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Dissect is a serialized music podcast that breaks long form musical analysis into short, digestible episodes. Season 1 is dedicated entirely to To Pimp a Butterfly by Kendrick Lamar. Over nearly 20 episodes, dissect this Grammy-award winning record measure-by-measure, word-by-word, until we reach a complete understanding of this modern masterpiece.

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Episodes

Kanye’s Cry for Help

9/19/2017
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This is a story about empathy disguised as a story about Kanye West. Last year around this time, Kanye took stage at the Golden One Center in Sacramento, CA. After three songs and a fifteen-minute rant, Kanye dropped the mic and canceled the show. Shortly after, he canceled the remainder of his Saint Pablo tour […] The post Kanye’s Cry for Help appeared first on City Scout Magazine.

Duration: 00:15:10


S2E7 – All of the Lights by Kanye West

9/12/2017
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We continue our serialized examination of My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy by Kanye West with the album’s fifth track “All of the Lights.” “All of the Lights” and it’s fourteen high-profile guest vocalists is the kind of decadence that borders on excessive indulgence like the terrible feeling you get after eating too much cake. This […] The post S2E7 – All of the Lights by Kanye West appeared first on City Scout Magazine.

Duration: 00:32:42


S2E6 – Power by Kanye West

9/5/2017
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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 […] The post S2E6 – Power by Kanye West appeared first on City Scout Magazine.

Duration: 00:42:37


S2E5 – Gorgeous by Kanye West

8/29/2017
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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 […] The post S2E5 – Gorgeous by Kanye West appeared first on City Scout Magazine.

Duration: 00:37:09


S2E4 – Dark Fantasy by Kanye West

8/22/2017
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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 […] The post S2E4 – Dark Fantasy by Kanye West appeared first on City Scout Magazine.

Duration: 00:33:35


S2E3 – The Old Kanye

8/15/2017
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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 […] The post S2E3 – The Old Kanye appeared first on City Scout Magazine.

Duration: 00:42:57


S2E2 – Through the Wire by Kanye West

8/8/2017
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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, […] The post S2E2 – Through the Wire by Kanye West appeared first on City Scout Magazine.

Duration: 00:29:59


S2E1 – Kanye West: The Elephant in the Room

8/1/2017
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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 […] The post S2E1 – Kanye West: The Elephant in the Room appeared first on City Scout Magazine.

Duration: 00:35:19


Pray for Kendrick Lamar: DAMN. Opening Remarks

4/20/2017
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Maybe it’s time we pray for Kendrick Lamar. On his 2015 album To Pimp a Butterfly, Kendrick undergoes a metamorphosis from self-loathing Compton rapper to self-loving global icon, a transformation he likens to caterpillar turned butterfly. It seemed to function as a blueprint for salvation, aimed especially at the African-American community navigating the racially charged […] The post Pray for Kendrick Lamar: DAMN. Opening Remarks appeared first on City Scout Magazine.

Duration: 00:18:23


S1E22 – Season 1 Finale: To Pimp a Butterfly

2/7/2017
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Our season long examination of To Pimp a Butterfly by Kendrick Lamar concludes with our final thoughts on the album. After a broad overview of the album and breakdown of the concluding poem, we’ll dissect the central “contrasting duality” theme, the album title and cover art. We’ll then hand the mic over to you, the […] The post S1E22 – Season 1 Finale: To Pimp a Butterfly appeared first on City Scout Magazine.

Duration: 01:10:12


S1E21 – Mortal Man (Part 2) by Kendrick Lamar from To Pimp a Butterfly

1/31/2017
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We continue our serialized examination of To Pimp a Butterfly by Kendrick Lamar with Part 2 of the album’s final song “Mortal Man.” On our last episode, we heard how the song “Mortal Man” questioned Kendrick’s new leadership role and loyalty of his fanbase. At the end of the song, the narrative poem returns and […] The post S1E21 – Mortal Man (Part 2) by Kendrick Lamar from To Pimp a Butterfly appeared first on City Scout Magazine.

Duration: 00:46:51


S1E20 – Mortal Man (Part 1) by Kendrick Lamar from To Pimp a Butterfly

1/24/2017
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We continue our serialized examination of To Pimp a Butterfly by Kendrick Lamar with album’s final song “Mortal Man.” Kendrick reached the narrative conclusion of To Pimp a Butterfly with the live performance of the song “i” in his hometown of Compton. In a full circle moment, Kendrick embodied the leadership role he was so reluctant to […] The post S1E20 – Mortal Man (Part 1) by Kendrick Lamar from To Pimp a Butterfly appeared first on City Scout Magazine.

Duration: 00:29:44


S1E19 – i by Kendrick Lamar (Part 2)

1/17/2017
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We continue our serialized analysis of To Pimp a Butterfly by Kendrick Lamar with Part 2 of the album’s fifteenth track, “i.” “i” is the narrative conclusion of To Pimp a Butterfly, the apex of Kendrick’s teachings on self-love and self-acceptance. While the studio single version of “I” we examined in our last episode could’ve easily acted as the album’s […] The post S1E19 – i by Kendrick Lamar (Part 2) appeared first on City Scout Magazine.

Duration: 00:37:59


S1E18 – i by Kendrick Lamar (Part 1)

1/13/2017
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We continue our serialized examination of To Pimp a Butterfly by Kendrick Lamar with the album’s fifteenth track, “i.” “i” is the narrative conclusion of To Pimp a Butterfly, the apex of Kendrick’s teachings on self-love and self-acceptance. Written for his incarcerated friends and suicidal kids he meets on tour, “i” was released as the album’s […] The post S1E18 – i by Kendrick Lamar (Part 1) appeared first on City Scout Magazine.

Duration: 00:28:56


S1E17 – You Ain’t Gotta Lie (Momma Said) by Kendrick Lamar

1/3/2017
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We continue our serialized examination of To Pimp a Butterfly by Kendrick Lamar with the album’s fourteenth track “You Ain’t Gotta Lie (Momma Said).” We’re currently in the midst of the album’s fourth act, which we’ve titled “The Butterfly Sheds Light.” Having embraced his leadership role after his experience in South Africa, Kendrick is providing […] The post S1E17 – You Ain’t Gotta Lie (Momma Said) by Kendrick Lamar appeared first on City Scout Magazine.

Duration: 00:23:20


S1E16 – The Blacker the Berry by Kendrick Lamar (Part 2)

12/20/2016
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Our season long analysis of To Pimp a Butterfly by Kendrick Lamar continues with part two of the album’s thirteenth track “The Blacker the Berry.” The song was the album’s second single and released amidst the height of the Black Lives Matter movement. It’s incredibly potent, packed with references to the historic oppression of the black community, […] The post S1E16 – The Blacker the Berry by Kendrick Lamar (Part 2) appeared first on City Scout Magazine.

Duration: 00:28:09


S1E15 – The Blacker the Berry by Kendrick Lamar (Part 1)

12/13/2016
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Our season long analysis of To Pimp a Butterfly by Kendrick Lamar continues with the album’s thirteenth track “The Blacker the Berry.” The song was the album’s second single and released amidst the height of the Black Lives Matter movement. It’s incredibly potent, packed with references to the historic oppression of the black community, race […] The post S1E15 – The Blacker the Berry by Kendrick Lamar (Part 1) appeared first on City Scout Magazine.

Duration: 00:31:22


S1E14 – Complexion (A Zulu Love) by Kendrick Lamar

12/6/2016
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We continue our season long analysis of To Pimp a Butterfly by Kendrick Lamar with the album’s twelfth track “Complexion (A Zulu Love).” After battling depression, survival’s guilt, temptation, selfishness, and suicidal thoughts, Kendrick was humbled by an encounter with god on the album’s previous track “How Much a Dollar Cost?” Kendrick’s repentance represents the album’s axis […] The post S1E14 – Complexion (A Zulu Love) by Kendrick Lamar appeared first on City Scout Magazine.

Duration: 00:31:17


S1E13 – How Much a Dollar Cost? by Kendrick Lamar

11/22/2016
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Our season long examination of Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly continues with the album’s eleventh track, “How Much a Dollar Cost?” Plagued by Uncle Sam (the American Dream) and Lucy (temptation), Kendrick has stood at a metaphoric crossroads for most of the album, deciding whether to use or pimp his talent for good or evil. “How Much a […] The post S1E13 – How Much a Dollar Cost? by Kendrick Lamar appeared first on City Scout Magazine.

Duration: 00:32:02


S1E12 – Hood Politics by Kendrick Lamar from To Pimp a Butterfly

11/15/2016
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Our season long examination of To Pimp a Butterfly by Kendrick Lamar continues with the album’s tenth track “Hood Politics.” “Hood Politics” begins with a voicemail Kendrick receives from an old Compton friend. He calls out Kendrick for never answering his phone, dressing differently, and forgetting about his friends. The voicemail triggers Kendrick’s survival’s guilt for escaping Compton. Earlier […] The post S1E12 – Hood Politics by Kendrick Lamar from To Pimp a Butterfly appeared first...

Duration: 00:30:29

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