye West, The College Dropout

2/6/2018
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It's time for Round 2! Chris and Travis tried analyzing All Falls Down a couple years ago when they were noobs, but are now ready to give it a more legitimate dissection in 2018. All Falls Down is a great example of Early Kanye's storytelling and sampling powers, using Lauryn Hill and Biggie songs to encapsulate the power consumerism holds over black society. Of course, Chris and Travis get into all of that, along with Showgirls, Single White Female, Fight Club, and then eventually...

Duration:01:38:55

My StorYe: Nia Renee Hill

2/2/2018
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Nia Renee Hill is a actor, writer, producer, and director. You can occasionally hear her on the Monday Morning Podcast with her husband Bill Burr. She recently guest starred on an episode of HBO's "Crashing". Oh, and she's a huge Kanye fan! Find her on twitter and instagram under the handle @niasalterego.

Duration:01:01:58

The 2018 Best Kanye West Song Tournament Death Match Extreme 2000: Part 2

1/30/2018
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Just when Jordan thought it was over...it wasn't. It totally wasn't. Like, not even close. We got through the first 64 matchups of the 2018 Best Kanye West Song Tournament Death Match Extreme 2000, and there are SIXTY-THREE LEFT. Chris, Travis, and Jordan started with 128 songs, but there can only be one indisputable best Kanye West song ever. Will Hold My Liquor two-peat? Will Ultralight Beam ride that beam to #1? Will Breathe In Breathe Out somehow sneak back into the tournament and...

Duration:01:05:54

The 2018 Best Kanye West Song Tournament Death Match Extreme 2000: Part 1

1/23/2018
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Once again, Chris and Travis have kidnapped Jordan from his humble abode and forced him to participate something no human being should be forced to endure: Sitting in a room for 3 hours with Chris and Travis, talking about Kanye. But this isn't just any episode of Watching the Throne: This is the 2018 Best Kanye West Song Tournament Death Match Extreme 2000. This year, they've stretched the bracket out to 128 Kanye West songs going head to head. Over the course of the first round,...

Duration:01:41:56

Guilt Trip - Kanye West, Yeezus

1/19/2018
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Kanye lives his life...we living ours!!!!!! And ours is pretty dope, because today we're analyzing an extremely underrated Kanye West song: Guilt Trip. Not underrated, like, say, Breathe In Breathe Out is underrated. But underrated like, "Why don't more people consider this to be one of Kanye's best songs?" Because not only would the narrative of Yeezus be complete without it, but the song is also absolutely brimming with creativity and nuance. Listen in as we detail the song that...

Duration:01:45:39

My StorYe: Kanye Bars (Twitter Account)

1/16/2018
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This StorYe is with the man behind one of the fastest growing Kanye-fan accounts on Twitter, @KanyeBars. Find out the origins behind the account and, of course, a lot of feelings about Kanye West.

Duration:00:55:33

Blood on the Leaves - Kanye West, Yeezus

1/12/2018
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Chris and Travis woke up in great moods, ate healthy, protein-packed breakfasts, hit new PRs during their squat workouts, and then donated the rest of daylight to volunteering at the local Salvation Army. Then, naturally, they escaped into their basements, riding that high right into a discussion of Blood on the Leaves, hoping they'd make it through the night. Turns out, they had *just* enough goodwill to get through one of Kanye West's most depressing songs from his most misunderstood...

Duration:02:09:46

Real Friends - Kanye West, The Life of Pablo

1/9/2018
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It's taken us two years to finally reach this point, which we know has created a lot of TRUST ISSUES with our real fans—but we're in town for the day, and guess what the fuck we doin'? We talkin' Real Friends. The penultimate track track on The Life of Pablo's main storyline is upon us, and Chris and Travis are making sure to cover all bases before heading into the epic Wolves. In their analysis, they place Real Friends in context of everything: TLOP's narrative, Kanye's growth as a...

Duration:01:26:22

I'm In It - Kanye West, Yeezus

1/5/2018
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In a typically meta move by the WTT crew, Chris, Travis, and Jordan decide the only way to properly analyze I'm In It is to trap themselves in a two-hour podcast that just won't seem to f**king end. They eventually emerge from breaking down one of Kanye West's greatest songs, but not before trekking in-depth through the track's mix of identity politics, sexual aggression, and existential anxiety. If you would like to support the show, visit our Patreon page. This is an archived episode...

Duration:02:00:59

My StorYe: Tyler Barstow

12/22/2017
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Tyler Barstow is the co-founder of the record of the month club "Vinyl Me Please." More importantly, he's a mega Kanye fan. http://www.vinylmeplease.com The 2017 releases were pretty awesome, including vinyls of Biggie, Gorillaz, and Miles Davis.

Duration:01:32:49

See You In My Nightmares - Kanye West, 808s & Heartbreak

12/19/2017
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So, do you think See You In My Nightmares is one of the worst songs off 808s & Heartbreak? Well, get ready to have your mind blown. Because Chris and Travis are not only here to argue that it's a great song—they're here to argue it's the centerpiece of 808s. See You In My Nightmares is an amalgamation of everything the album is exploring, melding the pain, the frustration, the contrived ego, the sadness, the anger, the betrayal into one big ball of oh-my-god-this-is-too-much-too-handle.

Duration:01:24:12

Everything I Am - Kanye West, Graduation

12/12/2017
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Common passed on the beat, and Kanye made it into a jam that Kanye stans adore. This week, Chris and Travis are breaking down a beloved Kanye West song, Everything I Am. The tenth track from his third album, Graduation, finds Kanye at odds with the artist he wants to be and the celebrity the world expects him to be. It's a somewhat triumphant song that perfectly sets up the celebratory braggadocio of The Glory—and perfect sets up the tragic downfall Kanye experiences on Homecoming and Big...

Duration:01:26:12

Hold My Liquor - Kanye West, Yeezus

12/8/2017
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Chris and Travis need a little help tackling one of Kanye West's most complex, beautiful, and tragic (and underrated!) songs, so they've enlisted Jordan to help break down Hold My Liquor. They cover the old/new Kanye dynamic playing out on the track, how "the woman" and "the aunt" come to metaphorically represent various aspects of Kanye's life, and how the song fits in with the narrative of Yeezus.

Duration:01:16:06

The Kanye West Song Tournament; JAY-Z's New York Times Interview; Yeezy Season 6; What is "Yeezy Sound"?

12/4/2017
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You guys, we have to admit something: We've failed you. We assumed there wasn't any really good Kanye West news these days...BUT THERE'S SO MUCH TO TALK ABOUT AND WE'RE SORRY WE SLACKED. Today is the day we make up for it, though. We preview our annual Kanye West song tournament, discuss JAY-Z's interview with The New York Times, bask in the glory of Kim modeling Yeezy Season 6, and speculate on what the hell Kanye's latest trademark—Yeezy Sound—could possibly be. If you would like to...

Duration:01:14:04

The Kanye West Thanksgiving Special

11/28/2017
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Cake. Licorice. Klondikes. Croissants. Fish filets. Sweet 'n sour sauce. Open-fridge sandwiches. What do these all have in common? They are all Kanye West's favorite foods, of course! As it turns out, Chris and Travis did not get to eat enough food this Thanksgiving and are looking for seconds. Thus, they're digging into Kanye West's discography and pulling out every food reference they can find. And being the over-analyzers they are, they found a narrative arc to Kanye's love of...

Duration:01:36:26

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. If you would like to support the show, visit our Patreon page.

Duration:01:56:16

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