Dissect

Spotify Studios

Analyzing the music, lyrics, and meaning of one album per season, one song per episode. Join host Cole Cuchna as he dives deep into albums by Mac Miller, Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar, Beyonce, Frank Ocean, and more. Let's Dissect.

All Episodes

In this bonus episode, Cole and Cam talk through Mac Miller’s “Conversations Pt. 1.” While the song feels like one big flex, as always, there’s layers beneath Mac’s bravado, including guilt, confusion, and paranoia.Shop Season 9 merchandise here.Follow Dissect on Tiktok, Instagram, and Twitter.This season includes discussion of substance misuse and addiction. For resources on these topics, visit spotify.com/resources. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Nov 26

1 hr 5 min

We continue our season-long analysis of Mac Miller’s Swimming with its eighth track, “Small Worlds.”Shop Season 9 merchandise here.Follow Dissect on Tiktok, Instagram, and Twitter.This season includes discussion of substance misuse and addiction. For resources on these topics, visit spotify.com/resources. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

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Nov 23

45 min 49 sec

We continue our season-long analysis of Mac Miller’s Swimming with its seventh track, “Ladders.”Shop Season 9 merchandise here.Follow Dissect on Tiktok, Instagram, and Twitter.This season includes discussion of substance misuse and addiction. For resources on these topics, visit spotify.com/resources. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

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Nov 16

35 min 38 sec

We continue our season-long analysis of Mac Miller’s Swimming with its sixth track, “Wings.”Shop Season 9 merchandise here.Follow Dissect on Tiktok, Instagram, and Twitter.This season includes discussion of substance misuse and addiction. For resources on these topics, visit spotify.com/resources. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

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Nov 9

39 min 43 sec

We continue our season-long analysis of Mac Miller’s Swimming with its fifth track, “Self Care.”Shop Season 9 merchandise here.Follow Dissect on Tiktok, Instagram, and Twitter.This season includes discussion of substance misuse and addiction. For resources on these topics, visit spotify.com/resources. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

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Nov 2

47 min 42 sec

Cole and Cam sit down with Donna-Claire Chesman to talk about her new book "The Book of Mac: Remembering Mac Miller."Purchase the book on Amazon, Brooklyn Vegan, Barnes & Nobles, or better yet, your local bookstore.Follow Donna-Claire on Twitter. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Oct 28

37 min 13 sec

We continue our season-long analysis of Mac Miller’s Swimming with its fourth track, “Perfecto.”This season includes discussion of substance misuse and addiction. For resources on these topics, visit spotify.com/resources.Shop Season 9 merchandise here.Follow Dissect on Tiktok, Instagram, and Twitter. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

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Oct 26

42 min 22 sec

S9 co-writer Camden Ostrander joins Cole to discuss their approach to Swimming In Circles before dissecting Faces, Mac's 2014 mixtape that recently hit streaming services. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Oct 21

1 hr 31 min

We continue our season-long analysis of Mac Miller’s Swimming with its third track, “What’s The Use?” It’s here that Mac at once asks the fundamental existential question (“what’s the use?”) and dismisses the need to ask questions at all (“what’s the use?”). This season includes discussion of substance misuse and addiction. For resources on these topics, visit spotify.com/resources.Shop Season 9 merchandise here.Follow Dissect on Tiktok, Instagram, and Twitter. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

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Oct 19

33 min 25 sec

We continue our season-long analysis of Mac Miller’s Swimming with its second track, “Hurt Feelings.” Produced by J Cole, the song finds Mac establishing one of the central themes of the album: the multiplicity of emotions -- how we can feel one way one minute, and another way the next.This season includes discussion of substance misuse and addiction. For resources on these topics, visit spotify.com/resources.Shop Season 9 merchandise here.Follow Dissect on Tiktok, Instagram, and Twitter. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

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Oct 12

36 min 52 sec

We begin our season-long analysis of Mac Miller’s conceptual double album Swimming In Circles.This season includes discussion of substance misuse and addiction. For resources on these topics, visit spotify.com/resources.Shop Season 9 merchandise here.Follow Dissect on Tiktok, Instagram, and Twitter. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

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Oct 5

39 min 4 sec

Season 9 premieres Tuesday October 5th only on Spotify! Follow @dissectpodcast on Instagram for clues and contest. Plus Cole shares his experience at a recent James Blake concert. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Sep 28

8 min 56 sec

Cole sits down with Femi Olutade and Chris Lambert to share first impressions to Kanye West's Donda. They talk about the album's prolonged rollout, its many features, some early themes and symbols, share their favorite tracks, and more.Recorded live from Spotify Greenroom. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Sep 1

1 hr 41 min

Yeezus brought Kanye to the church steps with his divine woman. But what happened after the vows were exchanged? That's the journey of The Life of Pablo.Follow Cole's new show KEY NOTES on Spotify. Premieres June 29th.Watch "How Kanye West Uses Samples to Tell Stories" Analysis Video.Shop Season 8 merch here.Follow Dissect on Twitter and Instagram. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Jun 22

31 min 49 sec

In our Season 8 finale, we dissect the narrative and stage design of Kanye West's 2013 Yeezus Tour. In this five act show, Kanye uses songs from his entire catalog to mythologize his life.Follow Cole's new show Key Notes on Spotify.Buy limited Season 8 merch here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Jun 15

1 hr 17 min

Cole sits down with S8 co-writers Travis Bean and Chris Lambert for a first ever "Song Draft" -- an NBA-style draft of the songs on Kanye West's Yeezus.Follow Travis and Chris's podcast Watching The Throne, a lyrical analysis of Kanye West.This episode was recorded on Greenroom, Spotify's new social audio app. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Jun 14

1 hr 14 min

Follow Cole's new show KEY NOTES: https://spoti.fi/3w8NJgA Our serialized analysis of Yeezus continues with its final track “Bound 2,” a song that resolves the album both musically and narratively. Back in the club on a Thursday, Yeezus finally meets the one girl worth a thousand of the others he’s been sleeping with. But why is it the over-the-top player Jerome who gets the final word on the album?Limited Season 8 merchandise is available at shop.dissectpodcast.com. Follow @dissectpodcast on Twitter and Instagram. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

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Jun 8

56 min 41 sec

Our serialized analysis of Yeezus continues with its penultimate track “Send It Up.” After the emotional journey we’ve witnessed on the album, why is Yeezus back in the club indulging in all the things we know are problematic for him? The answer to this question is found in the song’s brilliant use of samples.Limited Season 8 merchandise is available at shop.dissectpodcast.com. Follow @dissectpodcast on Twitter and Instagram. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

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Jun 1

32 min 33 sec

Our serialized analysis of Yeezus continues with “Guilt Trip.” After the catharsis and breakthrough of “Blood on the Leaves, ” Yeezus seems ready to move on and leave the heartbreak behind him, a task that proves easier said than done.Limited Season 8 merchandise is available at shop.dissectpodcast.com. Follow @dissectpodcast on Twitter and Instagram. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

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May 25

35 min 50 sec

In this special episode, Cole sits down with Shea Serrano & Brandon 'Jinx' Jenkins to talk about their new music show No Skips, their thoughts on Yeezus, and J Cole's new album The Off Season.Listen to No Skips with Jinx and Shea on Spotify: https://spoti.fi/3wg1J7QRead Jinx's SLAM cover story on J Cole: https://covers.slamonline.com/j-colePre-Order Shea's new book Hip Hop (& Other Things): https://amzn.to/2Rq42ql Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

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May 21

47 min 35 sec

Our serialized analysis of Yeezus continues with the epic “Blood on the Leaves.” Here Yeezus reveals that a woman he once loved was stolen by the limelight, leaving an open wound that he’s been unable to heal. We break down the song’s many samples, references, and interpolations in what is undoubtedly one Kanye West’s greatest musical achievements.Limited Season 8 merchandise is available at shop.dissectpodcast.com. Follow @dissectpodcast on Twitter and Instagram. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

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May 18

56 min 56 sec

Our serialized analysis of Yeezus continues with “I’m In It.” After being rejected by an ex-girlfriend, Yeezus uses his celebrity status and escapes into a world of sex to mend his bruised ego. He conflates his political ambitions with sexual dominance before the song’s final verse reveals that Yeezus is reaching his breaking point.Limited Season 8 merchandise is available at shop.dissectpodcast.com. Follow @dissectpodcast on Twitter and Instagram. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

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May 11

51 min 56 sec

Our serialized analysis of Yeezus continues with “Hold My Liquor.” After failing to overthrow the powers that be, Yeezus retreats into a haze of alcohol and drugs, drunkenly visiting an ex-girlfriend who rejects him. How will his ego take this blow?Limited Season 8 merchandise is available at shop.dissectpodcast.com. Follow @dissectpodcast on Twitter and Instagram. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

May 4

39 min 23 sec

Our serialized analysis of Yeezus continues with “New Slaves.” Over menacing, pulsating dissonance, Kanye expresses his belief that our cultural addiction to material things makes us “new slaves” to the handful of white billionaires who control the majority of the country’s wealth.But the song takes a dramatic 180 near its end as a man singing in Hungarian provides one of the biggest keys to unlocking the album’s narrative.Limited Season 8 merchandise is available at https://shop.dissectpodcast.com. Follow @dissectpodcast on Twitter and Instagram. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

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Apr 27

1 hr 6 min

Our serialized examination of Yeezus continues with “I Am A God.” Written after being rejected entry into a Paris fashion show, “I Am A God” finds Kanye supercharging his ego and recklessly demanding a threesome, a massage, and….croissants. But why isn’t anyone taking him seriously?Limited Season 8 merchandise is available at https://shop.dissectpodcast.com. Follow @dissectpodcast on Twitter and Instagram. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

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Apr 20

42 min 27 sec

Decode is a new podcast from Spotify UK and Dissect premiering April 22nd only on Spotify. Follow Decode on Spotify and never miss an episode:Hosted by Kayo Chingonyi, Decode gets deep inside an album, track by track, line by line, beat by beat - deconstructing the ingredients which make a masterpiece.In series one Decode takes a sonic journey into Dave’s award-winning concept album, Psychodrama. Join Dave on the therapy couch for “Psycho”, navigate the alleyways of his hometown “Streatham”, discover the secret sauce of the club favourite “Location”, and take in the epic scope of “Black”. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Apr 15

2 min 16 sec

We continue our track by track analysis of Yeezus with “Black Skinhead.” Produced by Daft Punk, “Black Skinhead” is our first indication that Yeezus has ambitions outside of his celebrity lifestyle of sex and money. He channels the spirit of Malcolm X to rally his troops to rebel against the systemic injustice he sees in society. But is anyone listening?Limited Season 8 merchandise is available at https://shop.dissectpodcast.com. Follow @dissectpodcast on Twitter and Instagram. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

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Apr 13

42 min 8 sec

Our song by song analysis of Yeezus begins with its opening track “On Sight.” We meet the crude Yeezus character in his natural habitat at a nightclub, living an indulgent life fueled by drugs and women. But midway through the song there’s an unexpected sample of a gospel choir that foreshadows the fact that while Yeezus may be getting everything he wants, it’s not what he needs.Limited Season 8 merchandise is available at https://shop.dissectpodcast.com. Follow @dissectpodcast on Twitter and Instagram. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

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Apr 6

38 min 17 sec

Our season-long dissection of Yeezus by Kanye West begins now! After revisiting the album’s polarizing impact in 2013, we set up our song by song analysis of Yeezus with a brief discussion of how Kanye uses his albums to tell larger stories about his life. We then document the real life events that inspired the creation of Yeezus, including Kanye’s struggles breaking into the fashion industry, his new relationship with Kim Kardashian, and the many classic interviews that accompanied the Yeezus era.Limited Season 8 merchandise is available at https://shop.dissectpodcast.com. Follow @dissectpodcast on Twitter and Instagram. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

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Mar 30

45 min 52 sec

We conclude our season long analysis of Because The Internet with a sweeping recap of the album and script’s central narrative. We then outline and analyze the world’s main themes and symbols before hearing from Dissect listeners directly.Shop limited Season 7 merch: https://bit.ly/36ClxIVDive deeper into the world of Because The Internet with our episodic visual guides (https://bit.ly/30EKbF1), where you can also read the BTI screenplay in full. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @dissectpodcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

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Dec 2020

1 hr 42 min

Cole and S7 co-writer Camden Ostrander have a conversation about Childish Gambino, Because The Internet, 3.15.20, Glover as an artist, and more. Then they answer a handful of questions submitted by Dissect listeners (yes, they address those mysterious alien videos).Shop limited Season 7 merch: https://bit.ly/36ClxIVDive deeper into the world of Because The Internet with our episodic visual guides (https://bit.ly/30EKbF1), where you can also read the BTI screenplay in full. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @dissectpodcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

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Nov 2020

2 hr 24 min

Because The Internet concludes with a retrospective wherein Gambino and Glover look back at the world’s main narrative and provide insights with a newfound freedom and clarity. After expressing the inherent irony of life -- that we’re all dying from the day we are born -- Gambino’s plea at the end of the album expresses his ultimate call to action and leap of faith.Shop limited Season 7 merch: https://bit.ly/36ClxIVDive deeper into the world of Because The Internet with our episodic visual guides (https://bit.ly/30EKbF1), where you can also read the BTI screenplay in full. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @dissectpodcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

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Nov 2020

1 hr 10 min

We continue our season-long examination of Because The Internet with “Earth: The Oldest Computer.” Gambino and The Boy grapple with the meaning of life and our time on Earth at The Boy’s moment of death in the BTI screenplay.Shop limited Season 7 merch: https://bit.ly/36ClxIVDive deeper into the world of Because The Internet with our episodic visual guides (https://bit.ly/30EKbF1), where you can also read the BTI screenplay in full. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @dissectpodcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

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Nov 2020

55 min 14 sec

We continue our season-long examination of Because The Internet with “Urn” and “Pink Toes.” Gambino continues to grapple with the loss of his father and spreads his ashes in Stockholm. Then after returning home, he meets a girl and falls in love. But how long can this euphoric bliss last?Shop limited Season 7 merch: https://bit.ly/36ClxIVDive deeper into the world of Because The Internet with our episodic visual guides (https://bit.ly/30EKbF1), where you can also read the BTI screenplay in full. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @dissectpodcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

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Nov 2020

52 min 4 sec

We continue our season-long examination of Because The Internet with “Zealots of Stockholm.” After waking up from a drug overdose, Gambino is told that his father died. Lost and alone, he travels to Stockholm, Sweden to collect his remains, and attempts to connect with one of his online followers.Shop limited Season 7 merch: https://bit.ly/36ClxIVDive deeper into the world of Because The Internet with our episodic visual guides (https://bit.ly/30EKbF1), where you can also read the BTI screenplay in full. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @dissectpodcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

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Nov 2020

52 min 35 sec

We continue our season-long examination of Because The Internet with “Death by Numbers” and “Flight of the Navigator.” After attempting to take his own life, Gambino’s drug overdose sends him to a dreamy, intermediate world where he flies over everything and sees the connection and unity among all life on earth.Shop limited Season 7 merch: https://bit.ly/36ClxIVDive deeper into the world of Because The Internet with our episodic visual guides (https://bit.ly/30EKbF1), where you can also read the BTI screenplay in full. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @dissectpodcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

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Oct 2020

44 min 46 sec

We continue our season-long examination of Because The Internet with “The Party” and “No Exit.” Here Gambino’s existential crisis comes to a head. After going berserk at a party at his house and kicking everyone out, he goes on a late-night drive to clear his head and gain clarity. Stuck in a loop and unable to break free, he attempts to take his own life at the end of Act 3.Shop limited Season 7 merch: https://bit.ly/36ClxIVDive deeper into the world of Because The Internet with our episodic visual guides (https://bit.ly/30EKbF1), where you can also read the BTI screenplay in full. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @dissectpodcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

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Oct 2020

53 min 51 sec

In one of the more creative pieces of the Because The Internet world, Donald Glover created a secret track that fans had to assemble by connecting various pieces of the world together, including passwords, computer coding, acapella tracks, and more. We unpack this process and examine the song itself. This episode is part of our larger dissection of “3005” that includes an analysis video, web guide, and standard episode. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

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Oct 2020

19 min 17 sec

We continue our season-long examination of Because The Internet with “3005.” Commonly mistaken as a love song, “3005” is a desperate plea for connection amidst an overwhelming feeling of existential loneliness.View our 3005 music video analysis on YouTube or Instagram.Dive deeper into the world of BTI with our episodic visual guides, where you can also read the BTI screenplay in full. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

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Oct 2020

48 min 17 sec

We continue our season-long examination of Because The Internet with “Sweatpants.” After being rejected by a past girlfriend, Gambino’s defense mechanisms kick-in, triggering an ego-fueled barrage of boasts and brags. But by the song’s end, Gambino breaks down, revealing the chinks in his armor.Shop Season 7 Merch: https://bit.ly/36ClxIVDive deeper into the world of BTI with our episodic visual guides (https://bit.ly/30EKbF1) where you can also read the BTI screenplay in full. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @dissectpodcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

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Oct 2020

42 min 54 sec

We continue our season-long examination of Because The Internet with “Telegraph Ave.” Gambino takes a long drive from LA to Oakland to visit a past girlfriend, only to be rejected immediately upon arrival.Dive deeper into the world of BTI with our visual guides, where you can also read the BTI screenplay in full. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

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Sep 2020

45 min 4 sec

We continue our season-long examination of Because The Internet with “The Worst Guys” and “Shadows.” Since witnessing the murder outside a nightclub, Gambino begins questioning everything in his life, including his friends and his past girlfriends. He’s coming to realize his life so far has been one long meaningless party.Dive deeper into the world of BTI with our visual guides, where you can also read the BTI screenplay in full. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

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Sep 2020

51 min 10 sec

We continue our season-long examination of Because The Internet with “Worldstar” -- a song with more than a few hidden secrets and surprises. We reveal all of them.Dive deeper into the world of BTI with our visual guides, where you can also read the BTI screenplay in full. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

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Sep 2020

45 min 52 sec

We continue our season-long examination of Because The Internet with the album’s opening song “Crawl.” Here we meet the album’s protagonist The Boy - a Black, rich internet troll who lives in a glass-walled mansion on top of a hill.Dive deeper into the world of BTI with our visual guides, where you can also read the BTI screenplay in full. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

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Sep 2020

39 min 57 sec

Our season-long analysis of Because The Internet by Childish Gambino begins with a brief overview of Donald Glover’s rise to fame and his debut album Camp. Then we cover some of the main ancillary components of the transmedia world of Because The Internet before dissecting the connection between the end of Camp and the beginning of BTI.Dive deeper into the world of BTI with our visual guides, where you can also read the BTI screenplay in full. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

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Sep 2020

40 min 2 sec

Get a behind the scenes look at the making of BLACK IS KING as Cole and Titi talk to co-director Kwasi Fordjour, stylist Zerina Akers, and music director Derek Dixie about their work on the film.Shop our limited merch for this series at https://shop.dissectpodcast.com. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @dissectpodcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Aug 2020

2 hr 46 min

Our special mini-series on Beyonce’s BLACK IS KING concludes with an examination of “BLACK PARADE.”Released on Juneteenth 2020, “BLACK PARADE” is Beyonce’s final call to action and a prideful celebration of the African motherland.Shop our limited merch for this series at shop.dissectpodcast.com. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @dissectpodcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Aug 2020

1 hr 24 min

Our special mini-series on Beyonce’s BLACK IS KING continues with an examination of “Otherside,” “My Power,” and “Spirit.”Simba returns to the river to be reborn, reclaims his royal identity, and reunites with his father in heaven. Assisted by powerful women, Simba defeats Scar and reclaims his throne. Simba then raises his own child into the air, just as his father before him, completing his journey and fulfilling the circle of life.Shop our limited merch for this series at shop.dissectpodcast.com. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @dissectpodcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Aug 2020

1 hr 21 min

Our special mini-series on Beyonce’s BLACK IS KING continues with an examination of “Water,” “Brown Skin Girl,” and “Keys to the Kingdom.”This act of the film introduces the divine feminine, Nala, who heals Simba through her loving affirmation. Simba learns to give all of himself in marriage, symbolizing the ideal balance between divine masculine and feminine energy.Shop our limited merch for this series at http://shop.dissectpodcast.com. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @dissectpodcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Aug 2020

1 hr 26 min

Our special mini-series on Beyonce’s BLACK IS KING continues with an examination of “MOOD 4 EVA,” “Ja Ara E,” and “Already.”After fleeing the Pride Lands, Simba is rudely awakened from his fantasy of the American Dream by the nightmare of his past. His ancestral guides encourage Simba to remember his true royal identity and reclaim his throne.Shop our limited merch for this series at shop.dissectpodcast.com. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @dissectpodcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Aug 2020

1 hr 29 min