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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

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

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

My StorYe: Robyn O'Neil

EKids, grab your sleeping bags, gather 'round, and turn on your flashlights...because it's storYe time! That's right, artist Robyn O'Neil sits down with Chris and Travis to talk about Kanye West because everyone else is annoyed when she talksabout Kanye West and she.needs.to.talk.about.KANYE.WEST. We go deep into this stan's insane obsession (that the WTT Crew can relate to alittle bittoo well) with Mr. West, how her opinion of him and his music has changed over time, how his lyrics have helped her through some rough moments, and why she is now a full-blown Keeping Up With the Kardashians addict. Check out Robyn's podcast! It's called "Me Reading Stuff" and you can find it on iTunes. Also check outhttp://robynoneil.comfor some of her awesome artwork!

88 MIN2016 AUG 6
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My StorYe: Robyn O'Neil

My StorYe: Janie Contreras Johnson

EShhhhhhh try not to wake up mom... That's right, it's STORYE TIME (dude shut up!) and Janie Contreras Johnson (guess who she's married to!) is joiningChris and Travis'slatest WTT slumber party to tell themabout her journey with Kanye West.FromtheHurricane Katrina relief special (cringe-worthy!) toher feminist beliefsregarding Kanye (and Bukowski!)to her top five Ye tracks (with a surprise No. 1!), Janie is proving she's more than just a woman—she's her husband's wife (ok—it's Jordan!).

42 MIN2016 OCT 4
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My StorYe: Janie Contreras Johnson

The Kim Kardashian 36th Birthday Spectacular Extravaganza

EWith all the negativity weighing everyone downin recent weeks, it's time to celebrate one truly magnificent woman—the one, the only,Kim Noel Kardashian West. Chris and Travis (and Anna!) cover their favorite Kim moments, from her Snapchatting to her foray into club music to Kimojis to her absurd crying faces to her just goddamn killing it as a mother. All hail one half of the bad-ass-est couple on the planet

60 MIN2016 OCT 22
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The Kim Kardashian 36th Birthday Spectacular Extravaganza

My StorYe: Kevin

EIt's been a minute since we had some fresh blood on Watching the Throne, but this week that all changes. Kevin sits down with Chris for a marathon interview about the ups and downs of being aKanye megafan. If you would like to support the show, visit our Patreon page.

68 MIN2017 JAN 4
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My StorYe: Kevin

The 2017 Best Kanye West Song Tournament Death Match Extreme

EWhat are Chris and Travis to do when they have a slow Kanye news week...START A NEW TRADITION. That's right, they kidnapped Jordan and forced him to participate in the first everBest Kanye West Song Tournament Death Match Extreme 2000, where they took r/kanye's recent Best Kanye Song Tournament and formedtheir own bracket. They go through every (and Imean EVERY) round and discuss why they voted the way they did. The result is sometimes insightful, most of the time contentious, and always...long. Oh my god it's so long. If you would like to support the show, visit our Patreon page.

144 MIN2017 JAN 14
Comments
The 2017 Best Kanye West Song Tournament Death Match Extreme

Latest Episodes

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

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

My StorYe: Robyn O'Neil

EKids, grab your sleeping bags, gather 'round, and turn on your flashlights...because it's storYe time! That's right, artist Robyn O'Neil sits down with Chris and Travis to talk about Kanye West because everyone else is annoyed when she talksabout Kanye West and she.needs.to.talk.about.KANYE.WEST. We go deep into this stan's insane obsession (that the WTT Crew can relate to alittle bittoo well) with Mr. West, how her opinion of him and his music has changed over time, how his lyrics have helped her through some rough moments, and why she is now a full-blown Keeping Up With the Kardashians addict. Check out Robyn's podcast! It's called "Me Reading Stuff" and you can find it on iTunes. Also check outhttp://robynoneil.comfor some of her awesome artwork!

88 MIN2016 AUG 6
Comments
My StorYe: Robyn O'Neil

My StorYe: Janie Contreras Johnson

EShhhhhhh try not to wake up mom... That's right, it's STORYE TIME (dude shut up!) and Janie Contreras Johnson (guess who she's married to!) is joiningChris and Travis'slatest WTT slumber party to tell themabout her journey with Kanye West.FromtheHurricane Katrina relief special (cringe-worthy!) toher feminist beliefsregarding Kanye (and Bukowski!)to her top five Ye tracks (with a surprise No. 1!), Janie is proving she's more than just a woman—she's her husband's wife (ok—it's Jordan!).

42 MIN2016 OCT 4
Comments
My StorYe: Janie Contreras Johnson

The Kim Kardashian 36th Birthday Spectacular Extravaganza

EWith all the negativity weighing everyone downin recent weeks, it's time to celebrate one truly magnificent woman—the one, the only,Kim Noel Kardashian West. Chris and Travis (and Anna!) cover their favorite Kim moments, from her Snapchatting to her foray into club music to Kimojis to her absurd crying faces to her just goddamn killing it as a mother. All hail one half of the bad-ass-est couple on the planet

60 MIN2016 OCT 22
Comments
The Kim Kardashian 36th Birthday Spectacular Extravaganza

My StorYe: Kevin

EIt's been a minute since we had some fresh blood on Watching the Throne, but this week that all changes. Kevin sits down with Chris for a marathon interview about the ups and downs of being aKanye megafan. If you would like to support the show, visit our Patreon page.

68 MIN2017 JAN 4
Comments
My StorYe: Kevin

The 2017 Best Kanye West Song Tournament Death Match Extreme

EWhat are Chris and Travis to do when they have a slow Kanye news week...START A NEW TRADITION. That's right, they kidnapped Jordan and forced him to participate in the first everBest Kanye West Song Tournament Death Match Extreme 2000, where they took r/kanye's recent Best Kanye Song Tournament and formedtheir own bracket. They go through every (and Imean EVERY) round and discuss why they voted the way they did. The result is sometimes insightful, most of the time contentious, and always...long. Oh my god it's so long. If you would like to support the show, visit our Patreon page.

144 MIN2017 JAN 14
Comments
The 2017 Best Kanye West Song Tournament Death Match Extreme
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