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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.
 
Legendary radio host Colby "Colb" Tyner takes us back to where it all started with the biggest names in the music business and the world. Each episode is a narrative journey and in-depth conversation with the men and women that shaped hip hop. Colby is an accomplished on-air talent best known for his compelling interviews with Jay-Z, Will Smith, Quincy Jones, President Obama, President Clinton, and more.
 
I’m Laura Clery and I’m here to bring you funny stories, hilarious prank calls, more characters like Helen Horbath and the digital creator lifestyle. I want to make you laugh out loud while giving you a behind-the-scenes look at being a digital creator. Seriously. That’s my mission. (And also to annoy the sh*t out of my husband Stephen Hilton, my podcast co-host). Starting as a Hollywood actress, I also began making videos with snapchat filters on Facebook. With 7 years of sobriety and lots ...
 
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Shout out to YellowKing for putting together this huge list of every movie reference Ye has ever made in his music. There are a lot of them. And we read every single one because there's nothing else happening right now. So sit back and enjoy Step Brothers, Star Wars, Scarface, Elm Street, and other references. You can also watch this podcast in vid…
 
The Grammys cancelled a performance by Kanye West at the 2022 award show. And it's not sitting well with everyone. J Prince wrote a long Twitter thread about it. Dame Dash expressed his frustrations. It's just the latest in a long history of suspect behavior by the Recording Academy when it comes to their treatment of Black artists. We dive into wh…
 
Why do you hate this Kanye song, again? In this video, Travis goes through a list of ten over-hated Kanye songs and repeatedly asks that question until he's blue in the face. You can also watch this podcast in video form over on our YouTube channel. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices…
 
Pete Davidson had Dave Sirus post to instagram a text message conversation between Pete and Kanye. And it is outrageous. Pete goes from standing up for himself to lecturing Kanye to offering mental health help to calling out Ye as a man. It's a smorgasbord of energy, all of which probably just complicates matters. Maybe things have to get messy bef…
 
People may not know that Chris is primarily a film critic. So here he flexes some of his film critic muscles in an analysis of the EAZY music video and a discussion of everything with Ye and Pete Davidson. If you'd like to support the show and hear this episode ad-free, then join our Patreon community. You can also watch this podcast in video form …
 
Better late than never! Today we discuss the incredible, deeply layered collaboration between Fivio, Kanye West, and Alicia Keys: City of Gods. We cover Fivio and Kanye's verses and how they balance each other, the deeper sonic intentions of the song, and the optimistic yearning of Alicia Keys's anthemic chorus. If you'd like to support the show an…
 
Part 1 of Jeen-Yuhs was securing the record deal. Part 2 was actually getting the record done. And Part 3 was...well. Everything else. And we mean EVERYTHING! Part 3 of Coodie and Chike's documentary about Kanye West is wildly ambitious and enthralling. But what is it truly about? What can we take away from the 4.5 hour experience? In this episode,…
 
A hitmaker across four decades, as a solo artist, featured artist, writer, and advisor, Consequence has had a legendary career. On this episode of Watching the Throne, he details his journey from A Tribe Called Quest to his own work to his work with Kanye West. Specifically, we hear stories about the making of the beat for Slow Jamz, as well as som…
 
OK. So we all heard/saw the Donda 2 show in Miami. But now...we've got finished tracks!!! Sixteen tracks, in fact, were uploaded to the Stem Player website. So what do we think? In this episode, we run through every single song and give our first impressions. If you'd like to support the show (and hear this episode ad-free), then join our Patreon c…
 
Part 1 of Jeen-Yuhs detailed Kanye West's drive to get his own record deal. Turns out: that was just half the battle. In Part 2, Ye goes through the hell of actually recording the album. In this episode, we review all of the beautiful moments in Part 2 and how it perfectly sets up the final third of the Kanye documentary trilogy. If you'd like to s…
 
We just heard Donda 2!!!! Sort of? Kind of? So...now what? It's a waiting game with Kanye. But until then, we're going to talk about our reactions to the Miami show by taking your questions. If you'd like to support the show (and hear this episode ad-free), then join our Patreon community. You can also watch this podcast in video form over on our Y…
 
I don't know if you heard, but...Kanye invited us to Miami (kind of). And we showed up. So now what? We're not sure. But we're going to live it up and see the Donda 2 show while we're here. Oh, and we're going to answer your questions about our potential interview in this AMA! If you'd like to support the show (and hear this episode ad-free), then …
 
What a glorious day! The first part of the epic 4.5-hour documentary about Kanye West is finally here. And yes, it's just as incredible as we expected. In this episode, we talk about our favorite moments of "jeen-yuhs - act i: VISION." If you'd like to support the show (and hear this episode ad-free), then join our Patreon community. You can also w…
 
Did you hear the news? One half of the Watching the Throne team has now met Kanye!!! So what exactly happened? How did this fortuitous, wonderful event bless Chris Lambert? Travis learns all about it in this very special episode. Plus, we discuss Kanye's Instagram storm this past weekend. If you'd like to support the show (and hear this episode ad-…
 
In one week, the long-awaited documentary about Kanye West hits Netflix. And guess what?! The two directors of Jeen-Yuhs, Coodie & Chike, sat down with Chris for a short conversation about the filming experience and what they hope people take away from the film. If you'd like to support the show (and hear this episode ad-free), then join our Patreo…
 
It's the most wonderful time of the year! No, not Christmas...the Best Kanye West Song Tournament Death Match Extreme!!! In this 2022 version of the tournament, Chris and Travis sit down with their favorite recurring guest Jordan Johnson and vote on which Kanye song is the best. Will blood be shed? Yes. Is this episode way too long? Of course. Will…
 
Just when you thought it was over... That's right. After a long, grueling journey of missed release dates, song changes, and Drake beef, Kanye West finally gave us Donda in 2021. And just a few months later...we're going through it all over again. So is Donda 2 really coming on Feb. 22? What do we know about the album so far? In this episode, we br…
 
JEEN-YUHS has had its Sundance premier. And I got to see it! So here are my initial thoughts about part 1 and some broader thoughts on the trilogy as a whole. We'll get into Coodie, Chike, J Ivy, Ye, what years the documentary covers, when it comes out, other reactions, if fans will like it, and more. #Kanye #JeenYuhs #Genius #Reaction #React NOTE:…
 
As Ye ramps up for Donda 2, he's giving us some great music in the meantime! This week it comes in the form of Eazy, a collaboration with The Game that features production from Mike Dean, Hit-Boy, and DJ Premier. We discuss this classic verse from Kanye, which features a number of great lines and could point towards the direction of his music movin…
 
Donda released just over three months ago. And 27 episodes later...we're exhausted! In a good way :) That's right! It's the season finale of our Donda coverage. For this episode, we look back at our favorite moments and revelations from Kanye's latest masterpiece. And then we rank every single song on the album—which, as you can guess, took a while…
 
After 22 long, grueling, enlightening song discussions...we've finally reached the end! Today we're breaking down the final song on Donda's main narrative: No Child Left Behind. We discuss how Kanye and Vory put a cap on the album's thematic threads with this spare, direct, uplifting experience. If you'd like to support the show (and hear this epis…
 
During the course of our season-long dissection of Donda, we've penciled in our thoughts. Well, now it's time to write 'em down in pen for our Come to Life episode—and for that, we'll need a little help. For this extra-sized episode, Cole Cuchna from the Dissect podcast joins us to break down what may be the most important song of Kanye's career. I…
 
The truth is only what you get away with, huh? Well, we've got a truth for you: Pure Souls is an awesome song. And not just because the track is a bop—it's because Pure Souls pays off on so many narrative and thematic threads on Donda. In this episode, we break down why Kanye, Roddy Ricch, and Shenseea's pure soul status is such a climactic moment …
 
For years, Kanye sought stability in his life—and Kim brought that. But now, as they move on from each other, we see Kanye putting those years together into perspective. What happened? And what's next? Lord I Need You is a crucial song on an album where Kanye is at a spiritual crossroads. And we're going to break down every line of this tragic song…
 
Ah, everybody's favorite song on Donda!! Just kidding—people seem to *hate* Tell the Vision. But we're here to prove why it's an essential track on an album where Kanye is discovering and fueling his spiritual purpose here on earth as Pop Smoke looks on from beyond the grave. If you'd like to support the show (and hear this episode ad-free), then j…
 
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