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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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    • 4.8 • 551 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.

    Believe What I Say by Kanye West

    Believe What I Say by Kanye West

    Sunny melodies. Pop culture references. Lauryn Hill samples. Is this...Old Kanye we hear??? Believe What I Say certainly feels that way after so many dark, grim tracks on Donda. But there are plenty of New Kanye tricks on this song that elevate it to higher levels. On this episode, we get into Kanye's refreshing take on the Kimye divorce and how he felt as his marriage with Kim came to an end.
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    • 1 hr 46 min
    Junya by Kanye West

    Junya by Kanye West

    Jonah has a Drake diss. Ok Ok has a Drake diss. And now Junya...has a Drake diss. Hmm. We're starting to see a pattern. So why is Kanye so obsessed with Drake on this section of the Donda? On this episode, we theorize why the album makes such an antagonistic shift by picking apart the lyrics of what might be Kanye's most perplexing song to date.
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    • 1 hr 51 min
    Ok Ok by Kanye West

    Ok Ok by Kanye West

    "Kanye vs. Drake." That standoff has been brewing for quite some time, and it finally reached a head these past few months with the release of Donda and Certified Lover Boy. Of course Drake has thrown his lyrical shots during that period—but Kanye has as well. And Ok Ok is the most direct Kanye has ever been about the feud. On this episode, we discuss the poetry of Kanye's diss, as well as Lil Yachty's dark, disturbing verse and Rooga's passionate cry to move on from such negativity.
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    • 2 hr 1 min
    Jonah by Kanye West

    Jonah by Kanye West

    Who's here when you need a podcast to lean on? We are! And today, we're dissecting one of the heaviest songs of Kanye's career. Jonah navigates a minefield of depression, pain, anger, and suffering—with a possible Drake diss thrown in as well? From the ambient-heavy production to the piercing lyrics, we unpack what might be the most underrated track on Donda.
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    • 1 hr 27 min
    Praise God by Kanye West

    Praise God by Kanye West

    Decades ago, Gwendolyn Brooks wrote a poem that would become part of a legendary speech from Donda West in 2007—and would later become a guiding light for Kanye West when making music in 2021. Praise God wouldn't exist without Brooks, a famous Black poet from Chicago whose words spoke to Kanye at an incredibly difficult time in his life. And by dissecting the lines in this song and her poem, we can gain crucial insight into the Donda narrative.
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    • 2 hr 7 min
    Hurricane by Kanye West

    Hurricane by Kanye West

    Mm-mm-mm-mm-mm! We have been waiting for this episode since the very beginning. Hurricane—which very well could be the best song on Donda—is jam-packed with beautiful production, intense imagery, and narrative-building lyricism. In addition to all of that, we discuss the conception of the song and how it's changed over the years, Peter walking on water in the Bible, and a possible reference to R.E.M.
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    • 2 hr 19 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
551 Ratings

551 Ratings

themaxmilian ,

Beautiful insight

Helps me love my favorite rapper even more

ohhhnico ,

love watching the throne

love chris and travis break down ye for these past years , KEEP IT LOOPY⛷⛷⛷🙏🙏

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Love this pod

Funny insightful and good reviews of all Ye tracks. Great stuff

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