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MS1E2 - Dissecting “Lost Ones” and “Ex-Factor” by Lauryn Hill
Nov 13 • 44 min
Ms. Lauryn Hill begins Miseducation with a dualistic examination of heartbreak. “Lost Ones” is a scathing, venomous assault while “Ex Factor” reveals the pain beneath Ms. Hill’s harden exterior. Follow @dissectpodcast on Twitter and Instagram. Join our…
MS1E1 - Lauryn Hill: An Education
Nov 6 • 45 min
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. Follow @dissectpodcast on Twitter and…
BONUS - S3 Listener Audio Montage
Sep 25 • 95 min
We hear from Dissect listeners sharing their biggest takeaways from Frank Ocean’s “Blonde” and Season 3.
S3E18 - Season Finale: Blonde by Frank Ocean
Sep 25 • 84 min
We conclude our season-long analysis of Blonde by Frank Ocean. Stay in touch over the break by following @dissectpodcast on Twitter and Instagram. Join the newsletter at dissectpodcast.com.
S3E17 - Godspeed + Futura Free by Frank Ocean
Sep 18 • 42 min
We dissect Blonde’s closing tracks “Godspeed” and “Futura Free.” You’re gonna wanna listen to the end on this one.
S3E16 - Seigfried by Frank Ocean
Sep 11 • 39 min
We dissect “Seigfried” by Frank Ocean, a song expressing Frank’s feelings of alienation and isolation, leading to an existential crisis. Season 3 merchandise is now available at dissectpodcast.com. Want to be featured on the Season 3 finale episode?…
S3E15 - White Ferrari by Frank Ocean
Sep 4 • 27 min
We dissect “White Ferrari” by Frank Ocean, an emotionally potent car ride through Frank’s memories of a failed relationship. Season 3 merchandise is now available at dissectpodcast.com/merch Want to be featured on the Season 3 finale episode? Follow…
S3E14 - Solo (Reprise), Pretty Sweet, Close to You by Frank Ocean
Aug 28 • 41 min
We dissect the first four tracks from Blonde’s second half: “Solo (Reprise)” feat. Andre 3000, “Pretty Sweet,” “Facebook Story,” and “Close to You.” Listen to Dissect on Spotify and get episodes a week before all other platforms and exclusive bonus…
Coming Soon: The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill Mini-Series
Aug 24 • 1 min
In celebration of The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill’s 20th year anniversary, Dissect will be honoring this historic album with a special mini-series coming this Fall to Spotify.
S3E13 - Nights by Frank Ocean
Aug 21 • 38 min
We dissect “Nights” by Frank Ocean, a two-part odyssey whose iconic beat switch divides more than just the song’s two halves. Listen to Dissect for free on Spotify and get episodes a week early plus exclusive access to bonus episodes. Follow…
S3E12 - Skyline To + Self Control by Frank Ocean
Aug 14 • 46 min
Today’s special double episode dissects “Skyline To” and “Self Control” by Frank Ocean, two songs that reflect deeply on summer romance. Listen to Dissect on Spotify and get episodes a week early plus access to exclusive bonus episodes. Follow…
S3E11 - Solo by Frank Ocean
Aug 7 • 41 min
We dissect “Solo” by Frank Ocean, a series of narrative vignettes expounding on loneliness, freedom, and the heaven and hell within us all. Listen to Dissect on Spotify and get episodes a week early and access to exclusive bonus episodes. Follow…
S3E10 - Pink + White by Frank Ocean
Jul 31 • 30 min
We dissect “Pink + White” by Frank Ocean, a beautiful, mosaic-like remembrance of childhood. Listen to Dissect on Spotify and get episodes a week before all other platforms and exclusive bonus episodes. Follow @dissectpodcast on Twitter and Instagram.
S3E9 - Ivy by Frank Ocean
Jul 24 • 26 min
We continue our examination of Blonde by Frank Ocean with the heartbreaking song “Ivy.” Listen to Dissect free on Spotify and get episodes a week early plus exclusive bonus episodes.
S3E8 - Nikes by Frank Ocean
Jul 17 • 31 min
Our season long examination of Blonde by Frank Ocean begins with its iconic opening track “Nikes.” Listen to Dissect free on Spotify and receive episodes a week early plus exclusive bonus episodes.
BONUS - The Tricky Stewart Interview
Jul 10 • 53 min
In this bonus episode, Cole sits down with grammy-award winning producer/songwriter Tricky Stewart. Tricky is responsible for songs like “Single Ladies” by Beyonce and “Umbrella” by Rihanna. He also signed Frank Ocean to Def Jam in 2009 and helped Frank…
S3E7 - Channel Orange Recap + 4 Years Gone
Jul 3 • 39 min
We dissect the last three tracks from Frank Ocean’s Channel Orange before drawing some overall conclusions about the album as a whole. Then we take a look at the events during the 4 years between Channel Orange and Frank’s next albums Endless and Blonde.…
S3E6 – Bad Religion by Frank Ocean
Jun 26 • 32 min
We dissect “Bad Religion” by Frank Ocean, a harrowing ballad expressing the torment of unrequited love.
S3E5 – Pyramids (Part 2) by Frank Ocean
Jun 19 • 22 min
We conclude our two part analysis of Frank Ocean’s contemporary masterwork “Pyramids.”
S3E4 – Pyramids (Part 1) by Frank Ocean
Jun 12 • 32 min
We dissect Frank Ocean’s 10-minute masterwork “Pyramids” from Channel Orange. Part 1 of 2.
S3E3 – Super Rich Kids by Frank Ocean
Jun 5 • 34 min
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. Follow @dissectpodcast on Twitter and Instagram.
S3E2 – Thinking About You by Frank Ocean
May 29 • 34 min
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…
S3E1 – Frank Ocean: A Man of Art and Mystery
May 22 • 40 min
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. Dissect is…
S2E16 – Season Finale: My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
Dec 11, 2017 • 88 min
Today, we conclude our serialized examination of My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy by Kanye West. After a recap of the album’s narrative and themes, we’ll discuss those mysterious applause that conclude the album. We’ll talk about fame, art’s ability to…
S2E15 – Lost in the World by Kanye West
Nov 28, 2017 • 41 min
We continue our serialized examination of My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy with the album’s final tracks “Lost in the World” and “Who Will Survive in America?” “Lost in the World” is a cathartic embrace of letting go, an anthem of ambiguity that finds…
S2E14 – Blame Game by Kanye West
Nov 14, 2017 • 32 min
Our serialized examination of My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy by Kanye West continues with the penultimate track “Blame Game”. “Blame Game” finds Kanye attempting to decipher who’s at fault for his crumbling relationship and rapidly deteriorating life.…
S2E13 – Hell of a Life by Kanye West
Nov 7, 2017 • 35 min
Our serialized examination of My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy continues with “Hell of a Life”. Coming off the heels of the album’s emotional centerpiece “Runaway”, the explicit, porn-filled fantasy that is “Hell of a Life” couldn’t seem more…
Be Featured on S2 Finale Episode! + Bonus Interview
Oct 31, 2017 • 37 min
Dissect needs YOUR voice! We’re featuring listener submitted audio clips on our upcoming Season 2 finale episode. Find submission instructions on our Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram (@dissectpodcast). It’s really easy. In lieu of a new episode today,…
S2E12 – Runaway by Kanye West (Part 2)
Oct 24, 2017 • 36 min
We continue our serialized examination of My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy by Kanye West with Part 2 of our “Runaway” double-episode. After an examination of Pusha T’s “we need more douchebag” verse, we discover how the instrumental outro reorchestrates…
S2E11 – Runaway by Kanye West (Part 1)
Oct 17, 2017 • 35 min
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…
S2E10 – Devil in a New Dress by Kanye West
Oct 10, 2017 • 41 min
Our serialized examination of My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy by Kanye West continues with fan favorite “Devil in a New Dress.” “Devil in a New Dress” is an impressionistic glimpse into Kanye’s failed relationship with a woman he names his “sin-sation.”…
S2E9 – So Appalled by Kanye West
Oct 3, 2017 • 35 min
Today we continue our serialized examination of My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy by Kanye West with the album’s seventh track “So Appalled“. “So Appalled” features Jay-Z, Pusha T, CyHi The Prynce, Swizz Beats, and The RZA. In many ways, the track…
S2E8 – Monster by Kanye West
Sep 26, 2017 • 33 min
We continue our serialized analysis of My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy by Kanye West with the album’s next track “Monster”. “Monster” is an exemplary model of musical cohesion. Everything about the track contributes to its monstrous theme. The…
Kanye’s Cry for Help
Sep 19, 2017 • 15 min
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…
S2E7 – All of the Lights by Kanye West
Sep 12, 2017 • 32 min
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…
S2E6 – Power by Kanye West
Sep 5, 2017 • 42 min
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…
S2E5 – Gorgeous by Kanye West
Aug 29, 2017 • 37 min
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…
S2E4 – Dark Fantasy by Kanye West
Aug 22, 2017 • 33 min
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…
S2E3 – The Old Kanye
Aug 15, 2017 • 42 min
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…
S2E2 – Through the Wire by Kanye West
Aug 8, 2017 • 30 min
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…
S2E1 – Kanye West: The Elephant in the Room
Aug 1, 2017 • 35 min
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…
Pray for Kendrick Lamar: DAMN. Opening Remarks
Apr 20, 2017 • 18 min
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…
S1E22 – S1 Finale: To Pimp a Butterfly
Feb 7, 2017 • 70 min
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…
S1E21 – Mortal Man (Part 2) by Kendrick Lamar
Jan 31, 2017 • 46 min
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…
S1E20 – Mortal Man (Part 1) by Kendrick Lamar
Jan 24, 2017 • 29 min
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…
S1E19 – i (Part 2) by Kendrick Lamar
Jan 17, 2017 • 38 min
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…
S1E18 – i (Part 1) by Kendrick Lamar
Jan 13, 2017 • 28 min
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…
S1E17 – You Ain’t Gotta Lie (Momma Said) by Kendrick Lamar
Jan 3, 2017 • 23 min
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.”…
S1E16 – The Blacker the Berry (Part 2) by Kendrick Lamar
Dec 20, 2016 • 28 min
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.…
S1E15 – The Blacker the Berry (Part 1) by Kendrick Lamar
Dec 13, 2016 • 31 min
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…
S1E14 – Complexion (A Zulu Love) by Kendrick Lamar
Dec 6, 2016 • 31 min
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…
S1E13 – How Much a Dollar Cost? by Kendrick Lamar
Nov 22, 2016 • 32 min
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…
S1E12 – Hood Politics by Kendrick Lamar
Nov 15, 2016 • 30 min
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…
S1E11 – Momma by Kendrick Lamar
Nov 8, 2016 • 29 min
Our season long examination of To Pimp a Butterfly by Kendrick Lamar continues with the album’s ninth track “Momma.” On “Momma,” Kendrick returns home to Compton for the second time on the album. On his first return, he gloated about his success and…
S1E10 – For Sale? by Kendrick Lamar
Nov 1, 2016 • 25 min
Our season long examination of To Pimp a Butterfly by Kendrick Lamar continues with the album’s eighth song “For Sale? (Interlude).” Whereas the album’s second track “For Free?” was an external reaction to the seductive lures of Uncle Sam, the American…
S1E9 – Alright by Kendrick Lamar
Oct 11, 2016 • 34 min
We continue our serialized examination of Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly with the album’s next track “Alright.” In the context of the album’s narrative, “Alright” takes place the morning after the drunken confession heard on the previous song “u.”…
S1E8 – u by Kendrick Lamar
Oct 4, 2016 • 27 min
We continue our serialized examination of Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly with the album’s next track “u.” “u” is the album’s emotional rock bottom. It’s one of the most gripping, emotionally vulnerable records in hip-hop. It’s a confrontation of…
S1E7 – These Walls by Kendrick Lamar
Sep 27, 2016 • 22 min
Dissect’s season-long analysis of Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly continues with the album’s fifth track “These Walls.” On “These Walls,” Kendrick speaks of various metaphoric walls to express the confinements of vice. It interweaves a complex…
S1E6 – Institutionalized by Kendrick Lamar
Sep 20, 2016 • 29 min
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…
S1E5 – King Kunta by Kendrick Lamar
Sep 13, 2016 • 25 min
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…
S1E4 – For Free? by Kendrick Lamar
Sep 6, 2016 • 20 min
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…
S1E3 – Wesley’s Theory by Kendrick Lamar
Aug 30, 2016 • 28 min
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).…
S1E2 – good kid, m.A.A.d. city by Kendrick Lamar
Aug 25, 2016 • 34 min
Dissect podcast continues its preface of Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly with an overview of Lamar’s major label debut good kid, m.A.A.d. city. good kid, m.A.A.d. city spans one pivotal day in Lamar’s teenage upbringing in Compton, California. The…
S1E1 – Compton, K Dot, and Kendrick Lamar
Aug 23, 2016 • 20 min
Episode 1 of Dissect examines Kendrick Lamar‘s To Pimp a Butterfly with the history of Compton, California and Lamar’s transformation from K Dot, a young mixtape rapper, to Kendrick Lamar, a true artist.
Introducing Dissect: A Serialized Music Podcast
Aug 13, 2016 • 1 min
We live in a world creating and consuming more content than ever before. Every minute of every day, the world generates nearly three million Facebook posts, tweets and Instagram photos, and over two hundred million e-mails. There’s a 24-hour news cycle,…