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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 W!ZARD Studios

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    • 4.7 • 50 Ratings

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.

    Season 7: Donda by Kanye West

    Season 7: Donda by Kanye West

    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.
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    • 2 hrs 10 min
    Donda Chant by Kanye West

    Donda Chant by Kanye West

    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
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    • 1 hr 8 min
    Jail by Kanye West

    Jail by Kanye West

    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.
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    • 1 hr 59 min
    God Breathed by Kanye West

    God Breathed by Kanye West

    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.
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    • 2 hrs 9 min
    Off the Grid (Part 1) - Fivio and Playboi Carti's verses

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

    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.
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    • 1 hr 47 min
    Off the Grid (Part 2) - Kanye's Verse

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

    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.
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    • 1 hr 41 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
50 Ratings

50 Ratings

Seventysixer76 ,

George Jefferson (Jetson?)

When you watch that TMZ incident where Kanye makes his comment about slavery being a choice, when he says that he thinks he is being so brilliant. He pauses as if it was a punchline; he’s waiting for some reaction of having blown his audiences minds. Which he does, just not in the manner he thinks he his. It is so awkward. It is obvious he is not communicating what he is thinking or there would t be such a disconnect in what Kanye perceived their reaction would be compared to what their reaction actually was. It’s actually quite sad. I think he really does want to help. But he has to get himself right first.

Aidan_Jones ,

So much detail.

Just mad respect. Respect the senses of humour, respect the level of clarity you bring to songs that are otherwise just sonically genius enigmas. Y’all are the goats. Keep it up.

yvngyeezy ,

The G.O.A.T

The Kanye podcast goats talking about the goat of the history of planet earth. Absolute goat waves

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