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Watching the Throne: A Lyrical Analysis of Kanye West

Watching the Throne

This is an in-depth-yet-entertaining dive into the lyrics and narrative artistry of Kanye West's music. We go track by track through Ye's discography, revealing the narrative and poetic techniques he uses, tracking his growth as a storyteller, and illuminating the narratives behind each of his albums.

This is an in-depth-yet-entertaining dive into the lyrics and narrative artistry of Kanye West's music. We go track by track through Ye's discography, revealing the narrative and poetic techniques he uses, tracking his growth as a storyteller, and illuminating the narratives behind each of his albums.

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United Kingdom

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This is an in-depth-yet-entertaining dive into the lyrics and narrative artistry of Kanye West's music. We go track by track through Ye's discography, revealing the narrative and poetic techniques he uses, tracking his growth as a storyteller, and illuminating the narratives behind each of his albums.

Language:

English


Episodes

Jonah by Kanye West (feat. Vory, Lil Durk)

9/24/2021
Who's here when you need a podcast to lean on? We are! And today, we're dissecting one of the heaviest songs of Kanye's career. Jonah navigates a minefield of depression, pain, anger, and suffering—with a possible Drake diss thrown in as well? From the ambient-heavy production to the piercing lyrics, we unpack what might be the most underrated track on Donda. If you'd like to support the show (and hear this episode ad-free), then join our Patreon community. You can also watch this podcast in...

Duration:01:26:37

Praise God by Kanye West (feat. Travis Scott, Baby Keem, Donda West)

9/23/2021
Decades ago, Gwendolyn Brooks wrote a poem that would become part of a legendary speech from Donda West in 2007—and would later become a guiding light for Kanye West when making music in 2021. Praise God wouldn't exist without Brooks, a famous Black poet from Chicago whose words spoke to Kanye at an incredibly difficult time in his life. And by dissecting the lines in this song and her poem, we can gain crucial insight into the Donda narrative. If you'd like to support the show (and hear...

Duration:02:06:08

Hurricane by Kanye West (feat. The Weeknd, Lil Baby, KayCyy)

9/21/2021
Mm-mm-mm-mm-mm! We have been waiting for this episode since the very beginning. Hurricane—which very well could be the best song on Donda—is jam-packed with beautiful production, intense imagery, and narrative-building lyricism. In addition to all of that, we discuss the conception of the song and how it's changed over the years, Peter walking on water in the Bible, and a possible reference to R.E.M. If you'd like to support the show (and hear this episode ad-free), then join our Patreon...

Duration:02:18:37

Off the Grid (Part 2) - Kanye's Verse

9/17/2021
Could it possibly get than Fivio's gargantuan guest verse? Why yes. Yes it can. Because Kanye West has a few things to say. On this episode, we unpack Ye's legendary closer on Off the Grid and theorize about how it previews several themes we'll continue to see play out on Donda. If you'd like to support the show (and hear this episode ad-free), then join our Patreon community. You can also watch this podcast in video form over on our YouTube channel. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit...

Duration:01:41:26

Off the Grid (Part 1) - Fivio and Playboi Carti's verses

9/16/2021
If you know Watching the Throne, then you know that we LOVE long episodes. So when we decide to split an episode into two parts...we do it for a reason. There was simply too much to unpack in Off the Grid, so for Part 1 we're strictly going to focus on Playboi Carti and Fivio's verses. Notoriety, materialism, power struggles, projection, pressure—there's a host of topics to get into before we pick apart Kanye's legendary verse. So let's do this. If you'd like to support the show (and hear...

Duration:01:46:48

God Breathed by Kanye West (feat. Vory)

9/9/2021
So you think God Breathed is a long, pointless, and boring song? Well, do we have a treat for you! In this extra-long episode, we shed light on what is actually a deeply layered and sonically complex song that's incredibly important in setting up the Donda narrative. Kanye West would be proud of this episode. If you'd like to support the show (and hear this episode ad-free), then join our Patreon community. You can also watch this podcast in video form over on our YouTube channel. Learn more...

Duration:02:06:58

Jail by Kanye West (feat. JAY-Z, Dem Jointz)

9/7/2021
Guess who's explaining Jail tonight? We are! Moving on from Donda Chant into the first official song on Donda, we find Kanye and JAY-Z trapped in a symbolic jail they must work their way out of. In this episode, we discuss what that jail means for both Kanye and Jay, who have both suffered from rocky marriages, and how that lays the foundation for the album narrative moving forward. If you'd like to support the show (and hear this episode ad-free), then join our Patreon community. You can...

Duration:01:57:10

Donda Chant by Kanye West (feat. Syleena Johnson)

9/3/2021
Welcoming to Watching the Throne. Throoone. Throoooone. Throne. Where we analyze Kanye West. And this season, we're dissecting his newest album, Donda. And what better place to start than with Donda Chant! If you can believe it, we spend over an hour talking about this very meaningful and very important and very meditative opener. #Kanye #Donda If you'd like to support the show (and hear this episode ad-free), then join our Patreon community. You can also watch this podcast in video form...

Duration:01:09:36

Season 7: Donda by Kanye West

9/1/2021
Pop the champagne, because we just got a new Kanye album...which also means it's time for another season of Watching the Throne! Season 7 will be entirely dedicated to what we already consider to be Kanye's magnum opus: Donda. Throughout the season, we are going to run through every single line on every single song and piece together the themes and narratives at hand. In this initial episode, we hypothesize what they think the album is doing—all before we rank every single song on Donda. If...

Duration:02:07:29

FIRST REACTIONS TO DONDA | KANYE WEST

8/30/2021
It's finally here! Kanye's latest album, Donda, dropped in the early hours of Sunday morning. And for the past day-and-a-half, Chris and Travis have been listening and trying to process their feelings about what could be Kanye's magnum opus. On this episode, they talk through their first impressions of Donda and preview the podcast's upcoming season. If you'd like to support the show (and hear this episode ad-free), then join our Patreon community. You can also watch this podcast in video...

Duration:01:04:49

FIRST REACTIONS TO KANYE'S DONDA CHICAGO LISTENING PARTY

8/27/2021
We just got back from the Kanye's DONDA listening party in Chicago and...we've got some mixed emotions. And we're ready to talk about it. Join us! #Kanye #KanyeWest #DONDA If you'd like to support the show (and hear this episode ad-free), then join our Patreon community. You can also watch this podcast in video form over on our YouTube channel. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:40:31

GETTING HYPED FOR KANYE'S DONDA SHOW IN CHICAGO

8/23/2021
Third time's the charm! We're going to get yet another listening party for DONDA in Chicago—and yes, Chris and Travis will be there!!! In this episode, we review everything that's been going on with Kanye over the past few weeks and what we can expect from the Chicago listening party this Thursday. If you'd like to support the show (and hear this episode ad-free), then join our Patreon community. You can also watch this podcast in video form over on our YouTube channel. Learn more about your...

Duration:01:01:56

Dark Fantasy by Kanye West

8/19/2021
On his most critically appraised album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, we see Kanye West escape into a fantasy world. But before he enters that hellish realm, the character first needs to be introduced—which is where Dark Fantasy comes in. In this episode, we pick apart Kanye's epic opening track to show how he uses a collage of samples and references to provide foundation for the album's narrative. If you'd like to support the show (and hear this episode ad-free), then join our Patreon...

Duration:02:27:18

My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy by Kanye West

8/16/2021
Ah, the magnum opus. My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy is, by and large, considered to be Kanye West's greatest work of art. And, yeah...its greatness is pretty hard to deny. But is there more to this album than meets the eye? On this season of Watching the Throne, we set out to find even more meaning and nuance to this story as Kanye plunges further into the lonely hellscape of celebrity. If you'd like to support the show (and hear this episode ad-free), then join our Patreon community. You...

Duration:01:14:03

DONDA: What we know right now about Kanye's new album

8/10/2021
July 23...came and went. And then August 6...came and went. And now...now......well. We wait. We have no idea when we're going to hear Kanye West's tenth album, DONDA. But there has been lots of speculation and clues since last week's listening party in Atlanta. In this episode, we run through everything you need to know. If you'd like to support the show (and hear this episode ad-free), then join our Patreon community. You can also watch this podcast in video form over on our YouTube...

Duration:00:58:34

FIRST REACTIONS TO KANYE WEST'S SECOND LIVESTREAM OF DONDA

8/6/2021
WE TOLD YOU IT WOULD BE WORTH THE WAIT. It appears as though Kanye's latest album DONDA is jussssst about finished and we will hopefully be getting the album today! But until then, we recount our experience of watching Kanye's second livestream of the album—WHICH SOUNDED FREAKIN AMAZING. We talk about the differences from the first Atlanta experience and highlight our favorite moments from the show. If you'd like to support the show (and hear this episode ad-free), then join our Patreon...

Duration:00:45:09

808s & Heartbreak: Reflections and Song Rankings

8/5/2021
Another day, another dollar...another album! Our line-by-line analysis of 808s & Heartbreak really broke the album wide open and revealed lots of nuance we had yet to discover. And now it's time to reflect on that experience. In this episode, we talk about our favorite discoveries and rank every single song from Kanye's classic album. If you'd like to support the show (and hear this episode ad-free), then join our Patreon community. You can also watch this podcast in video form over on our...

Duration:01:12:46

Pinocchio Story by Kanye West

8/4/2021
Pinocchio Story may just seem like a live freestyle that doesn't fit into the narrative of 808s & Heartbreak. But it's actually a perfect ending for the album's themes and commentary—and an indicator of what Kanye West would do with his music moving forward. In this episode, we unpack what may in fact be the most important song of Kanye's career. If you'd like to support the show (and hear this episode ad-free), then join our Patreon community. You can also watch this podcast in video form...

Duration:01:44:13

Coldest Winter by Kanye West

8/3/2021
Not a single song on 808s & Heartbreak appears to be about Kanye's mother. So...why does Coldest Winter feel so heavily focused on her? The key to answering this question is to unlock the album narrative of 808s & Heartbreak. In this episode, we cycle back through the album and go line by line through its final track to make sense of Kanye's art-pop achievement. If you'd like to support the show (and hear this episode ad-free), then join our Patreon community. You can also watch this podcast...

Duration:01:31:41

DONDA: will Kanye drop on August 6th?

7/29/2021
It's been a week since the DONDA listening party in Atlanta...and we still don't have an album. But we might have one soon? Wait...what's the status of this thing again? In this episode, we review everything we know about DONDA and when we can expect Kanye's new album. If you'd like to support the show (and hear this episode ad-free), then join our Patreon community. You can also watch this podcast in video form over on our YouTube channel. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit...

Duration:00:52:21