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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.

Watching the Throne: A Lyrical Analysis of Kanye West New School Critics

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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.

    Family Business - Kanye West, The College Dropout

    Family Business - Kanye West, The College Dropout

    All that glitters is not gold...but all that shines IS Kanye! OK, sorry, that was terrible, and doesn't do justice to Family Business. We'll make up for it by analyzing this fan-favorite track, which brings the story on The College Dropout to a poetic close.

    • 1 Std. 9 Min.
    Through the Wire - Kanye West, The College Dropout

    Through the Wire - Kanye West, The College Dropout

    Every superhero has their origin story. Often they are called upon for a greater mission, but must find the power to fight from within. And here on Through the Wire, Kanye finds himself in that exact situation as he looks to turn tragedy to triumph after a terrible car accident. Chris and Travis break down how Kanye does this with his energy and production, from his legendary Chaka Khan sample to his avant-garde storytelling techniques to his subtle nod to Gil Scott-Heron.
    If you'd like to hear our entire season that covers "The College Dropout" right now, then all you have to do is join Watching the Throne's Patreon page. Plus, when you become a WTT Patron, you'll gain access to every song analysis and bonus episode we've ever done—including the new episodes we're recording for the rest of Kanye's discography. Those episodes will be released every week on Patreon, but won't become part of the public feed until months after.

    • 1 Std. 9 Min.
    Two Words - Kanye West, The College Dropout

    Two Words - Kanye West, The College Dropout

    Moving away from "bullshit ice rap", Kanye enters the final phase of The College Dropout with Two Words—an epic tribute to his idols and a promise to make music that change the world for good. Jay Z, Mos Def, Beanie Sigel, Freeway, 5th Dimension and Mandrill all contribute to what is perhaps Old Kanye's most layered track, and Chris and Travis are going to break it all down.
    If you'd like to hear our entire season that covers "The College Dropout" right now, then all you have to do is join Watching the Throne's Patreon page. Plus, when you become a WTT Patron, you'll gain access to every song analysis and bonus episode we've ever done—including the new episodes we're recording for the rest of Kanye's discography. Those episodes will be released every week on Patreon, but won't become part of the public feed until months after.

    • 1 Std. 3 Min.
    School Spirit - Kanye West, The College Dropout

    School Spirit - Kanye West, The College Dropout

    At one time, Chris and Travis considered School Spirit to be Kanye's worst track—today, they make amends. Not only is there so much going on within the song itself (don't get us started on that Aretha Franklin sample), but how School Spirit and the skits play into the College Dropout narrative is next level. We're here to break it all down.
    If you'd like to hear our entire season that covers "The College Dropout" right now, then all you have to do is join Watching the Throne's Patreon page. Plus, when you become a WTT Patron, you'll gain access to every song analysis and bonus episode we've ever done—including the new episodes we're recording for the rest of Kanye's discography. Those episodes will be released every week on Patreon, but won't become part of the public feed until months after.

    • 1 Std. 18 Min.
    Breathe In Breathe Out - Kanye West, The College Dropout

    Breathe In Breathe Out - Kanye West, The College Dropout

    Alright everyone, we know what you're thinking: "Why even bother with Breathe In Breathe Out? It's the worst song in Kanye's discography!" Well, we're here to help you appreciate it a little more. Despite its problems, Kanye actually pulls off one of the most impressive feats of his career by interpolating one of Black Star's most famous songs, Respiration. We'll show how Kanye's ironic twist on this classic track signals a turning point in The College Dropout's narrative.
    If you'd like to hear our entire season that covers "The College Dropout" right now, then all you have to do is join Watching the Throne's Patreon page. Plus, when you become a WTT Patron, you'll gain access to every song analysis and bonus episode we've ever done—including the new episodes we're recording for the rest of Kanye's discography. Those episodes will be released twice a week on Patreon, but won't become part of the public feed until months after.

    • 1 Std. 52 Min.
    Slow Jamz - Kanye West, The College Dropout

    Slow Jamz - Kanye West, The College Dropout

    Jamie Foxx sang the chorus as a lark—but little did he know that "Slow Jamz" would become Kanye West's first No. 1 single. There's so much to unpack when it comes to this legendary track. And Chris and Travis are ready to break it all down, from how "Slow Jamz" fits into the "College Dropout" narrative to Kanye's beautiful twist on Luther Vandross's "A House is Not a Home."
    If you'd like to hear our entire season that covers "The College Dropout" right now, then all you have to do is join Watching the Throne's Patreon page. Plus, when you become a WTT Patron, you'll gain access to every song analysis and bonus episode we've ever done—including the new episodes we're recording for the rest of Kanye's discography. Those episodes will be released twice a week on Patreon, but won't become part of the public feed until months after.

    • 56 Min.

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