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Watching the Throne: A Lyrical Analysis of Kanye West

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Watching the Throne: A Lyrical Analysis of Kanye West

Watching the Throne: A Lyrical Analysis of Kanye West

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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 Yeezus and The Life of Pablo. For Kanye fans, this might be the Ye-centric lyrical discussion you've been waiting for. For musicians and writers, this is practical insight into how one of the best storytellers in music history does what he does. We also have a news show about Kanye, Kim, North, Saint, and Jay-Z. We look at the top 5 posts from Reddit's Kanye community, r/Kanye. And discuss other relevant Ye topics. And there's our interview series, My StorYe, where we interview people about their relationship with Kanye West. We hope you enjoy!

Latest Episodes

Watching the Throne Intro

Chris and Travis proudly present Watching the Throne, the podcast that discusses everything Kanye West. This episode briefly introduces the idea for the podcast, the format of the show, and what we hope listeners (Kanye haters and lovers) can get out of it.

2 MIN2015 JUN 24
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Watching the Throne Intro

My StorYe: Jordan C. Johnson

EThe gang is back—but this time, they're not dissecting a song by Kanye West. Instead, they're kicking off the first official entry into the "My StorYe" interview series, where they discuss somebody'sjourney with Kanye West. Today we have a KanVert, and his name is Jordan C. Johnson. He discusses how Kanye's music changed not only the way he listened to music, but changed his life as well. In addition, the gangdiscusses hip hop and pop music in a broader sense, the VMAs, and breaks down Yeezus about two years ahead of the Watching the Throne schedule. Oh, and Jordan has a Jay-Z update? Crazy.

86 MIN2015 SEP 10
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My StorYe: Jordan C. Johnson

My StorYe: Joshua Chaplinsky

EYou'll have to wait one more episode for The New Workout Plan—Chris and Travis have another StorYe to explore, this time with Joshua Chaplinsky, author of Kanye West Reanimator, a reimagining of H.P. Lovecraft's classic sci-fi novella with Kanye West as the main character. They discuss Joshua's inspiration for the story, whether or not he's gained an appreciation for Kanye by researching for the book, and what the hell is going on with Mr. West's fashion line. You can follow Joshua on Twitter at @JaceyCockrobin, visit his website at www.joshuachaplinsky.com, and order "Kanye West Reanimator" on Amazon.

34 MIN2015 OCT 29
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My StorYe: Joshua Chaplinsky

My StorYe: Lauren Kelly

EThe WTT crew is taking a week off from analyzing Kanye West songs to hear from one of his biggest fans: Lauren Kelly has gone from passive Kanye listener to insatiable aficionado in just a few short years, and she's ready to tell the world her StorYe. Lauren also counts down her favorite songs, her favorite and least favorite lines, and even has some Jay Z news, because who doesn't these days.

67 MIN2016 APR 5
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My StorYe: Lauren Kelly

Dark Fantasy - Kanye West

EChris and Travis are finally moving on to My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, starting with the epic track Dark Fantasy. They analyze the song's general sprawling nature and how it toys with our collective perception of fame, while also working through how the song serves as an intro to the album and how it fits into Kanye's oeuvre as a whole.

45 MIN2016 APR 18
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Dark Fantasy - Kanye West

Ultralight Beam - Kanye West, The Life of Pablo

EThis is a God dream...this is a God dream! This is everything—this is, finally, Ultralight Beam, the first track from The Life of Pablo. Chris and Travis attempt to dissect what could indeed be Kanye West's greatest song to date. They get into Kanye's struggle with his faith, the duality between innocence and imperiledness, and, ultimately, how you can believe enough in yourself to create beam of light. Overall, they unpack how Ultralight Beam signals Kanye's album-long narrative of finding his younger, hopeful, faith-driven, optimistic, Chance-esque self, which will enable him to be a better father and husband and a more mentally stable individual.

78 MIN2016 MAY 3
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Ultralight Beam - Kanye West, The Life of Pablo

Gorgeous - Kanye West, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

EAin't no question if they want it, Chris and Travis NEED to talk about Gorgeous. Partly because it's the next song on the list, but also because, well, this song is goddamn incredible. They get into Kanye's continued obsession with fame on My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, his role as a preacher for a new religion (hip hop), the plethora of micro-narratives, and how the oppression of black people extends from the streets to the top of Mount Olympus.

56 MIN2016 JUN 15
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Gorgeous - Kanye West, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

Father Stretch My Hands (Pt. 1 & 2) - Kanye West, The Life of Pablo

EJust want to feel liberated, they-ey-ey-ey...they just want to feel liberated they-ey-ey-ey...if they ever bored you to death they're sorrryyyyyyy. THEY STRETCH THEIR HANDS! Actually, Chris, Travis, and Jordan are sorry about this analysis, which goes so in depth into Father Stretch My Hands Pt. 1 & 2 (from The Life of Pablo) that you'll probably and unfortunately never even need to listen to the song again. They talking duality, adultery, liberation, and pandas in an episode that just will not end.Tell me who in here can relate.

88 MIN2016 JUN 28
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Father Stretch My Hands (Pt. 1 & 2) - Kanye West, The Life of Pablo

My StorYe: Anna Zeck

ETo quote the legendary rock band Staind: It's been awhiiiiile.That's right, it's time for another StorYe! And this week Chris and Travis are interviewing friend-of-the-show/Throner/Keeping Up-dater Anna Zeck, who, as a huge Kimye fan who's seen every episode of every Kardashian spin-off ever, brings a unique perspective to the show. They cover her relationship with Kanye—from his music to his fashion to his relationship with Kim—and, of course, count down her favorite Kanye West songs. That shit cray.

58 MIN2016 JUL 2
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My StorYe: Anna Zeck

The Full History of Kanye West and Taylor Swift from the VMAs to Kim's Snapchat

EChris, Travis, and Anna spend close to two hours detailing the history of Kanye West and Taylor Swift, from when Kanye stormed the VMA stage in 2009 toKim Kardashian’s Snapchat revelation that Taylor approved the Famous line, just days ago. The crewcovers key points in Kanye and Taylor'sshared history that many people have forgotten about, the collateral damage that's resulted from the feud, and where each party could go from here. This is the most absolutely comprehensive analysis you will find of Kanye and Taylor on the Internet, with some terribly unfunny banter to boot. What's not to love?

112 MIN2016 JUL 23
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The Full History of Kanye West and Taylor Swift from the VMAs to Kim's Snapchat

Latest Episodes

Watching the Throne Intro

Chris and Travis proudly present Watching the Throne, the podcast that discusses everything Kanye West. This episode briefly introduces the idea for the podcast, the format of the show, and what we hope listeners (Kanye haters and lovers) can get out of it.

2 MIN2015 JUN 24
Comments
Watching the Throne Intro

My StorYe: Jordan C. Johnson

EThe gang is back—but this time, they're not dissecting a song by Kanye West. Instead, they're kicking off the first official entry into the "My StorYe" interview series, where they discuss somebody'sjourney with Kanye West. Today we have a KanVert, and his name is Jordan C. Johnson. He discusses how Kanye's music changed not only the way he listened to music, but changed his life as well. In addition, the gangdiscusses hip hop and pop music in a broader sense, the VMAs, and breaks down Yeezus about two years ahead of the Watching the Throne schedule. Oh, and Jordan has a Jay-Z update? Crazy.

86 MIN2015 SEP 10
Comments
My StorYe: Jordan C. Johnson

My StorYe: Joshua Chaplinsky

EYou'll have to wait one more episode for The New Workout Plan—Chris and Travis have another StorYe to explore, this time with Joshua Chaplinsky, author of Kanye West Reanimator, a reimagining of H.P. Lovecraft's classic sci-fi novella with Kanye West as the main character. They discuss Joshua's inspiration for the story, whether or not he's gained an appreciation for Kanye by researching for the book, and what the hell is going on with Mr. West's fashion line. You can follow Joshua on Twitter at @JaceyCockrobin, visit his website at www.joshuachaplinsky.com, and order "Kanye West Reanimator" on Amazon.

34 MIN2015 OCT 29
Comments
My StorYe: Joshua Chaplinsky

My StorYe: Lauren Kelly

EThe WTT crew is taking a week off from analyzing Kanye West songs to hear from one of his biggest fans: Lauren Kelly has gone from passive Kanye listener to insatiable aficionado in just a few short years, and she's ready to tell the world her StorYe. Lauren also counts down her favorite songs, her favorite and least favorite lines, and even has some Jay Z news, because who doesn't these days.

67 MIN2016 APR 5
Comments
My StorYe: Lauren Kelly

Dark Fantasy - Kanye West

EChris and Travis are finally moving on to My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, starting with the epic track Dark Fantasy. They analyze the song's general sprawling nature and how it toys with our collective perception of fame, while also working through how the song serves as an intro to the album and how it fits into Kanye's oeuvre as a whole.

45 MIN2016 APR 18
Comments
Dark Fantasy - Kanye West

Ultralight Beam - Kanye West, The Life of Pablo

EThis is a God dream...this is a God dream! This is everything—this is, finally, Ultralight Beam, the first track from The Life of Pablo. Chris and Travis attempt to dissect what could indeed be Kanye West's greatest song to date. They get into Kanye's struggle with his faith, the duality between innocence and imperiledness, and, ultimately, how you can believe enough in yourself to create beam of light. Overall, they unpack how Ultralight Beam signals Kanye's album-long narrative of finding his younger, hopeful, faith-driven, optimistic, Chance-esque self, which will enable him to be a better father and husband and a more mentally stable individual.

78 MIN2016 MAY 3
Comments
Ultralight Beam - Kanye West, The Life of Pablo

Gorgeous - Kanye West, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

EAin't no question if they want it, Chris and Travis NEED to talk about Gorgeous. Partly because it's the next song on the list, but also because, well, this song is goddamn incredible. They get into Kanye's continued obsession with fame on My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, his role as a preacher for a new religion (hip hop), the plethora of micro-narratives, and how the oppression of black people extends from the streets to the top of Mount Olympus.

56 MIN2016 JUN 15
Comments
Gorgeous - Kanye West, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

Father Stretch My Hands (Pt. 1 & 2) - Kanye West, The Life of Pablo

EJust want to feel liberated, they-ey-ey-ey...they just want to feel liberated they-ey-ey-ey...if they ever bored you to death they're sorrryyyyyyy. THEY STRETCH THEIR HANDS! Actually, Chris, Travis, and Jordan are sorry about this analysis, which goes so in depth into Father Stretch My Hands Pt. 1 & 2 (from The Life of Pablo) that you'll probably and unfortunately never even need to listen to the song again. They talking duality, adultery, liberation, and pandas in an episode that just will not end.Tell me who in here can relate.

88 MIN2016 JUN 28
Comments
Father Stretch My Hands (Pt. 1 & 2) - Kanye West, The Life of Pablo

My StorYe: Anna Zeck

ETo quote the legendary rock band Staind: It's been awhiiiiile.That's right, it's time for another StorYe! And this week Chris and Travis are interviewing friend-of-the-show/Throner/Keeping Up-dater Anna Zeck, who, as a huge Kimye fan who's seen every episode of every Kardashian spin-off ever, brings a unique perspective to the show. They cover her relationship with Kanye—from his music to his fashion to his relationship with Kim—and, of course, count down her favorite Kanye West songs. That shit cray.

58 MIN2016 JUL 2
Comments
My StorYe: Anna Zeck

The Full History of Kanye West and Taylor Swift from the VMAs to Kim's Snapchat

EChris, Travis, and Anna spend close to two hours detailing the history of Kanye West and Taylor Swift, from when Kanye stormed the VMA stage in 2009 toKim Kardashian’s Snapchat revelation that Taylor approved the Famous line, just days ago. The crewcovers key points in Kanye and Taylor'sshared history that many people have forgotten about, the collateral damage that's resulted from the feud, and where each party could go from here. This is the most absolutely comprehensive analysis you will find of Kanye and Taylor on the Internet, with some terribly unfunny banter to boot. What's not to love?

112 MIN2016 JUL 23
Comments
The Full History of Kanye West and Taylor Swift from the VMAs to Kim's Snapchat
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