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Dissect

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The anatomy of an album. Named “Best Podcast of 2018” by The New York Times. Each season host Cole Cuchna examines a single album, forensically dissecting the music and lyrics of one song per episode.Currently dissecting Flower Boy by Tyler, The Creator (Season 4).Past seasons:S3 - Blonde by Frank OceanS2 - MBDTF by Kanye WestS1 - To Pimp a Butterfly by Kendrick LamarMS1 - Miseducation of Lauryn Hill

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The anatomy of an album. Named “Best Podcast of 2018” by The New York Times. Each season host Cole Cuchna examines a single album, forensically dissecting the music and lyrics of one song per episode.Currently dissecting Flower Boy by Tyler, The Creator (Season 4).Past seasons:S3 - Blonde by Frank OceanS2 - MBDTF by Kanye WestS1 - To Pimp a Butterfly by Kendrick LamarMS1 - Miseducation of Lauryn Hill

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Perfection

By AChallenger - Jul 23 2019
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Deep research and flawless execution. Must listen!

Amazing

By truecomet - Jul 16 2019
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Listen for yourself. Grabbed my attention which podcasts typically don’t do.

iTunes Ratings

5883 Ratings
Average Ratings
5684
96
57
18
28

Perfection

By AChallenger - Jul 23 2019
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Deep research and flawless execution. Must listen!

Amazing

By truecomet - Jul 16 2019
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Listen for yourself. Grabbed my attention which podcasts typically don’t do.
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Dissect

Updated 9 days ago

Rank #12 in Music category

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The anatomy of an album. Named “Best Podcast of 2018” by The New York Times. Each season host Cole Cuchna examines a single album, forensically dissecting the music and lyrics of one song per episode.Currently dissecting Flower Boy by Tyler, The Creator (Season 4).Past seasons:S3 - Blonde by Frank OceanS2 - MBDTF by Kanye WestS1 - To Pimp a Butterfly by Kendrick LamarMS1 - Miseducation of Lauryn Hill

Warning: This podcast is a series podcast

This means episodes are recommended to be heard in order from the very start. Here's the 10 best episodes of the series anyway though!

Rank #1: S4E1 - Tyler the Creator: Flower Boy

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Our season long examination of Flower Boy by Tyler, the Creator begins with a biographical episode on Tyler’s upbringing in Los Angeles, the genesis of Odd Future, and Tyler’s discography  leading up to the release of Flower Boy.
Listen to Dissect on Spotify and enjoy episodes a week early + exclusive bonus content. For 60 free days of Spotify Premium, visit spotify.com/promo/dissect
Follow @dissectpodcast on Twitter and Instagram.
Apr 23 2019
43 mins
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Rank #2: S2E1 – Kanye West: The Elephant in the Room

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Dissect is back!
Season 2 of Dissect is dedicated entirely to My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy by Kanye West.
My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy is an aural pageantry of West’s uncanny talents as producer and rapper, a sonic amalgamation of the four solo albums that precede it. It’s thirteen tracks are ambitiously scaled, a musical maximalism as yet unheard in the world of hip-hop.
Within this sonic coliseum, Kanye bares the confliction between his ego and insecurity, between the purity of his creative gifts and his incessant need for adoration. The album’s loose narrative outlines Kanye’s rise and fall from public grace, a kaleidoscopic meandering into the deep recesses of his mind, his fantasies. One moment he’s brash and confident, the next he’s vulnerable and lost.
Our first three episodes this season will serve as a preface to Tw
Aug 01 2017
35 mins
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Rank #3: MS1E1 - Lauryn Hill: An Education

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Today we begin our 8 episode mini-series on of The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. We start with Ms. Hill's upbringing in New Jersey, her rise with The Fugees, and the events leading up to the creation of Miseducation.

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Nov 06 2018
45 mins
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Rank #4: S3E1 – Frank Ocean: A Man of Art and Mystery

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Season 3 of Dissect is dedicated entirely to the music of Frank Ocean. Today we begin with Ocean’s upbringing in New Orleans and his move to Los Angeles after Hurricane Katrina. We’ll then break down his landmark 2011 mixtape Nostalgia, Ultra.
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May 22 2018
40 mins
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Rank #5: S1E3 – Wesley’s Theory by Kendrick Lamar

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We begin our season-long examination of Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly with the album’s opening track, Wesley’s Theory.
To Pimp a Butterfly is a concept album that documents Lamar’s journey from caterpillar to butterfly (metaphorically, of course). Wesley’s Theory introduces the album’s protagonist, Kendrick himself, a young, naive rapper that has achieved stardom and escaped from the cocoon of Compton. We also meet the album’s antagonist, Uncle Sam, who looks to exploit young Kendrick for profit.
Through the lens of this song, we’ll cover topics like the American Dream in modern society, the origins of the phrase “40 Acres and a mule”, Dave Chapelle’s exit from his hit TV show, and Wesley Snipes’ tax evasion conviction.
We’ll also examine how Wesley’s Theory is written cinematically and sets the stage for the narrative that unfolds throughout To Pimp a Butterfly.
If you li
Aug 30 2016
28 mins
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Rank #6: S2E2 – Through the Wire by Kanye West

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Our serialized analysis of Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy continues with part two of our three part introductory preface.
On our last episode, we followed the artistically gifted and confident young Kanye West as he ascended up hip-hop’s totem pole through his uncanny work ethic, unmatched determination, and unique production style.
On October 23rd, 2002, just two weeks after his deal with Roc-A-Fella Records was announced, Kanye fell asleep at the wheel and collided headfirst with an oncoming car, breaking his jaw in three places.
Just two weeks after his accident, and with his mouth still wired shut, Kanye would record “Through the Wire,” the song that would ultimately launch his rap career.
On today’s episode, we dissect “Through the Wire” as an example of Kanye’s early pro
Aug 08 2017
30 mins
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Rank #7: S1E4 – For Free? by Kendrick Lamar

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Dissect – A Serialized Music Podcast continues its season-long examination of Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly with the album’s second track “For Free? (Interlude).”
“For Free?” is a personal favorite of mine. It’s songs like this that separate Lamar from his contemporary hip-hop peers. He’s assembled some of the greatest living jazz musicians to back him a raucous, unapologetic critique of the American Dream expressed in a rapid-fire stream of consciousness.
It takes extreme versatility in craft to execute a piece of music of this caliber while still operating within the sphere of popular culture. When I saw Kendrick perform an intimate show at the Fox Theatre in Oakland, he opened with this piece. And the crowd went nuts.
Can we think about this for second? A theatre full of rowdy twenty-somethings went wild about a spoken word piece recited ove
Sep 06 2016
20 mins
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Rank #8: S2E3 – The Old Kanye

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We continue our serialized examination of Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy with third and final installment of our introductory episodes.
Our job today is frankly impossible. We’re going to cover the four masterful albums by Kanye West in just under forty minutes, a borderline audacious premise for a show about in-depth analysis. But we must remember the larger goal: to provide context, to get a basic understanding of the trajectory of Kanye’s musical output and success. We’ll cherry-pick a song or two from each album that’s representative of Kanye’s production and lyrical subject matter at that particular time, gaining a broad sense of the evolution of Kanye’s art leading up to our main course, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.
Listen to Kanye’s discography on Apple Music.
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Aug 15 2017
42 mins
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Rank #9: S2E4 – Dark Fantasy by Kanye West

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We begin our serialized examination of Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy with the album’s opening track “Dark Fantasy.”
From its opening moments, “Dark Fantasy” establishes the sound, themes, and narrative that will be explored throughout My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.
Sonically, it consolidates Kanye’s entire musical palate and creative powers developed over his first four solo albums. It’s a beautiful amalgamation of soul, hip-hop, RnB, classical, and gospel, at once seamless and juxtaposed, and utterly grandiose.
Lyrically, we find Kanye at perhaps his most economical. Woven within just two compact verses and a brief bridge, Kanye establishes a complex character who appears confident and living a luxurious life of fame and fortune. But veiled beneath the surface is a strugg
Aug 22 2017
33 mins
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Rank #10: S4E2 - Foreword by Tyler, The Creator

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We begin our season long analysis of Flower Boy by Tyler the Creator with the album’s opening track “Foreword.” We find Tyler laying out the themes that will be explored throughout Flower Boy as he questions his success, his chronic loneliness, and the nature of life itself.

New episodes of Dissect release every Tuesday. For 60 free days of Spotify Premium, visit spotify.com/promo/dissect.

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Apr 30 2019
33 mins
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Rank #11: S3E2 – Thinking About You by Frank Ocean

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Our serialized examination of the music of Frank Ocean continues with a look at the cultural impact of Frank’s open letter that revealed his sexuality days before the release of Channel Orange. Then we dissect Ocean’s biggest hit to date “Thinking About You.”
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May 29 2018
34 mins
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Rank #12: S1E5 – King Kunta by Kendrick Lamar

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Dissect – A Serialized Music Podcast continues its season-long examination of Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly with the album’s third track “King Kunta.”
“King Kunta” is perhaps the album’s most unabashed tribute to the pervading funk influences throughout To Pimp A Butterfly. On its surface, King Kunta is boastful, heroic, prideful, and at times, vain. Upon further examination, however, we’ll realize there’s a deeper, contrasting message to the song’s calculated, overtly valiant air. We’ll also discover that “King Kunta” is the pinnacle of the album’s first act, which we’ve named Pimped by Consumption.
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Sep 13 2016
25 mins
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Rank #13: S3E13 - Nights by Frank Ocean

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We dissect "Nights" by Frank Ocean, a two-part odyssey whose iconic beat switch divides more than just the song's two halves.

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Aug 21 2018
38 mins
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Rank #14: S2E5 – Gorgeous by Kanye West

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We continue our serialized examination of My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy by Kanye West with the album’s second track “Gorgeous.
“Gorgeous” is undoubtedly one of Kanye’s strongest displays as lyricist and rapper. There’s nary a wasted word on “Gorgeous” as Kanye seamlessly weaves cheeky pop culture references with poignant racial anecdotes and self-empowering affirmations. It’s a blueprint to atonement, to overcoming uncontrollable forces with sheer grit, determination, and self-assurance. Kanye seems less concerned with how to end racism and more concerned with how to overcome it, how to do great things in spite of it.
Layers of emotional and psychological complexity are added when we consider the song’s hook, an observation on Kanye’s psyche after the VMA backlash. It subtly reveals that
Aug 29 2017
37 mins
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Rank #15: Dissecting IGOR with Anthony Fantano

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In this special BONUS episode, Cole talks to Anthony Fantano (The Needle Drop) about Tyler, The Creator's IGOR and where the album fits into Tyler's legacy. Then co-host of Watching The Throne Chris Lambert joins Cole for a song by song dissection of IGOR's narrative and the meaning behind the album's title.

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May 24 2019
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Rank #16: S2E6 – Power by Kanye West

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Our serialized examination of My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy by Kanye West continues with the album’s third song “Power.
From its meticulous, heterogeneous production to its tightly wound lyricism and complex, metaphoric thematic content, “Power” is a detailed, intricately chiseled marble statue approach to songwriting. Kanye simultaneously explores power both as a concept in and of itself, as well as its personal affects on his life and mind. It’s something Kanye clearly struggles with. He’s smart enough to recognize power’s ability to deteriorate his spirit, but also recognizes his own inability to let it go.
Listen to “Power” by Kanye West on Apple Music.
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Sep 05 2017
42 mins
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Rank #17: S2E11 – Runaway by Kanye West (Part 1)

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Our serialized examination of My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy by Kanye West continues with a Part 1 of our double episode on the album’s nine-minute emotional centerpiece “Runaway“.
According to Runaway’s co-producer Emile Haynie, Kanye conceptualized “Runaway” in just four minutes. We dissect the iconic opening piano line, examining its conscious use of overtones and rhythmic deception.
After deconstructing the song’s beat, we turn to its lyrics and Kanye’s
Oct 17 2017
35 mins
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Rank #18: S3E3 – Super Rich Kids by Frank Ocean

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Our serialized examination of Frank Ocean’s channel ORANGE continues with “Super Rich Kids”, a tragic rumination on the effects of wealth disguised as a party anthem.
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Jun 05 2018
34 mins
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Rank #19: S1E6 – Institutionalized by Kendrick Lamar

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Our season-long examination of Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly continues with the album’s fourth track Institutionalized.
After the introduction to the album’s ever-important narrative poem, Kendrick begins to unpack the complexities of his new life of stardom. It begins with Institutionalized, a bouncing, head-nodding track that details Kendrick’s frustrations with his Compton friends’ behavior at the BET awards.
By naming the song Institutionalized, Kendrick alludes to broader issues that plague our country and manifest in the behavior of the impoverished and repressed population. Before dissecting this song, I believed minorities faced residual discrimination still resonating from our nation’s dark history. But until I researched institutional racism for this episode, I didn’t understand its complexities and
Sep 20 2016
29 mins
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Rank #20: S3E12 - Skyline To + Self Control by Frank Ocean

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Today's special double episode dissects "Skyline To" and "Self Control" by Frank Ocean, two songs that reflect deeply on summer romance.

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Aug 14 2018
46 mins
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