Watching the Throne: A Lyrical Analysis of Kanye West

Watching the Throne: A Lyrical Analysis of Kanye West

By New School Critics

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.

Episodes

Chris reviews JEEN-YUHS: A Kanye Trilogy (Part 1)

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: This episode was originally recorded for our YouTube channel. If you'd like to support the show (and hear this episode ad-free), then join our Patreon community. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
25/01/2228m 5s

Eazy by The Game & Kanye West

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 moving forward. 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 YouTube channel. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
18/01/221h 13m

Donda: Reflections and Song Rankings

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. Enjoy! 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 YouTube channel. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
16/12/212h 45m

No Child Left Behind by Kanye West

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 episode ad-free), then join our Patreon community. You can also watch this podcast in video form over on our YouTube channel. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
13/12/2158m 47s

Come to Life by Kanye West (feat. Cole Cuchna)

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. 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 YouTube channel. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
07/12/212h 58m

Pure Souls by Kanye West

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 on this album. 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 YouTube channel. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
02/12/212h 7m

Lord I Need You by Kanye West

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. 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 YouTube channel. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
30/11/211h 57m

Tell the Vision by Kanye West (and Pop Smoke)

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 join our Patreon community. You can also watch this podcast in video form over on our YouTube channel. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
22/11/2159m 26s

New Again by Kanye West

What Kanye lyricize...we'll analyze! That's right, today we're dissecting New Again—the track that leads us into the final movement of Donda where Kanye, indeed, seeks to be made new again after a trying time in his life. We also discuss the mysterious woman in the lyrics, The Weeknd's possible influence on the song, and a host of other topics that are most definitely (not at all) related to Kanye. 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 YouTube channel. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
19/11/212h 7m

Jesus Lord (Part 2) - Jay Electronica & Larry Hoover Jr.

One episode? Not enough for this masterpiece. Based on the hours of discussion we've already had about Donda this season, Jesus Lord has proven to be the most important song on the album. Kanye's verse (which we discussed in Part 1) brought all of the album's major themes to the forefront, and now Jay Electronica will build on those ideas with his lyrical homily and Larry Hoover Jr. will close things out with his plea for social justice. 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 YouTube channel. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
17/11/211h 56m

Reactions to Kanye releasing Donda Deluxe

Just when you thought you had everything figured out...Kanye throws a wrench into EVERYTHING!!! Yesterday we got the "Deluxe" version of Donda, which includes some new songs, changes to old songs, and a complete reworking of the track order. So what do we make of all this? We go through all those changes in this episode and discuss how we feel about the project as a whole. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
15/11/211h 18m

Reactions to Kanye's SECOND interview on Drink Champs

Chris takes your questions about Ye's second appearance on Drink Champs and everything that happened during and after that interview. 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 YouTube channel. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/11/211h 31m

Jesus Lord (Part 1) - Kanye's Verse

You really thought we could do this in one episode? Nah. Jesus Lord is an epic track. It's the Runaway of Donda—the Sun around which all of the other planets revolve. Jesus Lord gathers all of the album's themes and motifs in a grand setting where Kanye, Jay Electronica, and Larry Hoover Jr. can speak on grief, on spirituality, on achieving social justice in an unfair world. In this episode, we break down Ye's legendary verse. 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 YouTube channel. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/11/212h 25m

Keep My Spirit Alive by Kanye West

Keep My Spirit Alive is a song that's absolutely chock-full of underlying meaning and introspection. The self-awareness of Westside Gunn's verse, Conway the Machine's determination to move on from a near-death experience, Kanye and his mother's ode to KRS-One—it's all there, and it's all beautiful. And in this episode, we break it all down. 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 YouTube channel. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
08/11/211h 51m

Reactions to Kanye's interview on Drink Champs

A classic Kanye interview—it's what we hope and pray for each day. And today...we have one! That's right, Ye went on Drink Champs and talked about a number of topics, from his beef with Drake (and other people he apparently has beef with) to his relationship with Kim to a host of other social and political topics. And yes, he answered every question in the most Ye way possible. On this episode, we take questions from listeners and run through the best parts of the interview. 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 YouTube channel. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
05/11/212h 14m

Donda by Kanye West

In October 2007, Donda West gave an incredible speech where she discussed social justice in the context of both hip hop and her family. And, obviously, that meant talking about her son: Kanye West. Fourteen years later, Ye sampled that speech for the song Donda in the most epic way possible. On this episode, we break down this climactic track and how it kickstarts the final act of the album. 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 YouTube channel. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
03/11/211h 25m

Heaven and Hell by Kanye West

The song Heaven and Hell Is on Earth by 20th Century Steel Band has been sampled dozens of times by the biggest artists in hip hop and R&B—and we can now add Ye to that list. And in classic Kanye fashion, this reference is crucial to understanding both the song Heaven and Hell and the album narrative on Donda. We break it all down in this supersized episode. 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 YouTube channel. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/11/212h 1m

Moon by Kanye West

How can I get through? It's a question many of us face when confronted with grief, with longing, with a desire to move forward—which is why so many people relate to the song Moon. As one of the standout tracks on Donda, Moon represents an important, heavy shift for the album's narrative, as Kanye tries to push beyond dark thoughts and move towards something more positive. Kid Cudi and Don Toliver jump in on this track to help move along that journey with their astoundingly beautiful vocals. 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 YouTube channel. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
25/10/211h 37m

Remote Control by Kanye West

Glib...no. Globgobob...no. Globglo...gabgalab? Yes! That's it. That's the bulbous creature we hear at the end of Remote Control. So who exactly is the Globglogabgalab? And why the heck did he replace Kid Cudi on what is perhaps the most divisive track on Donda? Remote Control features some great lyrical wordplay from both Kanye and Young Thug, and continues an important turning point in the album's narrative—and we're going to break it all down on today's episode. 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 YouTube channel. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
21/10/211h 50m

24 by Kanye West

So far on Donda, there's been an overwhelming sense of fear, of antagonism, of disorientation. But 24 is our very first moment of respite—and what a beautiful relief it is. This spare gospel track represents a turning point for Kanye on his latest album, as it signals the spiritual ascension that will soon follow. We go line by line through the song to show how it relates to Kobe Bryant and Kanye's ability to keep moving forward. 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 YouTube channel. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
19/10/211h 39m

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. 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 YouTube channel. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
08/10/211h 46m

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. 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 YouTube channel. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
06/10/211h 51m

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. 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 YouTube channel. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
27/09/212h 1m

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. 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 YouTube channel. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
24/09/211h 27m

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. 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 YouTube channel. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
23/09/212h 7m

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. 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 YouTube channel. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
21/09/212h 19m

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. 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 YouTube channel. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
17/09/211h 41m

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. 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 YouTube channel. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
16/09/211h 47m

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. 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 YouTube channel. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
09/09/212h 9m

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. 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 YouTube channel. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
07/09/211h 59m

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 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 YouTube channel. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
03/09/211h 8m

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. 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 YouTube channel. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/09/212h 10m

FIRST REACTIONS TO DONDA | KANYE WEST

It's finally here! Kanye's latest album, Donda, dropped in the early hours of Sunday morning. And for the past day-and-a-half, Chris and Travis have been listening and trying to process their feelings about what could be Kanye's magnum opus. On this episode, they talk through their first impressions of Donda and preview the podcast's upcoming season. 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 YouTube channel. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
30/08/211h 5m

FIRST REACTIONS TO KANYE'S DONDA CHICAGO LISTENING PARTY

We just got back from the Kanye's DONDA listening party in Chicago and...we've got some mixed emotions. And we're ready to talk about it. Join us! #Kanye #KanyeWest #DONDA 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 YouTube channel. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
27/08/2141m 5s

GETTING HYPED FOR KANYE'S DONDA SHOW IN CHICAGO

Third time's the charm! We're going to get yet another listening party for DONDA in Chicago—and yes, Chris and Travis will be there!!! In this episode, we review everything that's been going on with Kanye over the past few weeks and what we can expect from the Chicago listening party this Thursday. 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 YouTube channel. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
23/08/211h 3m

Dark Fantasy by Kanye West

On his most critically appraised album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, we see Kanye West escape into a fantasy world. But before he enters that hellish realm, the character first needs to be introduced—which is where Dark Fantasy comes in. In this episode, we pick apart Kanye's epic opening track to show how he uses a collage of samples and references to provide foundation for the album's narrative. 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 YouTube channel. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
19/08/212h 29m

My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy by Kanye West

Ah, the magnum opus. My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy is, by and large, considered to be Kanye West's greatest work of art. And, yeah...its greatness is pretty hard to deny. But is there more to this album than meets the eye? On this season of Watching the Throne, we set out to find even more meaning and nuance to this story as Kanye plunges further into the lonely hellscape of celebrity.  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 YouTube channel. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
16/08/211h 14m

DONDA: What we know right now about Kanye's new album

July 23...came and went. And then August 6...came and went. And now...now......well. We wait. We have no idea when we're going to hear Kanye West's tenth album, DONDA. But there has been lots of speculation and clues since last week's listening party in Atlanta. In this episode, we run through everything you need to know. 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 YouTube channel. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/08/211h 0m

FIRST REACTIONS TO KANYE WEST'S SECOND LIVESTREAM OF DONDA

WE TOLD YOU IT WOULD BE WORTH THE WAIT. It appears as though Kanye's latest album DONDA is jussssst about finished and we will hopefully be getting the album today! But until then, we recount our experience of watching Kanye's second livestream of the album—WHICH SOUNDED FREAKIN AMAZING. We talk about the differences from the first Atlanta experience and highlight our favorite moments from the show. 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 YouTube channel. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
06/08/2146m 7s

808s & Heartbreak: Reflections and Song Rankings

Another day, another dollar...another album! Our line-by-line analysis of 808s & Heartbreak really broke the album wide open and revealed lots of nuance we had yet to discover. And now it's time to reflect on that experience. In this episode, we talk about our favorite discoveries and rank every single song from Kanye's classic album. 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 YouTube channel. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
05/08/211h 13m

Pinocchio Story by Kanye West

Pinocchio Story may just seem like a live freestyle that doesn't fit into the narrative of 808s & Heartbreak. But it's actually a perfect ending for the album's themes and commentary—and an indicator of what Kanye West would do with his music moving forward. In this episode, we unpack what may in fact be the most important song of Kanye's career. 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 YouTube channel. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
04/08/211h 46m

Coldest Winter by Kanye West

Not a single song on 808s & Heartbreak appears to be about Kanye's mother. So...why does Coldest Winter feel so heavily focused on her? The key to answering this question is to unlock the album narrative of 808s & Heartbreak. In this episode, we cycle back through the album and go line by line through its final track to make sense of Kanye's art-pop achievement. 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 YouTube channel. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
03/08/211h 33m

DONDA: will Kanye drop on August 6th?

It's been a week since the DONDA listening party in Atlanta...and we still don't have an album. But we might have one soon? Wait...what's the status of this thing again? In this episode, we review everything we know about DONDA and when we can expect Kanye's new album. 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 YouTube channel. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
29/07/2153m 7s

See You In My Nightmares by Kanye West

Brrrr. It's getting cold in here! And dark. And...scary. And that's probably because we're ready to discuss one of the songs that many Kanye fans seem to hate: See You In My Nightmares. Well, Chris and Travis hope that will change after today. In this lyrical breakdown, we show how the nightmarish landscape of the production, how Lil Wayne's sinister verse, how the evolving narrative of 808s & Heartbreak all make See You In My Nightmares one of the most realized songs of Kanye's career. 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 YouTube channel. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
28/07/211h 53m

Bad News by Kanye West

Bad News. That's a song where a woman cheats on Kanye. Right? Or...wait. No. That can't be right. BECAUSE KANYE HIMSELF said the song was from a female's perspective. So how do we read and understand this song??? Luckily, Chris and Travis are here to help. We break down the track line by line and do some research on the sample in order to break this one wide open. If you'd like to support the show (and hear this episode ad-free), then join our Patreon community. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
26/07/211h 28m

DONDA IN ATLANTA LIVE SHOW REACTION | KANYE WEST

We were in Atlanta for the DONDA listening party!!! And it was...interesting? Transcendent? Confusing? Profound? Basically, it was a whirlwind of an evening. We got to meet lots of great Kanye fans and heard some awesome Kanye music—and we're ready to talk about it. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
23/07/2150m 20s

DONDA: PRE-RELEASE HYPE!!!

Well, it's been a whirlwind of a week. But DONDA is FINALLY coming on Friday, and there's a listening party on Thursday—and you can bet your bottom dollar that Chris and Travis will be there. We get hyped for the new album in this episode as we review what has been possibly the most exciting week to ever be a Kanye West fan. If you'd like to support the show (and hear this episode ad-free), then join our Patreon community. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
21/07/2156m 34s

“Tell the Vision” | First reactions to Kanye's verse on Pop Smoke’s new song

We spend a lot of time on this show talking about Kanye songs that are years old. But every once in a blue moon, we get that precious, fresh Kanye verse...even if it is only 22 words long? Which, yes, is disappointing. But the song is awesome, and there's still plenty of material for two rabid Kanye fans to discuss. That's exactly what Chris and Travis do in this episode as they give their first impressions of the song and Kanye's (very short) verse. If you'd like to support the show (and hear this episode ad-free), then join our Patreon community. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
16/07/2133m 10s

Street Lights by Kanye West

Several of Kanye's songs are catchy. Others are aggressive. Many are anthems. But some Kanye songs are just...special. And Street Lights definitely fits into that final category. Kanye's melancholic poem about loneliness is full of philosophical ponderings and haunting imagery, and it's backed by some of his most breathtaking production to date. In this episode, Chris and Travis reflect on how the song has affected them over the years, the role of Buddhism in Kanye's lyrics, and how Street Lights elevates 808s & Heartbreak to a new level. If you'd like to support the show (and hear this episode ad-free), then join our Patreon community. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
16/07/211h 39m

RoboCop by Kanye West

"Dead or alive, you're coming with me." That's the way RoboCop treats criminals. It's also how Kanye thinks he's being treated by his woman on the song RoboCop...but is that true? Or is it the other way around? Of course nuance and complexity abounds on 808s & Heartbreak, and Chris and Travis are here to pick apart every detail. In this episode, they deconstruct Kanye's clever wordplay, dig into the deeply layered production, and excitedly discuss what is probably Kanye's coolest sample on the album yet. If you'd like to support the show (and hear this episode ad-free), then join our Patreon community. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
14/07/211h 32m

Paranoid by Kanye West

New Order, Depeche Mode, Talking Heads...Kanye West? There are lots of great new wave artists out there, and Kanye became the most unlikely of additions back in 2008 with Paranoid. But, as it turns out, one of his most upbeat tracks is filled with tragic irony. In this episode, Chris and Travis break down the song to show how its counterfeit exterior fits into the sad storyline of 808s & Heartbreak. If you'd like to support the show (and hear this episode ad-free), then join our Patreon community. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/07/211h 27m

Lock Lockdown by Kanye West

Kanye has several classics on 808s & Heartbreak. But this song—the first single on the album—seemed to be the one he really wanted you to hear. Love Lockdown is a beloved Kanye track that's stuffed to the brim with incredible lyrics and layered production. And Chris and Travis can't wait to talk all about it in their line-by-line deconstruction of this masterpiece. If you'd like to support the show (and hear this episode ad-free), then join our Patreon community. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
09/07/211h 23m

Amazing by Kanye West

Kanye says that he's "amazing" like 50 times on the song Amazing. But...does anyone ever once believe him? Chris and Travis sure don't. There's duality to Kanye's bravado on the fourth track of 808s & Heartbreak, and we're going to break it down as we dissect the song line by line. If you'd like to support the show (and hear this episode ad-free), then join our Patreon community. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
08/07/211h 36m

Heartless by Kanye West

Have you heard the coldest story ever told? You probably have. Because Heartless is one of Kanye's biggest hits. But...do you know the actual meaning behind the song? And how the lyrics and production signal the birth of Yeezus?? Yup, we're going there. Chris and Travis have some theories about Heartless and how it fits into the 808s & Heartbreak narrative—so strap in. If you'd like to support the show (and hear this episode ad-free), then join our Patreon community: https://www.patreon.com/KanyePodcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
07/07/211h 37m

Welcome to Heartbreak by Kanye West

Where did everything go wrong? Kanye had a pretty tumultuous year leading up to the release of 808s & Heartbreak, and Welcome to Heartbreak is the first track where we see him actively asking that question. In this episode, Chris and Travis break down the genius of the song, from Kanye's secret sample to the beauty of the minimalist production to Kid Cudi's sad-but-catchy hook. If you'd like to support the show (and hear this episode ad-free), then join our Patreon community: https://www.patreon.com/KanyePodcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
05/07/211h 34m

Say You Will by Kanye West (feat. Cole Cuchna)

Is it possible to spend 102 minutes talking about a song that barely has any lyrics? It is when Cole Cuchna shows up. The host of the Dissect podcast joins Chris and Travis to talk about one of Kanye West's most polarizing tracks ever: Say You Will. Kanye shocked the world when he opened 808s & Heartbreak with this spare, minimalist art-pop tune—and we love him for it. In this episode, Chris and Travis deconstruct the hypnotic lyrics of Say You Will while Cole breaks down the song's haunting production. If you'd like to support the show (and hear this episode ad-free), then join our Patreon community: https://www.patreon.com/KanyePodcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
02/07/211h 46m

808s & Heartbreak by Kanye West

As always, Chris and Travis are excited to embark upon yet another Kanye album. But there's a heavy sense of dread that hangs over Season 6, because going line by line through 808s & Heartbreak is no easy task. Pain, loss, heartache, loneliness...none of it can be avoided, and it's going to take 14 episodes to get through it all. In this initial episode, we overview the album narrative and what to expect from our season-long breakdown. If you'd like to support the show (and hear this episode ad-free), then join our Patreon community: https://www.patreon.com/KanyePodcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/07/211h 2m

Graduation: Reflections and Song Rankings

From Good Morning...to good night. After spending approximately 20 hours going line by line through Kanye West's third album, Graduation, Chris and Travis are wrapping up another season by reflecting on the past 13 episodes. During this discussion, they reflect on their biggest revelations from the season and rank every single Graduation song in order. If you'd like to support the show (and hear this episode ad-free), then join our Patreon community: https://www.patreon.com/KanyePodcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
30/06/211h 12m

Big Brother by Kanye West

Kanye might have been an only child...but he had a brother. A big brother. The story between Kanye and JAY-Z is a rollercoaster ride that's had lots of ups and downs over the years, and the song Big Brother marked the first potentially tumultuous time for the two biggest names in hip hop. On this episode, Chris and Travis run through the lyrics of Kanye's apology to his Jay. The song both serves as a conclusion to the Graduation narrative and points in a new direction for Kanye's musical career. If you'd like to support the show (and hear this episode ad-free), then join our Patreon community: https://www.patreon.com/KanyePodcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
29/06/211h 36m

Homecoming by Kanye West

Sometimes you can't go back home. And Kanye found that out the hard way at the end of Graduation with his epic penultimate track: Homecoming. Chris and Travis take this classic song apart line by line to show how Kanye had been building to this moment for the entirety of the Graduation narrative. If you'd like to support the show (and hear this episode ad-free), then join our Patreon community: https://www.patreon.com/KanyePodcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
25/06/211h 46m

The Glory by Kanye West

Secretly, Chris and Travis only have one true goal this season: TO MAKE YOU LOVE THE GLORY. Seriously. This is one of Kanye's best songs. The playful ego, the infectious flow, the meaning behind the production and samples, its place in the Graduation narrative—The Glory is an EPIC. So just sit back and listen to us gush about it for about two hours. If you'd like to support the show (and hear this episode ad-free), then join our Patreon community: https://www.patreon.com/KanyePodcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
23/06/211h 54m

Everything I Am by Kanye West

All Common had to do was pass on a beat...and a Kanye classic was born. To this day, Everything I Am remains a lyrical highlight in Kanye West's discography, and a cathartic moment for his growth as a man, as an artist. Chris and Travis unpack this downtrodden track on today's episode and show how it leads into the final act of Graduation's narrative. If you'd like to support the show (and hear this episode ad-free), then join our Patreon community: https://www.patreon.com/KanyePodcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
22/06/211h 54m

Flashing Lights by Kanye West

Man, isn't being a celebrity awesome? Trips to Florida, weather so breezy, getting flashed by the paparazzi—oh wait a minute. This life can be tough. And Kanye fully expresses how strenuous this lifestyle can be on one of his most beautiful songs: Flashing Lights. Chris and Travis go line-by-line through the track to expose how the heavy irony on display calls back to an earlier section in the album's narrative. If you'd like to support the show (and hear this episode ad-free), then join our Patreon community: https://www.patreon.com/KanyePodcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
17/06/211h 39m

Drunk and Hot Girls by Kanye West

We can't agree on everything, but there is one thing we all believe: DRUNK AND HOT GIRLS IS THE WORST KANYE WEST SONG!!! Right?! Right? Right...? Except Chris and Travis don't believe that. In fact, they want to show you the beauty beneath the ugliness of what might be Kanye's most underrated song. From the hypnotic use of a Can sample to Mos Def's poetic musings to Kanye's tragic irony—we unpack it all. If you'd like to hear the show ad-free, then support us over on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/KanyePodcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
08/06/211h 24m

Barry Bonds by Kanye West

This is what you all been waiting for, ain't it? Well here's another episode...Barry Bonds! That's right. Today, Chris and Travis have the honor of discussing one of Kanye West's most hated songs—and, of course, they're here to tell you why it's actually an awesome track. They go through every line to show you just how clever Kanye's wordplay is and how the song fits into the Graduation narrative. If you'd like to hear the show ad-free, then support us over on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/KanyePodcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/06/211h 43m

Can't Tell Me Nothing by Kanye West

Let the champagne splash. Let that man get cash. Let these men get past—because they've got a song to discuss. And today, Chris and Travis have a doozy on their hands: Can't Tell Me Nothing. This legendary Kanye track is absolutely packed with meaning and nuance that the Watching the Throne team will break down in full detail. If you'd like to hear the show ad-free, then support us over on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/KanyePodcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
25/05/211h 50m

Good Life by Kanye West

Welcome to the good life! Where everything is wonderful and there's no irony to be had whatsoever!! Today, Chris and Travis tackle the fifth track on Graduation, which feels uplifting when you first hear it...but then takes on a whole new meaning in the context of the album narrative. 50 Cent, Michael Jackson, Dr. Dre, Gylan Kain, and John Legend join us for this epic breakdown of Good Life. If you'd like to hear the show ad-free, then support us over on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/KanyePodcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
18/05/211h 57m

I Wonder by Kanye West

Do you know what it means to find your dreams come true? Kanye West sure does. But back in 2007, it came at a cost for Ye—and it all started with I Wonder. On this episode, Chris and Travis break down this beautiful-yet-tragic track that serves as a huge turning point on the narrative of Graduation. If you'd like to hear the show ad-free, then support us over on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/KanyePodcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/05/211h 22m

Stronger by Kanye West

What doesn't kill you makes you stronger, right? Well, that is unless you're making an album that details the life-draining adventure of stardom—which is exactly what Kanye did with Graduation. Yes, Stronger is a banger. But the song also captures Kanye at a crossroads as he becomes a worldwide celebrity. Chris and Travis cover the track's deeper intentions as they go line by line through the song. If you'd like to hear the show ad-free, then support us over on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/KanyePodcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
04/05/211h 30m

Champion by Kanye West

Nobody can stop Kanye West when he has his sights set on something. And perhaps no song better exemplifies that fact than the second track from Graduation: Champion. Ye is running at top speed in this fan-favorite, and Chris and Travis are there to break down every second of it. They discuss the song's epic sample, the poetic interpolations being used, and how the song continues to introduce Kanye's character on the album. If you'd like to hear the show ad-free, then support us over on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/KanyePodcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
27/04/211h 38m

Good Morning by Kanye West

The rulers are back! And no, we're not talking about Ye and Jay—we're talking about the dynamic duo, Chris and Travis. Today, they go deep on one of Kanye's most beloved songs: Good Morning. In this episode, they break down every line from Graduation's opening track. From how the song sets up the narrative on Graduation to the soaring Elton John sample to the ghost of Jay Z that looms over it all. If you'd like to hear the show ad-free, then support us over on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/KanyePodcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
20/04/211h 48m

SPECIAL: The World Famous Tony Williams

Chris talks with Kanye's cousin and frequent collaborator The World Famous Tony Williams about Tony's newest song, Everybody Knows. Learn all about Tony's newest re-lease, co-starring Wale, and the music that's going to release in 2021. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
16/04/2125m 24s

Graduation by Kanye West

Many people believe The College Dropout and Late Registration to be the greatest one-two-punch start ever to a musical career. But Chris and Travis are here to argue that Kanye's third album, Graduation, has just as much to offer. In this episode, the Watching the Throne duo discusses what they're most excited about for their upcoming season on Graduation. If you'd like to hear the show ad-free, then support us over on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/KanyePodcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
13/04/2144m 55s

Late Registration: Reflections and Song Rankings

Today, Chris and Travis complete their second journey through Kanye's sophomore album, Late Registration. In this episode, they reflect on what they've learned and how the album fits into Kanye's grand narrative. Then they rank every single song from the album to close out the season. If you'd like to hear the show ad-free, then support us over on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/KanyePodcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
08/04/211h 32m

Gone by Kanye West

Late Registration 2.0 is coming to a close for the Watching the Throne crew. And, fittingly, it all ends with Gone. Chris and Travis take on this mammoth song in this mammoth episode, in which they break down a multitude of samples and interpolations—and reflect on the long, arduous journey Kanye West went on with his second album. If you'd like to hear the show ad-free, then support us over on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/KanyePodcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
06/04/212h 5m

Celebration by Kanye West

Every day is a celebration when you're dissecting Kanye lyrics! At least that's how Chris and Travis feel. Today, they're discussing the penultimate track on Late Registration, which rounds out Kanye's journey into stardom before the epic finale that is Gone. If you'd like to hear the show ad-free, then support us over on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/KanyePodcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/04/211h 7m

Cole Cuchna talks Season 8 of Dissect: Yeezus

For Season 8 of Dissect, Cole Cuchna is returning to Kanye West with a brand new album: Yeezus. And guess what? Chris and Travis helped write the entire season! In this episode, they talk everything Yeezus with Cole—from early memories of the album to the process of writing Season 8 to what Yeezus represents in the wake of Kimye's divorce. If you'd like to hear the show ad-free, then support us over on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/KanyePodcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
31/03/211h 12m

Hey Mama by Kanye West

Can Chris and Travis possibly do justice to one of Kanye's most beloved songs? Well, they can certainly try! Today they break down the lyrics of Hey Mama, from the meaning of the beautiful looping sample from Donal Leace to how the lessons Kanye learned from Donda West are infused into the DNA of Late Registration. If you'd like to hear the show ad-free, then support us over on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/KanyePodcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
30/03/211h 20m

We Major by Kanye West

One of Kanye's longest songs deserves one of our longest episodes! Today, Chris and Travis pick apart the epic track We Major—from Nas's ambitious guest verse to Really Doe's wacky chorus to Kanye's epic outro—and how the song plays into the Late Registration narrative. If you'd like to hear the show ad-free, then support us over on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/KanyePodcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
25/03/211h 38m

Diamonds From Sierra Leone (Remix) by Kanye West

First they covered the OG, and now it's time for the Remix. Today, Chris and Travis talk about the version of Diamonds From Sierra Leone with both Kanye and his big brother, Jay Z. They get into everything, from Kanye's disillusion about the music industry to what Jay and Roc-A-Fella represent to the entire Black community. Also, looking forward to conversations about Robin Williams and Pink Floyd and Chris's last will and testament. If you'd like to hear the show ad-free, then support us over on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/KanyePodcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
23/03/211h 40m

Diamonds from Sierra Leone (OG Mix) by Kanye West

When Complex ranked Kanye West's best verses, they had a surprising take for their #1 slot: the second verse of Diamonds of Sierra Leone. And no, not the remix—the OG mix. And Chris and Travis see why. On today's episode, they dissect the original mix of Diamonds, and how the song served as the foundation for the remixed version that exists on Late Registration. If you'd like to hear the show ad-free, then support us over on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/KanyePodcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
18/03/211h 34m

Addiction by Kanye West

What's your addiction? Is it Chris? Is it Travis? Is it Ye? Well, guess what? We've got a cure for not one, not two, but all three! And the cure is our lyrical breakdown of Kanye West's fantastic song Addiction. In this episode, the WTT team dissects Kanye's dark ode to addiction—yes, his addiction to money, sex and alcohol, but mostly his addiction to celebrity and stardom. If you'd like to hear the show ad-free, then support us over on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/KanyePodcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
16/03/211h 22m

Bring Me Down by Kanye West

If we were to make a list of Kanye's most underrated songs, then Bring Me Down would be near the top of the list. This slight-yet-bombastic track adds even more emotional tenacity to Late Registration, as Kanye goes after the people he hates the most—the people who hold him back. Chris and Travis break down all of the sonic and lyrical nuance at play in this episode. If you'd like to hear the show ad-free, then support us over on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/KanyePodcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/03/211h 15m

Roses by Kanye West

Roses is one of the most cherished Kanye West songs—it's also one of the more complicated tracks from Late Registration. It's a song that feels optimistic and uplifting and downtrodden and dour all at the same time. On today's episode, Chris and Travis try to navigate those troubling waters as they break down the song's key samples and interpolations and fit Roses into the album's larger narrative. If you'd like to hear the show ad-free, then support us over on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/KanyePodcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
09/03/211h 32m

Crack Music by Kanye West

Up to this point in Kanye's discography, there probably wasn't a song more frustrated and bitter than Crack Music—there also wasn't a song more determined. On this epic banger, Kanye traces decades of drug abuse back to the government's desire to limit the Black community. It's an important step for Kanye as an artist trying to make a difference in the world on Late Registration. If you'd like to hear the show ad-free, then support us over on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/KanyePodcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
04/03/211h 12m

My Way Home by Kanye West

Feeling lost? Chris and Travis will point you in the right direction...with their analysis of My Way Home. This short interlude-ish track on Late Registration is actually pretty deep and packed full of meaning that builds on the major themes of Kanye's sophomore album. The Watching the Throne crew gets into it all on this episode, from the Gil Scott-Heron sample to Common's poetic lyricism to what chain restaurants Chris and Travis think are the shittiest. If you'd like to hear the show ad-free, then support us over on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/KanyePodcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
02/03/211h 19m

The Kimye Divorce: What's Next For Kanye?

There's been a lot of talk lately about Kim and Kanye's divorce, and there's probably enough material to keep the gossip mags talking for months. But...what about Kanye's music career? What does this mean for the man who is arguably the greatest artist of the 21st century? Obviously, we have no idea—but we can speculate. So today, Chris and Travis are taking a look back at Ye's career to make some educated guesses about where his music could go from here. If you'd like to hear the show ad-free, then support us over on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/KanyePodcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
25/02/2144m 15s

Drive Slow by Kanye West

Turn those hazard lights off, because we're not slowing down! Chris and Travis are barrelling through Late Registration one song at a time, and the next track up is Drive Slow. They get into everything on this episode, from Kanye's hypnotic beat to Paul Wall's disco-ball mouth to GLC's un-fuck-with-able verse. Chris and Travis tie the entire symbolic song to Kanye's imminent entry into the music industry. If you'd like to hear the show ad-free, then support us over on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/KanyePodcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
23/02/211h 47m

Gold Digger by Kanye West

As Chris and Travis continue on their Late Registration journey, they face what is probably Kanye's most complicated song narrative for any of his singles up to that point: Gold Digger. They discuss the song's commentary on gender roles, how stardom drives people to ugly lengths, and what the song's "twist" said about Kanye's view of materialism and classism at that point in his career. If you'd like to hear the show ad-free, then support us over on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/KanyePodcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
18/02/211h 9m

Touch The Sky by Kanye West

Chris and Travis continue their lyrical dissection of Late Registration with the track Touch The Sky. On this episode, they discuss how the classic single plays off of Heard Em Say to build the album's intentions, show how the samples and interpolations exhibit Kanye's quest for fame, and then try to make sense of Lupe Fiasco's wild and wacky guest verse. If you'd like to hear the show ad-free, then support us over on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/KanyePodcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
16/02/211h 24m

Heard 'Em Say by Kanye West

And they back! Chris and Travis are itching to do some lyrical analysis once again, and this time around they've decided to take on Kanye's sophomore album: Late Registration. Today, they start with the opening track, Heard Em Say, which introduces several of the themes and narrative threads that will populate the album. If you'd like to hear the show ad-free, then support us over on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/KanyePodcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/02/211h 22m

Late Registration by Kanye West

It's finally time for Chris and Travis to start a new season! As part of their rebuild, they're going back through and re-analyzing each Kanye album. And since they already covered The College Dropout, that means it's time for Ye's sophomore album: Late Registration. In this first episode, Chris and Travis discuss their relationship with the album over the years, their theories about the album's narrative, and what they expect to take away from the album over the course of the new season. If you'd like to hear the show ad-free, then support us over on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/KanyePodcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
09/02/2157m 11s

Hands On by Kanye West

Cut out all the lights...then turn em back, because we need to have a discussion about what might very well be Kanye West's most somber song ever: Hands On. As Chris and Travis near the end of Jesus is King, the song becomes a crucial component of Kanye's long, arduous road back to God. In this episode they discuss Fred Hammond's crucial input into the song, Ephesians and 1 Corinthians (again), and the hypocrisy of the Christian community's response to Kanye West. And at no point do Chris and Travis talk about the Joker movie. Because why would they? If you'd like to hear the show ad-free, then support us over on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/KanyePodcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/02/211h 31m

Use This Gospel by Kanye West

Another day, another dollar, another Kanye West album. That's right: today Chris and Travis close out Jesus is King by analyzing the album's final full track, Use This Gospel. A Clipse reunion? References to seven different Bible verses? Kenny G's sax solo? Yeah, this one's packed full of goodies. And don't worry! Chris and Travis will be back next week to cover Jesus is Lord and review the entire album. They'll also talk about the future of the show and how the structure of Watching the Throne will be shifting. If you'd like to hear the show ad-free, then support us over on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/KanyePodcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/02/211h 27m

Everything We Need by Kanye West

No need to go outside during these strange, quarantined times—everything we need is right in front of us! Today, Chris and Travis see Kanye grappling with that universal truth as they discuss Everything We Need. They cycle through different ways to interpret Kanye's verses, the song's sonic parallel with I Thought About Killing You, and how Everything We Need sets up the second half of Jesus is King. If you'd like to hear the show ad-free, then support us over on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/KanyePodcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/02/211h 3m

God Is by Kanye West

Oh! Chris and Travis are feeling those old school College Dropout vibes today!! That's right: they are talking about God Is, the eighth track from Kanye West's Jesus is King. What seems like a straightforward gospel song is actually layered with meaning and biblical subtext that builds on the themes and ideas heavily featured in the album's first seven songs. They discuss 1 Corinthians, Psalm 150, and that pesky white knight from the Book of Revelation that keeps popping up. If you'd like to hear the show ad-free, then support us over on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/KanyePodcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/02/211h 15m

Water by Kanye West

Feeling thirsty? Then drink some water. Wanna hear a great song that transitions Jesus is King from its combative, alienated first half into its embracing, communal second half? Then listen to Water. Look, we're not saying Water is better than water—but give Chris and Travis a chance to make their case. In this episode, they discuss Kanye's cleansing imagery, how the song serves as a baptism of the album's contentious energy up to that point, and what may in fact be Kanye's most mind-boggling (and brilliant) sample yet. If you'd like to hear the show ad-free, then support us over on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/KanyePodcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/02/211h 13m

Closed on Sunday by Kanye West

Who's hungry? Because we're heading to Chick-fil-A and we're blasting Closed on Sunday all the way there. That's right, Chris and Travis dissect Kanye's most quotable song from Jesus is King—and they once again go down a biblical rabbit hole as they piece all of its different parts together. From the gospel of Matthew to the prophecy from Isaiah, from Kim the mother to Jezabel the pagan, from Moses holding up his hands to Jesus writing in the sand...get ready for some intense intercontextuality. If you'd like to hear the show ad-free, then support us over on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/KanyePodcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/02/211h 26m

Every Hour by Kanye West

Oh look! A nice, easy, short song. This shouldn't take too long— JUST KIDDING. You knew the Watching the Throne boys would go extra on a short intro track. For their lyrical analysis of Every Hour, Chris and Travis break down what the song sets up for Jesus is King. They also take a deep dive into the song's Bible references and how they reveal Kanye's deeper intentions with the album. If you'd like to hear the show ad-free, then support us over on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/KanyePodcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/02/211h 6m

Violent Crimes by Kanye West

At the end of The Holy Mountain—one of Kanye West's favorite movies—the Alchemist says, "We shall break the illusion. This is Maya! Goodbye to the Holy Mountain. Real life awaits us." And now here, on the final song of ye, we find Kanye on the same journey. The colors are dripping off the dark fantasy set up on My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy and reality is settling in—and Kanye has discovered what that means for him as a father. On this season's penultimate episode, Chris, Travis, and Jordan break down Violent Crimes line by line and discuss just how Kanye has gotten to this point. If you'd like to hear the show ad-free, then support us over on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/KanyePodcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/02/211h 45m

Jesus is Lord by Kanye West

Here we are at the end again! Another album from Kanye West complete—every line, every bar, every note dissected to the very core. Today Chris and Travis wrap up their analysis of Jesus is King with the album's final track, "Jesus is Lord." They discuss a few key Bible verses, overview the entire album's religious journey, and fit Jesus is King into Kanye's discography narrative. If you'd like to hear the show ad-free, then support us over on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/KanyePodcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/02/2153m 59s

On God by Kanye West

Chris and Travis have been super busy lately...but there's always time for Kanye West! And for this episode they found a few moments away from their chaotic existences to discuss the next song on Jesus is King: On God. They discuss the Book of Job, Busta Rhymes, King Nebuchadnezzar, A Tribe Called Quest, the Grammys, and—believe it or not this is the most important part—taxation in the Bible. If you'd like to hear the show ad-free, then support us over on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/KanyePodcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/02/211h 46m

Follow God by Kanye West

No your eyes don't deceive you—they're back! After an extended break, Chris and Travis have finally returned to dissecting Kanye West's latest masterpiece, Jesus is King. And they're taking on what is undoubtedly the most popular song on the record: Follow God. What seems like a simple 2-minute rap song is actually stuffed to the brim with biblical references, mind-bending interpolations, and narrative flare. Join them as they explore Kanye's very non-Christ-like behavior. If you'd like to hear the show ad-free, then support us over on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/KanyePodcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/02/211h 37m

Selah by Kanye West

Hallelujah! Let's talk about Selah! Hallelujah! Today, Chris and Travis discuss Ephesians, Timothy, John, and Revelations as they break down the second track on Kanye West's latest album. On this episode, they show how the first verse sets up the album narrative, analyze the holy interpolation of a chorus, and review the section of Revelations Kanye might be referencing. They also take a look at verse two, where Kanye sets up the spiritual warfare that makes up the first half of Jesus is King. If you'd like to hear the show ad-free, then support us over on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/KanyePodcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/02/211h 41m

Jesus is King by Kanye West

The new season is finally here! Chris and Travis are ready to start their song-by-song analysis of Kanye West's latest album, Jesus is King. Each week, they'll go line by line through each track and pick apart the album-long narrative Kanye is exploring. To kick things off, Chris and Travis take a macro look at the album and explore their initial theories of the album's structure and how it might fight into Kanye's discography. If you'd like to hear the show ad-free, then support us over on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/KanyePodcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/02/211h 14m

Cudi Montage by Kids See Ghosts

Throughout KIDS SEE GHOSTS, we've seen Kid Cudi and Kanye West slowly overcome their demons—and it all culminates with Cudi Montage. As Chris and Travis recap the entirety of the album, they show how the Kids fell victim to the ghosts, learned to control their environment, and finally let God back into their lives to better themselves for the future. If you'd like to hear the show ad-free, then support us over on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/KanyePodcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/02/211h 25m

Kids See Ghosts by Kids See Ghosts

On No Church in the Wild, Frank Ocean wondered, "What's a god to a non-believer?" Well, what's a god to a spirit? What's a god to the ghosts that populate KIDS SEE GHOSTS? Well, on the album's title track, we see Kanye and Kid Cudi finally overcoming their ghosts and accepting God into their lives in a way that the ghosts cannot. By doing that, as Yasiin Bey notes on the track, they build their own civilization. It's the final step before the journey wraps up on Cudi Montage. If you'd like to hear the show ad-free, then support us over on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/KanyePodcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/02/211h 32m

Ghost Town by Kanye West

On POWER, Kanye had treasures in his mind but couldn't open up his own vault. But on Ghost Town, Ye's childlike creativity, purity, and honesty is set free, allowing him to feel like a kid again. The masterful journey this song takes to achieve the catharsis of 070 Shake's outro cannot possibly be conveyed...yet here Chris and Travis are, trying to do one of Kanye West's greatest songs justice. They cover it all, from Shirley Ann Lee's gospel music to Kid Cudi's interpolation of Vanilla Fudge to what is possibly the most vulnerable verse of Kanye's career. If you'd like to hear the show ad-free, then support us over on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/KanyePodcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/02/211h 42m

Reborn by Kids See Ghosts

There's a key moment in Reborn where Kid Cudi is sitting in a storm, wondering which way to go. And his (and Kanye's) will to move out of that storm represents a true turning point for this crazy, ghoulish journey the Kids have taken us on. Chris and Travis break down everything that has allowed Ye and Cudi to be at peace with themselves and become ready for whatever the next step may be. If you'd like to hear the show ad-free, then support us over on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/KanyePodcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/02/2158m 54s

No Mistakes by Kanye West

Make no mistake, Kanye, we still love you!  ...even though you make our brains hurt. Because even a seemingly simple song like No Mistakes is chock-full of meaning and sonic depth. Chris and Travis try their best to navigate those waters, covering everything from the Slick Rick and Edwin Hawkins Singers samples to the Drake Treaty to how it perfectly leads into what's explored Ghost Town. If you'd like to hear the show ad-free, then support us over on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/KanyePodcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/02/211h 11m

Freeee (Ghost Town Pt. 2) by Kids See Ghosts

What do Marcus Garvey, Black Star, Ty Dolla $ign, and Anthony Hamilton all have in common? They're all part of the formula on Freeee, the sequel to Ghost Town on ye and the song where Kanye and Cudi break free from the ghosts on KIDS SEE GHOSTS. Chris and Travis are here to cover how all of those combined elements represent a turning point for the kids. If you'd like to hear the show ad-free, then support us over on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/KanyePodcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/02/211h 1m

Wouldn't Leave by Kanye West

In Runaway, Kanye told her to run away—in Wouldn't Leave, he realizes she wants to stay. While The Life of Pablo encapsulates Kanye West's commitment to marriage and domesticity, ye is a spiritual journey where Kanye comes to peace with himself, and part of that includes the recognition that other people in his life—mainly his wife, Kim Kardashian—love him as much as he loves himself. Chris, Travis, Jordan break it all down, from the impact of the TMZ incident on Kanye's marriage to the song's connection with Teyana Taylor's album to the sonic fusion of Kanye's various personalities. If you'd like to hear the show ad-free, then support us over on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/KanyePodcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/02/211h 40m

4th Dimension by Kids See Ghosts

It's Christmas...in July! That's right, Santa's coming down the chimney—but is that a good thing? Have Kanye and Cudi been naughty or nice? Chris and Travis have the answer, which is mixed within what may be the most layered song on KIDS SEE GHOSTS, and perhaps the most complex song of Kanye's career. From thematically relevant samples to repurposed drum beats to laughing jesters, 4th Dimension is not a song that can be understood in the 2 minutes and 23 seconds it takes to listen to it. So strap in, because this is one crazy episode. If you'd like to hear the show ad-free, then support us over on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/KanyePodcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/02/211h 17m

All Mine by Kanye West

Rub on the lamp, get the genie out the bottle...and what do you get? One chaotic, disillusioned life. On All Mine, the third track from ye, we find Kanye nearing a crossroads when he'll need to move away from infidelity and erratic behavior and commit to the one and only Kim Kardashian. Chris, Travis, and Jordan break down the slow unraveling of Kanye's Yeezusian behavior before he sees the light in Wouldn't Leave. If you'd like to hear the show ad-free, then support us over on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/KanyePodcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/02/211h 24m

Fire by Kids See Ghosts

Throughout KIDS SEE GHOSTS, Cudi and Ye are up and down, welcoming and angry, hopeful and bitter—it's a beautiful madness. And on the album's second track, Fire, we see that those two are giving into their ghosts and dipping into Yeezus-like behavior. It's a similar journey Kanye experiences on ye, so Chris and Travis are going line by line through Fire to show how the spiritual journey of Kanye's last album lines up with the internal battle through which he and Cudi struggle on this track. If you'd like to hear the show ad-free, then support us over on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/KanyePodcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/02/2156m 30s

Yikes by Kanye West

Kanye claims that being bi-polar is a superpower...in a song called Yikes? Yeah, sure. In the ye narrative where Kanye attempts to finally overcome his Yeezus persona, it seems all too fitting that he would put up this front—and the WTT crew is going to tear it apart. Chris, Travis, and Jordan go line by line through Yikes, noting the back-and-forth between the bombastic and mindful versions of Kanye and how it captures his chaotic headspace. If you'd like to hear the show ad-free, then support us over on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/KanyePodcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/02/211h 23m

Feel the Love by Kids See Ghosts

As Chris and Travis continue their lyrical analysis from ye to KIDS SEE GHOSTS, they find themselves in much darker, scarier territory...which is why they'll be holding hands this entire season. For the Feel the Love dissection, the WTT gang gets into all kinds of murky territory where Kanye West and Kid Cudi are forced to confront their ghosts and resist the unhealthy urges that would form new ghosts in the future. Hopefully Cudi and Ye are holding hands too… If you'd like to hear the show ad-free, then support us over on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/KanyePodcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/02/2151m 37s

I Thought About Killing You by Kanye West

Today, our trek through ye—which could be Kanye West's most challenging album yet—begins. To help, Jordan teams up with Chris and Travis as they all try to decipher who the "you" in I Thought About Killing You is. They get into all kinds of topics, including how the song is largely a response to Kill Jay Z, how Kanye sonically explores his bipolar disorder, and how the song foreshadows a grand narrative and thematic journey that builds from Daytona to ye to Kids See Ghosts. If you'd like to hear the show ad-free, then support us over on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/KanyePodcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/02/211h 31m

KIDS SEE GHOSTS by Kanye West & Kid Cudi

You know how Kanye set release dates for Pusha's album, for his solo album, for KIDS SEE GHOSTS, for Nas' album, and for Teyana's debut? Well, we said we'd put out a Kids See Ghosts episode on the day it released, and dammit, we're following through. After a marathon texting session this morning as we listened through the album on repeat, and after a lengthy discussion as we went track by track, Chris and Travis are ready to give an overview of the storyline occurring on KIDS SEE GHOSTS—an album that takes mental illness and suicide head on, and acknowledges that if you want to get better, you have to confront (and overcome) your past demons, your ghosts. If you'd like to hear the show ad-free, then support us over on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/KanyePodcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/02/211h 2m

ye by Kanye West

It's only been three days, but Chris, Travis, and Jordan have been talking NON-STOP about Kanye West's new album, ye, since its release and feel ready to provide a general overview of the album's narrative and thematic journey before heading into the individual song analyses over the next seven weeks. In this episode, we discuss how the album provides insight into Kanye's recent behavior, how it plays into the narrative building on his discography, and what new directions it points for his forthcoming projects (including Kids See Ghosts). If you'd like to hear the show ad-free, then support us over on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/KanyePodcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/02/211h 3m

The 2021 Best Kanye West Song Tournament Death Match Extreme

It's the most wonderful time of the year! No, not Christmas...the Best Kanye West Song Tournament Death Match Extreme!!! In this 2021 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 you be infuriated? Undoubtedly. But will you be entertained? We think so. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
25/01/212h 45m

Last Call by Kanye West

We've reached the end of The College Dropout...and the end of an era on Watching the Throne. Chris and Travis have big plans for season 10 of the show, but for now, they're going to focus on what may be Kanye West's magnum opus: a 13-minute track that details how Kanye used arrogance as the steam to power his dreams. If you'd like to hear the show ad-free, then support us over on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/KanyePodcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
21/01/211h 25m

Last Call - Kanye West, The College Dropout

We've reached the end of The College Dropout...and the end of an era on Watching the Throne. Chris and Travis have big plans for season 10 of the show, but for now, they're going to focus on what may be Kanye West's magnum opus: a 13-minute track that details how Kanye used arrogance as the steam to power his dreams.
13/01/211h 22m

Family Business by Kanye West

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. If you'd like to hear the show ad-free, then support us over on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/KanyePodcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
06/01/211h 11m

Through the Wire by Kanye West

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 the show ad-free, then support us over on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/KanyePodcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
16/12/201h 11m

Two Words by Kanye West

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 the show ad-free, then support us over on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/KanyePodcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
09/12/201h 4m

School Spirit by Kanye West

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 the show ad-free, then support us over on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/KanyePodcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
02/12/201h 20m

Breathe In Breathe Out by Kanye West

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 the show ad-free, then support us over on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/KanyePodcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
18/11/201h 39m

Slow Jamz by Kanye West

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 the show ad-free, then support us over on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/KanyePodcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/11/2057m 51s

The New Workout Plan by Kanye West

For about two-thirds of this episode, Chris and Travis wondered, "Did Kanye have any deeper intentions with 'The New Workout Plan?'" And then suddenly, amidst the chaos of their what is considered by many to be one of Kanye West's worst songs...they happen upon something. Go through this journey with them, as they try to fit this song into the "College Dropout" narrative and find out how it captures a young Kanye trying to find his place in the music industry. If you'd like to hear the show ad-free, then support us over on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/KanyePodcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
04/11/201h 37m

Joe Rogan's interview with Kanye West

Today, Chris and Travis discuss how they felt about Joe Rogan's interview with Kanye West. The topics include how Kanye has opened up about his potential policies, Kanye's "symphony" style of speaking, what kind of leader Kanye would be. Note: This is just Part 1 of Chris and Travis's breakdown of the interview. If you'd like to hear the full breakdown, then support the show over at Patreon.com/KanyePodcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
31/10/2034m 9s

Get Em High by Kanye West

We've got another extensive breakdown of a Kanye West song, this time for the legendary Get Em High. Chris and Travis cover it all, from Kanye's first instance of conflating romance with fame, to Talib Kweli's disguised advice to a young Kanye, to Common's gargantuan (and slightly confusing (and purposely off-rhythm???)) verse. Take a puff, because episode is gonna get you high AF. If you'd like to hear the show ad-free, then support us over on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/KanyePodcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
28/10/201h 24m

Never Let Me Down by Kanye West

The first seven tracks of The College Dropout build and build and build, starting from an oppressed position on "We Don't Care" before breaking through the stratosphere on "Never Let Me Down." On this episode, Chris and Travis dissect every important component of this epic-and-inspiring Kanye track, from its critical place in the album narrative to the importance Jay Z's serves to both the black and hip hop community to how J. Ivy channels the energy and spirit of God to better himself. If you'd like to hear the show ad-free, then support us over on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/KanyePodcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
21/10/201h 23m

Let's talk about that Nah Nah Nah snippet

People called Chris and Travis crazy, deranged—stupid, even!—for trying to analyze a 2-minute clip of what is probably an unfinished Kanye West song. But as the Bat-Signal was going off in the sky, they knew it was time to go to work. Yes, even snippets deserve the Watching the Throne breakdown. And even though Kanye tweeted about the full song premiering later tonight in the middle of the episode, Chris and Travis pressed forward anyway and broke down Kanye's latest track, Nah Nah Nah.
16/10/2027m 0s

Jesus Walks by Kanye West

If you know Kanye West, then you know it all started here. "Jesus Walks" was everything to the young rapper/producer/storyteller/future president back in 2004, which means Chris and Travis can't screw up and give this song a subpar analysis! So they're going to be extra thorough for this line-by-line deconstruction, which is chock-full samples and interpolations and stories and meaning and oh god this is gonna be a long one isn't it. If you'd like to hear the show ad-free, then support us over on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/KanyePodcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
14/10/201h 34m

Spaceship by Kanye West

Time for a redo! About 5 years ago during one of their earliest episodes, Chris and Travis analyzed the fantastic Kanye West song "Spaceship"—and did a terrible job. Now they're back to do this classic "College Dropout" track justice, from the beautiful chipmunk-ed Marvin Gaye sample to legendary guest verses from GLC and Consequence to Kanye's impeccable storytelling skills. Strap in, everybody, cause we're 'bout to take off in this spaceship. If you'd like to hear the show ad-free, then support us over on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/KanyePodcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
07/10/201h 33m

All Falls Down by Kanye West

It's time for Round 2! Chris and Travis tried analyzing All Falls Down a couple years ago when they were noobs—but they are now ready to give it a more legit dissection in 2018. All Falls Down is a great example of Kanye's early storytelling and sampling powers, using Lauryn Hill and Biggie songs to encapsulate the power consumerism holds over the Black community. Of course, Chris and Travis get into all of that, along with Showgirls, Single White Female, Fight Club, and then eventually Showgirls again. If you'd like to hear the show ad-free, then support us over on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/KanyePodcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
30/09/201h 42m

We Don't Care by Kanye West

Oh yeah, we've got a perfect podcast for the fans to hear! It's called Watching the Throne, and today hosts Chris and Travis are starting down a new path as they tackle Kanye's debut album "The College Dropout." On this episode, they discuss the themes of materialism, education, youth, hardship, rebellion, and artistry permeating throughout the song. They also try to put the song into Kanye's perspective as an artist and a new rapper representing Chicago. If you'd like to hear the show ad-free, then support us over on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/KanyePodcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
23/09/201h 31m

The College Dropout by Kanye West

The first time Chris and Travis cycled through every song on Kanye West's first album, The College Dropout, they weren't up to the task. Armed with shoddy equipment and amateur analytical skills, they didn't do one of the greatest debut albums in the history of music proper justice—but now's the time to fix that. That's why Chris and Travis are cycling back through every song on The College Dropout. In this episode, they preview the album's narrative and discuss what they're most excited about this season. If you'd like to hear the show ad-free, then support us over on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/KanyePodcast Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
16/09/2035m 31s

A lyrical dissection of Kanye's sophomore album, Late Registration

This month, Watching the Throne embarks on an exciting new project! Chris and Travis will be going through each song on Late Registration—a new season of the show available to their Patreon subscribers. Today and this Saturday, you'll get a preview of that new season—and, eventually, this Late Registration season will be available on the public feed. But if you'd like to hear those new episodes now, then you just have to join the Watching the Throne Patreon page at www.patreon.com/KanyePodcast. For $5 a month, you can not only listen to those new episodes, but also the 100+ bonus episodes available to our Patreon subscribers. 
09/09/2056m 9s

Saint Pablo (Patreon Exclusive)

This is our analysis of the track "Saint Pablo. It's is archived episode from our database of Kanye West song analyses. If you'd like to access all 120 songs we've dissected on this show, just visit Patreon.com/KanyePodcast. For $5 a month, you can access all of those episodes and help us out as we shift directions for the show. Plus, you'll receive two bonus episodes every week. Thank you so much, and stay wavy.
02/09/202h 5m

A My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy retrospective (Patreon Exclusive)

At this point, Chris and Travis covered Kanye's entire discography (except for Watch the Throne (sorry, Jordan!)). So as part of their latest Patreon series, they thought it'd be fun to look back at each album and talk about how they feel about them. Today, they continued with My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. They talk about what the album represents in Kanye's artistic journey, their favorite songs from the project, and Kanye's strange aversion to the album. If you'd like to access our bonus episodes, plus every song analysis we've ever done, just visit Patreon.com/KanyePodcast. For $5 a month, you can listen to everything and support us as we produce the show all on our own.
26/08/2031m 7s

Street Lights (Patreon Exclusive)

This is an archived episode from our database of Kanye West song analyses. If you'd like to access all 120 songs we've dissected on this show, just visit Patreon.com/KanyePodcast. For $5 a month, you can access all of those episodes and help us out as we shift directions for the show. Plus, you'll receive two bonus episodes every week. Thank you so much, and stay wavy.
19/08/201h 19m

Homecoming (Patreon Exclusive)

This is an archived episode from our database of Kanye West song analyses. If you'd like to access all 120 songs we've dissected on this show, just visit Patreon.com/KanyePodcast. For $5 a month, you can access all of those episodes and help us out as we shift directions for the show. Plus, you'll receive two bonus episodes every week. Thank you so much, and stay wavy.
12/08/201h 32m

Reborn (Patreon Exclusive)

This is an archived episode from our database of Kanye West song analyses. If you'd like to access all 120 songs we've dissected on this show, just visit Patreon.com/KanyePodcast. For $5 a month, you can access all of those episodes and help us out as we shift directions for the show. Plus, very soon there will be more perks heading your way as a Patreon subscriber. Thank you so much, and stay wavy.
04/08/2056m 48s

A College Dropout retrospective (Patreon Exclusive)

At this point, Chris and Travis covered Kanye's entire discography (except for Watch the Throne (sorry, Jordan)). So as part of their latest Patreon series, they thought it'd be fun to look back at each album and talk about how they feel about them. Today, they start with College Dropout. They talk about Kanye's early years as a storyteller, position the album against the rest of Kanye discography, and highlight their favorite songs. If you'd like to access our bonus episodes, plus over 100 songs we've dissected on this show, just visit Patreon.com/KanyePodcast. For $5 a month, you can listen to everything and support us as we produce the show all on our own.
01/08/2029m 6s

DONDA delays and Kanye Twitter rants

This past week has been one of the most trying times ever for Kanye fans—and Kanye himself, seemingly. Chris and Travis run through everything in this episode, from DONDA being delayed to Kanye's Twitter rants to how our conversation about mental illness desperately needs a change. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
29/07/201h 5m

Kanye hosts his first presidential campaign rally

"This was extremely good, this was extremely bad. I’m out." Those were the words spoken by Kanye West as he exited his first presidential campaign rally. And those words...well, they pretty much exactly describe how everyone felt. Chris and Travis talk about the best and the worst parts of the event. If you'd like to support the show, then join our Patreon page. There you'll gain access to over 120 of our song analyses and two weekly bonus episodes. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
21/07/201h 8m

Kanye West announces new album DONDA

Kanye West announced a new album!!! An album called DONDA!!!! An album that is....definitely coming out.......right? Right??? OK, realistically? The album might not come out this Friday. But in this episode Chris and Travis are going to pretend it is definitely positively 100% is coming out this Friday and wildly speculate about it. If you'd like to support the show, then join our Patreon page. There you'll gain access to over 120 of our song analyses and two weekly bonus episodes. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
20/07/2056m 26s

Gone (Patreon Exclusive)

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14/07/201h 50m

Our reaction to the Kanye/Forbes interview: Part 3

Chris and Travis continue their discussion of Kanye's interview with Forbes. They finish going through Kanye's actual platform in this episode as they go quote by quote through the entire article. If you'd like to support the show, then join our Patreon page. There you'll gain access to over 120 of our song analyses and two weekly bonus episodes. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/07/201h 4m

Our reaction to the Kanye/Forbes interview: Part 2

Chris and Travis continue their discussion of Kanye's interview with Forbes. They get into Kanye's actual platform in this episode as they go quote by quote through the entire article. If you'd like to support the show, then join our Patreon page. There you'll gain access to over 120 of our song analyses and two weekly bonus episodes. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
09/07/2044m 22s

Our reaction to the Kanye/Forbes interview: Part 1

More than any day in history, today is probably the weirdest day ever to be a Kanye West fan. Ye conducted an interview with Forbes in which he laid out his 2020 presidential platform, and the results are...well, interesting puts it mildly enough. Chris and Travis have a lot of feelings to work through regarding the interview, and they expel all of those conflicting emotions in this three-part evaluation of Kanye's words. In this first part, Chris and Travis discuss their history as Kanye fans and their perspective heading into reading the Forbes interview. They then navigate the opening paragraphs and bullet points that summarize the article. If you'd like to support the show, then join our Patreon page. There you'll gain access to over 120 of our song analyses and two weekly bonus episodes. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
08/07/2044m 34s

Kanye West is running for president

Man, it's a good time to host a Kanye West podcast. The Louis Vuitton Don himself has officially decided to run for president in 2020—and that's amazing! But...what does it mean? Can he technically still run? And what would his platform look like? Chris and Travis discuss it all and take questions from listeners in this episode. If you'd like to support the show, then join our Patreon page. There you'll gain access to over 120 of our song analyses and two weekly bonus episodes. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
07/07/2050m 19s

First reactions to the new Ty Dolla $ign and Kanye West song "Ego Death"

Another day, another Kanye song! This time he's featured on Ty Dolla $ign's new song Ego Death—which was long rumored to be part of Yandhi. In this episode, Chris and Travis discuss the philosophy of an "ego death" and how Ty, Ye, and FKA Twigs are exploring that concept in this song. If you'd like to support the show, then join our Patreon page. There you'll gain access to over 120 of our song analyses and two weekly bonus episodes. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/07/2059m 24s

First reactions to Kanye's new song "Wash Us in the Blood"

What a glorious day! It's been a minute since we got a new Kanye song ahead of an album, but today we've been blessed with Ye's first single since Jesus is King: "Wash Us in the Blood." In this emergency episode, Chris and Travis discuss their initial reactions to the song and the music video and what they think it signals about Kanye's forthcoming album God's Country. If you'd like to support the show, then join our Patreon page. There you'll gain access to over 120 of our song analyses and two weekly bonus episodes. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
30/06/2049m 6s

#WESTDAYEVER: Details on YZY Gap, Dr Dre’s Jesus Is King, Wash Us in the Blood music video, KIDS SEE GHOSTS animated show

Yeezy partners with Gap? Dr. Dre + Jesus is King? A music video for Wash Us in the Blood? A KIDS SEE GHOSTS animated series?!?! Wow, this really is the #WESTDAYEVER. On today's very special emergency episode, Chris and Travis dig into every bit of Kanye West news we got today—and there's A LOT. If you'd like to support the show, then join our Patreon page. There you'll gain access to over 120 of our song analyses and two weekly bonus episodes. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
26/06/2048m 26s

Yikes (Patreon Exclusive)

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23/06/201h 21m

Has Ghost Town has aged well? (Patreon Exclusive)

Today’s episode comes from our Patreon page. Twice a week, we post bonus mini-episodes of the show. These mini-eps are a lot of fun to record and we want everyone to enjoy them. So we decided to post this episode on the public feed for everyone to enjoy. If you’d like to access every mini-episode, as well as our entire podcast catalog where we break down 120 different Kanye West songs, then subscribe to our Patreon page at patreon.com/KanyePodcast. For $5 a month, you’ll not only get all of those episodes, but you’ll also help us decide on themes for future seasons of the show. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
16/06/2018m 15s

My StorYe: Malik

Chris speaks with Malik, an Austin artist who has won a Grammy, is being mentored by No ID, and is releasing his first project, “Spectrum,” bi-weekly over the course of the 2020 summer. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
09/06/201h 6m

All Falls Down (Patreon Exclusive)

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02/06/201h 39m

New Slaves (Patreon Exclusive)

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26/05/201h 32m

I Wonder (Patreon Exclusive)

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19/05/2052m 31s

Jesus Is Lord: The Last Trumpet

Here we are at the end again! Another album from Kanye West complete—every line, every bar, every note dissected to the very core. Today Chris and Travis wrap up their analysis of Jesus is King with the album's final track, "Jesus is Lord." They discuss a few key Bible verses, overview the entire album's religious journey, and fit Jesus is King into Kanye's discography narrative.
12/05/2051m 15s

Use This Gospel: More Than a Careless Whisper

Another day, another dollar, another Kanye West album. That's right: today Chris and Travis close out Jesus is King by analyzing the album's final full track, Use This Gospel. A Clipse reunion? References to seven different Bible verses? Kenny G's sax solo? Yeah, this one's packed full of goodies. And don't worry! Chris and Travis will be back next week to cover Jesus is Lord and review the entire album. They'll also talk about the future of the show and how the structure of Watching the Throne will be shifting.
05/05/201h 24m

Hands On: good kid, m.A.A.d christians

Cut out all the lights...then turn em back, because we need to have a discussion about what might very well be Kanye West's most somber song ever: Hands On. As Chris and Travis near the end of Jesus is King, the song becomes a crucial component of Kanye's long, arduous road back to God. In this episode they discuss Fred Hammond's crucial input into the song, Ephesians and 1 Corinthians (again), and the hypocrisy of the Christian community's response to Kanye West. And at no point do Chris and Travis talk about the Joker movie. Because why would they?
22/04/201h 28m

God Is: The New School Spirit

Oh! Chris and Travis are feeling those old school College Dropout vibes today!! That's right: they are talking about God Is, the eighth track from Kanye West's Jesus is King. What seems like a straightforward gospel song is actually layered with meaning and biblical subtext that builds on the themes and ideas heavily featured in the album's first seven songs. They discuss 1 Corinthians, Psalm 150, and that pesky white knight from the Book of Revelation that keeps popping up.
14/04/201h 12m

The WSJ Kanye Interview: Behind the Scenes with Christina Binkley

Meet Christina Binkley: the writer behind the recent Wall Street Journal article "The Creation and the Myth of Kanye West." In this very special episode, she sits down with Travis to discuss how the article came together, Kanye's fascinating immersion into the fashion world, and how her perception of Kanye changed during her time with him. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
07/04/2048m 5s

Water: Baptizing Haackula

Feeling thirsty? Drink some water. Wanna hear a great song that transitions Jesus is King from its combative, alienated first half into its embracing, communal second half? Then listen to Water. Look, we're not saying Water is better than water—but give Chris and Travis to make their case. In this episode, they discuss Kanye's cleansing imagery, how the song serves as a baptism of the album's contentious energy up to that point, and what may in fact be Kanye's most mind-boggling (and brilliant) sample yet.
31/03/201h 10m

Everything We Need: Say No To Snakes

No need to go outside during these strange, quarantined times—everything we need is right in front of us! Today Chris and Travis see Kanye grappling with that universal truth as they discuss Everything We Need. They cycle through different ways to interpret Kanye's verses, the song's sonic parallel with I Thought About Killing You, and how Everything We Need sets up the second half of Jesus is King.
24/03/201h 1m

Where have all the episodes gone?

You might be wondering: where are all of Watching the Throne's song analyses? Turns out, we've already covered every single Kanye West song on the show, and our entire catalog is currently available at patreon.com/KanyePodcast. In this short episode, Chris and Travis explain why they made the move, how you can still hear those episodes, and what to expect from them moving forward.
17/03/203m 6s

On God: The Taxman Cometh

Chris and Travis have been super busy lately...but there's always time for Kanye West! And for this episode they found a few moments away from their chaotic existences to discuss the next song on Jesus is King: On God. They discuss the Book of Job, Busta Rhymes, King Nebuchadnezzar, A Tribe Called Quest, the Grammys, and—believe it or not this is the most important part—taxation in the Bible.
10/03/201h 43m

Song Premiere: "Skin I’m In" by The World Famous Tony Williams

For Black History Month, The Word Famous Tony Williams—now known as WRLDFMS—is releasing his new single, "Skin I’m In." On today's very special episode, he joins Chris and Travis to premiere the track and discuss what he hopes people take away from the song. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
24/02/2024m 21s

Closed On Sunday: No Trespassing

Who's hungry? Because we're heading to Chick-fil-A and we're blasting Closed on Sunday all the way there. That's right, Chris and Travis dissect Kanye's most quotable song from Jesus is King—and they once again go down a biblical rabbit hole as they piece all of its different parts together. From the gospel of Matthew to the prophecy from Isaiah, from Kim the mother to Jezabel the pagan, from Moses holding up his hands to Jesus writing in the sand...get ready for some intense intercontextuality.
18/02/201h 23m

Follow God: Holy Wrestlemania

No your eyes don't deceive you—they're back! After an extended break, Chris and Travis have finally returned to dissecting Kanye West's latest masterpiece, Jesus is King. And they're taking on what is undoubtedly the most popular song on the record: Follow God. What seems like a simple 2-minute rap song is actually stuffed to the brim with biblical references, mind-bending interpolations, and narrative flare. Join them as they explore Kanye's very non-Christ-like behavior.
07/02/201h 34m

The 2020 Best Kanye West Song Tournament Death Match Extreme

Every year we get Christmas, we get Halloween, we get the 4th of July. Oh, and we get the Best Kanye West Song Tournament Death Match Extreme. In the 2020 edition of Watching the Throne's annual event, Chris, Travis, and Jordan sit down for a grueling three-hour session to decide on what Kanye's best song is. It's long, it's arduous, it's cutthroat—and hell, it's fun. Will Jordan avenge Lift Off's epic defeat in last year's tournament? Will Travis find new ways of sneaking his favorite songs through? Will Chris make a Knight's Tale reference? Tune in to find out! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
31/01/203h 7m

My StorYe: Alex Johnson

Kanye West only follows 264 people on Twitter. You've got Kim Kardashian, Kid Cudi, Donald Trump, the Watching the Throne bros—oh yeah, and some guy named Alex Johnson (@alexmjjohnson). One of the most vocal Kanye fans on Twitter sat down with Travis to discuss how he became a Ye fan and how Kanye inspires him as an aspiring audio engineer. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
17/12/1955m 48s

Selah Part 2: The Holy Warrior

Hallelujah! We have Part 2 of our Selah episode! Hallelujah! Today Chris and Travis finish out their discussion of Selah, the second track from Jesus is King. They break down the holy interpolation of a chorus and the section of Revelations Kanye might be referencing. They also take a look at Verse 2, where Kanye dons his soldier and sets up the spiritual warfare that makes up the first half of Jesus is King.
13/12/1942m 49s

My StorYe: Harry Edohoukwa

Harry Edohoukwa is a huge Kanye fan, and his new album, “Fire on the Mountain,” draws a lot of inspiration from Kanye. Chris talks with Harry about his relationship with Kanye’s music, the making of the new album, and other insights into being an artist in the 21st Century. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/12/191h 0m

Selah: Yandhi Laundry

Hallelujah! Let's talk about Selah! Hallelujah! Today Chris and Travis discuss Ephesians, Timothy, John, and Revelations as they break down the second track on Kanye West's latest album. On this episode, they show how the first verse sets up the album narrative, analyze the holy interpolation of a chorus, and review the section of Revelations Kanye might be referencing. They also take a look at verse two, where Kanye sets up the spiritual warfare that makes up the first half of Jesus is King.
06/12/191h 38m

Every Hour: Every Line, Every Word, Every Bible Reference

Oh look! A nice, easy, short song. This shouldn't take too long— JUST KIDDING. You knew the Watching the Throne boys would go extra on a short intro track. For their lyrical analysis of Every Hour, Chris and Travis break down what the song sets up for Jesus is King. They also take a deep dive into the song's Bible references and how they reveal Kanye's deeper intentions with the album.
29/11/191h 3m

My StorYe: Rob Haze

Rob Haze is a comedian. Kanye fans may also know him as the co-host of the Book of Ye podcast. Join Chris in discovering Rob’s StorYe, from his beginnings of becoming a Kanye fan, to what happened to Book of Ye, to the history between Watching the Throne and Book of Ye. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
26/11/191h 34m

Jesus is King: Kanye's Christian Chiasmus

Season 10 is finally here! Chris and Travis are ready to start their song-by-song analysis of Kanye West's latest album, Jesus is King. Each week, they'll go line by line through each track and pick apart the album-long narrative Kanye is exploring. To kick things off, Chris and Travis take a macro look at the album and explore their initial theories of the album's structure and how it might fight into Kanye's discography.
19/11/191h 12m

My StorYe: Creator of the "DidYandhiDrop" Twitter Account

Jackson is the voice behind the infamous “DidYandhiDrop” Twitter account. He spent almost a year making commenting on the long awaited and oft delayed Kanye project. He speaks with Chris about the origin story of the account and the experience of running it through the highs and the lows of the journey to Kanye’s 9th solo album. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/11/191h 1m

An Interview With The World Famous Tony Williams

The World Famous Tony Williams sings on "Spaceship" and 25 other Kanye West tracks. He co-wrote "Street Lights" and 10 other Kanye West tracks. He's a Grammy winner. He's Kanye West's cousin. In this special interview, Chris talks with Tony about his career, his newest album (To Gain the World), and much much more. It's a rare insight into one of Kanye's most important collaborators.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
08/11/191h 20m

First Reactions to Jesus is King: Chris's Take

OUR BOY IS BACK!!! Chris is home from his honeymoon and ready to talk some Ye—specifically, he's ready to give us his first impressions of Jesus is King. In this episode, Chris sits down with Travis and recounts his first listening experience and how he's been feeling about the album over the past week. Then Chris and Travis discuss their general theories on the album's narrative. It all serves as a preview to their song-by-song, line-by-line dissection of Jesus is King...which starts next week! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
05/11/191h 11m

First Reactions to Jesus is King: The Most Unruly's Take

In the week leading up to Chris's return from his honeymoon, Travis is hosting some of Watching the Throne's favorite guests to hear their reactions to Kanye West's new album, Jesus is King. Today, Travis speaks to the creator of The Most Unruly YouTube channel, Don. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
03/11/191h 45m

First Reactions to Jesus is King: Jordan Johnson's Take

In the week leading up to Chris's return from his honeymoon, Travis is hosting some of Watching the Throne's favorite guests to hear their reactions to Kanye West's new album, Jesus is King. Today, Travis speaks to series regular and resident troll Jordan Johnson. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
30/10/191h 1m

First Reactions to Jesus is King: Anna Zeck's Take

In the week leading up to Chris's return from his honeymoon, Travis is hosting some of Watching the Throne's favorite guests to hear their reactions to Kanye West's new album, Jesus is King. Today, Travis speaks to an old friend of the show, Anna Zeck. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
28/10/191h 6m

First Reactions to Jesus is King: Anna Zeck's Take

In the week leading up to Chris's return from his honeymoon, Travis is hosting some of Watching the Throne's favorite guests to hear their reactions to Kanye West's new album, Jesus is King. Today, Travis speaks to an old friend of the show, Anna Zeck. If you'd like to support the show, please rate us on iTunes, or help us out on Patreon. You can buy The Yeezus Book—a scholarly, visual-heavy coffee table book that breaks down Yeezus in its entirety, from the album's narrative to the production to the tour. Check out our merchandise line. Follow us on Twitter if you also like to constantly talk about how awesome Kanye is (we'll undoubtedly respond to you). And please, as always, stay loopy.
28/10/191h 3m

First Reactions to Jesus is King: Martin Connor's Take

In the week leading up to Chris's return from his honeymoon, we're hosting some of Watching the Throne's favorite guests to hear their reactions to Kanye West's new album, Jesus is King. Today, Travis speaks with Martin Connor, co-writer of The Yeezus Book and founder of Rap Analysis. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
27/10/191h 14m

First Reactions to Jesus is King: Martin Connor

In the week leading up to Chris's return from his honeymoon, we're hosting some of Watching the Throne's favorite guests to hear their reactions to Kanye West's new album, Jesus is King. Today, we host Martin Connor, who runs Rap Analysis. If you'd like to support the show, please rate us on iTunes, or help us out on Patreon. You can buy The Yeezus Book—a scholarly, visual-heavy coffee table book that breaks down Yeezus in its entirety, from the album's narrative to the production to the tour. Check out our merchandise line. Follow us on Twitter if you also like to constantly talk about how awesome Kanye is (we'll undoubtedly respond to you). And please, as always, stay loopy.
27/10/191h 11m

First Reactions to Jesus is King: Cole Cuchna's Take

In the week leading up to Chris's return from his honeymoon, we're hosting some of Watching the Throne's favorite guests to hear their reactions to Kanye West's new album, Jesus is King. Today, Travis speaks with Cole Cuchna, the host of the Dissect podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
26/10/1950m 35s

First Reactions to Jesus is King: Cole Cuchna's Take

In the week leading up to Chris's return from his honeymoon, we're hosting some of Watching the Throne's favorite guests to hear their reactions to Kanye West's new album, Jesus is King. Today, we host Cole Cuchna, the host of the Dissect podcast. If you'd like to support the show, please rate us on iTunes, or help us out on Patreon. You can buy The Yeezus Book—a scholarly, visual-heavy coffee table book that breaks down Yeezus in its entirety, from the album's narrative to the production to the tour. Check out our merchandise line. Follow us on Twitter if you also like to constantly talk about how awesome Kanye is (we'll undoubtedly respond to you). And please, as always, stay loopy.
26/10/1947m 50s

First Reactions to Jesus is King: Travis's Take

OMG JESUS IS KING IS HERE!!! To celebrate, while Chris is on his honeymoon, Travis is going to host a line-up of several episodes where some special guests discuss their first reactions to the album. Today Travis kicks things off by himself, going through his thought process during his first few listens of Jesus is King. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
25/10/1926m 28s

First Reactions to Jesus is King: Travis Bean's Take

OMG JESUS IS KING IS HERE!!! To celebrate, while Chris is on his honeymoon, Travis is going to host a line-up of several episodes where some special guests discuss their first reactions to the album. Today Travis kicks things off by himself, going through his thought process during his first few listens of Jesus is King. If you'd like to support the show, please rate us on iTunes, or help us out on Patreon. You can buy The Yeezus Book—a scholarly, visual-heavy coffee table book that breaks down Yeezus in its entirety, from the album's narrative to the production to the tour. Check out our merchandise line. Follow us on Twitter if you also like to constantly talk about how awesome Kanye is (we'll undoubtedly respond to you). And please, as always, stay loopy.
25/10/1925m 43s

My StorYe: Alex Cantu

As we sit in limbo awaiting Kanye West's new album, Jesus is King, we've got a StorYe for you! This one comes from Alex Cantu, a young creative who credits Kanye as a huge source of inspiration. Alex sits down with Travis to discuss his obsession with Kanye over the years and how Mr. West has helped him develop as an artist. You can find Alex's music on all streaming platforms. If you'd like to support the show, please rate us on iTunes, or help us out on Patreon. You can buy The Yeezus Book—a scholarly, visual-heavy coffee table book that breaks down Yeezus in its entirety, from the album's narrative to the production to the tour. Check out our merchandise line. Follow us on Twitter if you also like to constantly talk about how awesome Kanye is (we'll undoubtedly respond to you). And please, as always, stay loopy.
08/10/1950m 30s

Our Report from the Jesus Is King Experience in Chicago

In the lead-up to the release of Jesus is King, Kanye West has hosted a handful of live listening sessions—and Travis attended the Chicago party. In this episode he sits down with Chris to recount the evening. If you'd like to support the show, please rate us on iTunes, or help us out on Patreon. You can buy The Yeezus Book—a scholarly, visual-heavy coffee table book that breaks down Yeezus in its entirety, from the album's narrative to the production to the tour. Check out our merchandise line. Follow us on Twitter if you also like to constantly talk about how awesome Kanye is (we'll undoubtedly respond to you). And please, as always, stay loopy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
29/09/1945m 32s

Day 27: Jesus is...King?

It's September 27, which means Jesus is King is out!!! Right? R...r...right??? Turns out, we don't know yet. But it is the 27th and supposedly final day of the Jesus is King Advent Calendar, so Chris and Travis are here to report everything they know about the album's pending release. If you'd like to support the show, please rate us on iTunes, or help us out on Patreon. You can buy The Yeezus Book—a scholarly, visual-heavy coffee table book that breaks down Yeezus in its entirety, from the album's narrative to the production to the tour. Check out our merchandise line. Follow us on Twitter if you also like to constantly talk about how awesome Kanye is (we'll undoubtedly respond to you). And please, as always, stay loopy.
27/09/1926m 42s

Day 26: Our Top 10 Kanye West Songs

The day is upon us! Tomorrow marks the release of Kanye West's new album Jesus is King. In this final stop of the Jesus is King Advent Calendar, Chris and Travis count down their 10 favorite Kanye songs. If you'd like to support the show, please rate us on iTunes, or help us out on Patreon. You can buy The Yeezus Book—a scholarly, visual-heavy coffee table book that breaks down Yeezus in its entirety, from the album's narrative to the production to the tour. Check out our merchandise line. Follow us on Twitter if you also like to constantly talk about how awesome Kanye is (we'll undoubtedly respond to you). And please, as always, stay loopy.
26/09/1924m 12s

Day 25: Our Favorite Songs from KIDS SEE GHOSTS

In anticipation of Kanye West's new album Jesus is King, Chris and Travis are counting down their favorite songs from each of Ye's albums. Today, they cover his latest album, KIDS SEE GHOSTS. If you'd like to support the show, please rate us on iTunes, or help us out on Patreon. You can buy The Yeezus Book—a scholarly, visual-heavy coffee table book that breaks down Yeezus in its entirety, from the album's narrative to the production to the tour. Check out our merchandise line. Follow us on Twitter if you also like to constantly talk about how awesome Kanye is (we'll undoubtedly respond to you). And please, as always, stay loopy.
25/09/1926m 23s

Day 24: Our Favorite Songs from ye

In anticipation of Kanye West's new album Jesus is King, Chris and Travis are counting down their favorite songs from each of Ye's albums. Today, they cover his latest solo venture, ye. If you'd like to support the show, please rate us on iTunes, or help us out on Patreon. You can buy The Yeezus Book—a scholarly, visual-heavy coffee table book that breaks down Yeezus in its entirety, from the album's narrative to the production to the tour. Check out our merchandise line. Follow us on Twitter if you also like to constantly talk about how awesome Kanye is (we'll undoubtedly respond to you). And please, as always, stay loopy.
24/09/1919m 27s

Day 23: Our Vacation with Kanye West

Kanye likes to vacation, right? So...why not go on vacation with the Watching the Throne crew? Today, Chris and Travis detail their dream vacations with Ye. If you'd like to support the show, please rate us on iTunes, or help us out on Patreon. You can buy The Yeezus Book—a scholarly, visual-heavy coffee table book that breaks down Yeezus in its entirety, from the album's narrative to the production to the tour. Check out our merchandise line. Follow us on Twitter if you also like to constantly talk about how awesome Kanye is (we'll undoubtedly respond to you). And please, as always, stay loopy.
23/09/1914m 14s

Day 22: Our Favorite Songs from Watch the Throne

In anticipation of Kanye West's new album Jesus is King, Chris and Travis are counting down their favorite songs from each Ye album. Today, they've got Watch the Throne. If you'd like to support the show, please rate us on iTunes, or help us out on Patreon. You can buy The Yeezus Book—a scholarly, visual-heavy coffee table book that breaks down Yeezus in its entirety, from the album's narrative to the production to the tour. Check out our merchandise line. Follow us on Twitter if you also like to constantly talk about how awesome Kanye is (we'll undoubtedly respond to you). And please, as always, stay loopy.
22/09/1935m 32s

Day 21: Checkin in on Jay and Clay

Time to catch up with some old buddies! Chris and Travis update their listeners on what Jay Z and everybody's favorite clone Clay Z are up to these days. If you'd like to support the show, please rate us on iTunes, or help us out on Patreon. You can buy The Yeezus Book—a scholarly, visual-heavy coffee table book that breaks down Yeezus in its entirety, from the album's narrative to the production to the tour. Check out our merchandise line. Follow us on Twitter if you also like to constantly talk about how awesome Kanye is (we'll undoubtedly respond to you). And please, as always, stay loopy.
21/09/1915m 42s

Day 20: Who Should Kanye Collaborate With

Kanye West has collaborated with a number of musicians over the years—but what's your dream partnership? In this episode, Chris and Travis pick who they would most love to see link up with Ye. If you'd like to support the show, please rate us on iTunes, or help us out on Patreon. You can buy The Yeezus Book—a scholarly, visual-heavy coffee table book that breaks down Yeezus in its entirety, from the album's narrative to the production to the tour. Check out our merchandise line. Follow us on Twitter if you also like to constantly talk about how awesome Kanye is (we'll undoubtedly respond to you). And please, as always, stay loopy.
20/09/1912m 27s

Day 19: Our Favorite Songs from The Life of Pablo

In anticipation of Kanye West's new album Jesus is King, Chris and Travis are counting down their favorite songs from each of Ye's albums. Today, they've got The Life of Pablo. If you'd like to support the show, please rate us on iTunes, or help us out on Patreon. You can buy The Yeezus Book—a scholarly, visual-heavy coffee table book that breaks down Yeezus in its entirety, from the album's narrative to the production to the tour. Check out our merchandise line. Follow us on Twitter if you also like to constantly talk about how awesome Kanye is (we'll undoubtedly respond to you). And please, as always, stay loopy.
19/09/1944m 25s

Day 18: Down Go the Domes

Today we've got more Kanye news! Remember those futuristic domes designed to house low-income and homeless individuals? Well Kanye built them—and then tore them down. Chris and Travis discuss why that happened. If you'd like to support the show, please rate us on iTunes, or help us out on Patreon. You can buy The Yeezus Book—a scholarly, visual-heavy coffee table book that breaks down Yeezus in its entirety, from the album's narrative to the production to the tour. Check out our merchandise line. Follow us on Twitter if you also like to constantly talk about how awesome Kanye is (we'll undoubtedly respond to you). And please, as always, stay loopy.
18/09/1911m 12s

Day 17: Tristan vs. Kanye

Apparently when Tristan Thompson isn't cheating on Khloe, he's beefing with Kanye! Today Chris and Travis discuss what may or may not have been happening between Tristan and Ye during a recent KUWTK episode. If you'd like to support the show, please rate us on iTunes, or help us out on Patreon. You can buy The Yeezus Book—a scholarly, visual-heavy coffee table book that breaks down Yeezus in its entirety, from the album's narrative to the production to the tour. Check out our merchandise line. Follow us on Twitter if you also like to constantly talk about how awesome Kanye is (we'll undoubtedly respond to you). And please, as always, stay loopy.
17/09/1910m 56s

Day 16: Our Favorite Songs from Yeezus

In anticipation of Kanye West's new album Jesus Is King, Chris and Travis are counting down their favorite songs from each Ye album. Today, they've got Yeezus. If you'd like to support the show, please rate us on iTunes, or help us out on Patreon. You can buy The Yeezus Book—a scholarly, visual-heavy coffee table book that breaks down Yeezus in its entirety, from the album's narrative to the production to the tour. Check out our merchandise line. Follow us on Twitter if you also like to constantly talk about how awesome Kanye is (we'll undoubtedly respond to you). And please, as always, stay loopy.
16/09/1942m 46s

Day 15: Ye Equals Emcee Squared

Is 10 minutes enough time to talk about Kanye West? If you'd like to support the show, please rate us on iTunes, or help us out on Patreon. You can buy The Yeezus Book—a scholarly, visual-heavy coffee table book that breaks down Yeezus in its entirety, from the album's narrative to the production to the tour. Check out our merchandise line. Follow us on Twitter if you also like to constantly talk about how awesome Kanye is (we'll undoubtedly respond to you). And please, as always, stay loopy.
15/09/1910m 0s

Day 14: We Have Lift Off

Welcome to Better Watching the Throne, a Jordan C. Johnson special. In this episode, Jordan questions Chris and Travis about why they haven't analyzed Lift Off on the show yet, why they're so mean to the majestic song Lift Off, and how they could be so stupid to not understand the poetic beauty of Lift Off. If you'd like to support the show, please rate us on iTunes, or help us out on Patreon. You can buy The Yeezus Book—a scholarly, visual-heavy coffee table book that breaks down Yeezus in its entirety, from the album's narrative to the production to the tour. Check out our merchandise line. Follow us on Twitter if you also like to constantly talk about how awesome Kanye is (we'll undoubtedly respond to you). And please, as always, stay loopy.
14/09/1923m 32s

Day 13: Our Favorite Songs from My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

In preparation for Kanye West's new album, Jesus is King, Chris and Travis are counting down their favorite song from each Ye album. Today, they've got My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. If you'd like to support the show, please rate us on iTunes, or help us out on Patreon. You can buy The Yeezus Book—a scholarly, visual-heavy coffee table book that breaks down Yeezus in its entirety, from the album's narrative to the production to the tour. Check out our merchandise line. Follow us on Twitter if you also like to constantly talk about how awesome Kanye is (we'll undoubtedly respond to you). And please, as always, stay loopy.
13/09/1943m 20s

Day 12: Our Favorite Three-Song Stretches on a Kanye West Album

Kanye West has some legendary three-song stretches on his albums. Today, Chris and Travis discuss their personal favorites. If you'd like to support the show, please rate us on iTunes, or help us out on Patreon. You can buy The Yeezus Book—a scholarly, visual-heavy coffee table book that breaks down Yeezus in its entirety, from the album's narrative to the production to the tour. Check out our merchandise line. Follow us on Twitter if you also like to constantly talk about how awesome Kanye is (we'll undoubtedly respond to you). And please, as always, stay loopy.
12/09/1931m 11s

Day 11: Our Favorite Songs from 808s and Heartbreak

In preparation for Kanye West's new album, Jesus is King, Chris and Travis are counting down their favorite songs from each Ye album. Today, they discuss 808s & Heartbreak. If you'd like to support the show, please rate us on iTunes, or help us out on Patreon. You can buy The Yeezus Book—a scholarly, visual-heavy coffee table book that breaks down Yeezus in its entirety, from the album's narrative to the production to the tour. Check out our merchandise line. Follow us on Twitter if you also like to constantly talk about how awesome Kanye is (we'll undoubtedly respond to you). And please, as always, stay loopy.
11/09/1940m 53s

Day 10: Explaining the All Day/I Feel Like That Video

One of Kanye West's most legendary music videos...isn't readily available to the world. But if you have managed to catch the All Day/I Feel Like That video, then you understand how iconic it is. On this episode, Chris and Travis break down the video and why it's important to understanding New Kanye. If you'd like to support the show, please rate us on iTunes, or help us out on Patreon. You can buy The Yeezus Book—a scholarly, visual-heavy coffee table book that breaks down Yeezus in its entirety, from the album's narrative to the production to the tour. Check out our merchandise line. Follow us on Twitter if you also like to constantly talk about how awesome Kanye is (we'll undoubtedly respond to you). And please, as always, stay loopy.
10/09/1922m 21s

Day 9: Our Favorite Songs from Graduation

In anticipation of Kanye West's newest album, Jesus is King, Chris and Travis are cycling through Ye's discography. Today, they count down their five favorite songs from Graduation. If you'd like to support the show, please rate us on iTunes, or help us out on Patreon. You can buy The Yeezus Book—a scholarly, visual-heavy coffee table book that breaks down Yeezus in its entirety, from the album's narrative to the production to the tour. Check out our merchandise line. Follow us on Twitter if you also like to constantly talk about how awesome Kanye is (we'll undoubtedly respond to you). And please, as always, stay loopy.
09/09/1933m 54s

Day 8: Our Favorite Songs Featuring Kanye West

Anybody can put out a song—but not everybody can put out a song with Kanye West. We've seen Ye take songs to a whole other level over the years, so in this episode Chris and Travis count down their favorite songs featuring Kanye. If you'd like to support the show, please rate us on iTunes, or help us out on Patreon. You can buy The Yeezus Book—a scholarly, visual-heavy coffee table book that breaks down Yeezus in its entirety, from the album's narrative to the production to the tour. Check out our merchandise line. Follow us on Twitter if you also like to constantly talk about how awesome Kanye is (we'll undoubtedly respond to you). And please, as always, stay loopy.
08/09/1932m 44s

Day 7: Our Favorite Guest Features on Kanye West Songs

This is probably one of the questions Chris and Travis receive the most: what is your favorite guest feature on a Kanye West song? Well on Day 7 of the Jesus is King Advent Calendar, they count 'em down. If you'd like to support the show, please rate us on iTunes, or help us out on Patreon. You can buy The Yeezus Book—a scholarly, visual-heavy coffee table book that breaks down Yeezus in its entirety, from the album's narrative to the production to the tour. Check out our merchandise line. Follow us on Twitter if you also like to constantly talk about how awesome Kanye is (we'll undoubtedly respond to you). And please, as always, stay loopy.
07/09/1937m 0s

Day 6: Our Favorite Songs from Late Registration

As we count down the days to Kanye West's new album, Jesus is King, Chris and Travis iare looking back on each of Ye's albums and picking their favorite songs. Today, we've got Late Registration. If you'd like to support the show, please rate us on iTunes, or help us out on Patreon. You can buy The Yeezus Book—a scholarly, visual-heavy coffee table book that breaks down Yeezus in its entirety, from the album's narrative to the production to the tour. Check out our merchandise line. Follow us on Twitter if you also like to constantly talk about how awesome Kanye is (we'll undoubtedly respond to you). And please, as always, stay loopy.
06/09/1934m 36s

Day 5: Kanye West's Most Underrated Songs

You know that Kanye West song you hate? Well, there's a good chance Chris and Travis love it—and they're ready to tell you why it's great. On Day 5 of the Jesus is King Advent Calendar, we count down our top five most underrated Ye tunes. If you'd like to support the show, please rate us on iTunes, or help us out on Patreon. You can buy The Yeezus Book—a scholarly, visual-heavy coffee table book that breaks down Yeezus in its entirety, from the album's narrative to the production to the tour. Check out our merchandise line. Follow us on Twitter if you also like to constantly talk about how awesome Kanye is (we'll undoubtedly respond to you). And please, as always, stay loopy.
05/09/1944m 2s

Day 4: Kanye West's Favorite Movies

Of the many influences Kanye West has noted over the years, he's made it clear that certain filmmakers and movies have been very important to his art and storytelling. On Day 4 of the Jesus is King Advent Calendar, we cover a few of his favorites. If you'd like to support the show, please rate us on iTunes, or help us out on Patreon. You can buy The Yeezus Book—a scholarly, visual-heavy coffee table book that breaks down Yeezus in its entirety, from the album's narrative to the production to the tour. Check out our merchandise line. Follow us on Twitter if you also like to constantly talk about how awesome Kanye is (we'll undoubtedly respond to you). And please, as always, stay loopy.
04/09/1930m 59s

Day 3: Our Favorite Songs from The College Dropout

In preparation for Kanye West's new album Jesus is King, Chris and Travis are going back through Ye's discography. Today they start from the beginning and count down their respective top five songs from The College Dropout. If you'd like to support the show, please rate us on iTunes, or help us out on Patreon. You can buy The Yeezus Book—a scholarly, visual-heavy coffee table book that breaks down Yeezus in its entirety, from the album's narrative to the production to the tour. Check out our merchandise line. Follow us on Twitter if you also like to constantly talk about how awesome Kanye is (we'll undoubtedly respond to you). And please, as always, stay loopy.
03/09/1930m 24s

Day 2: Speculating About the "Jesus Is King" Tracklist

It's Day 2 of the Jesus is King Advent Calendar! Today we look at the tracklist of Kanye's new album and make random guesses about the album's potential narrative. If you'd like to support the show, please rate us on iTunes, or help us out on Patreon. You can buy The Yeezus Book—a scholarly, visual-heavy coffee table book that breaks down Yeezus in its entirety, from the album's narrative to the production to the tour. Check out our merchandise line. Follow us on Twitter if you also like to constantly talk about how awesome Kanye is (we'll undoubtedly respond to you). And please, as always, stay loopy.
02/09/1929m 35s

The "Jesus Is King" Advent Calendar

It's Christmas in September! Kanye West announced that his next album, Jesus is King, will be dropping on Sept. 27, which means Chris and Travis are going to have a 27-day celebration of Ye leading up to that blessed date. If you'd like to support the show, please rate us on iTunes, or help us out on Patreon. You can buy The Yeezus Book—a scholarly, visual-heavy coffee table book that breaks down Yeezus in its entirety, from the album's narrative to the production to the tour. Check out our merchandise line. Follow us on Twitter if you also like to constantly talk about how awesome Kanye is (we'll undoubtedly respond to you). And please, as always, stay loopy.
01/09/192m 10s

Day 1: What We Expect from "Jesus is King"

We're 26 days from a new Kanye West album! Which means we're going to kick off our Kanye-themed Advent Calendar by wildly speculating about his new album, Jesus is King. If you'd like to support the show, please rate us on iTunes, or help us out on Patreon. You can buy The Yeezus Book—a scholarly, visual-heavy coffee table book that breaks down Yeezus in its entirety, from the album's narrative to the production to the tour. Check out our merchandise line. Follow us on Twitter if you also like to constantly talk about how awesome Kanye is (we'll undoubtedly respond to you). And please, as always, stay loopy.
01/09/1921m 34s

AMAs and Heartbreak: We Answer a Bunch of Random Questions About Kanye

We're back with another AMA! You've got questions about Kanye? Movies? Our favorite desserts? Then we're here to answer them. If you'd like to support the show, please rate us on iTunes, or help us out on Patreon. You can buy The Yeezus Book—a scholarly, visual-heavy coffee table book that breaks down Yeezus in its entirety, from the album's narrative to the production to the tour. Check out our merchandise line. Follow us on Twitter if you also like to constantly talk about how awesome Kanye is (we'll undoubtedly respond to you). And please, as always, stay loopy.
30/08/191h 20m

My StorYe: Mr Hudson

Chris speaks with Benjamin Hudson McIldowie — aka Mr Hudson. The English Electropop musician talks about collaborating with Kanye West on 808s & Heartbreaks and how it's guided his musical career ahead of his new album, When the Machine Stops. If you'd like to support the show, please rate us on iTunes, or help us out on Patreon. You can buy The Yeezus Book—a scholarly, visual-heavy coffee table book that breaks down Yeezus in its entirety, from the album's narrative to the production to the tour. Check out our merchandise line. Follow us on Twitter if you also like to constantly talk about how awesome Kanye is (we'll undoubtedly respond to you). And please, as always, stay loopy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
23/08/1948m 35s

My StorYe: Don, creator of The Most Unruly

Chris speaks with Don, the creator of The Most Unruly YouTube channel. The Most Unruly has done extensive work covering Kanye’s artistry and discography, but has, for the time being, reached the end of Kanye content. So Don talks about Kanye, the journey of The Most Unruly, and what’s next for him. If you'd like to support the show, please rate us on iTunes, or help us out on Patreon. You can buy The Yeezus Book—a scholarly, visual-heavy coffee table book that breaks down Yeezus in its entirety, from the album's narrative to the production to the tour. Check out our merchandise line. Follow us on Twitter if you also like to constantly talk about how awesome Kanye is (we'll undoubtedly respond to you). And please, as always, stay loopy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
16/08/191h 9m

My StorYe: Bink! The Humble Monsta, Producer of "Devil In A New Dress"

On this episode, Chris talks with Bink! The Humble Monsta. Kanye fans may know him as the original producer of Devil in a New Dress. But his history with Kanye dates much further. Hear directly from Bink about his career, his relationship with Kanye, his thoughts on Devil in a New Dress, and more! If you'd like to support the show, please rate us on iTunes, or help us out on Patreon. You can buy The Yeezus Book—a scholarly, visual-heavy coffee table book that breaks down Yeezus in its entirety, from the album's narrative to the production to the tour. Check out our merchandise line. Follow us on Twitter if you also like to constantly talk about how awesome Kanye is (we'll undoubtedly respond to you). And please, as always, stay loopy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
09/08/1942m 10s

The Forbes Kanye Interview: Behind the Scenes with Zack O’Malley Greenburg

Zack O’Malley Greenburg, senior editor for Forbes, got spend a day with Kanye for a Forbes cover story. Hear, first hand, what the experience was like—from Zack’s initial call with Kanye, to their midnight hike through the Calabasas hills. If you'd like to support the show, please rate us on iTunes, or help us out on Patreon. You can buy The Yeezus Book—a scholarly, visual-heavy coffee table book that breaks down Yeezus in its entirety, from the album's narrative to the production to the tour. Check out our merchandise line. Follow us on Twitter if you also like to constantly talk about how awesome Kanye is (we'll undoubtedly respond to you). And please, as always, stay loopy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/07/1957m 10s

AMAs and Heartbreak: Kanye Releases New Song Brothers

Chris and Travis are back with another AMA! This week they take questions from fans about several topics, including Kanye's brand new song Brothers. If you'd like to support the show, please rate us on iTunes, or help us out on Patreon. You can buy The Yeezus Book—a scholarly, visual-heavy coffee table book that breaks down Yeezus in its entirety, from the album's narrative to the production to the tour. Check out our merchandise line. Follow us on Twitter if you also like to constantly talk about how awesome Kanye is (we'll undoubtedly respond to you). And please, as always, stay loopy.
09/07/191h 7m

Runaway: The Movie Kanye Needed to Make

In 2010, Kanye made one of the greatest albums of all time: My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. It was largely a reaction to his falling out with the public after the Taylor Swift incident—and so was the film that accompanied that album, Runaway. In this episode, you'll notice the format is a little different. And that's because this episode serves as a preview for our new podcast, Your Brain on Film, where we'll analyze movies like we've analyzed music for years now. All five episodes of that show's pilot season will launch on Monday, July 1. You can go subscribe to that show now. Today, we dive into what that film meant to Kanye at the time, and what he was trying to convey to the world.
28/06/1923m 3s

A conversation with Cole Cuchna, host of Dissect

Hear Cole Cuchna, host of the hit podcast Dissect, discuss the origins and evolution of his show and the perception of artistic depth in music. If you'd like to support the show, please rate us on iTunes, or help us out on Patreon. You can buy The Yeezus Book—a scholarly, visual-heavy coffee table book that breaks down Yeezus in its entirety, from the album's narrative to the production to the tour. Check out our merchandise line. Follow us on Twitter if you also like to constantly talk about how awesome Kanye is (we'll undoubtedly respond to you). And please, as always, stay loopy.
14/06/191h 12m

My StorYe: Ali Graham, creator of Lil Ye

The mind behind Lil Ye, Ali Graham is an a UK-based artist with a long history of hip hop inspired works: from his initial Jay-Z collection, 99 Problems, to five years of Lil Ye and the recent Lil Ye Land video game. He’s worked with Complex, HBO, The Who, and more. Learn about the origins of Lil Ye and Ali’s own history with Kanye’s music. If you'd like to support the show, please rate us on iTunes, or help us out on Patreon. You can buy The Yeezus Book—a scholarly, visual-heavy coffee table book that breaks down Yeezus in its entirety, from the album's narrative to the production to the tour. Check out our merchandise line. Follow us on Twitter if you also like to constantly talk about how awesome Kanye is (we'll undoubtedly respond to you). And please, as always, stay loopy.
07/06/191h 2m

Kanye's Interview with David Letterman

Chris and Travis may be on a break from song analysis...but if Kanye does an interview, it's time for an emergency session! On this episode we dissect Kanye's conversation on My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman. If you'd like to support the show, please rate us on iTunes, or help us out on Patreon. You can buy The Yeezus Book—a scholarly, visual-heavy coffee table book that breaks down Yeezus in its entirety, from the album's narrative to the production to the tour. Check out our merchandise line. Follow us on Twitter if you also like to constantly talk about how awesome Kanye is (we'll undoubtedly respond to you). And please, as always, stay loopy.
31/05/191h 14m

Last Call: It's Time for Us to Have a Toast

We've reached the end of The College Dropout...and the end of an era on Watching the Throne. Chris and Travis have big plans for season 10 of the show, but for now, they're going to focus on what may be Kanye West's magnum opus: a 13-minute track that details how Kanye used arrogance as the steam to power his dreams. If you'd like to support the show, please rate us on iTunes, or help us out on Patreon. You can buy The Yeezus Book—a scholarly, visual-heavy coffee table book that breaks down Yeezus in its entirety, from the album's narrative to the production to the tour. Check out our merchandise line. Follow us on Twitter if you also like to constantly talk about how awesome Kanye is (we'll undoubtedly respond to you). And please, as always, stay loopy.
21/05/191h 22m

Saint Pablo Part 2: Does This Bar Have a Bible?

Chris and Travis finish their analysis of Saint Pablo! They discuss Kanye's second verse and Sampha's bleak outro. Be sure to listen to Part 1 of this episode so you get a full picture of how Kanye closes out The Life of Pablo! If you'd like to support the show, please rate us on iTunes, or help us out on Patreon. You can buy The Yeezus Book—a scholarly, visual-heavy coffee table book that breaks down Yeezus in its entirety, from the album's narrative to the production to the tour. Check out our merchandise line. Follow us on Twitter if you also like to constantly talk about how awesome Kanye is (we'll undoubtedly respond to you). And please, as always, stay loopy.
14/05/191h 5m

Saint Pablo Part 1: To Fly or Fall

Chris and Travis have finally reached the only song they haven't covered from Kanye's discography: Saint Pablo. And BOY is it a doozy. In Part 1 of their analysis, they break down Kanye's first verse and Sampha's chorus, and what it means for his journey into sainthood on The Life of Pablo. If you'd like to support the show, please rate us on iTunes, or help us out on Patreon. You can buy The Yeezus Book—a scholarly, visual-heavy coffee table book that breaks down Yeezus in its entirety, from the album's narrative to the production to the tour. Check out our merchandise line. Follow us on Twitter if you also like to constantly talk about how awesome Kanye is (we'll undoubtedly respond to you). And please, as always, stay loopy.
07/05/191h 0m

Family Business: A Seat at the Table

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. If you'd like to support the show, please rate us on iTunes, or help us out on Patreon. You can buy The Yeezus Book—a scholarly, visual-heavy coffee table book that breaks down Yeezus in its entirety, from the album's narrative to the production to the tour. Check out our merchandise line. Follow us on Twitter if you also like to constantly talk about how awesome Kanye is (we'll undoubtedly respond to you). And please, as always, stay loopy.
30/04/191h 9m

Kanye West's Transformation Into Sainthood

Many people believe Saint Pablo to be the most important song of Kanye West's career—but this ascension into sainthood doesn't occur without Fade. On this bonus episode, we break down how the cavalcade of samples Kanye uses on Fade are part of the grander narrative on The Life of Pablo. If you'd like to support the show, please rate us on iTunes, or help us out on Patreon. You can buy The Yeezus Book—a scholarly, visual-heavy coffee table book that breaks down Yeezus in its entirety, from the album's narrative to the production to the tour. Check out our merchandise line. Follow us on Twitter if you also like to constantly talk about how awesome Kanye is (we'll undoubtedly respond to you). And please, as always, stay loopy.
26/04/198m 39s

Fade: We Have Lift Off

Before we dissect what may be the most important song of Kanye's career, Saint Pablo, we first have to analyze what may surprise you to discover is one of Kanye's most complex songs: Fade. Chris and Travis have their work cut out for them on this one, as Fade's multitude of samples signal a key transformation taking place heading into Saint Pablo. We break down each one of them as we go line by line to show just how that transformation is taking place. If you'd like to support the show, please rate us on iTunes, or help us out on Patreon. You can buy The Yeezus Book—a scholarly, visual-heavy coffee table book that breaks down Yeezus in its entirety, from the album's narrative to the production to the tour. Check out our merchandise line. Follow us on Twitter if you also like to constantly talk about how awesome Kanye is (we'll undoubtedly respond to you). And please, as always, stay loopy.
23/04/191h 8m

The Making of the Runaway Film (Club Kanye Exclusive)

Of course Kanye West's Runaway film is one of the best movies ever made...but HOW did it get made? What were Kanye's inspirations? Who was involved during that four-day shoot in Prague? Chris and Travis did some research and are ready to unpack it all on today's bonus episode. Note that this is just a snippet of the full conversation. To hear full bonus episodes from Watching the Throne, join Club Kanye at patreon.com/KanyePodcast.
19/04/1914m 28s

Through the Wire: Mr. Unbreakable

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 support the show, please rate us on iTunes, or help us out on Patreon. You can buy The Yeezus Book—a scholarly, visual-heavy coffee table book that breaks down Yeezus in its entirety, from the album's narrative to the production to the tour. Check out our merchandise line. Follow us on Twitter if you also like to constantly talk about how awesome Kanye is (we'll undoubtedly respond to you). And please, as always, stay loopy.
16/04/191h 9m

Two Words: Everybody Move

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 support the show, please rate us on iTunes, or help us out on Patreon. You can buy The Yeezus Book—a scholarly, visual-heavy coffee table book that breaks down Yeezus in its entirety, from the album's narrative to the production to the tour. Check out our merchandise line. Follow us on Twitter if you also like to constantly talk about how awesome Kanye is (we'll undoubtedly respond to you). And please, as always, stay loopy.
09/04/191h 1m

AMAs and Heartbreak: The Runaway Movie

As part of Club Kanye, Chris and Travis will choose a specific Kanye topic to cover each month in the bonus episodes. For April, we'll will be dissecting the Runaway movie, starting with this AMA where we answer fan questions about this short film. Also, be sure to tune into our YouTube channel on Wednesday, April 10, at 3 p.m. CT for a live viewing of the movie. We'll be watching the movie and pausing to discuss what we think Kanye is doing, and on top of that, we'll take questions from anyone watching live.
05/04/1958m 15s

Facts (Charlie Heat Version): New Slaves Pt. 2

Three years ago, Chris and Travis analyzed the original Facts. And now, with a better understanding of the TLOP narrative three years later, they're ready to take another crack at it—this time with the Charlie Heat version. They break down the self-reflective journey Kanye goes on with what is essentially Part 2 of New Slaves. If you'd like to support the show, please rate us on iTunes, or help us out on Patreon. You can buy The Yeezus Book—a scholarly, visual-heavy coffee table book that breaks down Yeezus in its entirety, from the album's narrative to the production to the tour. Check out our merchandise line. Follow us on Twitter if you also like to constantly talk about how awesome Kanye is (we'll undoubtedly respond to you). And please, as always, stay loopy.
02/04/191h 19m

Kanye's Sunday Services: Everything We Know So Far (Club Kanye Exclusive)

We may not have Yandhi quite yet, but in the meantime, Kanye has been blowing everybody's minds with his Sunday Services. So what exactly are these services? Who is involved? What do they tell us about Yandhi? And will we get a tour? In this Club Kanye exclusive episode, they break down everything you need to know (and should expect from) Kanye's Sunday Services. Note that this is just a snippet of the full conversation. To hear full bonus episodes from Watching the Throne, join Club Kanye at patreon.com/KanyePodcast.
22/03/1917m 20s

School Spirit: Fighting for Lil Jimmy

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 support the show, please rate us on iTunes, or help us out on Patreon. You can buy The Yeezus Book—a scholarly, visual-heavy coffee table book that breaks down Yeezus in its entirety, from the album's narrative to the production to the tour. Check out our merchandise line. Follow us on Twitter if you also like to constantly talk about how awesome Kanye is (we'll undoubtedly respond to you). And please, as always, stay loopy.
19/03/191h 17m

The 1st Annual Kanye West Music Video Madness

Each December, Watching the Throne listeners fill out brackets to decide the best Kanye West song—and now it's time for a new tradition. In honor of March Madness, we will now host a bracket for Kanye music videos! In this episode, Chris and Travis (and Club Kanye members) discuss their favorite music videos and what they expect from this sure-to-be-contentious tournament. If you'd like to support the show, please rate us on iTunes, or help us out on Patreon. You can buy The Yeezus Book—a scholarly, visual-heavy coffee table book that breaks down Yeezus in its entirety, from the album's narrative to the production to the tour. Check out our merchandise line. Follow us on Twitter if you also like to constantly talk about how awesome Kanye is (we'll undoubtedly respond to you). And please, as always, stay loopy.
15/03/1947m 42s

Breathe In Breathe Out: Respiration Inspiration

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 support the show, please rate us on iTunes, or help us out on Patreon. You can buy The Yeezus Book—a scholarly, visual-heavy coffee table book that breaks down Yeezus in its entirety, from the album's narrative to the production to the tour. Check out our merchandise line. Follow us on Twitter if you also like to constantly talk about how awesome Kanye is (we'll undoubtedly respond to you). And please, as always, stay loopy.
12/03/191h 38m

Introducing: Club Kanye

We've decided to create a private space for fans of the Louis Vuitton Don. We are proud to introduce: Club Kanye. Not only is it the beginning of a much larger platform for Kanye fans and conversations, you'll also get to help us determine what to cover on our podcast and how we cover it. You can join the club for just $1 a month. Our short term goal is to grow the club and podcast. We'll be able to partner with more people, which will lead to cooler Kanye merchandise and bigger guests on our show. Our ultimate goal is to make Club Kanye so big that we can bring everyone together and throw an annual KanyeCon. Listen to this episode, or head to patreon.com/KanyePodcast to learn more details!
11/03/194m 18s

AMAs and Heartbreak: 03/08/2019

For each AMAs & Heartbreak, Chris and Travis cover the latest Kanye West news and answer questions from fans. This week they discuss future Kanye (and non-Kanye) songs they plan to discuss on the show, theorize about the Phoenix from the Runaway movie, and assign every song every song from ye to...a food from McDonalds? Yeah OK apparently they do that at some point. If you'd like to support the show, please rate us on iTunes, or help us out on Patreon. You can buy The Yeezus Book—a scholarly, visual-heavy coffee table book that breaks down Yeezus in its entirety, from the album's narrative to the production to the tour. Check out our merchandise line. Follow us on Twitter if you also like to constantly talk about how awesome Kanye is (we'll undoubtedly respond to you). And please, as always, stay loopy.
08/03/191h 15m

No More Parties in L.A. Part 2: The Ghost of Los Angeles Present

Well, we can't hide from those 71 bars forever. Chris and Travis are finally breaking down Kanye's behemoth verse from No More Parties in L.A. Line by line, they show you why this track thematically was likely the foundation of The Life of Pablo. If you'd like to support the show, please rate us on iTunes, or help us out on Patreon. You can buy The Yeezus Book—a scholarly, visual-heavy coffee table book that breaks down Yeezus in its entirety, from the album's narrative to the production to the tour. Check out our merchandise line. Follow us on Twitter if you also like to constantly talk about how awesome Kanye is (we'll undoubtedly respond to you). And please, as always, stay loopy.
05/03/191h 2m

No More Parties in L.A. Part 1: The Ghost of Los Angeles Past

Se...sev...seventy one bars? Really, Kanye?? Do you realized what you're doing to Chris and Travis??? Ugh, fine. No More Parties in L.A. is such a gargantuan undertaking that they're being forced to cover it in two parts, with this first episode dedicated to the song's multiple samples and Kendrick's insane opening verse. If you'd like to support the show, please rate us on iTunes, or help us out on Patreon. You can buy The Yeezus Book—a scholarly, visual-heavy coffee table book that breaks down Yeezus in its entirety, from the album's narrative to the production to the tour. Check out our merchandise line. Follow us on Twitter if you also like to constantly talk about how awesome Kanye is (we'll undoubtedly respond to you). And please, as always, stay loopy.
26/02/191h 2m

AMAs and Heartbreak: 02/22/2019

For each AMAs & Heartbreak, Chris and Travis cover the latest Kanye West news and answer questions from fans. This week they discuss when they think Yandhi will drop, the legacy of Say You Will, and the first Kanye song that hooked them into being superfans. If you'd like to support the show, please rate us on iTunes, or help us out on Patreon. You can buy The Yeezus Book—a scholarly, visual-heavy coffee table book that breaks down Yeezus in its entirety, from the album's narrative to the production to the tour. Check out our merchandise line. Follow us on Twitter if you also like to constantly talk about how awesome Kanye is (we'll undoubtedly respond to you). And please, as always, stay loopy.
22/02/191h 7m

Slow Jamz: A Club is Not a Home

Jamie Foxx sung 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 it 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 support the show, please rate us on iTunes, or help us out on Patreon. You can buy The Yeezus Book—a scholarly, visual-heavy coffee table book that breaks down Yeezus in its entirety, from the album's narrative to the production to the tour. Check out our merchandise line. Follow us on Twitter if you also like to constantly talk about how awesome Kanye is (we'll undoubtedly respond to you). And please, as always, stay loopy.
19/02/1957m 9s

The New Workout Plan: All This Irony for $Free.99?!

For about two-thirds of this episode, Chris and Travis wondered, "Did Kanye have any deeper intentions with The New Workout Plan?" And then suddenly, amidst the chaos of what is considered to be one of Kanye West's worst songs...they happen upon something. Go through this journey with them, as they try to fit this song into the College Dropout narrative and find out how it captures a young Kanye trying to find his place in the music industry. If you'd like to support the show, please rate us on iTunes, or help us out on Patreon. You can buy The Yeezus Book—a scholarly, visual-heavy coffee table book that breaks down Yeezus in its entirety, from the album's narrative to the production to the tour. Check out our merchandise line. Follow us on Twitter if you also like to constantly talk about how awesome Kanye is (we'll undoubtedly respond to you). And please, as always, stay loopy.
15/02/191h 37m

AMAs and Heartbreak: 02/08/2019

For each AMAs & Heartbreak, Chris and Travis cover the latest Kanye West news and answer questions from fans. This week we discuss Kanye's lawsuit with Def Jam, the meaning behind I Thought About Killing You, and the most crucial songs to understanding Kanye as an artist and as a person. If you'd like to support the show, please rate us on iTunes, or help us out on Patreon. You can buy The Yeezus Book—a scholarly, visual-heavy coffee table book that breaks down Yeezus in its entirety, from the album's narrative to the production to the tour. Check out our merchandise line. Follow us on Twitter if you also like to constantly talk about how awesome Kanye is (we'll undoubtedly respond to you). And please, as always, stay loopy.
07/02/191h 32m

30 Hours: From Baby Lion to Lion King

From Los Angeles to St. Louis to Chicago? About 30 hours. To pass the time, you should probably pop in this absurdly long episode of Watching the Throne, in which Chris and Travis tackle one of Kanye's most postmodern songs, 30 Hours. They break down the song's role on the "bonus" section of the album, and how Kanye juxtaposes his past fame-chasing self with his current happy home. They also discuss Little Bear, buying a boat together, and Chris's sad, heart-wrenching past filled with Magic cards and rectangular pizza. If you'd like to support the show, please rate us on iTunes, or help us out on Patreon. You can buy The Yeezus Book—a scholarly, visual-heavy coffee table book that breaks down Yeezus in its entirety, from the album's narrative to the production to the tour. Check out our merchandise line. Follow us on Twitter if you also like to constantly talk about how awesome Kanye is (we'll undoubtedly respond to you). And please, as always, stay loopy.
05/02/191h 58m

The 2019 Best Kanye West Song Tournament Death Match Extreme

Every year we get Christmas, we get a birthday, we get the Best Kanye West Song Tournament Death Match Extreme. In this year's 3000 edition, deals are struck, alliances are formed, upsets are given, and friendships are shattered into oblivion. What song will Chris, Travis, and Jordan decide is Kanye West's greatest achievement? In what is surely the greatest episode of any podcast ever—let's find out. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
30/01/192h 23m

The 2019 Best Kanye West Song Tournament Death Match Extreme 3000

Every year we get Christmas, we get a birthday, we get the Best Kanye West Song Tournament Death Match Extreme. In this year's 3000 edition, deals are struck, alliances are formed, upsets are given, and friendships are shattered into oblivion. What song will Chris, Travis, and Jordan decide is Kanye West's greatest achievement? In what is surely the greatest episode of any podcast ever—let's find out. If you'd like to support the show, please rate us on iTunes, or help us out on Patreon. You can buy The Yeezus Book—a scholarly, visual-heavy coffee table book that breaks down Yeezus in its entirety, from the album's narrative to the production to the tour. Check out our merchandise line. Follow us on Twitter if you also like to constantly talk about how awesome Kanye is (we'll undoubtedly respond to you). And please, as always, stay loopy.
29/01/192h 22m

Get Em High: Then Even Higher

Now we ain't ever tell you to put down your phone—queue us up! Because we've got another extensive breakdown of a Kanye West song, this time for the legendary Get Em High. Chris and Travis cover it all, from Kanye's first instance of conflating romance with fame, to Talib Kweli's disguised advice to a young Kanye, to Common's gargantuan (and slightly confusing (and purposely off-rhythm??)) verse. Take a puff, because episode is gonna get you high af. If you'd like to support the show, please rate us on iTunes, or help us out on Patreon. You can buy The Yeezus Book—a scholarly, visual-heavy coffee table book that breaks down Yeezus in its entirety, from the album's narrative to the production to the tour. Check out our merchandise line. Follow us on Twitter if you also like to constantly talk about how awesome Kanye is (we'll undoubtedly respond to you). And please, as always, stay loopy.
25/01/191h 23m

My StorYe: Nino Blu

Nino Blu is an up-and-coming rapper from Florida. Listen to the incredible story of how he ended up in the studio with Kanye, working on Yandhi. If you'd like to support the show, please rate us on iTunes, or help us out on Patreon. You can buy The Yeezus Book—a scholarly, visual-heavy coffee table book that breaks down Yeezus in its entirety, from the album's narrative to the production to the tour. Check out our merchandise line. Follow us on Twitter if you also like to constantly talk about how awesome Kanye is (we'll undoubtedly respond to you). And please, as always, stay loopy.
22/01/191h 13m

AMAs and Heartbreak: 01/17/2019

We're starting a new tradition on the show! Each Friday, Chris and Travis will run through and answer questions submitted by Throners. This week we discuss our feelings on Kanye's upcoming Joe Rogan interview, our favorite album art, and what we think Kanye's next album will sound like. If you want us to answer your Kanye questions, find our post each Tuesday on Twitter or email us at travis@watchingthethrone.com If you'd like to support the show, please rate us on iTunes, or help us out on Patreon. You can buy The Yeezus Book—a scholarly, visual-heavy coffee table book that breaks down Yeezus in its entirety, from the album's narrative to the production to the tour. Check out our merchandise line. Follow us on Twitter if you also like to constantly talk about how awesome Kanye is (we'll undoubtedly respond to you). And please, as always, stay loopy.
15/01/1939m 11s

Never Let Me Down: Living the Living Legend Life

The first seven tracks of The College Dropout build and build and build, starting from an oppressed position in We Don't Care before breaking through the stratosphere in Never Let Me Down. Chris and Travis dissect one of Kanye's most inspiring tracks, from its place in the album narrative to what Jay Z's status represents to the hip hop community to the legendary guest verse from J. Ivy. If you'd like to support the show, please rate us on iTunes, or help us out on Patreon. You can buy The Yeezus Book—a scholarly, visual-heavy coffee table book that breaks down Yeezus in its entirety, from the album's narrative to the production to the tour. Check out our merchandise line. Follow us on Twitter if you also like to constantly talk about how awesome Kanye is (we'll undoubtedly respond to you). And please, as always, stay loopy.
15/01/191h 21m

Jesus Walks BONUS: What Can We Expect From Kanye In 2019?

Kanye rang in the new year with a string of tweets that made one thing abundantly clear: Kanye West is still Kanye West. So what does that mean in 2019? In this bonus episode for Jesus Walks, Chris and Travis cover how they think it will all go down (hint: it'll be wavy af). If you'd like to support the show, please rate us on iTunes, or help us out on Patreon. You can buy The Yeezus Book—a scholarly, visual-heavy coffee table book that breaks down Yeezus in its entirety, from the album's narrative to the production to the tour. Check out our merchandise line. Follow us on Twitter if you also like to constantly talk about how awesome Kanye is (we'll undoubtedly respond to you). And please, as always, stay loopy.
11/01/1941m 2s

Siiiiiiiiilver Surffffeeeeer Intermission: A Wavier 2019

Happy New Year! Chris and Travis are ringing in 2019 the only way they know how: by celebrating the greatest voicemail every recorded. Jordan joins the WTT crew to over-analyze Siiiiiiiiilver Surffffeeeeer Intermission and talk about how they can be wavier in 2019. And yes, this episode is as crazy as you'd expect. Welcome to the new year. If you'd like to support the show, please rate us on iTunes, or help us out on Patreon. You can buy The Yeezus Book—a scholarly, visual-heavy coffee table book that breaks down Yeezus in its entirety, from the album's narrative to the production to the tour. Check out our merchandise line. Follow us on Twitter if you also like to constantly talk about how awesome Kanye is (we'll undoubtedly respond to you). And please, as always, stay loopy.
08/01/191h 24m

Christmas in Harlem Vol. 1: Flirting 101

HO HO HO, MERRY YEEZMAS!!! Chris and Travis have decided to start a new tradition: Each year they will break down small chunks of one of the greatest holiday songs ever recorded, Christmas in Harlem. To kick things off, we discuss Teyana's inviting intro, the song's crazy array of samples, and Kanye serving up some hot chocolate. If you'd like to support the show, please rate us on iTunes, or help us out on Patreon. You can buy The Yeezus Book—a scholarly, visual-heavy coffee table book that breaks down Yeezus in its entirety, from the album's narrative to the production to the tour. Check out our merchandise line. Follow us on Twitter if you also like to constantly talk about how awesome Kanye is (we'll undoubtedly respond to you). And please, as always, stay loopy.
25/12/1845m 32s

One Minute: Time Marches On

XXXTENTACION's Skins is a posthumous album released after the artist's death earlier this year. Kanye West, a huge fan of X, contributed to the album's central track, One Minute. On this episode, Chris and Travis break down the dark lyrical poetry of the verse, how Kanye fit his personal narrative in with X's struggle with depression, and why Kanye's "controversial" lines about sexual assault...are likely not about sexual assault at all. If you'd like to support the show, please rate us on iTunes, or help us out on Patreon. You can buy The Yeezus Book—a scholarly, visual-heavy coffee table book that breaks down Yeezus in its entirety, from the album's narrative to the production to the tour. Check out our merchandise line. Follow us on Twitter if you also like to constantly talk about how awesome Kanye is (we'll undoubtedly respond to you). And please, as always, stay loopy.
18/12/181h 45m

Kurt Cobain, Shine Your Light On Me

For Cudi Montage, Kid Cudi really wanted to sample Kurt Cobain. Why is that? In this bonus episode we go through the album to show how Cobain's posthumous song Burn the Rain caps off the storyline on KIDS SEE GHOSTS and represents catharsis for Kanye and Cudi. If you'd like to support the show, please rate us on iTunes, or help us out on Patreon. You can buy The Yeezus Book—a scholarly, visual-heavy coffee table book that breaks down Yeezus in its entirety, from the album's narrative to the production to the tour. Check out our merchandise line. Follow us on Twitter if you also like to constantly talk about how awesome Kanye is (we'll undoubtedly respond to you). And please, as always, stay loopy.
14/12/189m 39s

Kurt Cobain, Shine Your Light On Me

For Cudi Montage, Kid Cudi really wanted to sample Kurt Cobain. Why is that? In this bonus episode we go through the album to show how Cobain's posthumous song Burn the Rain caps off the storyline on KIDS SEE GHOSTS and represents catharsis for Kanye and Cudi. If you'd like to support the show, please rate us on iTunes, or help us out on Patreon. You can buy The Yeezus Book—a scholarly, visual-heavy coffee table book that breaks down Yeezus in its entirety, from the album's narrative to the production to the tour—on June 18. Check out our two Kanye West shirts currently on the market (we have a Runaway and a Hold My Liquor shirt). Follow us on Twitter if you also like to constantly talk about how awesome Kanye is (we'll undoubtedly respond to you). And please, as always, stay loopy.
14/12/189m 39s

Jesus Walks: No Devils in the House

If you know Kanye West, then you know it all started here—Jesus Walks was everything to the young rapper/producer/storyteller/future President back in 2004, which means Chris and Travis can't screw everything up! So they're going to be extra thorough for this line-by-line deconstruction, which is chock-full samples and interpolations and stories and meaning and oh god this is gonna be a long one isn't it. If you'd like to support the show, please rate us on iTunes, or help us out on Patreon. You can buy The Yeezus Book—a scholarly, visual-heavy coffee table book that breaks down Yeezus in its entirety, from the album's narrative to the production to the tour. Check out our merchandise line. Follow us on Twitter if you also like to constantly talk about how awesome Kanye is (we'll undoubtedly respond to you). And please, as always, stay loopy.
11/12/181h 33m

Spaceship BONUS: Kanye West, Head Lifeguard

On this week's bonus episode, Chris and Travis cover their favorite moments from Spaceship. We also make our epic return to the Kanye Bounce House, where we discuss which dead-end summer jobs we'd like to work with Kanye! If you'd like to support the show, please rate us on iTunes, or help us out on Patreon. You can buy The Yeezus Book—a scholarly, visual-heavy coffee table book that breaks down Yeezus in its entirety, from the album's narrative to the production to the tour. Check out our merchandise line. Follow us on Twitter if you also like to constantly talk about how awesome Kanye is (we'll undoubtedly respond to you). And please, as always, stay loopy.
07/12/1825m 57s

Spaceship: Lifting Off...Someday

Time for a redo! About 3.5 years ago during one of their earliest episodes, Chris and Travis analyzed Spaceship — and did a terrible job. Now they're back to do this classic Kanye West track justice, from the beautiful chipmunk-ed Marvin Gaye sample to legendary guest verses from GLC and Consequence to Kanye's impeccable storytelling skills. Strap in, everybody, cause we're 'bout to take off in this spaceship. If you'd like to support the show, please rate us on iTunes, or help us out on Patreon. You can buy The Yeezus Book—a scholarly, visual-heavy coffee table book that breaks down Yeezus in its entirety, from the album's narrative to the production to the tour. Check out our merchandise line. Follow us on Twitter if you also like to constantly talk about how awesome Kanye is (we'll undoubtedly respond to you). And please, as always, stay loopy.
04/12/181h 30m

My StorYe: Travis Grier

Travis Grier firmly believes it to be true: Kanye West invented music. He sits down with WTT to tell his StorYe, which encompasses writing about Kanye for various publications, having honest conversations about Kanye's recent behavior with Trump, and hiding all of 50 Cent's CDs at the local Target when Graduation dropped—needless to say, Travis is a stan for life. Travis Grier, 27, was born and raised in Baltimore, and since some of his earliest moments that I can remember, music—especially Kanye's music—has been crucial to his life's story. By day, he serves as an editor and writer for various music publications, along with doing social media management. If you'd like to support the show, please rate us on iTunes, or help us out on Patreon. You can buy The Yeezus Book—a scholarly, visual-heavy coffee table book that breaks down Yeezus in its entirety, from the album's narrative to the production to the tour. Check out our merchandise line. Follow us on Twitter if you also like to constantly talk about how awesome Kanye is (we'll undoubtedly respond to you). And please, as always, stay loopy.
30/11/1853m 58s

Who Will Survive in America: There's No Place Like Home

After nearly three years of analysis, Chris and Travis have finally reached the end of what is considered Kanye West's masterpiece album. Transitioning from the exhaustingly deep and poetic Lost in the World, we dive straight into Who Will Survive in America—a seemingly simple song that actually encapsulates everything Kanye had explored on My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. Chris and Travis break down the track line by line, and in effect retrospectively evaluate Kanye's entire career. If you'd like to support the show, please rate us on iTunes, or help us out on Patreon. You can buy The Yeezus Book—a scholarly, visual-heavy coffee table book that breaks down Yeezus in its entirety, from the album's narrative to the production to the tour. Check out our merchandise line. Follow us on Twitter if you also like to constantly talk about how awesome Kanye is (we'll undoubtedly respond to you). And please, as always, stay loopy.
27/11/181h 10m

Pinocchio Story BONUS: Let's Decide What Is The Best Kanye West Song

On this week's bonus episode, we cover our favorite moments from Pinocchio Story and rank every Kanye song we've covered so far. We also provide details on how you can participate in the 2018 Best Kanye West Song Tournament Death Match Extreme 3000 — and win some prizes! If you'd like to support the show, please rate us on iTunes, or help us out on Patreon. You can buy The Yeezus Book—a scholarly, visual-heavy coffee table book that breaks down Yeezus in its entirety, from the album's narrative to the production to the tour. Check out our merchandise line. Follow us on Twitter if you also like to constantly talk about how awesome Kanye is (we'll undoubtedly respond to you). And please, as always, stay loopy.
23/11/1849m 5s

Pinocchio Story: Socrates, Aristotle, Kanye West

We've talked about the art of Kanye West in many different ways—but we've never framed it in the context of Greek philosophy. Well, never is that comparison more evident than on Pinocchio Story, the live freestyle that closes out 808s & Heartbreak. Chris, Travis, and Jordan explore Kanye's quest for fulfillment and happiness on what is perhaps Kanye's saddest song. If you'd like to support the show, please rate us on iTunes, or help us out on Patreon. You can buy The Yeezus Book—a scholarly, visual-heavy coffee table book that breaks down Yeezus in its entirety, from the album's narrative to the production to the tour. Check out our merchandise line. Follow us on Twitter if you also like to constantly talk about how awesome Kanye is (we'll undoubtedly respond to you). And please, as always, stay loopy.
20/11/181h 34m

Big Brother BONUS: Kanye Moves Back Yandhi Release Date

On this week's bonus episode, we cover our favorite lines from Big Brother. We also discuss Kids See Ghosts performing at Camp Flog Gnaw, Lorde accusing Ye and Cudi of stealing her stage design, and Kanye moving back the Yandhi release date yet again. If you'd like to support the show, please rate us on iTunes, or help us out on Patreon. You can buy The Yeezus Book—a scholarly, visual-heavy coffee table book that breaks down Yeezus in its entirety, from the album's narrative to the production to the tour. Check out our merchandise line. Follow us on Twitter if you also like to constantly talk about how awesome Kanye is (we'll undoubtedly respond to you). And please, as always, stay loopy.
16/11/181h 16m

My StorYe: Ian Slater

Ian Slater, popularity known as Ian the Intern, runs production for H3H3 Productions. He also happens to be a huge Kanye fan. If you'd like to support the show, please rate us on iTunes, or help us out on Patreon. You can buy The Yeezus Book—a scholarly, visual-heavy coffee table book that breaks down Yeezus in its entirety, from the album's narrative to the production to the tour. Check out our merchandise line. Follow us on Twitter if you also like to constantly talk about how awesome Kanye is (we'll undoubtedly respond to you). And please, as always, stay loopy.
15/11/181h 37m

Big Brother: Lo Siento, Hovito

During the narrative of Graduation, Kanye West indulged in the money, the alcohol, the drunk and hot girls that come with fame, which cost him his relationship with Chicago—and with his big brother. The closing track to Graduation positions Kanye in a reflective, alienated state as he heads into an album that's nothing but heartbreak and loneliness. Chris and Travis break down Kanye and JAY-Z's falling out, line by line. If you'd like to support the show, please rate us on iTunes, or help us out on Patreon. You can buy The Yeezus Book—a scholarly, visual-heavy coffee table book that breaks down Yeezus in its entirety, from the album's narrative to the production to the tour. Check out our merchandise line. Follow us on Twitter if you also like to constantly talk about how awesome Kanye is (we'll undoubtedly respond to you). And please, as always, stay loopy.
13/11/181h 22m

The Hey Mama Day Special

This episode of Watching THe Throne was first broadcasted on W!ZARD Radio Station. On Nov. 10 each year, Kanye fans celebrate Kanye's late mother, Donda. This entire episode is dedicated to Donda. Hosts Chris Lambert and Travis Bean discuss their favorite lines, read some quotes from Donda's book, Raising Kanye, and hear from some fans who love Hey Mama. If you'd like to support the show, please rate us on iTunes, or help us out on Patreon. You can buy The Yeezus Book—a scholarly, visual-heavy coffee table book that breaks down Yeezus in its entirety, from the album's narrative to the production to the tour. Check out our merchandise line. Follow us on Twitter if you also like to constantly talk about how awesome Kanye is (we'll undoubtedly respond to you). And please, as always, stay loopy.
11/11/181h 1m

Homecoming BONUS: A Dramatic Reading of McDonald's Man

On this week's bonus episode, we cover our favorite lines from Homecoming. We also discuss our plans for Hey Mama Day, and Chris gives stages a one-man play around Kanye West's infamous, breathtaking poem, "McDonald's Man". If you'd like to support the show, please rate us on iTunes, or help us out on Patreon. You can buy The Yeezus Book—a scholarly, visual-heavy coffee table book that breaks down Yeezus in its entirety, from the album's narrative to the production to the tour. Check out our merchandise line. Follow us on Twitter if you also like to constantly talk about how awesome Kanye is (we'll undoubtedly respond to you). And please, as always, stay loopy.
09/11/1825m 5s

Homecoming: I Still Love H.E.R.

Throughout the course of Graduation, Kanye West moves on from Chicago to conquer the world, to live the celebrity life—but did it all come at a cost? As Kanye returns to Chicago at the end of the album, he closes out this coming-of-age tale by reliving old memories while grappling with how his relationship with the city may never be the same. Chris and Travis go line by line and explore the bittersweet ode Kanye wrote to his beloved city. If you'd like to support the show, please rate us on iTunes, or help us out on Patreon. You can buy The Yeezus Book—a scholarly, visual-heavy coffee table book that breaks down Yeezus in its entirety, from the album's narrative to the production to the tour. Check out our merchandise line. Follow us on Twitter if you also like to constantly talk about how awesome Kanye is (we'll undoubtedly respond to you). And please, as always, stay loopy.
06/11/181h 31m

My StorYe: VintageKanyeMerch

VintageKanyeMerch has the ultimate collection of rare and amazing Kanye shirts, hats, and the like. Hear how the collection got started, what the rarest piece is, and more! Find them on Twitter and Instagram @vintagekanyemerch. If you'd like to support the show, please rate us on iTunes, or help us out on Patreon. You can buy The Yeezus Book—a scholarly, visual-heavy coffee table book that breaks down Yeezus in its entirety, from the album's narrative to the production to the tour. Check out our merchandise line. Follow us on Twitter if you also like to constantly talk about how awesome Kanye is (we'll undoubtedly respond to you). And please, as always, stay loopy.
03/11/181h 11m

Gone BONUS: Kanye Distances Himself from Politics

On this week's bonus episode, we cover our favourite moments from Gone and rank every Kanye song we've covered so far. We also discuss Kim Kardashian's interview with Van Jones and Kanye's recent tweets about distancing himself from politics in order to focus on his art. If you'd like to support the show, please rate us on iTunes, or help us out on Patreon. You can buy The Yeezus Book—a scholarly, visual-heavy coffee table book that breaks down Yeezus in its entirety, from the album's narrative to the production to the tour. Check out our merchandise line. Follow us on Twitter if you also like to constantly talk about how awesome Kanye is (we'll undoubtedly respond to you). And please, as always, stay loopy.
02/11/1845m 7s

Gone: The Past and the Furious

On College Dropout, Kanye West wants nothing more than to be a celebrity—and on Late Registration, we find him dealing with the stressors of fame. Kanye often finds solace by returning to home and revisiting his past, making Gone a fitting end to that journey. Chris and Travis break down the song line by line to dissect how Ye, Cam’ron, and Consequence deal with said aggravation and how it marks a turning point for Kanye as he heads into Graduation. If you'd like to support the show, please rate us on iTunes, or help us out on Patreon. You can buy The Yeezus Book—a scholarly, visual-heavy coffee table book that breaks down Yeezus in its entirety, from the album's narrative to the production to the tour. Check out our merchandise line. Follow us on Twitter if you also like to constantly talk about how awesome Kanye is (we'll undoubtedly respond to you). And please, as always, stay loopy.
29/10/181h 49m

Cudi Montage BONUS: Charlamagne Tha God Cancels on Kanye; Kanye Supports Amara Enyia

On this week's bonus episode, we cover our favorite (and the craziest) lines from Cudi Montage. We also discuss Charlamagne Tha God cancelling his TimesTalk with Kanye West, Kanye's support of Amara Enyia for Chicago mayor, all the new accounts Kanye has been following on Twitter, and what surprise Grammy category KIDS SEE GHOSTS' songs was submitted for. If you'd like to support the show, please rate us on iTunes, or help us out on Patreon. You can buy The Yeezus Book—a scholarly, visual-heavy coffee table book that breaks down Yeezus in its entirety, from the album's narrative to the production to the tour. Check out our merchandise line. Follow us on Twitter if you also like to constantly talk about how awesome Kanye is (we'll undoubtedly respond to you). And please, as always, stay loopy.
26/10/1852m 21s

Cudi Montage: The Light Through the Storm

Throughout KIDS SEE GHOSTS, we've seen Kid Cudi and Kanye West slowly overcome their demons—and it all culminates with Cudi Montage. As Chris and Travis recap the entirety of the album, they show how the Kids fell victim to the ghosts, learned to control their environment, and finally let God back into their lives to better themselves for the future. If you'd like to support the show, please rate us on iTunes, or help us out on Patreon. You can buy The Yeezus Book—a scholarly, visual-heavy coffee table book that breaks down Yeezus in its entirety, from the album's narrative to the production to the tour. Check out our merchandise line. Follow us on Twitter if you also like to constantly talk about how awesome Kanye is (we'll undoubtedly respond to you). And please, as always, stay loopy.
23/10/181h 21m

Violent Crimes BONUS: Kanye and Trump in the Oval Office; Kanye Goes to Africa; Drake Calls Out Kanye; Apparently Kanye Didn't Write Violent Crimes?

On this week's bonus episode, we cover our favorite (and the craziest) lines from Violent Crimes. We also discuss Pardison Fontaine writing most of Violent Crimes, Kanye West's visit to the Trump White House, Kanye's trip to Africa to record Yandhi, and (BREAKING) a surprising revelation about who told Pusha T about Drake's kid! If you'd like to support the show, please rate us on iTunes, or help us out on Patreon. You can buy The Yeezus Book—a scholarly, visual-heavy coffee table book that breaks down Yeezus in its entirety, from the album's narrative to the production to the tour. Check out our merchandise line. Follow us on Twitter if you also like to constantly talk about how awesome Kanye is (we'll undoubtedly respond to you). And please, as always, stay loopy.
19/10/181h 14m

Violent Crimes: Real Life Awaits Us

At the end of The Holy Mountain—one of Kanye West's favorite movies—the Alchemist says, "We shall break the illusion. This is Maya! Goodbye to the Holy Mountain. Real life awaits us." And now here, on the final song of ye, we find Kanye on the same journey. The colors are dripping off the dark fantasy set up on My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy and reality is settling in—and Kanye has discovered what that means for him as a father. On this season's penultimate episode, Chris, Travis, and Jordan break down Violent Crimes line by line and discuss just how Kanye has gotten to this point. If you'd like to support the show, please rate us on iTunes, or help us out on Patreon. You can buy The Yeezus Book—a scholarly, visual-heavy coffee table book that breaks down Yeezus in its entirety, from the album's narrative to the production to the tour. Check out our merchandise line. Follow us on Twitter if you also like to constantly talk about how awesome Kanye is (we'll undoubtedly respond to you). And please, as always, stay loopy.
16/10/181h 42m

Kids See Ghosts BONUS: Pete Davidson’s and Lana Del Rey’s Hypocrisy

On this week's bonus episode, we cover our favorite (and the craziest) lines from Kids See Ghosts. We also talk about Pete Davidson and Lana Del Rey going after Kanye. If you'd like to support the show, please rate us on iTunes, or help us out on Patreon. You can buy The Yeezus Book—a scholarly, visual-heavy coffee table book that breaks down Yeezus in its entirety, from the album's narrative to the production to the tour. Check out our merchandise line. Follow us on Twitter if you also like to constantly talk about how awesome Kanye is (we'll undoubtedly respond to you). And please, as always, stay loopy.
12/10/1851m 5s

My StorYe: Matt Kessler

Matt Kessler creates the Too Many Records YouTube channel. His StorYe involves vinyl and a personal encounter with Kanye out in the wild! If you'd like to support the show, please rate us on iTunes, or help us out on Patreon. You can buy The Yeezus Book—a scholarly, visual-heavy coffee table book that breaks down Yeezus in its entirety, from the album's narrative to the production to the tour—on June 18. Check out our two Kanye West shirts currently on the market (we have a Runaway and a Hold My Liquor shirt). Follow us on Twitter if you also like to constantly talk about how awesome Kanye is (we'll undoubtedly respond to you). And please, as always, stay loopy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
09/10/182h 4m

Pre-Wedding, Pre-YANDHI AMA

It's the night before Travis' wedding. It's the night before YANDHI. And what are the Watching the Throne hosts to do? How about answer some questions! And try to break their record for longest episode ever! If you'd like to support the show, please rate us on iTunes, or help us out on Patreon. You can buy The Yeezus Book—a scholarly, visual-heavy coffee table book that breaks down Yeezus in its entirety, from the album's narrative to the production to the tour—on June 18. Check out our two Kanye West shirts currently on the market (we have a Runaway and a Hold My Liquor shirt). Follow us on Twitter if you also like to constantly talk about how awesome Kanye is (we'll undoubtedly respond to you). And please, as always, stay loopy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
29/09/183h 21m

My StorYe: Chris Mench

Chris Mench is the news editor at Genius, and just so happens to be a big Kanye fan. Hear how his StorYe got started and the journey he’s gone on in one of those rare and wondrous times where a Chris interviews a Chris. If you'd like to support the show, please rate us on iTunes, or help us out on Patreon. You can buy The Yeezus Book—a scholarly, visual-heavy coffee table book that breaks down Yeezus in its entirety, from the album's narrative to the production to the tour—on June 18. Check out our two Kanye West shirts currently on the market (we have a Runaway and a Hold My Liquor shirt). Follow us on Twitter if you also like to constantly talk about how awesome Kanye is (we'll undoubtedly respond to you). And please, as always, stay loopy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
26/09/181h 1m

My StorYe: Jacobi IV

Jacobi IV is an artist on a mission. Hear how Kanye has helped shape his approach as a solo artist and empower him to make the music he’s passionate about. If you'd like to support the show, please rate us on iTunes, or help us out on Patreon. You can buy The Yeezus Book—a scholarly, visual-heavy coffee table book that breaks down Yeezus in its entirety, from the album's narrative to the production to the tour—on June 18. Check out our two Kanye West shirts currently on the market (we have a Runaway and a Hold My Liquor shirt). Follow us on Twitter if you also like to constantly talk about how awesome Kanye is (we'll undoubtedly respond to you). And please, as always, stay loopy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
21/09/181h 25m

Kids See Ghosts: No Church for the Spirits

On No Church in the Wild, Frank Ocean wondered, "What's a god to a non-believer?" Well, what's a god to a spirit? What's a god to the ghosts that populate KIDS SEE GHOSTS? Well, on the album's title track, we see Kanye and Kid Cudi finally overcoming their ghosts and accepting God into their lives in a way that the ghosts cannot. By doing that, as Yasiin Bey notes on the track, they build their own civilization. It's the final step before the journey wraps up on Cudi Montage. If you'd like to support the show, please rate us on iTunes, or help us out on Patreon. You can buy The Yeezus Book—a scholarly, visual-heavy coffee table book that breaks down Yeezus in its entirety, from the album's narrative to the production to the tour. Check out our merchandise line. Follow us on Twitter if you also like to constantly talk about how awesome Kanye is (we'll undoubtedly respond to you). And please, as always, stay loopy.
18/09/181h 28m

Our StorYe: Caleb & Clementine Smidt

Meet Caleb Smidt and his daughter Clementine. Hear how and why they’ve bonded over Kanye West’s music and what they’ve learned through the journey. If you'd like to support the show, please rate us on iTunes, or help us out on Patreon. You can buy The Yeezus Book—a scholarly, visual-heavy coffee table book that breaks down Yeezus in its entirety, from the album's narrative to the production to the tour—on June 18. Check out our two Kanye West shirts currently on the market (we have a Runaway and a Hold My Liquor shirt). Follow us on Twitter if you also like to constantly talk about how awesome Kanye is (we'll undoubtedly respond to you). And please, as always, stay loopy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
14/09/181h 9m

Austin Summer Jam: The Breaks

Chris talks with Fresh Knight and Confucius Jones. Together they host the best hip-hop show in Austin: The Breaks (on 98.9 KUTX). They were the major hosts of Austin's first ever Summer Jam. In this interview they recap the Summer Jam event and provide their perspective on Austin's music scene. This concludes the Summer Jam interview series!
10/09/1836m 26s

Ghost Town BONUS: Song Rankings, Favorite Lines, Clay Z Update

For each song's bonus episode, we list our rankings for the songs we've covered so far, discuss our favorite lines from the song, and recall the moment Ye stopped us in our tracks and made us think, "Wait Kanye...what???" And then, of course, we provide an update on the happenings of everybody's favorite clone, Clay Z. If you'd like to support the show, please rate us on iTunes, or help us out on Patreon. You can buy The Yeezus Book—a scholarly, visual-heavy coffee table book that breaks down Yeezus in its entirety, from the album's narrative to the production to the tour. Check out our merchandise line. Follow us on Twitter if you also like to constantly talk about how awesome Kanye is (we'll undoubtedly respond to you). And please, as always, stay loopy.
07/09/1834m 57s

Ghost Town: Childlike Creativity, Purity, and Honesty

On POWER, Kanye had treasures in his mind but couldn't open up his own vault. But on Ghost Town, Ye's childlike creativity, purity, and honesty is set free, allowing him to feel like a kid again. The masterful journey this song takes to achieve the catharsis of 070 Shake's outro cannot possibly be conveyed...yet here Chris and Travis are, trying to do one of Kanye West's greatest songs justice. They cover it all, from Shirley Ann Lee's gospel music to Kid Cudi's interpolation of Vanilla Fudge to what is possibly the most vulnerable verse of Kanye's career. If you'd like to support the show, please rate us on iTunes, or help us out on Patreon. You can buy The Yeezus Book—a scholarly, visual-heavy coffee table book that breaks down Yeezus in its entirety, from the album's narrative to the production to the tour. Check out our merchandise line. Follow us on Twitter if you also like to constantly talk about how awesome Kanye is (we'll undoubtedly respond to you). And please, as always, stay loopy.
04/09/181h 39m

Austin Summer Jam: Kyle Lucas

Kyle Lucas reveals some of the highs and struggles of his musical journey. @KyleLucas https://open.spotify.com/artist/1e2QNoY78J2PLcRSWzubcV ==== Marietta, Georgia • Emcee/Songwriter • Movie Watcher • Whiskey Drinker • Hopeless Romantic • Young, Fly & Jiggy • ==== Austin's Hip Hop, R&B, Pop and Soul Artists are beginning to take the city by storm. In appreciation of these artists' creativity and hard work, KUTX'S The Breaks, EQ Austin and The Hakone Agency are presenting Austin's inaugural Summer Jam event on Friday August, 31st. The event will be hosted by Austin's #1 hip hop radio show, The Breaks, who have selflessly merged both national and local acts on their Saturday night radio show. The hosts, Confucius and Fresh, not only want to highlight the hottest artists in the city, but also to bring various pieces of our community together, uniting in appreciation of Austin's vibrant music community.
30/08/1828m 46s

Austin Summer Jam 2018: Deezie Brown

Deezie Brown dishes on what comes next after the release of his underground masterpiece "Judith". As well as other thoughts on music, production, and the Austin hiphop scene. @deeziebrown https://open.spotify.com/artist/6BpZFEFculD1d8LGOrlQo8 ==== "Based out of Austin, Texas, Deezie Brown delivers a very edgy, dark, and rebellious depiction of Alternative Hip-Hop and Electronic Pop. Deezie Brown was exposed to hip-hop at an early age while he rode around with his dad listening to some of the great artists of the South such as Outkast and UGK." ==== Austin's Hip Hop, R&B, Pop and Soul Artists are beginning to take the city by storm. In appreciation of these artists' creativity and hard work, KUTX'S The Breaks, EQ Austin and The Hakone Agency are presenting Austin's inaugural Summer Jam event on Friday August, 31st. The event will be hosted by Austin's #1 hip hop radio show, The Breaks, who have selflessly merged both national and local acts on their Saturday night radio show. The hosts, Confucius and Fresh, not only want to highlight the hottest artists in the city, but also to bring various pieces of our community together, uniting in appreciation of Austin's vibrant music community.
28/08/1830m 36s

Austin Summer Jam 2018: Harry Edohoukwa

Harry Edohoukwa's inspirations, views on music, and more! @edohoukwa https://open.spotify.com/artist/2ugmrMhuc5JJjQFFwACJYa ==== "Rooted in melody, committed to innovating, the caliber of Harry Edohoukwa's onstage purge of emotion and insightful lyrics takes fans on a rhythmic journey that comes with rewarding experience." -Do512 ==== Austin's Hip Hop, R&B, Pop and Soul Artists are beginning to take the city by storm. In appreciation of these artists' creativity and hard work, KUTX'S The Breaks, EQ Austin and The Hakone Agency are presenting Austin's inaugural Summer Jam event on Friday August, 31st. The event will be hosted by Austin's #1 hip hop radio show, The Breaks, who have selflessly merged both national and local acts on their Saturday night radio show. The hosts, Confucius and Fresh, not only want to highlight the hottest artists in the city, but also to bring various pieces of our community together, uniting in appreciation of Austin's vibrant music community.
28/08/1828m 6s

Austin Summer Jam 2018: JOAQU.N

DJ extraordinaire JOAQU.N details his journey to the table and dreams of producing. @joaqu__n https://soundcloud.com/Joaqu_n ===== "venezuelan dj/producer. based in austin, texas. joaqu.n@thenuwave.co" ===== Austin's Hip Hop, R&B, Pop and Soul Artists are beginning to take the city by storm. In appreciation of these artists' creativity and hard work, KUTX'S The Breaks, EQ Austin and The Hakone Agency are presenting Austin's inaugural Summer Jam event on Friday August, 31st. The event will be hosted by Austin's #1 hip hop radio show, The Breaks, who have selflessly merged both national and local acts on their Saturday night radio show. The hosts, Confucius and Fresh, not only want to highlight the hottest artists in the city, but also to bring various pieces of our community together, uniting in appreciation of Austin's vibrant music community.
27/08/1841m 10s

Austin Summer Jam 2018: Jake Lloyd

Jake Lloyd details the biography behind the artistry. @jakelloydii https://open.spotify.com/artist/0yKi6YfNrd68niGAm7glGK ===== "Challenges create Champions and Austin-based singer/song writer Jake Lloyd has had his share of woes. After Leaving school in 2009 he came back to Austin to re-establish his roots in music. He began singing in several bands and made a name for himself as a prolific front-man with an energy that was unlike any other. Recently teaming up with local label KeyzStreet, the focus has been on recording his debut project while establishing a foundation for his career. Soul, hip-hop, funk are the makings of this contemporary RnB crooner but has a distinct versatility that allows him to function in a variety of different mediums." Austin's Hip Hop, R&B, Pop and Soul Artists are beginning to take the city by storm. In appreciation of these artists' creativity and hard work, KUTX'S The Breaks, EQ Austin and The Hakone Agency are presenting Austin's inaugural Summer Jam event on Friday August, 31st. The event will be hosted by Austin's #1 hip hop radio show, The Breaks, who have selflessly merged both national and local acts on their Saturday night radio show. The hosts, Confucius and Fresh, not only want to highlight the hottest artists in the city, but also to bring various pieces of our community together, uniting in appreciation of Austin's vibrant music community.
26/08/1827m 23s

Austin Summer Jam 2018: Mélat

Meet Mélat! Her voice is as electric as her personality! @beholdmelat https://open.spotify.com/artist/0yKi6YfNrd68niGAm7glGK ===== "Native Austinite, Mélat is the eclectic soul of modern RnB. Mélat tells a story that is both challenging and inspiring crafted from her very own life experiences. It is a pure and honest reflection of her soul. From love, lust, success, to failure Mélat sings of what it means to be a human being simply longing to 'be'." Austin's Hip Hop, R&B, Pop and Soul Artists are beginning to take the city by storm. In appreciation of these artists' creativity and hard work, KUTX'S The Breaks, EQ Austin and The Hakone Agency are presenting Austin's inaugural Summer Jam event on Friday August, 31st. The event will be hosted by Austin's #1 hip hop radio show, The Breaks, who have selflessly merged both national and local acts on their Saturday night radio show. The hosts, Confucius and Fresh, not only want to highlight the hottest artists in the city, but also to bring various pieces of our community together, uniting in appreciation of Austin's vibrant music community.
25/08/1837m 45s

Reborn BONUS: Song Rankings, Favorite Lines, Clay Z Update

For each song's bonus episode, we list our rankings for the songs we've covered so far, discuss our favorite lines from the song, and recall the moment Ye stopped us in our tracks and made us think, "Wait Kanye...what???" And then, of course, we provide an update on the happenings of everybody's favorite clone, Clay Z. If you'd like to support the show, please rate us on iTunes, or help us out on Patreon. You can buy The Yeezus Book—a scholarly, visual-heavy coffee table book that breaks down Yeezus in its entirety, from the album's narrative to the production to the tour. Check out our merchandise line. Follow us on Twitter if you also like to constantly talk about how awesome Kanye is (we'll undoubtedly respond to you). And please, as always, stay loopy.
24/08/1828m 28s

Austin Summer Jam 2018: Parallelelephants

@PARALLELEPHANTS https://open.spotify.com/artist/1QetTIyj4TIXC92czWjOx1 ======== Stemming from a belief that music is derived from a tapestry of inner thoughts, beauty, and the basic element of intimacy with ones self, Parallelephants birthed a new period in what can be described as a sexual renaissance, dribbling with the afterbirth of an audiophonic lubrication into the new intimate landscape that is his signature sound. This creation, in what some have called a “sensual groove affair”, Parallelephants prides In allowing an expression of the deepest recesses of the mind, replicating a soulful atmosphere once only heard through the murky smoke filled rooms of the quiet-storm lounges. With the initial purpose to create a new breed of soulful funk and R&B, Parallelephants originated in the year of 2013 as a mixed multimedia based project whose goal has been to combine a consistent aesthetic in both audio and visual mediums. Based around this concept, founder and producer, Thomie, began writing and recording music under the portmanteau. Since its inception and use of live performances, the project has gained a dedicated following and notoriety throughout the nation, and continues to flourish as a blossoming tale of self exploration and the dismissal of all self pride.
23/08/1819m 43s

Austin Summer Jam 2018: JSoulja

JSoulja tells Chris about his history as an artist and the future of the Austin music scene. For all hiphop fans who want to know what goes on behind the scenes, dive in. For artists, get inspired. @OfficialJSoulja https://open.spotify.com/artist/06BANidbJ2Kn9t12vsyTDU ===== JSoulja is making heads turn with his raw lyrical talent. With doing shows from Wale to TDE as well as other big name artist, JSoulja is quickly becoming a local as well as a statewide favorite. In 2015 & 2016 JSoulja accomplished being an official SXSW artist while headlining & producing 2 events. JSoulja is working with his own in-house music team and movement “4Life4Ever” which includes a collective of producers and artist . ​ 2018, JSoulja was selected by international cigar company "SwisherSweets" to become part of their elite class of HipHop artist/endorsers. JSoulja is working close knit with the company to help brand himself as well as the company by performing at their exclusive concerts titled "Swisher Pack Night" along side with artist such as Gucci Mane, Fetty Wap, & Machine Gun Kelly. ​ JSoulja’s knack for lyricism and his charisma on the track has him standing out from the rest of his peers in his hometown. JSoulja has made it clear that he is one of the premiere artists not only in Austin, but across the U.S. ======== Austin's Hip Hop, R&B, Pop and Soul Artists are beginning to take the city by storm. In appreciation of these artists' creativity and hard work, KUTX'S The Breaks and The Hakone Agency are presenting Austin's inaugural Summer Jam event on Friday August, 31st. The event will be hosted by Austin's #1 hip hop radio show, The Breaks, who have seflessly merged both national and local acts on their Saturday night radio show. The hosts, Confucius and Fresh, not only want to highlight the hottest artists in the city, but also to bring various pieces of our community together, uniting in appreciation of Austin's vibrant music community. Sponsors include: Austin Revitalization Authority—Great American Smiles—Zilker Brewing Company—EQ Austin—Pure Gold Realty—Austin Chronicle
22/08/1830m 28s

Reborn: Out of the Storm

There's a key moment in Reborn where Kid Cudi is sitting in a storm, wondering which way to go. And his (and Kanye's) will to move out of that storm represents a true turning point for this crazy, ghoulish journey the Kids have taken us on. Chris and Travis break down everything that has allowed Ye and Cudi to be at peace with themselves and become ready for whatever the next step may be. If you'd like to support the show, please rate us on iTunes, or help us out on Patreon. You can buy The Yeezus Book—a scholarly, visual-heavy coffee table book that breaks down Yeezus in its entirety, from the album's narrative to the production to the tour. Check out our merchandise line. Follow us on Twitter if you also like to constantly talk about how awesome Kanye is (we'll undoubtedly respond to you). And please, as always, stay loopy.
21/08/1856m 9s

Austin Summer Jam 2018: The Teeta

Chris talks with The Teeta, a founding member of Austin's Team Next, and originator of the genre "New age pretty boy trap." Discover more about his artistry and views on the Austin scene. Follow him @TheTeeta ===== Austin's Hip Hop, R&B, Pop and Soul Artists are beginning to take the city by storm. In appreciation of these artists' creativity and hard work, KUTX'S The Breaks and The Hakone Agency are presenting Austin's inaugural Summer Jam event on Friday August, 31st. The event will be hosted by Austin's #1 hip hop radio show, The Breaks, who have seflessly merged both national and local acts on their Saturday night radio show. The hosts, Confucius and Fresh, not only want to highlight the hottest artists in the city, but also to bring various pieces of our community together, uniting in appreciation of Austin's vibrant music community. Sponsors include: Austin Revitalization Authority—Great American Smiles—Zilker Brewing Company—EQ Austin—Pure Gold Realty—Austin Chronicle
20/08/1827m 6s

The Time Kanye West Went on Jimmy Kimmel and Gave One of the Best Interviews Ever

It was the four seconds heard around the world—the moment Kanye West couldn't answer a question about Donald Trump. Well...couldn't immediately answer. Which in retrospect seems kinda normal. Which makes you wonder why everyone is so mad about it. Which makes you wish someone would talk sensibly about Kanye's appearance on Jimmy Kimmel. Oh, hi! Chris and Travis are here to do just that. They discuss the ins and outs of what is now a classic Kanye West interview. From Trump to bipolarism to Pornhub, it's all here, and it's all wavy af. If you'd like to support the show, please rate us on iTunes, or help us out on Patreon. You can buy The Yeezus Book—a scholarly, visual-heavy coffee table book that breaks down Yeezus in its entirety, from the album's narrative to the production to the tour—on June 18. Check out our two Kanye West shirts currently on the market (we have a Runaway and a Hold My Liquor shirt). Follow us on Twitter if you also like to constantly talk about how awesome Kanye is (we'll undoubtedly respond to you). And please, as always, stay loopy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
17/08/181h 35m

My StorYe: Chase Crawford

Director, actor, podcast host, and all-around go-getter Chase Crawford dishes on his relationship with Kanye's music over the years.  Check out his podcast: According to the Internet Follow him on twitter: @chsecrwfrd If you'd like to support the show, please rate us on iTunes, or help us out on Patreon. You can buy The Yeezus Book—a scholarly, visual-heavy coffee table book that breaks down Yeezus in its entirety, from the album's narrative to the production to the tour—on June 18. Check out our two Kanye West shirts currently on the market (we have a Runaway and a Hold My Liquor shirt). Follow us on Twitter if you also like to constantly talk about how awesome Kanye is (we'll undoubtedly respond to you). And please, as always, stay loopy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
14/08/181h 10m

No Mistakes BONUS: Song Rankings, Favorite Lines, Clay Z Update

For each song's bonus episode, we list our rankings for the songs we've covered so far, discuss our favorite lines from the song, and recall the moment Ye stopped us in our tracks and made us think, "Wait Kanye...what???" And then, of course, we provide an update on the happenings of everybody's favorite clone, Clay Z. If you'd like to support the show, please rate us on iTunes, or help us out on Patreon. You can buy The Yeezus Book—a scholarly, visual-heavy coffee table book that breaks down Yeezus in its entirety, from the album's narrative to the production to the tour. Check out our merchandise line. Follow us on Twitter if you also like to constantly talk about how awesome Kanye is (we'll undoubtedly respond to you). And please, as always, stay loopy.
10/08/1823m 23s

No Mistakes: Children Get Together

Make no mistake, Kanye, we still love you! ...even though you make our brains hurt. Because even a seemingly simple song like No Mistakes is chock-full of meaning and sonic depth. Chris and Travis try their best to navigate those waters, covering everything from the Slick Rick and Edwin Hawkins Singers samples to the Drake Treaty to how it perfectly leads into what's explored Ghost Town. If you'd like to support the show, please rate us on iTunes, or help us out on Patreon. You can buy The Yeezus Book—a scholarly, visual-heavy coffee table book that breaks down Yeezus in its entirety, from the album's narrative to the production to the tour. Check out our merchandise line. Follow us on Twitter if you also like to constantly talk about how awesome Kanye is (we'll undoubtedly respond to you). And please, as always, stay loopy.
08/08/181h 9m

My StorYe: Justin Hunte

Listen in awe as Justin Hunte brings to bear his prodigious knowledge on rap history and culture to speak on his highs and lows with Kanye. Justin Hunte is Head of Video Production & Development for Ambrosia For Heads. A former Editor-in-Chief of HipHopDX and creator of DX's popular series The Breakdown and #DXLive, Hunte has debated at the prestigious Oxford Union and is featured on Shade45's "All Out Show w/ Rude Jude," as well as Revolt TV’s “Revolt Live” Billboard magazine, digital campaigns for Lexus, Honda, Brisk, and Simple Mobile. Prior to joining HipHopDX, Hunte spent 5 years working in investment banking at Banc Of America/Merrill Lynch and has covered music, politics, and culture for numerous publications. He is currently based in Los Angeles, California.  If you'd like to support the show, please rate us on iTunes, or help us out on Patreon. You can buy The Yeezus Book—a scholarly, visual-heavy coffee table book that breaks down Yeezus in its entirety, from the album's narrative to the production to the tour—on June 18. Check out our two Kanye West shirts currently on the market (we have a Runaway and a Hold My Liquor shirt). Follow us on Twitter if you also like to constantly talk about how awesome Kanye is (we'll undoubtedly respond to you). And please, as always, stay loopy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
25/07/181h 7m

Freeee (Ghost Town Pt. 2) BONUS: Song Rankings, Favorite Lines, Clay Z Update

For each song's bonus episode, we list our rankings for the songs we've covered so far, discuss our favorite lines from the song, and recall the moment Ye stopped us in our tracks and made us think, "Wait Kanye...what???" And then, of course, we provide an update on the happenings of everybody's favorite clone, Clay Z. If you'd like to support the show, please rate us on iTunes, or help us out on Patreon. You can buy The Yeezus Book—a scholarly, visual-heavy coffee table book that breaks down Yeezus in its entirety, from the album's narrative to the production to the tour. Check out our merchandise line. Follow us on Twitter if you also like to constantly talk about how awesome Kanye is (we'll undoubtedly respond to you). And please, as always, stay loopy.
24/07/1822m 24s

Freeee (Ghost Town Pt. 2): Beyond the Pain

What do Marcus Garvey, Black Star, Ty Dolla $ign, and Anthony Hamilton all have in common? They're all part of the formula on Freeee, the sequel to Ghost Town on ye and the song where Kanye and Cudi break free from the ghosts on KIDS SEE GHOSTS. Chris and Travis are here to cover how all of those combined elements represent a turning point for the kids. If you'd like to support the show, please rate us on iTunes, or help us out on Patreon. You can buy The Yeezus Book—a scholarly, visual-heavy coffee table book that breaks down Yeezus in its entirety, from the album's narrative to the production to the tour. Check out our merchandise line. Follow us on Twitter if you also like to constantly talk about how awesome Kanye is (we'll undoubtedly respond to you). And please, as always, stay loopy.
20/07/1858m 54s

My StorYe: Donna-Claire Chesman

Donna-Claire discusses her relationship with Kanye's music, music in general, and writing about Ye's Wyoming projects. Listen for some insight and compassion.  Donna-Claire Chesman is an East Coast-based music writer, who loves Big L and The Fugees as much as jazz and her pet parrot. She is a senior writer for DJBooth and content strategist for Audiomack. Her past bylines include: Pigeons and Planes, Mass Appeal, XXL, Vinyl Me, Please, and others. Find her on Twitter, if you're so inclined. https://djbooth.net/author/donna-claire-chesman https://djbooth.net Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
17/07/181h 4m

Wouldn't Leave BONUS: Song Rankings, Favorite Lines, Clay Z Update

For each song's bonus episode, we list our rankings for the songs we've covered so far, discuss our favorite lines from the song, and recall the moment Ye stopped us in our tracks and made us think, "Wait Kanye...what???" And then, of course, we provide an update on the happenings of everybody's favorite clone, Clay Z. If you'd like to support the show, please rate us on iTunes, or help us out on Patreon. You can buy The Yeezus Book—a scholarly, visual-heavy coffee table book that breaks down Yeezus in its entirety, from the album's narrative to the production to the tour. Check out our merchandise line. Follow us on Twitter if you also like to constantly talk about how awesome Kanye is (we'll undoubtedly respond to you). And please, as always, stay loopy.
13/07/1820m 9s

Wouldn't Leave: Runaway Pt. 2

In Runaway, Kanye told her to run away—in Wouldn't Leave, he realizes she wants to stay. While The Life of Pablo encapsulates Kanye West's commitment to marriage and domesticity, ye is a spiritual journey where Kanye comes to peace with himself, and part of that includes the recognition that other people in his life—mainly his wife, Kim Kardashian—love him as much as he loves himself. Chris, Travis, Jordan break it all down, from the impact of the TMZ incident on Kanye's marriage to the song's connection with Teyana Taylor's album to the sonic fusion of Kanye's various personalities. If you'd like to support the show, please rate us on iTunes, or help us out on Patreon. You can buy The Yeezus Book—a scholarly, visual-heavy coffee table book that breaks down Yeezus in its entirety, from the album's narrative to the production to the tour. Check out our merchandise line. Follow us on Twitter if you also like to constantly talk about how awesome Kanye is (we'll undoubtedly respond to you). And please, as always, stay loopy.
11/07/181h 38m

4th Dimension BONUS: Song Rankings, Favorite Lines, Clay Z Update

For each song's bonus episode, we list our rankings for the songs we've covered so far, discuss our favorite lines from the song, and recall the moment Ye stopped us in our tracks and made us think, "Wait Kanye...what???" And then, of course, we provide an update on the happenings of everybody's favorite clone, Clay Z. If you'd like to support the show, please rate us on iTunes, or help us out on Patreon. You can buy The Yeezus Book—a scholarly, visual-heavy coffee table book that breaks down Yeezus in its entirety, from the album's narrative to the production to the tour. Check out our merchandise line. Follow us on Twitter if you also like to constantly talk about how awesome Kanye is (we'll undoubtedly respond to you). And please, as always, stay loopy.
02/07/1823m 38s

4th Dimension: Caught Between Space and Time

It's Christmas...in July! That's right, Santa's coming down the chimney—but is that a good thing? Have Kanye and Cudi been naughty or nice? Chris and Travis have the answer, which is mixed within what may be the most layered song on KIDS SEE GHOSTS, and perhaps the most complex song of Kanye's career. From thematically relevant samples to repurposed drum beats to laughing jesters, 4th Dimension is not a song that can be understood in the 2 minutes and 23 seconds it takes to listen to it. So strap in, because this is one crazy episode. If you'd like to support the show, please rate us on iTunes, or help us out on Patreon. You can buy The Yeezus Book—a scholarly, visual-heavy coffee table book that breaks down Yeezus in its entirety, from the album's narrative to the production to the tour. Check out our merchandise line. Follow us on Twitter if you also like to constantly talk about how awesome Kanye is (we'll undoubtedly respond to you). And please, as always, stay loopy.
02/07/181h 15m

All Mine BONUS: Song Rankings, Favorite Lines, Clay Z Update

For each song's bonus episode, we list our rankings for the songs we've covered so far, discuss our favorite lines from the song, and recall the moment Ye stopped us in our tracks and made us think, "Wait Kanye...what???" And then, of course, we provide an update on the happenings of everybody's favorite clone, Clay Z. If you'd like to support the show, please rate us on iTunes, or help us out on Patreon. You can buy The Yeezus Book—a scholarly, visual-heavy coffee table book that breaks down Yeezus in its entirety, from the album's narrative to the production to the tour. Check out our merchandise line. Follow us on Twitter if you also like to constantly talk about how awesome Kanye is (we'll undoubtedly respond to you). And please, as always, stay loopy.
28/06/1819m 34s

All Mine: A Wish You Regret

Rub on the lamp, get the genie out the bottle...and what do you get? One chaotic, disillusioned life. On All Mine, the third track from ye, we find Kanye nearing a crossroads when he'll need to move away from infidelity and erratic behavior and commit to the one and only Kim Kardashian. Chris, Travis, and Jordan break down the slow unraveling of Kanye's Yeezusian behavior before he sees the light in Wouldn't Leave. If you'd like to support the show, please rate us on iTunes, or help us out on Patreon. You can buy The Yeezus Book—a scholarly, visual-heavy coffee table book that breaks down Yeezus in its entirety, from the album's narrative to the production to the tour. Check out our merchandise line. Follow us on Twitter if you also like to constantly talk about how awesome Kanye is (we'll undoubtedly respond to you). And please, as always, stay loopy.
27/06/181h 22m

Fire BONUS: Song Rankings, Favorite Lines, Clay Z Update

For each song's bonus episode, we list our rankings for the songs we've covered so far, discuss our favorite lines from the song, and recall the moment Ye stopped us in our tracks and made us think, "Wait Kanye...what???" And then, of course, we provide an update on the happenings of everybody's favorite clone, Clay Z. If you'd like to support the show, please rate us on iTunes, or help us out on Patreon. You can buy The Yeezus Book—a scholarly, visual-heavy coffee table book that breaks down Yeezus in its entirety, from the album's narrative to the production to the tour. Check out our merchandise line. Follow us on Twitter if you also like to constantly talk about how awesome Kanye is (we'll undoubtedly respond to you). And please, as always, stay loopy.
24/06/1823m 47s

Fire: To Be Saved, or To Be Consumed

Throughout KIDS SEE GHOSTS, Cudi and Ye are up and down, welcoming and angry, hopeful and bitter—it's a beautiful madness. And on the album's second track, Fire, we see that those two are giving into their ghosts and dipping into Yeezus-like behavior. It's a similar journey Kanye experiences on ye, so Chris and Travis are going line by line through Fire to show how the spiritual journey of Kanye's last album lines up with the internal battle through which he and Cudi struggle on this track. If you'd like to support the show, please rate us on iTunes, or help us out on Patreon. You can buy The Yeezus Book—a scholarly, visual-heavy coffee table book that breaks down Yeezus in its entirety, from the album's narrative to the production to the tour. Check out our merchandise line. Follow us on Twitter if you also like to constantly talk about how awesome Kanye is (we'll undoubtedly respond to you). And please, as always, stay loopy.
23/06/1854m 22s

Yikes BONUS: Song Rankings, Favorite Lines, Wait Kanye What?

For each song's bonus episode, we list our rankings for the songs we've covered so far, discuss our favorite lines from the song, and recall the moment Ye stopped us in our tracks and made us think, "Wait Kanye...what???" If you'd like to support the show, please rate us on iTunes, or help us out on Patreon. You can buy The Yeezus Book—a scholarly, visual-heavy coffee table book that breaks down Yeezus in its entirety, from the album's narrative to the production to the tour. Check out our merchandise line. Follow us on Twitter if you also like to constantly talk about how awesome Kanye is (we'll undoubtedly respond to you). And please, as always, stay loopy.
21/06/1821m 7s

Yikes: Being Bi-Polar is a Superpower. It's Frightening.

Kanye claims that being bi-polar is a superpower...in a song called Yikes? Yeah, sure. In the ye narrative where Kanye attempts to finally overcome his Yeezus persona, it seems all too fitting that he would put up this front—and the WTT crew is going to tear it apart. Chris, Travis, and Jordan go line by line through Yikes, noting the back-and-forth between the bombastic and mindful versions of Kanye and how it captures his chaotic headspace. If you'd like to support the show, please rate us on iTunes, or help us out on Patreon. You can buy The Yeezus Book—a scholarly, visual-heavy coffee table book that breaks down Yeezus in its entirety, from the album's narrative to the production to the tour. Check out our merchandise line. Follow us on Twitter if you also like to constantly talk about how awesome Kanye is (we'll undoubtedly respond to you). And please, as always, stay loopy.
20/06/181h 21m

My StorYe: Leon Laing

Leon Laing is a Jamaican-American and founder of Vigor Online, an award-winning website that posts online stories about urban music, culture, and the arts in mainly the Harrisburg and Philadelphia areas.  Chris and Leon discuss Leon’s journey with Kanye’s music and Leon’s collection of Kanye magazine interviews. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
18/06/181h 18m

Feel the Love BONUS: Song Rankings, Favorite Lines, Wait Kanye What?

For each song's bonus episode, we list our rankings for the songs we've covered so far, discuss our favorite lines from the song, and recall the moment Ye stopped us in our tracks and made us think, "Wait Kanye...what???" Also, stay tuned for a childhood ghost story from Chris!!! If you'd like to support the show, please rate us on iTunes, or help us out on Patreon. You can buy The Yeezus Book—a scholarly, visual-heavy coffee table book that breaks down Yeezus in its entirety, from the album's narrative to the production to the tour. Check out our merchandise line. Follow us on Twitter if you also like to constantly talk about how awesome Kanye is (we'll undoubtedly respond to you). And please, as always, stay loopy.
17/06/1830m 34s

Feel the Love: Ghosts of the Past, Present, and Future

As Chris and Travis continue their lyrical analysis from ye to KIDS SEE GHOSTS, they find themselves in much darker, scarier territory...which is why they'll be holding hands this entire season. For the Feel the Love dissection, the WTT gang gets into all kinds of murky territory where Kanye West and Kid Cudi are forced to confront their ghosts and resist the unhealthy urges that would form new ghosts in the future. Hopefully Cudi and Ye are holding hands too... If you'd like to support the show, please rate us on iTunes, or help us out on Patreon. You can buy The Yeezus Book—a scholarly, visual-heavy coffee table book that breaks down Yeezus in its entirety, from the album's narrative to the production to the tour. Check out our merchandise line. Follow us on Twitter if you also like to constantly talk about how awesome Kanye is (we'll undoubtedly respond to you). And please, as always, stay loopy.
16/06/1849m 16s

I Thought About Killing You BONUS: Song Rankings, Favorite Lines, Wait Kanye What?

For each song's bonus episode, we list our rankings for the songs we've covered so far, discuss our favorite lines from the song, and recall the moment Ye stopped us in our tracks and made us think, "Wait Kanye...what???" If you'd like to support the show, please rate us on iTunes, or help us out on Patreon. You can buy The Yeezus Book—a scholarly, visual-heavy coffee table book that breaks down Yeezus in its entirety, from the album's narrative to the production to the tour. Check out our merchandise line. Follow us on Twitter if you also like to constantly talk about how awesome Kanye is (we'll undoubtedly respond to you). And please, as always, stay loopy.
14/06/1818m 5s

I Thought About Killing You: Me, Myself, and JAY-Z

Today, our trek through ye—which could be Kanye West's most challenging episode yet—begins. To help, Jordan is teaming up with Chris and Travis as they all try to decipher who the "you" in I Thought About Killing You is. They get into all kinds of topics, including how the song is largely a response to Kill Jay Z, how Kanye sonically explores his bipolarism, and how the song foreshadows a grand narrative and thematic journey that builds from Daytona to ye to Kids See Ghosts. If you'd like to support the show, please rate us on iTunes, or help us out on Patreon. You can buy The Yeezus Book—a scholarly, visual-heavy coffee table book that breaks down Yeezus in its entirety, from the album's narrative to the production to the tour. Check out our merchandise line. Follow us on Twitter if you also like to constantly talk about how awesome Kanye is (we'll undoubtedly respond to you). And please, as always, stay loopy.
13/06/181h 29m

KIDS SEE GHOSTS: Burn the Rain, Burn the Pain

You know how Kanye set release dates for Pusha's album, for his solo album, for KIDS SEE GHOSTS, for Nas' album, and for Teyana's debut? Well, we said we'd put out a Kids See Ghosts episode on the day it released, and dammit, we're following through. After a marathon texting session this morning as we listened through the album on repeat, and after a lengthy discussion as we went track by track, Chris and Travis are ready to give an overview of the storyline occurring on KIDS SEE GHOSTS—an album that takes mental illness and suicide head on, and acknowledges that if you want to get better, you have to confront (and overcome) your past demons, your ghosts. If you'd like to support the show, please rate us on iTunes, or help us out on Patreon. You can buy The Yeezus Book—a scholarly, visual-heavy coffee table book that breaks down Yeezus in its entirety, from the album's narrative to the production to the tour. Check out our merchandise line. Follow us on Twitter if you also like to constantly talk about how awesome Kanye is (we'll undoubtedly respond to you). And please, as always, stay loopy.
09/06/1850m 26s

ye: A Spiritual Awakening

It's only been three days, but Chris, Travis, and Jordan have been talking NON-STOP about Kanye West's new album, ye, since its release and feel ready to provide a general overview of the album's narrative and thematic journey before heading into the individual song analyses over the next seven weeks. In this episode, we discuss how the album provides insight into Kanye's recent behavior, how it plays into the narrative building on his discography, and what new directions it points for his forthcoming projects (including Kids See Ghosts). If you'd like to support the show, please rate us on iTunes, or help us out on Patreon. You can buy The Yeezus Book—a scholarly, visual-heavy coffee table book that breaks down Yeezus in its entirety, from the album's narrative to the production to the tour. Check out our merchandise line. Follow us on Twitter if you also like to constantly talk about how awesome Kanye is (we'll undoubtedly respond to you). And please, as always, stay loopy.
06/06/181h 0m

First Reactions to Kanye’s New Album, ye

Before Chris and Travis dive headfirst into dissecting every nook and cranny of Kanye West's new album, ye, they're here to give some knee-jerk reactions to the days leading up to the album, their expectations, the live stream, and how they generally feel about the album about 12 hours in. On Tuesday, they'll start their full-on track-by-track analysis. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/06/181h 4m

My StorYe: Robin Petering

Yeezy Super-stan Robin Petering dishes on her experience with Kanye West concerts and more in this week's StorYe! Robin is a community inclusive researcher who specializes in homelessness advocacy. She runs a research consulting firm called Lens (the name for which was inspired by Frank Ocean). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
29/05/1858m 29s

The Life of Pablo: Chaos or Order? WHICH/ONE?

New to The Life of Pablo? Or perhaps you're looking for a reason to love it more? Or just wondering what makes it special at all? Well, Chris and Travis, the hosts of Watching the Throne, are going to lay their entire thesis out in one episode. Each episode of Season 7 covers the individual songs of Kanye West's latest album, but on this overview, they'll cover The Life of Pablo's storyline on a broader level, giving some macro context before you head into the individual deep dives.
22/05/181h 46m

My StorYe: TinyTosha

Artist LaTosha Maddox shares how Kanye helped fuel her creative journey.  She is a 23 year old African American Visual Artist who takes strong influence in Pro Black themes and Pop Culture. After beginning her Art Education at The Delaplaine Visual Arts Center and Academy of Arts in Frederick Maryland she pursued a Fine Arts Degree at Louisiana State University. Currently residing in the DMV area, taking time off to focus on an array of creative pursuits. Visit contact for any personal inquiries or requests.  https://www.tinytosha.com You can commission works or buy her Kanye-inspired prints through her website! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
18/05/1851m 18s

Lift Yourself?

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15/05/181h 12m

Is Kanye West Doing Performance Art: A Discussion with Snowcone/Spencer Wolff

Spencer Wolff, aka @Snowcone965 on Twitter, is the man who helped popularize the theory that Ye’s recent controversies—Candace Owens, Trump, TMZ—are part of a larger performance art. Dive further into the concept with this discussion! If you want to read more about the theory to have some context heading into the episode, check out these two posts: https://twitter.com/Snowcone965/status/991695769714479104 https://pigeonsandplanes.com/in-depth/2018/05/kanye-west-prestige-theory  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/05/181h 3m

Wolves - Kanye West, The Life of Pablo

Pretty much every relationship, idea, theme, and issue Kanye has explored throughout his discography has revolved around finding "the one." How perfect is it then that Wolves, the last song on The Life of Pablo's main storyline concludes with Kim and Kanye finding each other, balancing one another, ready to start their lives as husband and wife, father and mother. Chris and Travis try their best to do Kanye's magnum opus justice as they discuss marriage, love, lambs, the Bible—and the fuckin' wolves.
09/05/182h 13m

My StorYe: Daniel Pultz

A true lover of hip-hop, Daniel Pultz shares with us the reasons why he’s been a fan of Kanye since day 1. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
08/05/1855m 19s

My StorYe: Deezie Brown

Deezie Brown’s album “Judith” is the closest thing Chris has felt to listening to Kanye. It makes sense that Deezie drew incredible inspiration from My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. Enjoy the perspective an artist brings to talking about Kanye as Deezie shares his StorYe. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
04/05/181h 8m

Our StorYe: Fans React to this Week in Kanye

Watching the Throne is happy to host a conversation between DeMario Jackson and friends Amaron and Nate about the most dramatic week in Kanye history. Real people, real fans, real reactions. These are the real conversations Kanye is creating. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
04/05/181h 25m

Ye vs. the People - Kanye West

For the first time, Chris and Travis have a Kanye West song that exists outside any album narrative. However, Ye vs. the People fits PERFECTLY into the Kanye West narrative on a broader scale, as he's now once again controlling the conversation, challenging conventional thought and shifting the zeitgeist. But is that good or bad? Is there a danger and naïveté to Kanye's rhetoric? Or should we think more constructively about Kanye's core message and reconsider how we talk about politics? Only time will tell. But for now, we've got Ye vs. the People. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/05/181h 49m

My StorYe: Carrington Harrison

Carrington Harrison is known for being a radio host on 610Sports in Kansas City. More relevant to Kanye fans, Carrington and his friends are the ones behind the Kanye Madness bracket challenge that swept the nation this March. On this episode you can find out more about how Kanye Madness got started and Carrington's own Kanye fandom.        Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
24/04/181h 7m

KANYE ANNOUNCED HIS NEXT ALBUM LET'S TALK ABOUT IT

On June 1, we get the eighth Kanye West album. On June 8, we get the first album from Kanye and Kid Cudi's band, Kids See Ghost. And on April 20, Chris and Travis lost their goddamn minds. Still, they try to keep their composure (EVEN THOUGH KANYE IS OFFICIALLY BACK) and give a fair, scholarly assessment of Kanye's behavior since reappearing online (PREVIEW: IT'S LIKE MANNA FROM HEAVEN) and how that could signal the sound/direction of the forthcoming album (THIS IS A GOD DREAM THIS IS EVERYTHING). Don't worry, we don't freak out...too much (JK WE GIDDY).
20/04/1857m 33s

My StorYe: Zack O’Malley Greenburg

Zack specializes in the intersection of hip-hop and business (evidenced by his new book, 3 Kings: Diddy, Dr. Dre, Jay-Z and Hip-Hop’s Multibillion-Dollar Rise). This gives him quite the unique perspective on Kanye. Be prepared for what is one of our most fascinating StorYe’s to date!    ——————- Purchase 3 Kings: https://www.amazon.com/Kings-Diddy-Jay-Z-Hip-Hops-Multibillion-Dollar/dp/0316316539 ——————- Zack O'Malley Greenburg is the senior editor of media & entertainment at Forbes and author of three books: 3 Kings: Diddy, Dr. Dre, Jay-Z and Hip-Hop's Multibillion-Dollar Rise (Little, Brown, 2018); Michael Jackson, Inc. (Simon & Schuster / Atria, 2014) and the Jay-Z biography Empire State of Mind (Penguin / Portfolio, 2011). In a decade at Forbes, Zack has investigated topics from pension fund scandals to Katy Perry's touring business to the Wu-Tang Clan's secret album. His work has also appeared in the Washington Post, Sports Illustrated, Billboard, Complex, Vibe and McSweeney's; he's served as an expert source for BBC, NPR, MTV, NY Times and 60 Minutes, and as a speaker at SXSW, TEDx, CES, Georgetown and Harvard. Zack graduated from Yale in 2007 with a degree in American Studies. A recovering child actor, he played the title role in film Lorenzo's Oil (1992). He lives in New York with his wife and cats Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
17/04/181h 3m

Bound 2 - Kanye West, Yeezus

Watching the Throne's in the house, watch your mouth... Watching the Throne's in the house, watch your mouth... Bound...2! Bound 2!! We did it!!! Chris, Travis, and Jordan have been down a long, strange, dark, grimy, emotionally draining road covering Yeezus—Kanye West's misunderstood masterpiece—and they've reached the end of that road...or is it the end? Does Bound 2 signal a new chapter for Kanye that leads directly into themes and narrative of The Life of Pablo? Is Kanye's character bound to love...or to the pressures of celebrity? Will we EVER stay in step with Kanye and decipher his genius??? Probably not. But here's our best shot.
10/04/182h 17m

My StorYe: Robert Ruggerio

Robert Ruggerio is you. He's me. He's all of us who have followed Kanye since Through the Wire and had Ye not only be a soundtrack for life (from those teenage years, to the early twenties, now into the thirties), but this ethereal friend who has been there through the best and worst times. This is his/our StorYe.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
06/04/181h 11m

Lost in the World - Kanye West, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

This is it guys...this is the big one—Lost in the World. About two year ago, Chris and Travis started dissecting My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, and now these efficient mofos are finally ready to cover the final track of what many consider to be one of the greatest albums ever made. They fit the final chapter into the narrative of the album as they discuss fame, loneliness and romance in what just might be Kanye's most complex song.
03/04/181h 44m

Kanye and Friends in Wyoming; Southside Serenade; Kanye Hangs with Marvel CEO; Clay Z's Waterski Bike; Kim Says Fuck Off Already

A new Kanye West news episode...sign me up, Mr. President! That's right, Chris and Travis were bored, and March is ending, so it's time to cover everything Kanye that happened over the past month. They discuss a possible new album coming out of Wyoming, the leak of Southside Serenade, lawsuits, memes, Harriet the Spy (so sorry), and all the Jay/Clay Z news you can possibly cram into one episode.
30/03/181h 21m

My StorYe: Miranda Feneberger

Miranda Feneberger dishes on her history with Kanye's music, developing a love and understanding of hip hop, and more things Kanye West.  ------- Miranda's work has been published or is forthcoming on sites such as HelloGiggles, NYLON, HuffPo, Rookie, BuzzFeed, Bustle, Thought Catalog, andPaste Magazine. She has also been published in print in Shiny People Zine, and on indie sites like The Inkport and Vinyl Mag. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
27/03/181h 7m

Coldest Winter - Kanye West, 808s & Heartbreak

If it's 4 a.m. and you can't sleep. If it's a lonely night and you're starting to fade. If the love you need is a thousand miles away. Don't worry, we're covering the right song for you today. As Chris and Travis reach the tail end of 808s & Heartbreak, they try to keep their composure as Kanye reaches the apex of all the fear and regret that's plagued him throughout the album. It's a dark, yet strangefully hopeful time on Coldest Winter, which finds Kanye saying goodbye to his mother (and, effectively, his fantasies about fame) as he looks towards building his own future.
20/03/181h 17m

My StorYe: Timothy Anne Burnside

Timothy Anne Burnside brings her expert opinion on African American history and culture to bear on Kanye as a musician, his influences, and his legacy.  ------ Timothy Anne Burnside works closely with object donors and museum colleagues to build collections and develop exhibitions and programs that offer complex representations of history and cultural expression. Her background includes curatorial research and collecting, archival work, collections management, and program production. Timothy began her career with the Smithsonian at the National Museum of American History in 2003, where she worked in the Archives Center and Division of Cultural History, then launched that museum’s hip-hop collecting initiative in 2006. She has since worked on many Smithsonian exhibitions and projects, including the NMAAHC’s preview exhibition about the Apollo Theater in Harlem, New York that toured the country in 2010-2012. Timothy most recently contributed to multiple NMAAHC inaugural exhibitions, including Musical Crossroads, Sports: Leveling the Playing Field, Taking the Stage, and The Power of Place. She regularly presents at conferences across the country, speaks with college and graduate students about opportunities in the museum field, and serves on the Executive Committee of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music. Timothy received her B.A. in History, English, and Music Performance from Lawrence University, and M.A. in Museum Studies from Johns Hopkins University. ---------- "The National Museum of African American History and Culture is the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture. It was established by Act of Congress in 2003, following decades of efforts to promote and highlight the contributions of African Americans. To date, the Museum has collected more than 36,000 artifacts and nearly 100,000 individuals have become members. The Museum opened to the public on September 24, 2016, as the 19th and newest museum of the Smithsonian Institution." ----------- https://timothyanne.com/writing/f/finding-kanye-wests-influences-in-our-collection Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
16/03/1855m 6s

Live from the 2018 SXSW and TuneIn Podcast Stage

We were live on the SXSW and TuneIn Podcast Stage. Chris and Travis, a room full of Kanye fans, delicious breakfast tacos from Tacodeli—could we get much higher? You'll hear some Kanye-themed games (Family Feud/Kanye or Jay-Z/and Wait, Kanye, What?) and some truly wavy conversation about Mr. West. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
14/03/1859m 33s

My StorYe: Joe Perez

Joe Perez is a freelance creative director and graphic artist who worked as the lead art director at Kanye West’s design studio DONDA from 2011-2016. His most notable work was on the Cruel Summer, & Yeezus album covers. In this episode he sits down with Chris to discuss his career and work with Kanye. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
09/03/181h 7m

The Glory - Kanye West, Graduation

Can we talk our shit again? We can?! Because it's our podcast?!?!?! Yippee!!! Today Chris and Travis are breaking down what might be Kanye West's most underrated song: The Glory. The track that might truly be the pinnacle of Old Kanye's powers. They discussing ironic use of ego, the beauty of sampling Laura Nyro, and how the song sets up Kanye's "break up" with Chicago.
06/03/181h 42m

My StorYe: Kish Lal

Kish is currently based in Melbourne, Australia. Her recent bylines have been in Sydney Morning Herald, Noisey, Acclaim Magazine and VICE Magazine. She's a writer, DJ and podcaster. Follow her on Twitter: @kish_lal Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
27/02/1858m 0s

Chicago West; CudYe on Stage; Kanye's Valentine Insta-thon; Clay Z's Olympic Dreams

We haven't done a news episode in a while—which means there's a TON to cover. Chris and Travis do their best to cover everything Kanye from the past month or so, including Kanye joining Kid Cudi on stage, Kanye's return to Instagram, the birth of Kimye's third babe—and, of course, the latest and greatest JAY-Z/Clay Z news.
23/02/181h 36m

Celebration - Kanye West, Late Registration

You know what this is? It's a... a... we're actually not sure? Chris and Travis usually have a complete grasp on Kanye West, but when it comes to Celebration, they're at a bit of a loss. They try to piece together how Celebration might fit into the theme of Late Registration, how the skits might point towards the song's intentions, and how this might be a lite foreshadowing of the Yeezus version of Kanye. The key word here? Might.
21/02/181h 14m

My StorYe: Brent Lewis

Brent Lewis is the Senior Photo Editor for ESPN's "The Undefeated" and co-founder of the Diversify Photo Initiative. Self-proclaimed lover of all things Chicago. You can follow Brent at @BLewisPhoto. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
13/02/181h 17m

Send It Up - Kanye West, Yeezus

We 'bout to send this bitch up and, yes, it WILL go down. Yup, you guessed it: Chris and Travis are dissecting Sent It Up today, which only leaves one song to go on what is possibly Kanye West's greatest album: Yeezus. With that in mind, they're really getting into Kanye's state of mind at this point in the album's narrative, which finds Kanye dipping back into his Yeezus persona after finding some catharsis on Guilt Trip. They talk about braggadocio and irony, how the song mirrors On Sight lyrically and sonically, and how the song sets up both Bound 2 and The Life of Pablo. If you would like to support the show, visit our Patreon page.
09/02/181h 24m

All Falls Down - Kanye West, The College Dropout

It's time for Round 2! Chris and Travis tried analyzing All Falls Down a couple years ago when they were noobs, but are now ready to give it a more legitimate dissection in 2018. All Falls Down is a great example of Early Kanye's storytelling and sampling powers, using Lauryn Hill and Biggie songs to encapsulate the power consumerism holds over black society. Of course, Chris and Travis get into all of that, along with Showgirls, Single White Female, Fight Club, and then eventually Showgirls again.
06/02/181h 38m

My StorYe: Nia Renee Hill

Nia Renee Hill is a actor, writer, producer, and director. You can occasionally hear her on the Monday Morning Podcast with her husband Bill Burr. She recently guest starred on an episode of HBO's "Crashing". Oh, and she's a huge Kanye fan! Find her on Twitter and Instagram under the handle @niasalterego. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
02/02/181h 2m

The 2018 Best Kanye West Song Tournament Death Match Extreme: Part 2

Just when Jordan thought it was over...it wasn't. It totally wasn't. Like, not even close. We got through the first 64 matchups of the 2018 Best Kanye West Song Tournament Death Match Extreme 2000, and there are SIXTY-THREE LEFT. Chris, Travis, and Jordan started with 128 songs, but there can only be one indisputable best Kanye West song ever. Will Hold My Liquor two-peat? Will Ultralight Beam ride that beam to #1? Will Breathe In Breathe Out somehow sneak back into the tournament and capture our hearts? IDK. But here we go. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
30/01/181h 6m

The 2018 Best Kanye West Song Tournament Death Match Extreme: Part 1

Once again, Chris and Travis have kidnapped Jordan from his humble abode and forced him to participate something no human being should be forced to endure: Sitting in a room for 3 hours with Chris and Travis, talking about Kanye. But this isn't just any episode of Watching the Throne: This is the 2018 Best Kanye West Song Tournament Death Match Extreme 2000. This year, they've stretched the bracket out to 128 Kanye West songs going head to head. Over the course of the first round, friendships are tested, shade is thrown, and Send It Ups are Sent On Downs. Will Chris, Jordan and Travis come out best friends...or sworn enemies? Only one way to find out. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
23/01/181h 42m

Guilt Trip - Kanye West, Yeezus

Kanye lives his life...we living ours!!!!!! And ours is pretty dope, because today we're analyzing an extremely underrated Kanye West song: Guilt Trip. Not underrated, like, say, Breathe In Breathe Out is underrated. But underrated like, "Why don't more people consider this to be one of Kanye's best songs?" Because not only would the narrative of Yeezus be complete without it, but the song is also absolutely brimming with creativity and nuance. Listen in as we detail the song that shifts Kanye from "hopeless romantic" back into "Yeezus" mode for Send It Up. If you would like to support the show, visit our Patreon page.
19/01/181h 45m

My StorYe: Kanye Bars (Twitter Account)

This StorYe is with the man behind one of the fastest growing Kanye-fan accounts on Twitter, @Kanye_Bars. Find out the origins behind the account and, of course, a lot of feelings about Kanye West. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
16/01/1856m 18s

Blood on the Leaves - Kanye West, Yeezus

Chris and Travis woke up in great moods, ate healthy, protein-packed breakfasts, hit new PRs during their squat workouts, and then donated the rest of daylight to volunteering at the local Salvation Army. Then, naturally, they escaped into their basements, riding that high right into a discussion of Blood on the Leaves, hoping they'd make it through the night. Turns out, they had *just* enough goodwill to get through one of Kanye West's most depressing songs from his most misunderstood album. They get into the metaphor being drawn from Strange Fruit by Nina Simone, the gender politics ripping the central character apart, and the grand introduction/origin story of Yeezus himself. If you would like to support the show, visit our Patreon page. This is an archived episode that has been remastered.
12/01/182h 9m

Real Friends - Kanye West, The Life of Pablo

It's taken us two years to finally reach this point, which we know has created a lot of TRUST ISSUES with our real fans—but we're in town for the day, and guess what the fuck we doin'? We talkin' Real Friends. The penultimate track track on The Life of Pablo's main storyline is upon us, and Chris and Travis are making sure to cover all bases before heading into the epic Wolves. In their analysis, they place Real Friends in context of everything: TLOP's narrative, Kanye's growth as a father, the story of Saul/Paul, Kanye's real-life deviation from his family, and stark realities of Ye's mental well-being—it's all here. And it's all critical to understanding Real Friends. If you would like to support the show, visit our Patreon page.
09/01/181h 26m

I'm In It - Kanye West, Yeezus

In a typically meta move by the WTT crew, Chris, Travis, and Jordan decide the only way to properly analyze I'm In It is to trap themselves in a two-hour podcast that just won't seem to f**king end. They eventually emerge from breaking down one of Kanye West's greatest songs, but not before trekking in-depth through the track's mix of identity politics, sexual aggression, and existential anxiety. If you would like to support the show, visit our Patreon page. This is an archived episode that has been remastered.
05/01/182h 1m

My StorYe: Tyler Barstow

Tyler Barstow is the co-founder of the record of the month club "Vinyl Me Please." More importantly, he's a mega Kanye fan.  http://www.vinylmeplease.com The 2017 releases were pretty awesome, including vinyls of Biggie, Gorillaz, and Miles Davis.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
22/12/171h 33m

See You In My Nightmares - Kanye West, 808s & Heartbreak

So, do you think See You In My Nightmares is one of the worst songs off 808s & Heartbreak? Well, get ready to have your mind blown. Because Chris and Travis are not only here to argue that it's a great song—they're here to argue it's the centerpiece of 808s. See You In My Nightmares is an amalgamation of everything the album is exploring, melding the pain, the frustration, the contrived ego, the sadness, the anger, the betrayal into one big ball of oh-my-god-this-is-too-much-too-handle.
20/12/171h 24m

Everything I Am - Kanye West, Graduation

Common passed on the beat, and Kanye made it into a jam that Kanye stans adore. This week, Chris and Travis are breaking down a beloved Kanye West song, Everything I Am. The tenth track from his third album, Graduation, finds Kanye at odds with the artist he wants to be and the celebrity the world expects him to be. It's a somewhat triumphant song that perfectly sets up the celebratory braggadocio of The Glory—and perfect sets up the tragic downfall Kanye experiences on Homecoming and Big Brother. For more Kanye West analysis, check out an extensive breakdown of My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy on the Dissect podcast. If you would like to support the show, visit our Patreon page.
12/12/171h 26m

Hold My Liquor - Kanye West, Yeezus

Chris and Travis need a little help tackling one of Kanye West's most complex, beautiful, and tragic (and underrated!) songs, so they've enlisted Jordan to help break down Hold My Liquor. They cover the old/new Kanye dynamic playing out on the track, how "the woman" and "the aunt" come to metaphorically represent various aspects of Kanye's life, and how the song fits in with the narrative of Yeezus. If you would like to support the show, visit our Patreon page. This is an archived episode that has been remastered.
08/12/171h 16m

The Kanye West Song Tournament; JAY-Z's New York Times Interview; Yeezy Season 6; What is "Yeezy Sound"?

You guys, we have to admit something: We've failed you. We assumed there wasn't any really good Kanye West news these days...BUT THERE'S SO MUCH TO TALK ABOUT AND WE'RE SORRY WE SLACKED. Today is the day we make up for it, though. We preview our annual Kanye West song tournament, discuss JAY-Z's interview with The New York Times, bask in the glory of Kim modeling Yeezy Season 6, and speculate on what the hell Kanye's latest trademark—Yeezy Sound—could possibly be. If you would like to support the show, visit our Patreon page.
04/12/171h 14m

New Slaves - Kanye West, Yeezus

There's a reason Chris and Travis love Yeezus so much—and New Slaves is pretty much that reason. They're here to convince you why the song is so important to not only the narrative of the album, but to the narrative of Kanye West as a whole, and what the idea of being a "new slave" represents to his body of work. Expect plenty of comparisons to Adam Sandler movies, There Will Be Blood, Akira, and that Alanis Morissette song that had everybody confused about what "irony" meant for a while. If you would like to support the show, visit our Patreon page. This is an archived episode that has been remastered.
01/12/171h 32m

The Kanye West Thanksgiving Special

Cake. Licorice. Klondikes. Croissants. Fish filets. Sweet 'n sour sauce. Open-fridge sandwiches. What do these all have in common? They are all Kanye West's favorite foods, of course! As it turns out, Chris and Travis did not get to eat enough food this Thanksgiving and are looking for seconds. Thus, they're digging into Kanye West's discography and pulling out every food reference they can find. And being the over-analyzers they are, they found a narrative arc to Kanye's love of grub. So, put on your bib, loosen your belt, and strap in for this mess. If you would like to support the show, visit our Patreon page.
28/11/171h 36m

Blame Game - Kanye West, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

Warning: There will be tears. Because today Chris and Travis are breaking down Blame Game—the penultimate track on My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, and quite possibly the saddest song Kanye ever recorded. Chris and Travis go deep in dissecting the fraught on the track, which represents both Kanye's personal struggles with romance, his personal struggles with fame, and his personal struggles with hip hop. If you would like to support the show, visit our Patreon page.
21/11/171h 56m

I Am a God - Kanye West, Yeezus

Is it a buttery croissant? Almond croissant? Chocolate croissant? Jelly-filled? Ham and cheese? Lye-glazed? Is it one of those hip, new croissan'wiches? How many croissants are there? Are they Austrian croissants served in a French bakery? Is it made in the style of a Kipferl, the precursor to croissant? Guys, Watching the Throne is here to answer all these questions and more on this episode, as Chris, Travis, and Jordan get into Kanye West's most misunderstood song, I Am a God. They're discussing the tragic, lonely irony of becoming a god, how the song sets up the dominant themes and dichotomies of Yeezus, and the transcendent sonic moments that separate the song from every other song in the history of music. All of that is, obviously, followed by debates about Blood on the Leaves and FourFiveSeconds, educating Jordan about Hulkamania, and, uh, croissants. If you would like to support the show, visit our Patreon page. This is an archived episode that has been remastered.
17/11/171h 27m

Breaking Down Taylor Swift's "Reputation" and How it Relates to Kanye West

This is why we can't have nice things, Taylor! Because you go and and make an album like "Reputation," which we then have to completely tear apart, track by track. Chris is out this week, but Anna joined Travis to discuss Taylor Swift's latest album and how it relates to and addresses Kanye West. In all honesty, they tried to be fair? "Tried" is the key word, here. If you would like to support the show, visit our Patreon page. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
14/11/171h 23m

Black Skinhead - Kanye West, Yeezus

As Chris and Travis continue to tear through Kanye West's most misunderstood album, Yeezus, they move on to analyze Black Skinhead and everything that comes with it, from the narrative on Yeezus to racial injustice to alienation to inspiration to goon shit to anarchy to becoming a god to putting your leather black jeans on by any means...on. So...yeah. They cover a lot. If you would like to support the show, visit our Patreon page. This is an archived episode that has been remastered.
10/11/171h 7m

Hey Mama - Kanye West, Late Registration

Today is a celebration. To celebrate Donda West, Chris and Travis are skipping ahead a bit and breaking down Hey Mama, Kanye West's ode to his loving mother. To prepare, the Watching the Throne crew read Donda's book, "Raising Kanye," and are applying that knowledge to their analysis. They talk about Kanye's use of micro-narratives, the methodical use of the song's sample, and how Kanye creates a communal setting to celebrate his mom. If you would like to support the show, visit our Patreon page.
07/11/171h 46m

My StorYe: Ron Parida

Ron Parida is the mind behind RPV Creative, a social media gency and production company. This is the group behind the wild and wonderful @kanye_isms Instagram page where they turn Kanye sound bytes into entertaining adventures. In this StorYe, Ron shares the approach to kanye_isms and his views on Kanye as a musician and creative. Check out Ron's work at https://www.instagram.com/kanye_isms/  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
25/10/1743m 18s

We Major - Kanye West, Late Registration

We're feeling like we've never felt before today... Because we've never felt this confused. This is a weird one. For the first time in Watching the Throne, Chris and Travis are at a loss about a song. While they like We Major...they might not know what the song is about at all? Or they might know exactly what the song is about? Or they might have a thousand different theories for what the song could be about? Who knows. Go down the rabbit hole with them as they try to piece together We Major, which is either Kanye West's sloppiest song or a misunderstood meta pop masterpiece.
20/10/171h 29m

My StorYe: Corbin Reiff

Corbin Reiff is the Deputy Music Editor at Uproxx. He's first book, "Lighters in the Sky: The All-Time Greatest Concerts, 1960-2016" just came out and features not one but two Kanye performances. In this episode, you get to hear all about Corbin's StorYe, his views on Kanye's music and concerts. Check out his book here: http://amzn.to/2ytA0pk Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
17/10/1757m 34s

Keeping Update: MILFs Gone Wild

Anna watched Keeping Up with the Kardashians...so you don't have to! And you're lucky this week, considering the new episode—even by Anna's standards—was a real dud. Khloe dances to Despacito, Kris goes "camping," Kim is vain, and Kylie continues to push the theory that walking and talking robots exist among us.
14/10/178m 18s

2017's JAY-Z Monster Mad Lib Madness

Sasquatch, Godzilla, King Kong, Loch Ness Goblin, ghoul, a zombie with no conscience Question: What do these things all have in common? EVERYBODY KNOWS IT'S TIME TO CELEBRATE JAY-Z You guys! It's almost Halloween!! And Watching the Throne wants to start a new yearly tradition: A celebration of JAY-Z's legendary verse from Monster. That's right, we're paying tribute to the 60 seconds that altered the course of humanity and made everything stop and wonder, "Do I get enough love?" In this episode, we talk about our favorite Monster moments and read some fan Mad Libs that honor all the incredible wordplay resonating throughout Jay's verse—we hope to do it justice.
13/10/1739m 32s

We Don't Care - Kanye West, The College Dropout

The very first song Watching the Throne ever covered by Kanye West was We Don't Care. Way back in early 2015, they were just finding their footing, laying the seeds for what would become...an insane show where they would eventually come to spend over an hour trying to figure out Jay's verse on Monster. So after mastering their craft, Chris and Travis have decided to go back to The College Dropout years and re-analyze Kanye's earliest songs. With a much different perspective post-The Life of Pablo, they evaluate Kanye's grander storytelling aspirations from an album perspective, how the song sets up a motif of ambition on the album, and how the intro skit, song, and outro skit set up a beginning, middle, and end like any movie would do. If you would like to support the show, visit our Patreon page.
10/10/171h 40m

Kanye Smiles in Wyoming; The Life of Pablo Certified Gold in UK; Bruce Springsteen Loves Kanye; Is Kanye Fat Now?

What does one do when one has run out of ideas? ...one speaks of Ye! Like, anything about Ye. Literally any bit of news one can find. And that's exactly what Chris and Travis did this week as they made their first Kanye West news episode in months! They get into everything going on with Kanye as of late, including his potential collaboration with Kid Cudi, Bruce Springsteen's playlist, Jamie Foxx's story about the inception of Slow Jamz, and Ye's childhood home becoming the South Side Arts Center. The WTT crew also fantasizes about going on vacation with Kanye, and updates the world on Jay Z's continued obsession with Chi-Chi's. If you would like to support the show, visit our Patreon page.
06/10/171h 21m

My StorYe: DeMario Jackson

You may know DeMario Jackson from season 13 of The Bachelorette. What's apparent is how charismatic, charming, and fun DeMario is. What may not have been apparent is just how much he loves Kanye. In his StorYe, DeMario takes us through his Ye fandom from the day Through the Wire dropped into 2017, revealing what Ye's music has meant to him and how it's saved his life twice. This is, by far, our most epic StorYe yet. You can find more from DeMario at https://demariojackson.com/bio/. Following him on Instagram as @demariojackson and on Twitter as @demariojackson_ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
03/10/171h 53m

On Sight - Kanye West, Yeezus

Chris, Travis and Jordan are taking on the masterpiece known as Yeezus, starting with On Sight. They break down how the song kicks off the epic narrative, how it sets up the tragic, ironic importance of immediacy for the character on the album, and how the insanely deep and stripped down production feeds into all of it. The is a remastering of an old episode. If you would like to support the show, visit our Patreon page. This is an archived episode that has been remastered.
29/09/1748m 9s

My StorYe: Don, creator of Noisy Images

Noisy Images is one of the best YouTube channels for hip hop related content. Perhaps the best part of the channel is how Kanye-centric it is. In this episode, Chris talks with Noisy Images creator Don about Don's love of Kanye. Warning, a lot of talk about life as well, because, at the end of the day, Kanye is life. You can check out Noisy Images by clicking here. If you would like to support the show, visit our Patreon page. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
26/09/171h 53m

Yeezus: A Journey Into Darkness (Live from SXSW)

Chris and Travis are dedicating the next three months to what could be Kanye's most monumental achievement: Yeezus. Over the several weeks, they'll release an analysis for each song on the album, and to start, they want to provide a brief overview of the storyline on Yeezus. This episode was recorded at the 2017 SXSW & TuneIn Podcast Stage. If you would like to support the show, visit our Patreon page.
22/09/171h 5m

FML - Kanye West, The Life of Pablo

Chris and Travis are now getting into what might be the greatest stretch of Kanye West songs as they take on FML. And it's such a tall order that they'll need some help from Janie Contreras Johnson, who happens to think FML is the greatest song ever made. The three of them discuss insane level of vulnerability Kanye displays on the song, how Kanye's relationship with the public feeds into his domestic troubles, and how FML sets up the finale of The Life of Pablo. If you would like to support the show, visit our Patreon page.
19/09/171h 41m
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