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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 • 543 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.

    Hurricane by Kanye West (feat. The Weeknd, Lil Baby, KayCyy)

    Hurricane by Kanye West (feat. The Weeknd, Lil Baby, KayCyy)

    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
    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
    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
    God Breathed by Kanye West (feat. Vory)

    God Breathed by Kanye West (feat. Vory)

    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 hr 9 min
    Jail by Kanye West (feat. JAY-Z, Dem Jointz)

    Jail by Kanye West (feat. JAY-Z, Dem Jointz)

    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
    Donda Chant by Kanye West (feat. Syleena Johnson)

    Donda Chant by Kanye West (feat. Syleena Johnson)

    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

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
543 Ratings

543 Ratings

Logan Valdes ,

Too dope

Goats for any Ye fan. ❤️‍🔥

Imbigggsexxxxe ,

OMG AMAZING

so I just cheated on my wife and I was really in the mood to listen to a Kanye podcast and found this one and instantly felt a connection with the hosts it was just an amazing body of work that I immediately went to home and told her about the episodes completely forgetting I was there to break up with her and admit I was wrong.

Thank you watch the throne podcast for saving my marriage

chuckkkkkky ,

I want to love this pod

But the episodes are soooo long and sooo conversation based that it’s hard for me to understand the point of what they’re saying. I really like both Travis and Chris but I’m having the hardest time listening to this. Often at many points in the episode they will abandon their ye discussion to have a laugh at something unrelated. Gah! Its really hard for me to write this. I want to listen to what they have to say. I think they’re both really smart people and I’d love to gain a better understanding of ye’s discography, but I get frustrated that this podcast makes it’s so inaccessible. 😢

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