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Watching the Throne: A Lyrical Analysis of Kanye West

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.

Tracks

My StorYe: Jordan C. Johnson
The 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's journey 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 gang discusses 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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
90:01 09/09/2015
My StorYe: Joshua Chaplinsky
You'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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
35:49 10/28/2015
My StorYe: Lauren Kelly
The 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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
69:58 04/04/2016
My StorYe: Anna Zeck
To 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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
61:38 07/01/2016
The Full History of Kanye West and Taylor Swift from the VMAs to Kim's Snapchat
Chris, 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 to Kim Kardashian’s Snapchat revelation that Taylor approved the Famous line, just days ago. The crew covers key points in Kanye and Taylor's shared 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?  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
117:01 07/22/2016
My StorYe: Robyn O'Neil
Kids, 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 talks about 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 a little bit too 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 out http://robynoneil.com for some of her awesome artwork! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
89:31 08/05/2016
My StorYe: Janie Contreras Johnson
Shhhhhhh 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 joining Chris and Travis's latest WTT slumber party to tell them about her journey with Kanye West. From the Hurricane Katrina relief special (cringe-worthy!) to her feminist beliefs regarding 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!). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
43:28 10/03/2016
The Kim Kardashian 36th Birthday Spectacular Extravaganza
With all the negativity weighing everyone down in 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 🙌 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
60:48 10/21/2016
My StorYe: Kevin
It'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 a Kanye megafan. If you would like to support the show, visit our Patreon page. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
69:22 01/03/2017
The 2017 Best Kanye West Song Tournament Death Match Extreme
What 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 ever Best Kanye West Song Tournament Death Match Extreme 2000, where they took r/kanye's recent Best Kanye Song Tournament and formed their own bracket. They go through every (and I mean 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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
145:23 01/13/2017
My StorYe: Justin Leduc
Travis is off doing the things a Travis does. So Chris brings in a special guest: r/Kanye moderator and graphic designer/photographer from Quebec, Justin Leduc! Justin shares his thoughts on the Kanye sub-Reddit, on the birth and growth of his Kanye fandom, and also delivers some of the best J Cole news in our podcast's history. We discuss a bunch of Kanye news, as well. Drake's thoughts on Kanye. The spoken-word poem that's been attributed to an ex of Kanye. The "false idol" Kanye statue that street artist Plastic Jesus made. Kanye releasing a line of DONDA make-up. And Judd Apatow telling an all-time classic Kanye story about Kanye's time on the Anchorman 2 set.  If you would like to support the show, visit our Patreon page. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
167:18 02/28/2017
My StorYe: Alex Dellbridge
It's StorYe time! We've got superfan Alex Dellbridge on the show, and he's to tell us if other countries like Kanye West as much as the U.S. of A. In addition, Alex joins Chris and Travis to cover Kanye West news, which includes the new Zebra Yeezys, a glimpse into the genesis of Kimye, a minor lawsuit Kanye escaped, and a very strange segment of the Kanye Bounce House (is there any other kind?). If you would like to support the show, visit our Patreon page. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
69:06 03/03/2017
Live from the 2017 SXSW & TuneIn Podcast Stage: Exploring the Genius of Yeezus
Middle America packed in, came to see...Watching the Throne? At SXSW 2017?! Better believe it! Chris and Travis somehow sweet-talked their way onto the SXSW Podcast Stage (presented by TuneIn), and they're using the opportunity to educate the world on the masterpiece that is Yeezus. They break down the album's main motifs of ego, race, and romance, detailing the moments that make up the hyperbolized version of Kanye, aka "Yeezus" himself. Fun is, of course, had all around. This episode is brought to you by The Daily Dot. If you would like to support the show, visit our Patreon page. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
66:06 03/12/2017
The Kimye Third Anniversary Special
Bill and Melinda Gates. Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo. Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor. Anne Boleyn and King Henry VIII. Jay Z and Beyonce. Julius Caesar and Cleopatra.  Kim Kardashian and Kanye West. Come on—we all know why we're here. While countless power couples have graced the earth with their presences over the years, only one couple has given us an AT&T Park engagement, a Florence wedding, those ziplining photos where Kanye is happier than anyone has ever been, the cat Mercy, the Bound 2 video, and the two cutest kids on the entire goddamn world. Anna and Travis are here to celebrate and cherish Kim and Kanye on their third wedding anniversary by detailing their shared story and highlighting our favorite moments of their relationship. This episode is brought to you by Framed Tweets. If you would like to support the show, visit our Patreon page. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
93:03 05/30/2017
40 Things We Love About Kanye West For His 40th Birthday
Watching the Throne is finally taking the time to celebrate the greatest national holiday that's ever been blessed upon this great nation of ours: Kanye West's birthday (aka Christmas in June). And Chris and Travis appropriately go overboard by naming their 40 favorite things about the one and only Yeezus. From music videos to tweets to legendary quotes, they attempt to do the tiniest bit of justice for the best 40-year-old 10-year-old the music business. If you would like to support the show, visit our Patreon page. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
120:38 06/13/2017
My StorYe: Caitlin White, managing editor of Uproxx Music
Caitlin White is the managing editor of Uproxx's music section. She also happens to be wavy as hell because she's a firm believer of the one and only Yeezy. In her StorYe she discusses the impact Kanye West has had on her life and career, why 808s & Heartbreak is her favorite album of all time, and a ton more. If you would like to support the show, visit our Patreon page. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
68:41 06/27/2017
My StorYe: Cole Cuchna, Host of the Dissect Podcast
Today we're talking to Cole Cuchna, creator and host of the Dissect Podcast. He performs musical analysis (just like us!) by going track-by-track through albums, breaking the format into short, easily digestible episodes (not just like us!).  The first season featured Cole going through Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp a Butterfly, and the second will continue with Kanye West's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. Chris and Travis sit down with Cole to get his StorYe: When he first heard Kanye West, how his relationship has evolved since then, and what it was like to intricately dissect one of the most important hip hop albums of all time. If you would like to support the show, visit our Patreon page. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
65:31 07/31/2017
My StorYe: Martin Connor, founder of Rap Analysis
Martin Connor analyzes production in hip hop music living on his website, Rap Analysis. In his StorYe, he discusses the evolution of Kanye's production from soul-sample-heavy to weird-as-shit. Kanye’s soul samples have become the orientations through which all of his stories are experienced, even as they begin to occupy ever more fragmented parts of his structures, keys, or mixes. It seems, then, that soul samples for Kanye have always had a significance that is purely cultural, having come from a genre that was mostly nurtured and developed by Black artists themselves. It is just that, in his most recent albums, Kanye has brought this role of theirs fully to the forefront. If you would like to support the show, visit our Patreon page. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
77:27 08/08/2017
Taylor Swift and Kanye West 2017: Analyzing "Look What You Made Me Do" and Jay-Z dissing Kanye
Taylor, look what you made us do! We have an obligation to defend Kanye in any and all scenarios, that goes double when it involves Taylor Swift, who released "Look What You Made Me Do" yesterday—and we're not wasting ANY time (tearing it apart). Anna joins Travis and Chris to analyze the death of "Old Taylor" and how it fits into the never-ending Kanye-Taylor feud. Then we discuss the other person who has beef with Kanye: Jay Z, who recently called out Kanye in both an interview and his new album. If you would like to support the show, visit our Patreon page. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
101:36 08/26/2017
My StorYe: Don, creator of Noisy Images
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. If you would like to support the show, visit our Patreon page. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
113:45 09/26/2017
My StorYe: DeMario Jackson
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/. Following him on Instagram as @demariojackson and on Twitter as @demariojackson_ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
113:13 10/03/2017
My StorYe: Corbin Reiff
Corbin Reiff is the Deputy Music Editor at Uproxx. He's first book, "Lighters 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 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
57:34 10/17/2017
My StorYe: Ron Parida
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/  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
43:18 10/25/2017
Breaking Down Taylor Swift's "Reputation" and How it Relates to Kanye West
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. If you would like to support the show, visit our Patreon page. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
83:11 11/14/2017
My StorYe: Tyler Barstow
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.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
93:34 12/22/2017
My StorYe: Kanye Bars (Twitter Account)
This StorYe is with the man behind one of the fastest growing Kanye-fan accounts on Twitter, @Kanye_Bars. Find out the origins behind the account and, of course, a lot of feelings about Kanye West. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
56:18 01/16/2018
The 2018 Best Kanye West Song Tournament Death Match Extreme: Part 1
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, friendships are tested, shade is thrown, and Send It Ups are Sent On Downs. Will Chris, Jordan and Travis come out best friends...or sworn enemies? Only one way to find out. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
102:41 01/23/2018
The 2018 Best Kanye West Song Tournament Death Match Extreme: Part 2
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 capture our hearts? IDK. But here we go. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
66:39 01/30/2018
My StorYe: Nia Renee Hill
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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
62:43 02/02/2018
My StorYe: Brent Lewis
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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
77:37 02/13/2018