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May 14, 2019
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—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.
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65 min
May 7, 2019
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—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.
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60 min
April 30, 2019
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—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.
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69 min
April 26, 2019
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—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.
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8 min
April 23, 2019
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—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.
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68 min
April 19, 2019
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.
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14 min
April 16, 2019
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—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.
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69 min
April 9, 2019
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—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.
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61 min
April 5, 2019
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.
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58 min
April 2, 2019
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—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.
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79 min
March 22, 2019
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.
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17 min
March 19, 2019
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—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.
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77 min
March 15, 2019
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—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.
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47 min
March 12, 2019
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—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.
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98 min
March 11, 2019
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!
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4 min
March 8, 2019
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—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.
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75 min
March 5, 2019
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—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.
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62 min
February 26, 2019
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—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.
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62 min
February 22, 2019
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—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.
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67 min
February 19, 2019
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—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.
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57 min
February 15, 2019
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—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.
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97 min
February 7, 2019
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—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.
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92 min
February 5, 2019
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—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.
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118 min
January 29, 2019
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—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.
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142 min
January 25, 2019
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—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.
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83 min
January 22, 2019
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—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.
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73 min
January 15, 2019
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—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.
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81 min
January 15, 2019
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—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.
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39 min
January 11, 2019
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—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.
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41 min
January 8, 2019
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—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.
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84 min
December 25, 2018
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—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.
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45 min
December 18, 2018
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—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.
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105 min
December 14, 2018
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.
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9 min
December 11, 2018
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—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.
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93 min
December 7, 2018
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—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.
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25 min
December 4, 2018
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—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.
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90 min
November 30, 2018
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—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.
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53 min
November 27, 2018
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—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.
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70 min
November 23, 2018
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—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.
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49 min
November 20, 2018
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—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.
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94 min
November 16, 2018
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—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.
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76 min
November 15, 2018
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—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.
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97 min
November 13, 2018
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—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.
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82 min
November 11, 2018
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—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.
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61 min
November 9, 2018
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—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.
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25 min
November 6, 2018
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—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.
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91 min
November 3, 2018
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—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.
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71 min
November 2, 2018
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—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.
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45 min
October 29, 2018
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—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.
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109 min
October 26, 2018
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—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.
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52 min
October 23, 2018
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—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.
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81 min
October 19, 2018
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—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.
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74 min
October 16, 2018
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—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.
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102 min
October 12, 2018
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—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.
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51 min
October 9, 2018
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.
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120 min
September 29, 2018
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.
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195 min
September 26, 2018
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.
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58 min
September 21, 2018
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.
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83 min
September 18, 2018
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—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.
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88 min
September 14, 2018
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.
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67 min
September 10, 2018
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!
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36 min
September 7, 2018
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—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.
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34 min
September 4, 2018
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—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.
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99 min
August 30, 2018
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.
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28 min
August 28, 2018
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.
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30 min
August 28, 2018
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.
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28 min
August 27, 2018
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.
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41 min
August 26, 2018
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.
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27 min
August 25, 2018
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.
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37 min
August 24, 2018
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—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.
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28 min
August 23, 2018
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.
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19 min
August 22, 2018
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
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30 min
August 21, 2018
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—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.
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56 min
August 20, 2018
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
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27 min
August 17, 2018
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.
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93 min
August 14, 2018
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.
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67 min
August 10, 2018
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—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.
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23 min
August 8, 2018
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—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.
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69 min
July 25, 2018
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.
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66 min
July 24, 2018
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—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.
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22 min
July 20, 2018
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—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.
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58 min
July 17, 2018
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
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62 min
July 13, 2018
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—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.
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20 min
July 11, 2018
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—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.
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98 min
July 2, 2018
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—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.
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23 min
July 2, 2018
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—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.
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75 min
June 28, 2018
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—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.
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19 min
June 27, 2018
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—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.
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82 min
June 24, 2018
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—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.
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23 min
June 23, 2018
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—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.
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54 min
June 21, 2018
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—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.
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21 min
June 20, 2018
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—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.
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81 min
June 18, 2018
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.
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78 min
June 17, 2018
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—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.
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30 min
June 16, 2018
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—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.
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49 min
June 14, 2018
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—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.
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18 min
June 13, 2018
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—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.
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89 min
June 9, 2018
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—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.
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50 min
June 6, 2018
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—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.
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60 min
June 1, 2018
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.
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63 min
May 29, 2018
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).
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57 min
May 22, 2018
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.
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106 min
May 18, 2018
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!
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50 min
May 15, 2018
Lift Yourself?
Poopy-di scoop Scoop-diddy-whoop Whoop-di-scoop-di-poop Poop-di-scoopty Scoopty-whoop Whoopity-scoop, whoop-poop Poop-diddy, whoop-scoop Poop, poop Scoop-diddy-whoop Whoop-diddy-scoop Whoop-diddy-scoop, poop
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72 min
May 11, 2018
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
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62 min
May 9, 2018
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.
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133 min
May 8, 2018
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.
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54 min
May 4, 2018
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.
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68 min
May 4, 2018
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.
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85 min
May 1, 2018
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.
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108 min
April 24, 2018
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.
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66 min
April 20, 2018
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).
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57 min
April 17, 2018
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
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62 min
April 10, 2018
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.
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137 min
April 6, 2018
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.
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71 min
April 3, 2018
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.
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104 min
March 30, 2018
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.
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81 min
March 27, 2018
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.
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66 min
March 20, 2018
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.
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77 min
March 16, 2018
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
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54 min
March 14, 2018
Live from the SXSW and TuneIn Podcast Stage 2018: a conversation about Kanye
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.
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58 min
March 9, 2018
My StorYe: Joe Perez
Joe Perez is a freelance creative director & graphic artist based in Providence, Rhode Island. He attended Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA. 2008-2010 he curated Kanye West’s two blogs: kanyeuniversecity.com & gallery.kanyewest.com He went on to work 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. Joe also contributed to the award nominated “The Life of Pablo” merchandise where he developed product ideas and designed the interior of the NYC pop-up shop. Joe went on to form his own studio which crafted Nicki Minaj’s “The Pink Print” album cover. The cover was later selected by Billboard magazine as one of the 50 greatest album covers of all time. In 2017 he released his first clothing collection entitled, “MASON”.
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66 min
March 6, 2018
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.
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102 min
February 27, 2018
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
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57 min
February 23, 2018
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.
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96 min
February 21, 2018
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.
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74 min
February 13, 2018
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.
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76 min
February 9, 2018
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.
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84 min
February 6, 2018
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.
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98 min
February 2, 2018
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.
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61 min
January 30, 2018
The 2018 Best Kanye West Song Tournament Death Match Extreme 2000: 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.
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65 min
January 23, 2018
The 2018 Best Kanye West Song Tournament Death Match Extreme 2000: 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.
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101 min
January 19, 2018
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.
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105 min
January 16, 2018
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.
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55 min
January 12, 2018
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.
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129 min
January 9, 2018
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.
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86 min
January 5, 2018
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.
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121 min
December 22, 2017
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.
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92 min
December 20, 2017
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.
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84 min
December 12, 2017
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.
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86 min
December 8, 2017
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.
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76 min
December 4, 2017
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.
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74 min
December 1, 2017
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.
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92 min
November 28, 2017
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.
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96 min
November 21, 2017
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.
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116 min
November 17, 2017
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.
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87 min
November 14, 2017
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.
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82 min
November 10, 2017
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.
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67 min
November 7, 2017
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.
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106 min
October 25, 2017
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/
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42 min
October 20, 2017
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.
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89 min
October 17, 2017
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
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56 min
October 14, 2017
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.
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8 min
October 14, 2017
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.
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October 13, 2017
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.
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39 min
October 10, 2017
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.
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100 min
October 6, 2017
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.
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81 min
October 3, 2017
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_
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112 min
September 29, 2017
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.
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48 min
September 26, 2017
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.
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113 min
September 22, 2017
Yeezus: A Journey Into Darkness (Live from SXSW)
We give a brief (one-hour) synopsis of Yeezus by Kanye West.
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65 min
September 19, 2017
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.
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101 min
September 12, 2017
Can't Tell Me Nothing - Kanye West, Graduation
This week, we're celebrating the 10-year anniversary of Graduation by dissecting Kanye's first single from the album, Can't Tell Me Nothing. Chris and Travis talk about the song's idyllic, yet ironic portrait of fame and fortune as the album digs Kanye deeper and deeper into a hole until he's completely alienated from his friends, family and hometown of Chicago. If you would like to support the show, visit our Patreon page.
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96 min
September 8, 2017
The 2017 Best Kanye West Song Tournament Death Match Extreme 2000
Chris and Travis have kidnapped Jordan and forced him to participate in the first ever Best Kanye West Song Tournament Death Match Extreme 2000, where they created Best Kanye Song Tournament bracket and voted on their favorites. They go through every (and I mean EVERY) Kanye West song and discuss why they voted the way they did. The result is sometimes insightful, most of the time contentious, and always...long. Oh my god it's so long. If you would like to support the show, visit our Patreon page. This is a rerun of an old episode.
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145 min
September 5, 2017
Hell of a Life - Kanye West, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
I tell you what—it's one hell of a life hosting a Kanye West podcast. It's almost as crazy as the song Hell of a Life, which Chris and Travis think is probably the most underrated and misunderstood song on Ye's discography. They get into the "fantasy" of the song, why Kanye feels such a connection to this porn star, and how all of it wraps up in the most tragic, awkward of ways. If you would like to support the show, visit our Patreon page.
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96 min
August 29, 2017
The Full History of Kanye West and Taylor Swift, from the VMAs to Kim's Snapchat
Chris and Travis are off this week, so, in the wake of Taylor's new video for Look What You Made Me Do, they're sharing one of their old episodes, where they sit down with Anna and spend close to two hours detailing the history of Kanye West and Taylor Swift, from when Kanye stormed the VMA stage in 2009 to Kim Kardashian’s Snapchat revelation that Taylor approved the Famous line. The WTT crew covers key points in Kanye and Taylor's shared history that many people have forgotten about, the collateral damage that's resulted from the feud, and where each party could go from here. This is the most absolutely comprehensive analysis you will find of Kanye and Taylor on the Internet. If you would like to support the show, visit our Patreon page.
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113 min
August 26, 2017
Taylor Swift and Kanye West 2017: Analyzing "Look What You Made Me Do" and Jay-Z dissing Kanye
Taylor, look what you made us do! We have an obligation to defend Kanye in any and all scenarios, that goes double when it involves Taylor Swift, who released "Look What You Made Me Do" yesterday—and we're not wasting ANY time (tearing it apart). Anna joins Travis and Chris to analyze the death of "Old Taylor" and how it fits into the never-ending Kanye-Taylor feud. Then we discuss the other person who has beef with Kanye: Jay Z, who recently called out Kanye in both an interview and his new album. If you would like to support the show, visit our Patreon page.
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100 min
August 24, 2017
Bad News - Kanye West, 808s & Heartbreak
We've got some real bad news, guys—we're gonna keep doing this podcast. I know, I know...you thought this would be the last episode. But our Kanye fandom is just too mountainous to overcome, so we're probably just gonna keep talking to each from thousands of miles away until we've covered every last song that Kanye has had a hand in. That includes today with the ninth track on 808s and Heartbreak, Bad News, which mixes Kanye's heartbreak with romance and fame. Ultimately, the song is a precursor to what he'd accomplish on Runaway...so if that doesn't capture your attention, we don't know what will. If you would like to support the show, visit our Patreon page.
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88 min
August 15, 2017
Flashing Lights - Kanye West, Graduation
This week, the song hits a little too close to home for Chris and Travis: Absolutely swarmed by the paparazzi as they strut down that red carpet, through the gold-plated doors, into the brick hallway, down the creaky stairs, and into the basement where their girlfriends force them to record the podcast because they're so goddamn loud, the WTT crew just understands where Kanye West is coming from on Flashing Lights. And they get into in this episode, where they discuss the structure of what is actually a very strange and convoluted song, which fits perfectly into Graduation's narrative about Kanye exiting his College Dropout phase and emerging as New Kanye. If you would like to support the show, visit our Patreon page.
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82 min
August 8, 2017
My StorYe: Martin Connor, founder of Rap Analysis
Martin Connor analyzes production in hip hop music living on his website, Rap Analysis. In his StorYe, he discusses the evolution of Kanye's production from soul-sample-heavy to weird-as-shit. Kanye’s soul samples have become the orientations through which all of his stories are experienced, even as they begin to occupy ever more fragmented parts of his structures, keys, or mixes. It seems, then, that soul samples for Kanye have always had a significance that is purely cultural, having come from a genre that was mostly nurtured and developed by Black artists themselves. It is just that, in his most recent albums, Kanye has brought this role of theirs fully to the forefront. If you would like to support the show, visit our Patreon page.
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76 min
July 31, 2017
My StorYe: Cole Cuchna, Host of the Dissect Podcast
Today we're talking to Cole Cuchna, creator and host of the Dissect Podcast. He performs musical analysis (just like us!) by going track-by-track through albums, breaking the format into short, easily digestible episodes (not just like us!). The first season featured Cole going through Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp a Butterfly, and the second will continue with Kanye West's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. Chris and Travis sit down with Cole to get his StorYe: When he first heard Kanye West, how his relationship has evolved since then, and what it was like to intricately dissect one of the most important hip hop albums of all time. If you would like to support the show, visit our Patreon page.
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64 min
July 25, 2017
Diamonds From Sierra Leone (Remix) - Kanye West, Late Registration
Kanye is forever... He's all we need to please us He can't stimulate or tease us He won't leave in the night Have no fear that he might desert me... KANYE IS FOREVER. FOREVER. FOREVER. Good mornin'! It's another week, another #TuesYe, and (unfortunately) another JAY-Z verse to dissect. That's right: Chris and Travis are ripping into a verse that many consider to be GOAT...which is weird to us, especially when its pit against Kanye's brutally honest and capricious confession on the Diamonds From Sierra Leone remix. We discuss everything Kanye is exploring, like his struggle with balancing his humbled home life with celebrity life, the black community's obsession with self-worth, and how social issues from across the world can blend into one another—and then we discuss everything JAY-Z is exploring, like how awesome his money is, why he's basically Jesus, and how on God's green earth the Titanic sinking in WATER is comparable to a phoenix burning in a FIRE. If you would like to support the show, visit our Patreon page.
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105 min
July 18, 2017
Waves - Kanye West, The Life of Pablo
Scars. Tattoos. Diamonds. Hydro flasks. L.L. Bean hiking boots. J.K. Rowling's imagination. Celine Dion's "My Heart Will Go On." Ryan Gosling's charm. The universe. Love. Oh—and waves. Waves also last forever. Waves don't die. Actually, you can add this episode to that list, because Chris and Travis can apparently spend forever talking about Waves, one of the most popular tracks off The Life of Pablo. It also happens to be one of the most strongly contested songs between the WTT hosts for months. In this analysis, they explore the metaphor of waves, debate the power of Chris Brown's chorus, and freak out about the long-awaited realization of the Old Kanye vs. New Kanye dynamic. If you would like to support the show, visit our Patreon page.
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120 min
July 11, 2017
Kill Jay Z - JAY-Z, 4:44
Welcome to Watching the Throne, a lyrical analysis of...Jay Z? No, wait: JAY-Z. Because Jay Z is dead on 4:44, which means it's time for Chris and Travis to—for the first time ever—analyze a song that isn't a Kanye West track! However, the first track off JAY-Z's latest album is ABOUT Kanye, which means the WTT crew is uniquely qualified to analyze it, dissect it—and completely trash it (sort of). They explore the old-Jay Z vs. new-JAY-Z dynamic set up on 4:44, the manner in which JAY-Z explores his demons, and what it really means that he dissed his once-protégé. If you would like to support the show, visit our Patreon page.
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79 min
July 4, 2017
A Debate: Is Kanye West a Misogynist?
Chris is gone, which means Travis has nobody telling him to not make terrible decisions...which means Travis decided to bring his friend Christina on the show! And they have an interesting relationship when it comes to Kanye, as in Christina thinks Kanye might be a huge misogynist and Travis likes to yell about how she's wrong about that. But seriously, it's an important discussion that Travis thinks is good to have live on the show, considering how Chris and Travis just constantly talk about how great he is and one dissenting opinion won't kill them. We also get into Christina's StorYe, talk about Jay Z's new bloody mary mix, and theorize about some of the more intimate moments of Kim and Kanye's lives. If you would like to support the show, visit our Patreon page.
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52 min
June 27, 2017
My StorYe: Caitlin White, managing editor of Uproxx Music
Caitlin White is the managing editor of Uproxx's music section. She also happens to be wavy as hell because she's a firm believer of the one and only Yeezy. In her StorYe she discusses the impact Kanye West has had on her life and career, why 808s & Heartbreak is her favorite album of all time, and a ton more. If you would like to support the show, visit our Patreon page.
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67 min
June 13, 2017
40 Things We Love About Kanye West For His 40th Birthday
Watching the Throne is finally taking the time to celebrate the greatest national holiday that's ever been blessed upon this great nation of ours: Kanye West's birthday (aka Christmas in June). And Chris and Travis appropriately go overboard by naming their 40 favorite things about the one and only Yeezus. From music videos to tweets to legendary quotes, they attempt to do the tiniest bit of justice for the best 40-year-old 10-year-old the music business. If you would like to support the show, visit our Patreon page.
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119 min
June 6, 2017
Runaway - Kanye West, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
Do NOT run away as fast as you can. In fact, we suggest you slowly walk towards us instead, take our hands, and follow us into the melancholic, symphonic soundscape known as Runaway. In what may be Chris and Travis' greatest challenge yet, they impossibly attempt to capture the beauty of perhaps Kanye West's greatest song by detailing the manipulative/desperate intentions of Kanye's conversations with his lover, unpacking the relevance and genius of Pusha T's verse, and talking excessively about the outro in a meta attempt to make this episode as aggressively long as Runaway itself. This episode is brought to you by Framed Tweets. If you would like to support the show, visit our Patreon page.
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129 min
May 30, 2017
The Kimye Third Anniversary Special
Bill and Melinda Gates. Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo. Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor. Anne Boleyn and King Henry VIII. Jay Z and Beyonce. Julius Caesar and Cleopatra. Kim Kardashian and Kanye West. Come on—we all know why we're here. While countless power couples have graced the earth with their presences over the years, only one couple has given us an AT&T Park engagement, a Florence wedding, those ziplining photos where Kanye is happier than anyone has ever been, the cat Mercy, the Bound 2 video, and the two cutest kids on the entire goddamn world. Anna and Travis are here to celebrate and cherish Kim and Kanye on their third wedding anniversary by detailing their shared story and highlighting our favorite moments of their relationship. This episode is brought to you by Framed Tweets. If you would like to support the show, visit our Patreon page.
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92 min
May 23, 2017
Street Lights - Kanye West, 808s & Heartbreak
Let us know...does this podcast still have time to grow? Ratings aren't always set in stone...let us know. Let us... SEEMS LIKE. STREET LIGHTS. GLOWING. HAPPEN TO BE JUST LIKE MAKING. US CRY. IN FRONT OF EVERYONE. That's right! Chris and Travis are covering Street Lights, a song many consider to be one of Kanye West's greatest achievements. They get into the the cyclical, repetitive nature of the song; Kanye as a lyricist vs. Kanye as a poet; and the aesthetic power the track holds and how that weaves into the narrative of the album—and the narrative of Kanye's discography. This episode is brought to you by Framed Tweets. If you would like to support the show, visit our Patreon page.
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77 min
May 16, 2017
Drunk and Hot Girls - Kanye West, Graduation
For weeks—for years, even—Chris and Travis have been saying it. They have persisted there is more than meets the eye. They have endured the laughter and vitriol that comes with taking such a stance. And today...today is the day they will finally defend that sentiment, that idea, that truth. And that truth is that, dammit, Drunk and Hot Girls is a good song! Seriously. They've detailed the thematic journey that exists on Graduation solely to prove there's more to Drunk and Hot Girls than just a bunch of drunk and hot girls. And now's their time to shine. So get ready for 90-or-so minutes of analysis for a song many Kanye West fans consider to be his worst. If you would like to support the show, visit our Patreon page.
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92 min
April 28, 2017
The 2017 Kanye West Song Draft
What do Hold My Liquor and Barry Bonds have in common? "Nothing," you say, snorting in that patronizing tone you've developed since listening to our Hold My Liquor episode and discovering the power of Yeezus. Well guess what...YOU'RE WRONG. Because those two songs DO have something in common: They were chosen in Watching the Throne's first ever Kanye West Song Draft. To celebrate the NFL's big day, Chris and Travis each decided to draft their own Kanye West playlists, pitting them against one another to figure out who the #1 Kanye fan is (hint: it's definitely Travis). They also discuss Kim's appearance on Ellen, which was full of information about the Paris robbery and adorable Saint and North anecdotes. If you would like to support the show, visit our Patreon page.
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52 min
April 25, 2017
Addiction - Kanye West, Late Registration
What's your addiction? Is it podcasts? It is Ye? Is it Jay? Well prepare to be afflicted by not one...not two...BUT ALL THREE. Yeah, even in an episode where Chris and Travis dissect Kanye's Late Registration track Addiction, they can't pass up an opportunity to humble-brag about their latest dinner party with Jay Z. But eventually they get into the song, which continues the album's blending of humbled past and overwhelming present through an intriguing, somewhat cryptic narrative. Plus, we get at the root of what "addiction" meant to Old Kanye and how it foreshadowed the heroic journey of New Kanye. If you would like to support the show, visit our Patreon page.
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89 min
April 18, 2017
I Love Kanye - Kanye West, The Life of Pablo
Oh...you thought we wouldn't discuss I Love Kanye? You thought we'd ignore a song that's shorter than any of the Broke Phi Broke skits? You thought we were above spending an hour and twenty minutes dissecting a one-minute acapella ditty? Oh...wait. You thought there was no double meaning to I Love Kanye? You didn't realize The Life of Pablo is a grand narrative where Kanye is learning to love himself and his family? And that this meta song marks an important turning point in that journey? And that there are multiple narrators and meanings occurring in this paradox of a track? Well, then strap in, my friend. If you would like to support the show, visit our Patreon page.
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48 min
April 14, 2017
We Now Have a Kanye and Depeche Mode Mash-Up, Kanye Lecture Sparks Debate, Kanye Has a Storyline on The Magicians, We Finally Meet Drake and Taylor Swift
Hotline Cream? That can only mean one thing...there's an obnoxious Kanye West news episode waiting for everyone! It's a very special week for WTT, as Drake and Taylor Swift have officially become best friends with Chris and Travis and realized what undeniable geniuses they are. In this episode, Bean and Lamb discuss several weird tiny bits of Kanye news, the songs they would love to see mashed up with Yeezy, and their new, blossoming friendships with two celebrities that can only dream about someday being as successful as two privileged white boys who host an absurd hip hop podcast. If you would like to support the show, visit our Patreon page.
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93 min
April 11, 2017
Glow - Drake & Kanye West
Prepare to get GLOWED UP. That's right, there's a new Kanye song, which means there's a new Watching the Throne episode. For the first time, Chris and Travis are including Drake in the Kanye discussion and dissecting the new track Glow, which explores the promise of celebrity, the repercussions of fame, and why sunblock is important when riding around town with the sunroof down. It's a tiny preview of what the Kanye-Drake collaboration could have been (or might be someday!), which means WTT is ready to psychoanalyze the song to death and figure out exactly what the theme of the album would have been (or might be someday!). If you would like to support the show, visit our Patreon page.
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94 min
April 7, 2017
Kanye Releases Jewelry Collection, The Life of Pablo Goes Platinum, Kendall Jenner Drops Controversial Pepsi Ad, Kimye Discusses Baby No. 3
Real fans. How many of us. How many of us. How many of us—TIME ISSUES. How many of us. How many zealous? Real fans. There are so many of us. We hug each other. But how many waste their days away doing a Kanye podcast? TIME ISSUES. Kanye switched up his style. He can't be bothered, I cannot blame him, for havin' a jewelry line, I ain't got no issues, I'm just doin' my thing—hope he doin' his thing too. Kendall is an awesome sister, improves family reunions. Fuck the Pepsi ad up by drinking at the protest. Spillin' freedom, now the youth is ruined. Political for a day—what the fuck we doin'? Who the real fans? We all came from College Dropout. We always blamin' Ye, but what's sad, he not the problem. Damn we talked about The Wiz, shit I thought it was the MJ Cast. Why you wait a week write a bad review in the first place? When was the last time we remembered to keep the episode short? When was the last time we was even in a hurry? Real fans. If you would like to support the show, visit our Patreon page.
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121 min
March 31, 2017
Keeping Up With the Kardashians Season 3 Recap, Kanye Makes Music with Drake and Mary J. Blige, Calabasas Collection Sells Out in 5 Minutes
Having trouble keeping up with Keeping Up with the Kardashians? No fear! Travis, Chris and their special guest Anna have got you covered. Not only are they here to recap Kimye's stresses after the Paris robbery, but cover how publicity and celebrity seem to be catching up with the Kardashians in general. They also discuss Kanye's two new features with Mary J. Blige and Drake and Kanye's new Calabasas clothing collection. Also at one point Chris spends about 30 minutes on Twitter. Hurray and huzzah. If you would like to support the show, visit our Patreon page.
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78 min
March 17, 2017
Kanye NASA project 10 MTV News hoax, Jon Wexler's 15 second response about Kanye's influence, rapping robot using Kanye lyrics, Chris talking for 31 straight minutes
This is the moment no one has been waiting for! A Chris-only episode of Watching the Throne. Be prepared for too many audible breaths, a monotone that will put you to sleep, and the shortest episode WTT has done in over a year! If you would like to support the show, visit our Patreon page.
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31 min
March 14, 2017
Devil in a New Dress - Kanye West, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
Put your hands 🙌 to the constellations ✨ because it's finally time to dissect one of Kanye West's most beloved songs: Devil in a New Dress 💃🏿. Hot off their live SXSW show, Chris and Travis 👬 have a fire in their bellies 🔥 over this track, which features the one and only Kanye West 🐐 being completely emasculated by a woman before pouring his heart and soul out to the world on Runaway 😭 😭 😭. It's the kind of lyrical storytelling these stans 😎 just can't get enough of. If you would like to support the show, visit our Patreon page.
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87 min
March 12, 2017
Live from the 2017 SXSW & TuneIn Podcast Stage: Exploring the Genius of Yeezus
Middle America packed in, came to see...Watching the Throne? At SXSW 2017?! Better believe it! Chris and Travis somehow sweet-talked their way onto the SXSW Podcast Stage (presented by TuneIn), and they're using the opportunity to educate the world on the masterpiece that is Yeezus. They break down the album's main motifs of ego, race, and romance, detailing the moments that make up the hyperbolized version of Kanye, aka "Yeezus" himself. Fun is, of course, had all around. This episode is brought to you by The Daily Dot. If you would like to support the show, visit our Patreon page.
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65 min
March 10, 2017
Drake and Nicki Minaj Possibly Diss Kanye, Jay Z's Silky Soft Hands, Kanye West Drinking Games at SXSW 2017
While Chris and Travis wait for the audio of their live SXSW episode, they decided to have some fun! Which may or may not involve libations. They finally got in the same room together to talk some Kanye West news, which also involves some drinking games, next-level J-Crew news, and a special appearance (or two or three or ten) by Alexa. Fair warning: Shit gets goofy. You're welcome. If you would like to support the show, visit our Patreon page.
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74 min
March 7, 2017
RoboCop - Kanye West, 808s & Heartbreak
'Bout the dumbest dudes you ever seen Straight up out da podcast scene They call themselves Lambert & Bean And they spend their lives Kanye-ing Up late night with their boy Noah, whoa Checkin' every line like Ye on parole He told 'em it's some things they don't need to know They never let it go, ohhhhh OKAYYYY OKAY OKAYYYYY THEY WILL NEVER STOP IT NOW 'Cause it's time to analyze RoboCop Wow, they really like the song RoboCop The also happen to like the film RoboCop Yeah, it's time for RoboCop If you would like to support the show, visit our Patreon page. Also, check out Noah's music at https://soundcloud.com/grasskingdoms.
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109 min
March 3, 2017
My StorYe: Alex Dellbridge
It's StorYe time! We've got superfan Alex Dellbridge on the show, and he's to tell us if other countries like Kanye West as much as the U.S. of A. In addition, Alex joins Chris and Travis to cover Kanye West news, which includes the new Zebra Yeezys, a glimpse into the genesis of Kimye, a minor lawsuit Kanye escaped, and a very strange segment of the Kanye Bounce House (is there any other kind?). If you would like to support the show, visit our Patreon page.
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68 min
February 28, 2017
My StorYe: Justin Leduc
Travis is off doing the things a Travis does. So Chris brings in a special guest: r/Kanye moderator and graphic designer/photographer from Quebec, Justin Leduc! Justin shares his thoughts on the Kanye sub-Reddit, on the birth and growth of his Kanye fandom, and also delivers some of the best J Cole news in our podcast's history. We discuss a bunch of Kanye news, as well. Drake's thoughts on Kanye. The spoken-word poem that's been attributed to an ex of Kanye. The "false idol" Kanye statue that street artist Plastic Jesus made. Kanye releasing a line of DONDA make-up. And Judd Apatow telling an all-time classic Kanye story about Kanye's time on the Anchorman 2 set. If you would like to support the show, visit our Patreon page.
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166 min
February 21, 2017
Barry Bonds - Kanye West, Graduation
Dude! In their neverending quest to be more like Kanye West, Chris and Travis take up the challenge of creating an episode that's as ridiculous and bloated as one of Ye's most reviled songs: Barry Bonds. But if you're here to see a lampooning of the Graduation track, think again! Chris and Travis actually like the song, and will not just defend its lyrics, but also show why it has a place on the album and actually foreshadows a narrative technique Kanye will go on to master on Yeezus and The Life of Pablo. That's right—suck our bats, bitches. If you would like to support the show, visit our Patreon page.
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88 min
February 17, 2017
Commentary on Yeezy Season 5, Kanye Shut Out at Grammys, Pusha T Says Kanye Working on Turbo Grafx 16
Yeezy season approachin'...and there it went! That's right, Yeezy Season 5 went down, and Travis and Anna are here to recap all its epicness, from the outfits to the music to that weird, giant black box that was sitting in the middle of the room. They also get into what Kimye did on Valentine's Day, if it matters at all that Kanye got shut out at the Grammys, and what Clay Z has been up to over the past three months. Also expect Travis to rap, and for Anna to pretend that she's not excited that Kanye is working on a new album. If you would like to support the show, visit our Patreon page.
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78 min
February 14, 2017
Bring Me Down - Kanye West, Late Registration
If you miss the Old Kanye, you're in luck! Well, sort of. Chris and Travis are very excited to dissect the Late Registration track Bring Me Down—its epic beat, its killer hook...and, yeah, even all of its extremely unfortunate flaws, like its sporadic narrative, its hypocrisy, and the fact that the song, by its end, has no real clear point or direction? It's been awhile since we were hard on Kanye, and trust us, we don't feel good about it. So, just let us get this out of our system and we'll be back to kissing Kanye's feet in no time! P.S. We're very sorry about Travis's audio. Undoubtedly, this is the gods punishing us for being so hard on Ye. Next week it will be fixed. If you would like to support the show, visit our Patreon page.
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77 min
February 9, 2017
Kanye Deletes Trump Tweets, Kim Gives Testimony for Paris Robbery, Kanye's at the Gym, Jay Z is Now a Sumo Wrestler
Whatta week! Kanye West has deleted all his pro-Donald Trump tweets, Kim is testifying in her Paris robbery court case, and Dream has a pair of Yeezys—all of which means the world can officially continue spinning once again. Chris and Travis also update the world on the happenings of the J-Bros (Jay Z and J. Cole) and discuss what a day at the gym with Kanye would be like. If you would like to support the show, visit our Patreon page.
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77 min
February 7, 2017
Freestyle 4 - Kanye West, The Life of Pablo
What if we talk right now? What if we talked right in the middle Of this mothereffin’ episode? About Freestyle 4 for a whole hour? Would we be authorities on the whole album? Break down The Life of Pablo Would everybody love TLOP? Would everybody love TLOP? Would everybody love TLOP? We can. We can see it, yeah. If you would like to support the show, visit our Patreon page.
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57 min
February 3, 2017
Yeezy Season 5 Causing Controversy, 20 Things You Didn't Know About Kim, Kanye at the Super Bowl, J. Cole Makes a Movie
Yeezy season approachin'! And you better believe Chris and Travis are LIVING for it. With a new set of Kanye West clothes comes a new Kanye West news episode, in which the WTT crew discusses Yeezy Season 5, 20 things you didn't know about Kim, North and Saint showing off some sweet new kicks and wear, J. Cole making his debut film, and a slew of Kanye rumors and insults that probably aren't worth reporting on but hey look they did anyway. If you would like to support the show, visit our Patreon page.
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79 min
January 27, 2017
Kimye Hangs Out With Obama, Jay Z at Sundance on Trump, J. Cole Seeks Sledding Lessons, Ray J on Kanye, Kanye Tweets Culture, There's a Moving Van Outside Kanye's House
It might be a light week for Kanye news, but all of Kanye's buddies are up to plenty of shenanigans! And Chris and Travis are here to report on it all, from Kanye tweeting to J. Cole sledding to Jay Z trumping to Kim Costa Rica-ing to Ray J bitching yet again about something totally stupid as we all collectively nod our heads in unison and say, "Yeah Ray J...yeah. Sure. Totally. You're right, Ray J. You're so right." If you would like to support the show, visit our Patreon page.
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70 min
January 23, 2017
Ramón Ramirez, Entertainment Editor for The Daily Dot, on why The Life of Pablo was 2016's Album of the Year
Ramón Ramirez, entertainment editor for The Daily Dot, takes a deep dive into The Life of Pablo with Chris, exploring the album's depth track by track and using his expertise to show why Kanye West's album will come to represent 2016. If you would like to support the show, visit our Patreon page.
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151 min
January 20, 2017
The Politics of Kanye West: Black Genius and Sonic Aesthetics. Dr. Jeffrey McCune Explains His Course at Washington University
Have you heard about the Kanye class at Washington University? We talked with Dr. Jeffrey Q. McCune Jr. about why he wanted to teach the class, how the idea came about, the politics of black success and celebrity iconography, and, most importantly, why the work of Kanye deserves this kind of discussion. If you would like to support the show, visit our Patreon page.
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51 min
January 17, 2017
So Appalled - Kanye West, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
There's only one podcast in the world where you can hear the phrases "Mr. Rogers in high heels," "Cheddar Bleep Blop Bloops," and "Kanye West hosted an orgy in Hawaii" all in one episode! That's right, Chris and Travis got appropriately loopy and punch-drunk for their analysis of So Appalled, which is sort of assigning Kanye West as an apathetic god figure for his narrative journey on My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, but also sort of too insane to have any right to exist. If you would like to support the show, visit our Patreon page.
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97 min
January 13, 2017
The 2017 Best Kanye West Song Tournament Death Match Extreme 2000
What are Chris and Travis to do when they have a slow Kanye news week...START A NEW TRADITION. That's right, they kidnapped Jordan and forced him to participate in the first ever Best Kanye West Song Tournament Death Match Extreme 2000, where they took r/kanye's recent Best Kanye Song Tournament and formed their own bracket. They go through every (and I mean EVERY) round and discuss why they voted the way they did. The result is sometimes insightful, most of the time contentious, and always...long. Oh my god it's so long. If you would like to support the show, visit our Patreon page.
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144 min
January 10, 2017
Paranoid - Kanye West, 808s & Heartbreak
Wait, what's wrong? What are you looking at us like that?? Don't you still like the show??? WHAT'S WRONG PLEASE TELL US. In other news, Chris and Travis are covering Paranoid on this episode, and they're quite confident in their analysis, and not at all scared that you'll abandon their show! If you would like to support the show, visit our Patreon page.
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79 min
January 6, 2017
Kim Kardashian Returns to Social Media, Chance and Complex Rank Kanye, Yeezy Season 5, Kanye on Mount Rushmore
In an effort to make up three weeks of Kanye West news, Chris and Travis really go overboard with this one. They dispel the ridiculous Kimye divorce rumors, cry tears of joy over Kim's return to social media, ponder what character Kanye would play in The Office, and provide their signature updates on the life and times of J. Cole. If you would like to support the show, visit our Patreon page.
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91 min
January 3, 2017
My StorYe: Kevin
It's been a minute since we had some fresh blood on Watching the Throne, but this week that all changes. Kevin sits down with Chris for a marathon interview about the ups and downs of being a Kanye megafan. If you would like to support the show, visit our Patreon page.
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68 min
December 20, 2016
Christmas in Harlem - Kanye West, G.O.O.D. Fridays
Go on and celebrate Christmas all you want—Chris and Travis have upgraded to ChristmaHanuKwanzaakah. That's right! It's time for an absurdly long lyrical analysis of Christmas in Harlem, Kanye West's one and only stab at a creating a classic Christmas jingle. They're breaking down all eight verses from Kanye and his friends that we can only assume were recorded in Hawaii while Kanye was making one of the greatest albums of all time. Kinda crazy when you think about it, huh? If you would like to support the show, visit our Patreon page.
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102 min
December 16, 2016
Kanye Meets With Trump, Kanye Forms Medical Team, TV Shows Kanye Should Be In, J. Cole Loves Coconuts
This week, Chris and Travis are talking about the two biggest blondes dominating the news cycle at the moment: Donald Trump and Kanye West. They gauge the public's reaction to the meeting and discuss if there is a chance for diplomacy with Trump. They also talk about Kanye's new medical team, his side career in BMXing, Kim Kardashian's Love Magazine photoshoot, and the top 20 TV shows Kanye should appear in. Oh, and J. Cole updates, of course. If you would like to support the show, visit our Patreon page.
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87 min
December 13, 2016
Roses - Kanye West, Late Registration
Miss the old Kanye? Well, you're in luck, because today Chris and Travis are discussing Roses from his second album, Late Registration. They observe the middle ground Kanye exists on between fame and family (which foreshadows The Life of Pablo), his amazing use of setting and imagery, and the narrative journey he takes to make that final line so iconic. If you would like to support the show, visit our Patreon page.
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75 min
December 9, 2016
A Possible Turbo Grafx 16 Tracklist, Kanye and Kim Not Getting Divorced, Kanye Goes Blonde, Saint's First Birthday
While most podcasts cover a wide array of subjects—such as crime, sports, or perhaps even an entire genre of music—there's only one topic near and dear to Chris and Travis's heart: Whatever the hell Kanye West is up to. And this week has no shortage of news to speculate about. They discuss Kanye's Grammy nominations, his new blonde hair, the insane Kimye divorce rumors, Saint West's first birthday, J. Cole riding the bus and getting prescription glasses—and, of course, possibly our first real piece of Turbo Grafx 16 news. If you would like to support the show, visit our Patreon page.
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81 min
December 6, 2016
Low Lights & Highlights - Kanye West, The Life of Pablo
The lights dimmed as Chris and Travis joined hands and formed a prayer circle, begging for the strength to cover one of Kanye West's most insane tracks. As the lights raised, so did the WTT crew, ready to discuss Low Lights and Highlights, the shift they represent for Kanye's internal struggle on The Life of Pablo, and the vulnerability resting beneath the superficiality of it all. If you would like to support the show, visit our Patreon page.
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68 min
December 2, 2016
False Prophets – J. Cole, 4 Your Eyez Only
Breaking from the format, Chris and Travis are doing something they've never done before: covering a song that does NOT feature Kanye West. Well...sort of. As rumor has it, Kanye could very well be the subject of J. Cole's latest single, False Prophets, and WTT is ready to give it the same level of scrutiny and analysis they would give to any Kanye song. They talk about the narrative J. Cole is forming, how his perceptions of Kanye fit in with the Old vs. New Kanye argument, and ultimately what the song is saying about "false prophets."
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102 min
November 27, 2016
Kanye West Hospitalized, Kanye's Sacramento Speech, Analyzing the Kanye Backlash, Drake's Shots at Kanye
The question has truly reached its peak this week, yet Chris and Travis still don't have a clear answer for it: Why do people hate Kanye West so much? They attempt to address the question while discussing the details Kanye's recent hospitalization for sleep deprivation and picking apart his speech at the Sacramento concert.
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102 min
November 22, 2016
Monster - Kanye West, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
Chris and Travis always wondered what song would break the two-hour barrier—seems fitting that mass confusion over Jay Z's verse in Monster did the trick. Janie and Jordan join the WTT crew to help make sense of one of the most insane guest verses on a Kanye West track, all the while gushing over Nicki Minaj's legendary spaz-out and fitting the song onto My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy's narrative.
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137 min
November 18, 2016
Kanye on Racism and Voting for Trump, Kanye Teams with Will Ferrell on Biopic, Kim Discusses Surrogacy for Third Child
The public hasn't so collectively and vehemently lashed out at Kanye in a while, and Chris and Travis are here to take stock of Kanye admitting he "would've voted for Donald Trump." They break down the speech and get at the root of what Kanye was saying. Also, Kanye wants Will Ferrell to play him in a movie, Kim discusses having a third child with Kanye and exploring surrogacy, and Jay Z reveals the surprising person he wrote in for president.
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70 min
November 15, 2016
Love Lockdown - Kanye West, 808s & Heartbreak
bum bum bum bum...bum bum bum bum...They're still loving Ye...The way they wanted to...What they had to do...Had to talk again...They're in love him with...And the vibe is right...And it drove them...To an hour and 17 minutes...THEY'RE TALKIN' LOVE LOCKDOWN, IT'S LOVE LOCKDOWN, THEY'RE TALKIN' LOVE LOCKDOWN, BY KANYE WEST, THEY'RE TALKIN' LOVE LOCKDOWN, LOVE LOCKDOWN— you lose you lose you lose we all lose This episode is brought to you by two white dudes with too much time on their hands.
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78 min
November 11, 2016
What Would Happen if Kanye West Became President?
In the wake of a Donald Trump presidential victory, Chris and Travis present a very election-themed episode. They discuss Kanye West's chances of becoming president in 2020, what the public reaction might look like, who he'd appoint to his cabinet, and much more. All of this is followed, of course, with Jay Z news, Kim Kardashian updates, and the state of r/kanye.
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51 min
November 8, 2016
Good Life - Kanye West, Graduation
Like we do at this time, we go for ours, we gots to shine☀️ and we bout to hop a plane ✈️ and travel the world 🇦🇺 🇨🇳 🇩🇪 and go on a living spree 💰 because the best things in life are free and we don't paid to do this podcast 🎧 so talking about Kanye 💽 is pretty much all we have so please bare 🐻 with us as we try to make sense of one of Kanye West's most ridiculous songs (Good Life 👀) while still living to see another day 🙈 🙉 🙊. This episode is brought to you by EasterxSunday and emoticons.
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61 min
October 28, 2016
Kanye Beefs with Jay Z, Drake Beefs with Kid Cudi, Jay Z Beefs with Giant Pumpkin
"Man, Jay, they don't really want no problems—BUT WE DO." That's right, Kanye West and Jay Z are (more than likely) beefing with each other and Chris and Travis are here with the details. They also cover the weird song Drake released about Kid Cudi, the mid-season premiere of Keeping Up with the Kardashians, and what they'd do on a camping trip with Kanye. Real important stuff, here.
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57 min
October 25, 2016
Crack Music - Kanye West, Late Registration
Put that iPod on your tongue...yeah, that's pure, man! That's right, this episode is 100% certifiably wavy 🏄🏻 🏄🏻 🏄🏻 and Chris and Travis got the chops to prove it. This lyrical analysis of Crack Music will cover all the great things about Old Kanye, like deep wordplay, stark imagery, and a grand call to action that posits Kanye West as the next Gil Scott-Heron.
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68 min
October 21, 2016
The Kim Kardashian 36th Birthday Spectacular Extravaganza
With all the negativity weighing everyone down in recent weeks, it's time to celebrate one truly magnificent woman—the one, the only, Kim Noel Kardashian West. Chris and Travis (and Anna!) cover their favorite Kim moments, from her Snapchatting to her foray into club music to Kimojis to her absurd crying faces to her just goddamn killing it as a mother. 🙌 All hail one half of the bad-ass-est couple on the planet 🙌
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60 min
October 18, 2016
Feedback - Kanye West, The Life of Pablo
They don't really want no problems—but damn, Chris and Travis got about 99 of em for the latest track off The Life of Pablo. While a great song, Feedback probably gives the WTT crew its biggest headache yet, sending them into a stupor over who the "father" is, what the "motto" might be, and why it matters at all that Kanye is a "south sider." Mixed within that confusion, however, is a very (as Chris and Travis would like to think) thoughtful analysis of Feedback and how Kanye West is building the idea of WHICH/ONE by going full god-mode in the form of Dennis Rodman (it'll all make sense later—they promise).
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57 min
October 14, 2016
Saint Pablo Tour Recap, Kim Kardashian Robbery Updates, Chicago Cubs are Wavy
It's official: The entire WTT crew has seen the Saint Pablo Tour, and they're here to discuss their highs and lows (jk, there are no lows!). Chris, Travis, and Anna get deep into show's design, setlist, and merch, while also providing an extensive update of Kim Kardashian since the robbery, what Jay Z has been up to with his new best friend, and the top five posts of the Kanye subreddit.
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84 min
October 7, 2016
The Robbery in Paris, The Kim Kardashian Backlash, Kid Cudi Battling Depression, Jay Z Builds a Treehouse
The topics get real this week as Chris and Travis try to make sense of the disgusting reactions to the news that Kim Kardashian was robbed in Paris. While they also discuss Kid Cudi checking into rehab, they eventually cover some lighter subjects, like North seeing Matilda the Musical, Ringo Starr being super wavy, and the time Jay Z and his new best friend built a treehouse in his backyard. In addition to it all, Chris opens up about a potentially troubling piece of news the WTT crew received last week. This episode is brought to you by EasterxSunday.
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73 min
October 3, 2016
My StorYe: Janie Contreras Johnson
Shhhhhhh try not to wake up mom... That's right, it's STORYE TIME (dude shut up!) and Janie Contreras Johnson (guess who she's married to!) is joining Chris and Travis's latest WTT slumber party to tell them about her journey with Kanye West. From the Hurricane Katrina relief special (cringe-worthy!) to her feminist beliefs regarding Kanye (and Bukowski!) to her top five Ye tracks (with a surprise No. 1!), Janie is proving she's more than just a woman—she's her husband's wife (ok—it's Jordan!).
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42 min
October 1, 2016
Kanye's Instagram, Jay Z's Body Double, Kim's Dress, Chris's Secret Identity
Better call Becky with the good hair, because SHE'S A HE (BUM BUM BUMMMMMM). That is just one of the many revelations that occur on today's Kanye West news episode, as Travis, Jordan, and Janie dive deep into the week that was Kanye, Jay Z, and Kim. They cover Kanye's flight to Paris and his new Instagram account, Kim's crazy-but-awesome see-through dress, and the best of the Kanye subreddit. They also do some live investigative reporting and uncover a BOMBSHELL relating to Jay Z's body double and his relation with Chris.
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32 min
September 28, 2016
All of the Lights - Kanye West, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
To cover all of the lights, we need all of the resources—Chris, Travis, (introducing) Janie Contreras Johnson. Who knows, if they get desperate, they'll enlist Genius for its annotations? No...they would never! jk, they totally do. In fact, they pull out all the stops to cover one of Kanye West's most infamous tracks, All of the Lights. They discuss fame, fortune, family, MJ, Tupac, the pros and cons of Borders vs. Barnes & Noble, and all of the different kinds of lights that exist. You can expect Janie to say smart things, and for Chris and Travis to talk about iPhones, high schoolers working at movie theaters, and Joe Dirt. This episode is brought to you by EasterxSunday.
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70 min
September 20, 2016
Amazing - Kanye West, 808s & Heartbreak
Does Kanye West say the word "amazing" over 60 times? Yes. Is he using the word ironically? It's up for interpretation...but probably. Do Chris and Travis talk about Hot Pockets and Gatorade? Of course. Is Young Jeezy a crazy person? Without a doubt. Is Kanye comparing his reign as the world's most controversial hip hop star to the decline and hollowness of the Ozymandias empire? Let's answer that question with another question: DO WE NEED AIR TO BREATHE? Will WTT cover all that and more in their analysis of Amazing? Bet ur butt they do. This episode is sponsored by EasterxSunday.
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49 min
September 16, 2016
Kid Cudi and Kanye West, Yeezus Rails Against Fashion Industry, Tim Gunn is Not Wavy
As 24-hour news outlets try to incessantly fill the day with the most mundane banalities of life, Chris and Travis find themselves strapped for time in trying to cover a week worth of Kanye West. Yeezus himself is up to big things this week, doing a classic interview that rails against the fashion industry and getting in an emotional feud with Kid Cudi. Also in other news, the NFL is not a fan of Yeezys, Kim is posting nude selfies once again, and Jay Z is getting into the lucrative children's lullabies business.
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78 min
September 14, 2016
I Wonder - Kanye West, Graduation
You know that part in Apocalypse Now when Martin Sheen finds Marlon Brando and Brando is just muttering nonsense and this magnificent film turns into a crazy fever dream? Well, if you listen to this episode long enough—in the midst of a classic, in-depth WTT analysis of I Wonder—you'll experience that scene in podcast form. It's a punch-drunk episode, Chris and Travis are food- and sleep-deprived, and shit gets crazy. This episode is brought to you by EasterxSunday.
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50 min
September 9, 2016
Yeezy Season 4, Saint Pablo Tour, David Lynch is a Stan, Blue Ivy to Make Film Debut
Chris and Travis' favorite word in the English language? Brevity—it's the only thing they know! And this 53-minute episode covering the week in Kanye West, Jay Z, and Kim Kardashian news can attest to that. They're talkin' Yeezy Season 4, Saint Pablo Tour, Desiigner, prepubescent boys and their YouTube comments, Dennis the Menace, wild rice & broccoli, Connect Four, and, of course, the mid-season finale of Keeping Up with the Kardashians. Sorry...they are seriously so sorry.
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54 min
September 4, 2016
The Throne Zone: Throners Respond to Famous
Chris and Travis have talked about Famous enough—so now it's your turn! In the Throne Zone, we offer listeners a chance to throw out their theories about Kanye West tracks, starting with Famous. Chris and Travis discuss thoughts submitted from three different Throners who pitch their ideas about Kanye's legacy, the "hood famous" line, and how Famous ends up connecting to Saint Pablo.
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17 min
September 2, 2016
The VMYe's: Fade Music Video Analysis
Welcome to the first annual VMYe's!!!! Oh, you thought the VMAs had a lot of Kanye in it? Chris and Travis are committing 100% of their time to Yeezus himself, kicking off with an analysis of his music video for Fade. They break down the video's three-part structure and what the dancing, cat-face and sheep symbolize in the context of the album.
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25 min
August 31, 2016
Drive Slow - Kanye West, Late Registration
Chris and Travis pump the brakes a little bit with this episode, as they abandon the New Kanye for the Old Kanye with their analysis of Drive Slow. They examine the multiple interpretations the song presents about "driving slow," Kanye's amazing ability to paint a scene, why Mali and GLC represent Obi Wan and Emperor Palpatine, and how Late Registration lays the seeds of the themes later explored on My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, Yeezus, and The Life of Pablo.
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63 min
August 26, 2016
Famous - Kanye West, The Life of Pablo
"We young and we alive...and we NEVER gonna die!!!" Chris and Travis exclaimed as they grabbed Jordan by the hand and dove into their most extensive analysis of a Kanye West song yet—the one, the only, the controversial Famous. They're discussing fame, they're discussing delusion, and bet your bottom dollar they're discussing the infamous "I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex" line. They also get into the irony of using the Nina Simone "Do What you Gotta Do" and Sister Nancy "Bam Bam" samples, as well as how Rihanna's hook embodies The Life of Pablo's "New Kanye vs. Old Kanye" theme. 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.
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113 min
August 23, 2016
Kanye Raps About McDonald's, Kanye's adidas Basketball Shoes, Jay Z Instagrams a Fox
Chris and Travis are back in action for the news! And they're back with a vengeance, just like Hans Gruber's brother. They give a poetic reading of Kanye West's poem about McDonald's, put their pre-orders in for baby Yeezys, shake their heads over Scott Disick's crazy prank on Kourtney Kardashian, and take a long, hard look at their lives when confronted with the hurtful consequences of their Jay Z news. Also, in a harrowing tale, Jay Z breaks his iPhone 6.
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56 min
August 19, 2016
In Common (Remix) - Alicia Keys (feat. Kanye West & Travis Scott)
WHICH/ONE WHICH/ONE WHICH/ONE It's a question Chris and Travis continually asked themselves as they discussed Kanye West and Travis Scott's remix of Alicia Keys' In Common—is Kanye talking about Kim or Taylor? The answer is complicated, as it ever is with Ye's multi-layered tracks. They get into Kanye's verses about Kim being his rock during the Taylor Swift situation, a continually changing style that may signal the direction of his next album, and how overall the song explores three different levels of sharing too much "in common" with others.
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46 min
August 14, 2016
Werner Herzog on Famous, In Common Remix, Fede Alvarez, Squirrels Without Fathers
Sorry, Mr. Bean is gone! But Chris is here, and he's with his girlfriend Marie, and they're doing Kanye West news. It's been a pretty busy week, with him breaking Billboard records and getting Werner Herzog's approval and everything. Oh, and don't worry, they didn't forget about Jay Z's latest charity venture, Squirrels Without Fathers.
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32 min
August 9, 2016
POWER - Kanye West, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
As they looked down at their diamond encrusted microphones, Chris and Travis embarked on their longest, toughest, most treacherous journey yet: analyzing Kanye West's legendary hit, Power. Powered by the self-confidence Kanye shows on the track, the WTT crew opens the prison doors, brings the goalies in and goes straight Genghis Khan on everyone's asses. Man, this is way too much, they need a moment.
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89 min
August 5, 2016
My StorYe: Robyn O'Neil
Kids, grab your sleeping bags, gather 'round, and turn on your flashlights...because it's storYe time! That's right, artist Robyn O'Neil sits down with Chris and Travis to talk about Kanye West because everyone else is annoyed when she talks about Kanye West and she.needs.to.talk.about.KANYE.WEST. We go deep into this stan's insane obsession (that the WTT Crew can relate to a little bit too well) with Mr. West, how her opinion of him and his music has changed over time, how his lyrics have helped her through some rough moments, and why she is now a full-blown Keeping Up With the Kardashians addict. Check out Robyn's podcast! It's called "Me Reading Stuff" and you can find it on iTunes. Also check out http://robynoneil.com for some of her awesome artwork!
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88 min
August 2, 2016
Pussy Print - Gucci Mane (feat. Kanye West)
Our mouths bulgin' bulgin' bulgin' with analysis. Analysis. Analysis— OK that's enough of that. Look, Chris and Travis are talking about the Gucci Mane song Pussy Print, which features Kanye, talks about money and sex, and, in case you missed it, is called PUSSY PRINT. But it's a cool song that Travis somehow convinced Chris to appreciate. Let's see if they can do the same for you as they dissect Gucci's Scarface-level bonkers verse and contemplate how Kanye can transition himself into the trap game.
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48 min
July 30, 2016
Wolves Video Premieres, Jay Z Cooks Calamari, Nobody Can Win With Piers Morgan
Like we always do at this time, we go for ours, we got to shine, now put your headphones on your ears! Because it's time for Watching the Throne!! Chris and Travis apologize for missing an episode, but they're back to discuss some very important Kanye West news, like Kim and Kanye's interview in Harper's Bazaar and the brand new Wolves music video (which might be his best yet?). We also explore Jay Z's frustration with Taylor Swift, determine if Kelly Clarkson and Piers Morgan are wavy or basic, and try to figure out why the Redditors aren't more excited about the first public Saint West video because IMA LET U FINISH BUT BABY YE IS THE CUTEST BABY OF ALL TIME. OF ALL TIME.
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52 min
July 22, 2016
The Full History of Kanye West and Taylor Swift from the VMAs to Kim's Snapchat
Chris, Travis, and Anna spend close to two hours detailing the history of Kanye West and Taylor Swift, from when Kanye stormed the VMA stage in 2009 to Kim Kardashian’s Snapchat revelation that Taylor approved the Famous line, just days ago. The crew covers key points in Kanye and Taylor's shared history that many people have forgotten about, the collateral damage that's resulted from the feud, and where each party could go from here. This is the most absolutely comprehensive analysis you will find of Kanye and Taylor on the Internet, with some terribly unfunny banter to boot. What's not to love?
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112 min
July 20, 2016
Heartless - Kanye West, 808s & Heartbreak
You guys, Chris and Travis are.So.SORRY. In their pursuit to do one of the coldest storYes ever told justice, they brought in Jordan C. Johnson and then there was some sort of disagreement and then all hell broke loose. Almost two hours later, the WTT gang found itself crawling its way out of a mountain of snow brought on by Kanye's icy cold imagery on 808s & Heartbreak and the torrential blizzard of debate that came from understanding the album's third track, Heartless. P.S. The episode definitely isn't overlong due to confusion over the WWE and our collective hatred of Anthony Fantano. P.P.S. Please still love us.
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114 min
July 16, 2016
Kings of Leon are Basic AF, The Kardashians Go to Iceland, Is Dave Franco Wavy?
Chris and Jordan keep it wavy as they discuss a particularly light week for Kanye West news. They gauge Dave Franco and Kings of Leon on the Kanye Barometer, discuss Jay Z's fascination with ghosts, countdown the best of the Kanye sub-Reddit, and read a scouting report detailing the Kardashians trip to Iceland for Kanye's latest music video.
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26 min
July 13, 2016
Stronger - Kanye West, Graduation
"N-now th-that that don't kill them...can only make them stronger...we need WTT to hurry up now......god can they talk much longer?!" Yup! Chris and Travis probably could, but at some point they had stop themselves from analyzing Kanye West's smash-shit Stronger so hard that they believed they could walk into any club in the world and everyone would go ahead go nuts go apeshit. Join them as they contextualize one of Kanye's most superficial songs within Graduation to show how Kanye's relationship with Chicago is actually a narrative building on the album.
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76 min
July 8, 2016
You Can Work for Kanye, Lou Reed Loves Yeezus, Jay Z Creates a Marathon, Kim Can't Jump Rope
The dream team meets the supreme team this week as Chris tags in Lauren for some very important Kanye West news. Lauren and Travis get into all sorts of shenanigans, such as Saint West photos, Kim Kardashian's food shaming, Kylie's lipstick line, Jay Z giving up on Dexter several years too late, and Jack Black's cryptic Kanye fandom. Oh yeah, and they spend about 20 minutes dissecting a photo of a burger Kanye tweeted.
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44 min
July 6, 2016
Touch the Sky - Kanye West, Late Registration
I gotta testify—it's time to talk about Touch the Sky. That's right, Chris and Travis are going back to 2005 to discuss what is probably one of Kanye's most "superficial" songs, aka a super-fun song that talks about being awesome and reaching the high heavens. They discuss how Kanye drifts between past, present, and future, the tension between fame and representing your home, and how the song fits into Late Registration as a whole. They also spend 1.5 seconds trying to figure out Lupe Fiasco's verse before self-performing lobotomies.
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65 min
July 6, 2016
Gold Digger - Kanye West, Late Registration
"They take my time when I'm in need...yeah they some triflin' hosts indeed." Sorry, they didn't mean to dig on you! But then again, you shouldn't have had expectations for Chris and Travis, who probably became the first people in the world to sit down and talk about Gold Digger for an hour straight. But then again, nobody has ever really cared about the avant-garde structure of what is perhaps Kanye West's most popular hit, making a reasonable person wonder why Chris and Travis are even doing this podcast in the first place. Good thing they're not reasonable.
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61 min
July 1, 2016
My StorYe: Anna Zeck
To quote the legendary rock band Staind: It's been awhiiiiile. That's right, it's time for another StorYe! And this week Chris and Travis are interviewing friend-of-the-show/Throner/Keeping Up-dater Anna Zeck, who, as a huge Kimye fan who's seen every episode of every Kardashian spin-off ever, brings a unique perspective to the show. They cover her relationship with Kanye—from his music to his fashion to his relationship with Kim—and, of course, count down her favorite Kanye West songs. That shit cray.
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58 min
July 1, 2016
Kanye West's Famous Video, A Live Kardashian Update, Jay Z Loves Harry Potter, Lena Dunham Starts a Feud With Us
There's only one word we can use to describe the length of this episode: SCARY. Because dear lord do Chris, Travis, and special guest/past StorYe guest Anna go off the goddamn rails. They go deep into Kanye West's new video for Famous, WTT getting shut down by Lena Dunham's Facebook page, Jay Z's financially draining obsession with old Saturday morning cartoons, the latest episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians, and the now all-time most upvoted Kanye sub-Reddit post. Hold on to your butts, Stans.
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92 min
June 28, 2016
Father Stretch My Hands (Pt. 1 & 2) - Kanye West, The Life of Pablo
Just want to feel liberated, they-ey-ey-ey...they just want to feel liberated they-ey-ey-ey...if they ever bored you to death they're sorrryyyyyyy. THEY STRETCH THEIR HANDS! Actually, Chris, Travis, and Jordan are sorry about this analysis, which goes so in depth into Father Stretch My Hands Pt. 1 & 2 (from The Life of Pablo) that you'll probably and unfortunately never even need to listen to the song again. They talking duality, adultery, liberation, and pandas in an episode that just will not end. Tell me who in here can relate.
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88 min
June 24, 2016
Kanye and North Make Snow Angels, Famous video, Wiz Khalifa Has Beef, Reddit Hits the Ye Button, Jay Z is on the Roof
Doctors say they the illest 'cause they suffering from realness—that's right, Chris and Travis are back for another week of Kanye news, telling it like it is when it comes to Taylor Swift, Wiz Khalifa, and Ryan Tedder (now known as He Who Must Not Be Named). They also discuss the upcoming Famous video, cover a Kim-North-Saint-heavy week, give a preview of next week's StorYe, and pretend to care about Jay Z's obsession with The Legend of Zelda.
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59 min
June 17, 2016
Saint Pablo Tour, Nori's Birthday, GQ Magazine, Nick Cave and George R.R. Martin Are Stans
LOOK THE F$&K OUT WE BOUTS TA HIT THE YE BUTTON. That's right, it's that time of the week for the thing literally nobody in the world is asking for—your weekly Kanye, Kim, North, Saint, and Jay Z news. Chris and Travis discuss the Saint Pablo Tour, Taylor Swift (aka Tay Tay (aka snek)), North's third birthday, and a young Stan's interaction with the one and only himself. Life is good, fam.
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32 min
June 15, 2016
Gorgeous - Kanye West, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
Ain't no question if they want it, Chris and Travis NEED to talk about Gorgeous. Partly because it's the next song on the list, but also because, well, this song is goddamn incredible. They get into Kanye's continued obsession with fame on My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, his role as a preacher for a new religion (hip hop), the plethora of micro-narratives, and how the oppression of black people extends from the streets to the top of Mount Olympus.
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56 min
June 10, 2016
Kanye's Birthday, More Reasons to Hate George Zimmerman, Jay Z's New Blanket, Khloe's Pillows
After a lean episode with Jordan, Chris and Travis are proving they literally have zero self control. They discuss Kanye's birthday, Kanye-themed ice cream, Jay Z just missing out on the Panama Papers, Macklemore and George Zimmerman on the Kanye Barometer, a Throner's analysis of the latest Keeping Up With The Kardashians episode, and a sports broadcaster's next-level Stannery.
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47 min
June 7, 2016
Welcome to Heartbreak - Kanye West, 808s and Heartbreak
Welcome to Watching the Throne—or, perhaps we should say, Welcome to Heartbreak. Chris and Travis are breaking down the second track on 808s & Heartbreaks, covering its themes of heartbreak, yearning, and fame life vs. a fulfilling life. Amidst the mindless banter, covering everything from Kid Cudi to family weddings to the inevitable day they meet Kanye West, they also manage to talk about the groundbreaking production of the album.
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47 min
May 27, 2016
Kimye's Anniversary, Paul and Bruce on Kanye, Jay Z's Comatose State, Kim's Favorite Slang
Chris is gone, but Jordan is filling the void! The future WTT hall of famer and Travis (who's definitely not a future hall of famer) discuss Kimye suing their bodyguard, music legends endorsing Kanye West, Jay Z's movie-filled week, the state of the Kanye subreddit, and Kim's ideas for couple Halloween costumes.
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36 min
May 24, 2016
Champion - Kanye West
Is this another Breathe In Breathe Out moment? For a long time, Chris and Travis had little to no opinion of Champion—but after a long discussion? They think they may have stumbled upon an under-appreciated Kanye track. They get into Kanye's reflections on his past with his father, the deeply layered production, Kanye's influence on Chicago, and how Champion fits into the themes explored on Graduation as a whole.
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50 min
May 20, 2016
Kanye on Ellen, Judging Brandon Flowers, Jay Z Hates Fake Jay Z News, Kim's Pregnancy Scare
Chris and Travis further prove they have absolutely zero self control with the latest WTT news episode. They try to stay on track before veering off into a 20-minute discussion of Kanye appearing on Ellen, followed by Brandon Flowers hating Kanye, Bill Simmons loving Kanye, Kim taking a pregnancy test, and Jay Z working on his calf muscles. Sigh.
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49 min
May 15, 2016
THat Part - ScHoolboy Q (feat. Kanye West)
Today, Chris and Travis make WTT history! OK...it's not that exciting, but they've definitely never covered a track featuring Kanye West, and what better time than the present? They dig into ScHoolboy Q's new track THat Part in a slightly different manner than usual, attempting to figure out if Kanye and Q are actually working together to find a deeper dichotomy and explore rap culture. It's that, or it's just a superficial track—you be the judge.
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38 min
May 14, 2016
THat Part and Chance 3, People Hate Assassin's Creed Trailer, Elijah Wood Loves Yeezus, Jay Z Banned From Whole Foods, Kim's Mother's Day Gift
For a light week in Kanye news, Chris and Travis still manage to find lots to talk about? With Elijah Wood showing love for Yeezus, Jay Z unclogging toilets, a brand new Keeping Up With the Kardashians, and (as always) the Kanye subreddit, there's never a shortage of WTT news bulletins.
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43 min
May 6, 2016
Kanye and Steve Harvey, Kevin Sorbo Hates The Rock, Jay Z's Lemonade Project, Kanye Shitposts Obama
Things really go off the rails in this episode, as would be the case with Chris and Travis finally back together to cover the week in Kanye West news: Kanye goes on the Steve Harvey radio show and makes some comments about racism; the gang gauges the Kanye Barometer with Kevin Sorbo and Meryl Streep; Jay Z has some conflicted emotions about Lemonade and lemonade; the Kardashians go to Kuba; and the Kanye Subreddit drifts towards complete fucking insanity. Tune in Monday for when Chris and Travis cover Touch the Sky.
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49 min
May 3, 2016
Ultralight Beam - Kanye West, The Life of Pablo
This is a God dream...this is a God dream! This is everything—this is, finally, Ultralight Beam, the first track from The Life of Pablo. Chris and Travis attempt to dissect what could indeed be Kanye West's greatest song to date. They get into Kanye's struggle with his faith, the duality between innocence and imperiledness, and, ultimately, how you can believe enough in yourself to create beam of light. Overall, they unpack how Ultralight Beam signals Kanye's album-long narrative of finding his younger, hopeful, faith-driven, optimistic, Chance-esque self, which will enable him to be a better father and husband and a more mentally stable individual.
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78 min
April 29, 2016
Kanye Interrupts Wedding, We Love Alec Baldwin, Jay Z on Twitter, Live Kim Snapchat Commentary
Chris is gone, but Travis is here to report the week in everything Kanye-related with future StorYe guest Tony Walter. They discuss Kanye's wedding antics, gauge the Kanye Barometer with Alec Baldwin, praise Jay Z's strange obsession with Tidal's Twitter account, check in on Kim's Snapchat, and say goodbye to one of r/Kanye's most beloved followers. Tune in Monday for when they cover Ultralight Beam.
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40 min
April 22, 2016
Kocktails with Khloe, Jay-Z and LeBron's penis, Azealia Banks and TJ Miller Kanye Barometer
Chris and very special guest Jordan C. Jordan cover the latest in Watching the Throne news for the week of 4.15.2016. Kanye drops some bombshells on Kocktails with Khloe, WTT gauges the Kanye Barometer, Azealia Banks says things, and then something about Jay-Z and LeBron's penis. Tune in next episode for when Chris, Travis, and Jordan cover On Sight.
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30 min
April 18, 2016
Dark Fantasy - Kanye West
Chris and Travis are finally moving on to My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, starting with the epic track Dark Fantasy. They analyze the song's general sprawling nature and how it toys with our collective perception of fame, while also working through how the song serves as an intro to the album and how it fits into Kanye's oeuvre as a whole.
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45 min
April 15, 2016
Kanye is #1, Jay-Z plays baseball, Kim’s spectacular glasses, North goes on push-up ride
Chris and Travis cover the latest in Watching the Throne news for the week of 4.7.2016. Kanye tops the Billboard charts, North goes on a pushup ride, Kim wears some truly outrageous(ly awesome) shades, and Jay Z becomes a second baseman. Tune in next episode for when they cover Dark Fantasy.
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23 min
April 4, 2016
My StorYe: Lauren Kelly
The WTT crew is taking a week off from analyzing Kanye West songs to hear from one of his biggest fans: Lauren Kelly has gone from passive Kanye listener to insatiable aficionado in just a few short years, and she's ready to tell the world her StorYe. Lauren also counts down her favorite songs, her favorite and least favorite lines, and even has some Jay Z news, because who doesn't these days.
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67 min
March 23, 2016
Say You Will - Kanye West
The WTT crew is finally diving into Kanye West's controversial album 808s & Heartbreaks by breaking down Say You Will line for line. Chris and Travis get into the song's unique structure, the themes of fantasy, yearning, and heartbreak, and how the song signals a new era for Ye's production. They also go through Travis' Snapchat account for a very important Kim Kardashian update, and finally address the Jay Z cliffhanger from last episode.
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51 min
March 15, 2016
Good Morning - Kanye West
Good morning! Seriously...wake up! Because it's time for another episode of Watching the Throne. Today, Chris and Travis are covering Kanye West's opening track to Graduation, Good Morning. They're really starting to dig into Kanye's progression as both a producer and a lyricist, as Good Morning marks the first song where Kanye clearly sets up a narrative arc for an album and serves as a lead-in to the sound he creates on 808s & Heartbreaks. We get into all that and more, with the "more" being a cliffhanger regarding Jay Z's hatred for black licorice.
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47 min
March 7, 2016
Heard 'Em Say - Kanye West
Nothing's ever promised tomorrow today...except the latest episode of Watching the Throne! (sorry about that) Today Chris and Travis are breaking down Kanye West's Heard 'Em Say with a very special guest (Chris' friend Alex), comparing and contrasting how Late Registration and College Dropout differ in their introductions and discussing how the song foreshadows many of Kanye's musical and lyrical accomplishments in the years to come. And while it's a pretty low-key day for Jay Z news, you had best believe they still got the goods.
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70 min
January 6, 2016
Facts - Kanye West
Fact: Chris and Travis love Kanye West. Fact: They have been going through Kanye's discography in order so far. Fact: They like breaking the rules. And that's why today they're giving everyone a BONUS episode that's out of the norm by covering Kanye's brand new single Facts. They discuss how Kanye's obsession with fashion has bled into his music, the song's relation to Drake and Future's Jumpman, and why Kanye should probably just stay away from diss tracks.
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53 min
October 28, 2015
My StorYe: Joshua Chaplinsky
You'll have to wait one more episode for The New Workout Plan—Chris and Travis have another StorYe to explore, this time with Joshua Chaplinsky, author of Kanye West Reanimator, a reimagining of H.P. Lovecraft's classic sci-fi novella with Kanye West as the main character. They discuss Joshua's inspiration for the story, whether or not he's gained an appreciation for Kanye by researching for the book, and what the hell is going on with Mr. West's fashion line. You can follow Joshua on Twitter at @JaceyCockrobin, visit his website at www.joshuachaplinsky.com, and order "Kanye West Reanimator" on Amazon.
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34 min
September 9, 2015
My StorYe: Jordan C. Johnson
The gang is back—but this time, they're not dissecting a song by Kanye West. Instead, they're kicking off the first official entry into the "My StorYe" interview series, where they discuss somebody's journey with Kanye West. Today we have a KanVert, and his name is Jordan C. Johnson. He discusses how Kanye's music changed not only the way he listened to music, but changed his life as well. In addition, the gang discusses hip hop and pop music in a broader sense, the VMAs, and breaks down Yeezus about two years ahead of the Watching the Throne schedule. Oh, and Jordan has a Jay-Z update? Crazy.
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86 min
June 24, 2015
Watching the Throne Intro
Chris and Travis proudly present Watching the Throne, the podcast that discusses everything Kanye West. This episode briefly introduces the idea for the podcast, the format of the show, and what we hope listeners (Kanye haters and lovers) can get out of it.
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