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Learn more about the albums you love with Dissect, a serialized music podcast from Cole Cuchna & Spotify Studios. Each season we pick one album, forensically dissecting one song per episode. Line-by-line, note-by-note, we learn more about the human e...Show More

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S2E6 – Power by Kanye West

42:38 | Sep 5th, 2017

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”...Show More

S2E1 – Kanye West: The Elephant in the Room

35:20 | Aug 1st, 2017

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 ...Show More

S3E11 - Solo by Frank Ocean

41:51 | Aug 7th, 2018

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 @di...Show More

S3E10 - Pink + White by Frank Ocean

30:55 | Jul 31st, 2018

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 Instagra...Show More

S3E9 - Ivy by Frank Ocean

26:03 | Jul 24th, 2018

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

31:26 | Jul 17th, 2018

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

53:06 | Jul 10th, 2018

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 Fr...Show More

S3E7 - Channel Orange Recap + 4 Years Gone

39:47 | Jul 3rd, 2018

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 Blo...Show More

S3E6 – Bad Religion by Frank Ocean

32:37 | Jun 26th, 2018

We dissect "Bad Religion" by Frank Ocean, a harrowing ballad expressing the torment of unrequited love.

S3E5 – Pyramids (Part 2) by Frank Ocean

22:43 | Jun 19th, 2018

We conclude our two part analysis of Frank Ocean’s contemporary masterwork “Pyramids.”

S3E4 – Pyramids (Part 1) by Frank Ocean

32:43 | Jun 12th, 2018

We dissect Frank Ocean’s 10-minute masterwork “Pyramids” from Channel Orange. Part 1 of 2.

S3E3 – Super Rich Kids by Frank Ocean

34:39 | Jun 5th, 2018

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

34:21 | May 29th, 2018

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 Ab...Show More

S3E1 – Frank Ocean: A Man of Art and Mystery

40:58 | May 22nd, 2018

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. Dissec...Show More

S2E16 – Season Finale: My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

1:28:56 | Dec 11th, 2017

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...Show More

S2E11 – Runaway by Kanye West (Part 1)

35:51 | Oct 17th, 2017

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 conceptuali...Show More

S2E8 – Monster by Kanye West

33:41 | Sep 26th, 2017

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 prod...Show More

Kanye’s Cry for Help

15:11 | Sep 19th, 2017

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. Sh...Show More

S1E18 – i by Kendrick Lamar (Part 1)

28:57 | Jan 13th, 2017

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 ...Show More

S1E2 – good kid, m.A.A.d. city by Kendrick Lamar

34:30 | Aug 25th, 2016

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. T...Show More

S1E1 – Compton, K Dot, and Kendrick Lamar S1E1 - Compton, K Dot, and Kendrick Lamar

20:40 | Aug 23rd, 2016

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.

S3E16 - Seigfried by Frank Ocean

39:35 | Sep 11th, 2018

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 episod...Show More

S3E15 - White Ferrari by Frank Ocean

27:48 | Sep 4th, 2018

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? Foll...Show More

S3E14 - Solo (Reprise), Pretty Sweet, Close to You by Frank Ocean

41:10 | Aug 28th, 2018

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...Show More

Coming Soon: The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill Mini-Series

01:00 | Aug 24th, 2018

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

38:53 | Aug 21st, 2018

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 @dissec...Show More

S3E12 - Skyline To + Self Control by Frank Ocean

46:28 | Aug 14th, 2018

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 @diss...Show More

S2E15 – Lost in the World by Kanye West

41:46 | Nov 28th, 2017

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 fin...Show More

S2E14 – Blame Game by Kanye West

32:04 | Nov 14th, 2017

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 l...Show More

S2E13 – Hell of a Life by Kanye West

35:33 | Nov 7th, 2017

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 themat...Show More

Be Featured on S2 Finale Episode! + Bonus Interview

37:07 | Oct 31st, 2017

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,...Show More

S2E12 – Runaway by Kanye West (Part 2)

36:36 | Oct 24th, 2017

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 reorchestr...Show More

S2E10 – Devil in a New Dress by Kanye West

41:08 | Oct 10th, 2017

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-sat...Show More

S2E9 – So Appalled by Kanye West

35:12 | Oct 3rd, 2017

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 re...Show More

S2E7 – All of the Lights by Kanye West

32:42 | Sep 12th, 2017

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 ex...Show More

S2E5 – Gorgeous by Kanye West

37:10 | Aug 29th, 2017

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 “Gor...Show More

S2E4 – Dark Fantasy by Kanye West

33:36 | Aug 22nd, 2017

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 throughou...Show More

S2E3 – The Old Kanye

42:58 | Aug 15th, 2017

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 ...Show More

S2E2 – Through the Wire by Kanye West

30:00 | Aug 8th, 2017

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-ho...Show More

Pray for Kendrick Lamar: DAMN. Opening Remarks

18:23 | Apr 20th, 2017

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 ...Show More

S1E22 – Season 1 Finale: To Pimp a Butterfly

1:10:12 | Feb 7th, 2017

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 ...Show More

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

46:52 | Jan 31st, 2017

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 f...Show More

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

29:45 | Jan 24th, 2017

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 Compto...Show More

S1E19 – i by Kendrick Lamar (Part 2)

38:00 | Jan 17th, 2017

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. W...Show More

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

23:21 | Jan 3rd, 2017

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 Ligh...Show More

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

28:09 | Dec 20th, 2016

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 movemen...Show More

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

31:23 | Dec 13th, 2016

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 incr...Show More

S1E14 – Complexion (A Zulu Love) by Kendrick Lamar

31:18 | Dec 6th, 2016

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...Show More

S1E13 – How Much a Dollar Cost? by Kendrick Lamar

32:03 | Nov 22nd, 2016

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 fo...Show More

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

30:30 | Nov 15th, 2016

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 answeri...Show More

S1E11 – Momma by Kendrick Lamar from To Pimp a Butterfly

29:54 | Nov 8th, 2016

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 ...Show More

S1E10 – For Sale? by Kendrick Lamar from To Pimp a Butterfly

25:31 | Nov 1st, 2016

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 Americ...Show More

S1E9 – Alright by Kendrick Lamar from To Pimp a Butterfly

34:04 | Oct 11th, 2016

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 “...Show More

S1E8 – u by Kendrick Lamar from To Pimp a Butterfly

27:40 | Oct 4th, 2016

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 o...Show More

S1E7 – These Walls by Kendrick Lamar from To Pimp a Butterfly

22:06 | Sep 27th, 2016

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 t...Show More

S1E6 – Institutionalized by Kendrick Lamar from To Pimp a Butterfly

29:51 | Sep 20th, 2016

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 ...Show More

S1E5 – King Kunta by Kendrick Lamar from To Pimp a Butterfly

25:16 | Sep 13th, 2016

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 ...Show More

S1E4 – For Free? from To Pimp a Butterfly by Kendrick Lamar

20:41 | Sep 6th, 2016

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 L...Show More

S1E3 – Wesley’s Theory from To Pimp a Butterfly S1E3 - Wesley's Theory from To Pimp a Butterfly

28:05 | Aug 30th, 2016

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 cour...Show More

Introducing Dissect: A Serialized Music Podcast

01:48 | Aug 13th, 2016

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 cyc...Show More