Dissect

Dissect Podcast

Named “Best Podcast of 2018” by The New York Times, Dissect examines a single album per season, forensically dissecting the music, lyrics, and meaning of one song per episode. *Currently dissecting Beyonce's Lemonade.* Past seasons include DAMN. by Kendrick Lamar (S5), Flower Boy by Tyler, the Creator (S4), Blonde by Frank Ocean (S3), My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy by Kanye West (S2), To Pimp a Butterfly by Kendrick Lamar (S1), and Miseducation of Lauryn Hill (MS1).

S6E14 - Coda: 4:44 & Everything Is Love
We follow up our season long analysis of Lemonade by examining Jay-Z’s 4:44 and The Carter’s Everything is Love. With 4:44, Jay-Z offers his perspective on the couple’s marriage crisis while Everything is Love celebrates the restoration of their marriage. When taken in totality, the three albums create a narrative trilogy, an extremely unique musical offering. Follow Dissect on social media @dissectpodcast. Limited S6 merch can be purchased at shop.dissectpodcast.com....

S6E13 - Finale: Lemonade by Beyoncé
We conclude our season-long analysis of Beyoncé’s Lemonade. We begin with a sweeping summary of the album’s narrative, followed by a detailed investigation of its major themes and recurring symbols. Finally, we hear from YOU - Dissect listeners -- sharing their biggest takeaways from the album and season. Stay in touch over the break by following us on social media @dissectpodcast. Limited S6 merch can be purchased at shop.dissectpodcast.com....


Lemonade Q&A w/ Titi, Maggie, and Cole
The Season 6 team answers listener submitted questions about Beyoncé, Lemonade, and more. Stay in touch over the break by following us on social media @dissectpodcast. Limited S6 merch can be purchased at shop.dissectpodcast.com....

S6E12 - Formation by Beyoncé
We continue our serialized analysis of Beyoncé’s Lemonade by dissecting its final song and video “Formation.” The track is Beyoncé’s clarion call to the sisterhood of black women we’ve seen throughout Lemonade. She encourages them to “get in formation” -- to unite and take a stand against injustice and discrimination through unity, excellence, and harnessing Black Girl Magic. A visual guide for this episode can be found at dissectpodcast.com. Follow us on social media @dissectpodcast. S6 merch can be purch...

S6E11 - All Night by Beyoncé
We continue our serialized analysis of Beyoncé’s Lemonade by dissecting its eleventh and final chapter “Redemption,” which features the song “All Night.” Beyoncé marks the conclusion of her personal journey and the redemption of her marriage. She has triumphed over the curse that plagued her and her family throughout the film, and she celebrates having turned lemons into lemonade. A visual guide for this episode can be found at dissectpodcast.com. Follow us on social media @dissectpodcast. S6 merch can be ...


S6E10 - Freedom by Beyoncé
We continue our serialized analysis of Beyoncé’s Lemonade by dissecting its tenth chapter “Hope,” which features the song “Freedom.” Beyoncé gathers her sisterhood at a former slave plantation to deliver an empowering message of hope and transcendence over oppressive forces. A visual guide for this episode can be found at dissectpodcast.com. Follow us on social media @dissectpodcast. S6 merch can be purchased at shop.dissectpodcast.com....

S6E9 - Forward by Beyoncé
We continue our serialized analysis of Beyoncé’s Lemonade by dissecting its ninth chapter “Resurrection,” which features the song “Forward.” Having restored her relationship, Beyoncé turns her attention to social action and communal healing, beginning with a moving portrait of the Mothers of the Movement. Support the ongoing fight of systemic racism and equality for all by visiting these links: trayvonmartinfoundation.org, colorofchange.org, joincampaignzero.org, and 8cantwait.org. A visual guide for this...

S6E8 - Sandcastles by Beyoncé
We continue our serialized analysis of Beyoncé’s Lemonade by dissecting its eighth chapter “Forgiveness,” which features the song “Sandcastles.” Beyoncé finally opens herself up completely, requires her husband to do the same, and forgives. As a result, Beyoncé breaks the curse of broken male-female relationships in her family. A visual guide for this episode can be found at dissectpodcast.com. Follow us on social media @dissectpodcast. S6 merch can be purchased at shop.dissectpodcast.com....


S6E7 - Love Drought by Beyoncé
We continue our serialized analysis of Beyoncé’s Lemonade by dissecting its seventh chapter “Reformation,” which features the song “Love Drought.” Beyoncé extends an olive branch to her husband, expresses the potential of the love they share, and entertains the idea of reconciliation. A visual guide for this episode can be found at dissectpodcast.com. Follow us on social media @dissectpodcast. S6 merch can be purchased at shop.dissectpodcast.com....

A Moment of Silence for George Floyd
8 minutes and 46 seconds. The amount of time Officer Derek Chauvin's knee was pressed into George Floyd's neck. We encourage our listeners to use this time of silence to remember the Black lives lost to police brutality, reflect on the Black lives affected every day by systemic injustice and discrimination, and how we can individually and collectively fill this silence with sustained action. Visit blacklivesmatters.carrd.co to get started....

S6E6 - Daddy Lessons by Beyoncé
We continue our serialized analysis of Beyoncé’s Lemonade by dissecting its sixth chapter “Accountability,” which features the song “Daddy Lessons.” Beyoncé looks to her past to better understand the history of broken male-female relationships in her family. She realizes that the “gun” she inherited from her father must be disarmed if she wishes to reconcile with her partner. A visual guide for this episode can be found at dissectpodcast.com. Follow us on social media @dissectpodcast. S6 merch can be purch...


S6E5 - 6 Inch by Beyoncé (feat. The Weeknd)
We continue our serialized analysis of Beyoncé’s Lemonade by dissecting its fifth chapter “Emptiness,” which features the song “6 Inch.” We find Beyoncé wielding her sexuality for profit in a powerful anthem for working girls. But is there something else beneath her external show of dominance? A visual guide for this episode can be found at dissectpodcast.com. Follow us on social media @dissectpodcast. S6 merch can be purchased at shop.dissectpodcast.com....

S6E4 - Sorry by Beyoncé
We continue our serialized analysis of Beyoncé’s Lemonade by dissecting its fourth chapter “Apathy,” which features the song “Sorry.” The inside of the Madewood Plantation big house in Louisiana becomes the backdrop for Beyoncé’s apathetic dismissal of her partner. A visual guide for this episode can be found at dissectpodcast.com. Follow us on social media @dissectpodcast....

S6E3 - Don’t Hurt Yourself by Beyoncé (feat. Jack White)
We continue our serialized analysis of Beyoncé’s Lemonade by dissecting its third chapter “Anger,” which features the song “Don’t Hurt Yourself.” Beyoncé flips stereotypical gender roles to command the respect of her partner and reclaim her agency. But how long can her anger sustain? A visual guide for this episode can be found at dissectpodcast.com. Follow us on social media @dissectpodcast....


Titi & Cole visit the Louisiana Plantations in Lemonade
Hear S6 co-host Titi and Cole in conversation about their experience traveling together to the Louisiana sugar plantations seen throughout the visuals of Lemonade. We’ll also learn more about Titi, her educational background, and both Cole and Titi’s history with Beyoncé’s music. Listen to Titi’s podcast Dope Labs: https://open.spotify.com/show/3pCF6hcNsAHKlKAillCOuZ?si=DZ-hYwjPQ0OS5oW39bjODQ....

S6E2 - Hold Up by Beyoncé
We continue our serialized analysis of Beyoncé’s Lemonade by dissecting it’s second chapter “Denial,” which features the song “Hold Up.” After unsuccessfully attempting to change for her husband’s sake, Beyoncé channels the Yoruba water goddess Oshun to deliver a spiteful message. A visual guide for this episode can be found at dissectpodcast.com. Follow us on social media @dissectpodcast....

S6E1 - Beyoncé: LEMONADE
Surprise! Season 6 is dedicated to Beyoncé’s masterwork Lemonade. Through in-depth, highly researched analysis, we follow Beyoncé on her transcendent journey from subjugation to freedom. Today we unpack the visual album’s opening chapter “Intuition,” which features the song “Pray You Catch Me.” We’ll come to understand the curse that looms over Beyoncé and how she must take a leap of faith to overcome this curse for the sake of her family. We also welcome our very first co-host Titi Shodiya. Listen to her...


Dissecting Mogul with Brandon Jenkins
Today, we dissect another serialized podcast we love: Mogul, a show about the stories behind hip hop's most iconic moments. Mogul's host, Brandon Jenkins, joins Cole to discuss the show's highlights and walks us through Mogul's production process. Stream Mogul now on Spotify, or wherever you listen....

S5E20 - Season Finale: DAMN. by Kendrick Lamar
We conclude our season on DAMN. by recapping the album’s narrative in standard track order before speculating on an alternative narrative when listening in reverse track order. Finally, we present a new theory about the album’s track listing (did someone say “chiasm”?). Stay connected over the break by following @dissectpodcast on Twitter and Instagram. Purchase Dissect merch at https://shop.dissectpodcast.com/. Listen to original Dissect themes on Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2k8BsZM. Megaphone....

S5E19 - DUCKWORTH. by Kendrick Lamar
DUCKWORTH. tells the remarkable true story of the chance encounter between Kendrick’s father Kenny Duckworth and Anthony “Top Dawg” Tiffith. Kendrick uses this story to illustrate the album’s central message: the (unpredictable) blessings that come from choosing weakness. Say hi @dissectpodcast on Twitter and Instagram. Purchase Dissect merch at https://shop.dissectpodcast.com/. Listen to original Dissect themes on Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2k8BsZM....


S5E18 - GOD. by Kendrick Lamar
After receiving guidance from Cousin Carl on FEAR., Kung Fu Kenny expresses the joyous feeling of being filled with the spirit of GOD. Say hi @dissectpodcast on Twitter and Instagram. Purchase Dissect merch at https://shop.dissectpodcast.com/. Listen to original Dissect themes on Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2k8BsZM....

S5E17 - FEAR. (Part 2) by Kendrick Lamar
In part two of our analysis of FEAR., we come to understand how fear has been the primary motivating factor in Kung Fu Kenny’s life. Kenny consolidates the album’s major themes into one extremely dense final verse, which unlocks many of the album’s mysteries. Finally, we dissect Cousin Carl’s voicemail that explains the reasons behind Kenny’s tumultuous emotional journey over the course of DAMN. Say hi @dissectpodcast on Twitter and Instagram. Purchase Dissect merch at https://shop.dissectpodcast.com/. List...

S5E16 - FEAR. (Part 1) by Kendrick Lamar
FEAR. is the pivotal track in the narrative of DAMN. We begin our two part analysis by dissecting the song’s virtuosic use of samples before digging into the appearance of Kendrick Lamar’s two real life cousins: Carl and Charles. Finally, we unpack the song’s first verse, which is rapped from the perspective of Kendrick’s mother. Say hi @dissectpodcast on Twitter and Instagram. Purchase Dissect merch at https://shop.dissectpodcast.com/. Listen to original Dissect themes on Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2k8BsZM...


S5E15 - XXX. (Part 2) by Kendrick Lamar
In part two of our analysis of XXX., we discover the dramatic twist in the narrative of DAMN. Say hi @dissectpodcast on Twitter and Instagram. Purchase Dissect merch at https://shop.dissectpodcast.com/. Listen to original Dissect themes on Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2k8BsZM....

S5E14 - XXX. (Part 1) by Kendrick Lamar
XXX. is a multipart suite that begins to reveal the deep-rooted themes of DAMN. We find Kung Fu Kenny seemingly under demonic influence as he portrays himself as a heartless, bloodthirsty killer. By the song’s second half, we discover the event that triggered such ruthlessness. Say hi @dissectpodcast on Twitter and Instagram. Purchase Dissect merch at https://shop.dissectpodcast.com/. Listen to original Dissect themes on Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2k8BsZM....

S5E13 - LOVE. by Kendrick Lamar
Coming off the heels of LUST., LOVE. presents the flipside of the coin as Kung Fu Kenny explores the youthful, romantic love he felt as a teenager. As we’ll discover, this isn’t the first time Kendrick has explored the love/lust dichotomy in his music: it was actually the basis for his major label debut good kid, m.A.A.d. city. Say hi @dissectpodcast on Twitter and Instagram. Purchase Dissect merch at https://shop.dissectpodcast.com/. Listen to original Dissect themes on Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2k8BsZM....


S5E12 - LUST. by Kendrick Lamar
When DAMN. released just months after Donald Trump was elected president, many were anticipating the moment Kendrick Lamar -- the greatest rapper of our generation -- addressed the election on the album. LUST. presents that moment, but not in a way many people were expecting… Say hi @dissectpodcast on Twitter and Instagram. Purchase Dissect merch at https://shop.dissectpodcast.com/. Listen to original Dissect themes on Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2k8BsZM....

S5E11 - HUMBLE. by Kendrick Lamar
We continue our season-long analysis of DAMN. with the album’s hit single HUMBLE. Coming off the heels of PRIDE. in which Kung Fu Kenny admitted his imperfections, we are puzzled to find Kenny egotistically lifting himself up by putting down others. But as we’ll hear, this mentality embodies the central biblical theme that powerful rulers and nations often become corrupted by pride. Say hi @dissectpodcast on Twitter and Instagram. Purchase Dissect merch at https://shop.dissectpodcast.com/. Listen to origina...

S5E10 - PRIDE. by Kendrick Lamar
Kung Fu Kenny takes a big step forward by admitting his imperfections and humbling himself. As track 7 of 14, we hypothesize about PRIDE. being a micro-resolution to DAMN’s first half. Say hi @dissectpodcast on Twitter and Instagram. Purchase Dissect merch at https://shop.dissectpodcast.com/. Listen to original Dissect themes on Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2k8BsZM....


S5E9 - LOYALTY. by Kendrick Lamar & Rihanna
Kung Fu Kenny teams with Bad Girl RiRi for a meditation on the concept of LOYALTY. What begins as a self-serving demand for absolute devotion eventually unfolds into a recognition that one’s highest degree of loyalty should be shown to God. Say hi @dissectpodcast on Twitter and Instagram. Purchase Dissect merch at https://shop.dissectpodcast.com/. Listen to original Dissect themes on Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2k8BsZM....

S5E8 - FEEL. by Kendrick Lamar
Kung Fu Kenny’s pursuit of sex, money, and murder comes to a head in FEEL. In a violent storm of emotions, Kenny reveals the underlying isolation and suffering caused by his self-centered way of life. Say hi @dissectpodcast on Twitter and Instagram. Purchase Dissect merch at https://shop.dissectpodcast.com/. Listen to original Dissect themes on Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2k8BsZM....

S5E8 - FEEL. by Kendrick Lamar
Kung Fu Kenny’s pursuit of sex, money, and murder comes to a head in FEEL. In a violent storm of emotions, Kenny reveals the underlying isolation and suffering caused by his self-centered way of life. Say hi @dissectpodcast on Twitter and Instagram. Purchase Dissect merch at https://shop.dissectpodcast.com/. Listen to original Dissect themes on Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2k8BsZM...


S5E7 - ELEMENT. by Kendrick Lamar
ELEMENT. is a brutal meditation on Kung Fu Kenny’s intuition toward preemptive violence. But upon analysis we realize that beneath Kenny’s aggression is an underlying fear of his family going back to a life of poverty. In this way, the track exemplifies how self-preservational pride tilts toward death and destruction. Say hi @dissectpodcast on Twitter and Instagram. Purchase Dissect merch at https://shop.dissectpodcast.com/. Listen to original Dissect themes on Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2k8BsZM....


S5E6 - YAH. by Kendrick Lamar
YAH. formally introduces DAMN’s protagonist: Kung Fu Kenny, a prophet who rejects God’s call. Kenny chooses instead to follow his intuition toward sex, money, and murder -- the very traits named on the album’s previous track DNA. Say hi @dissectpodcast on Twitter and Instagram. Purchase Dissect merch at https://shop.dissectpodcast.com/. Listen to original Dissect themes on Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2k8BsZM....

S5E6 - YAH. by Kendrick Lamar
YAH. formally introduces DAMN’s protagonist: Kung Fu Kenny, a prophet who rejects God’s call. Kenny chooses instead to follow his intuition toward sex, money, and murder -- the very traits named on the album’s previous track DNA. Say hi @dissectpodcast on Twitter and Instagram. Purchase Dissect merch at https://shop.dissectpodcast.com/. Listen to original Dissect themes on Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2k8BsZM...

S5E5 - DNA. (Part 2) by Kendrick Lamar
In Part 2 of our DNA. analysis, we dissect the song’s dramatic second half. Triggered by the disparaging comments by FOX News, Kendrick goes ballistic in a now icon extended verse. While we may have originally thought DNA. was about Kendrick Lamar, the song ends with the diagnosis that sex, money, and murder are traits shared in each and every human being. Say hi @dissectpodcast on Twitter and Instagram. Purchase Dissect merch at https://shop.dissectpodcast.com/. Listen to original Dissect themes on Spotify...


S5E5 - DNA. (Part 2) by Kendrick Lamar
In Part 2 of our DNA. analysis, we dissect the song’s dramatic second half. Triggered by the disparaging comments by FOX News, Kendrick goes ballistic in a now icon extended verse. While we may have originally thought DNA. was about Kendrick Lamar, the song ends with the diagnosis that sex, money, and murder are traits shared in each and every human being. Say hi @dissectpodcast on Twitter and Instagram. Purchase Dissect merch at https://shop.dissectpodcast.com/. Listen to original Dissect themes on Spotify...

S5E4 - DNA. (Part 1) by Kendrick Lamar
DNA. lays the philosophical groundwork for the album DAMN. In the song’s first half, Kendrick defines his genetic makeup as a mixture of biological (family), environmental (Compton), and cultural (hip-hop) inheritances. Say hi @dissectpodcast on Twitter and Instagram. Purchase Dissect merch at https://shop.dissectpodcast.com/. Listen to original Dissect themes on Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2k8BsZM....

S5E3 - BLOOD. by Kendrick Lamar
We begin our season-long analysis of DAMN. with the opening track BLOOD. We unpack the many layers of the wickedness/weakness dichotomy presented as well as the cryptic parable in which Kendrick is shot by a blind lady -- or shall we call her Lady Justice? Say hi @dissectpodcast on Twitter and Instagram. Purchase Dissect merch at https://shop.dissectpodcast.com/. Listen to original Dissect themes on Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2k8BsZM....


S5E3 - BLOOD. by Kendrick Lamar
We begin our season-long analysis of DAMN. with the opening track BLOOD. We unpack the many layers of the wickedness/weakness dichotomy presented as well as the cryptic parable in which Kendrick is shot by a blind lady -- or shall we call her Lady Justice? Say hi @dissectpodcast on Twitter and Instagram. Purchase Dissect merch at https://shop.dissectpodcast.com/. Listen to original Dissect themes on Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2k8BsZM...

S5E2 - TPAB as Preface to DAMN.
We revisit To Pimp a Butterfly with a special focus on how its ending connects directly with the opening of DAMN. Say hi @dissectpodcast on Twitter and Instagram. Purchase Dissect merch at https://shop.dissectpodcast.com/. Listen to original Dissect themes on Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2k8BsZM....

S5E1 - Kendrick Lamar: DAMN.
Season 5 is dedicated entirely to Kendrick Lamar’s Pulitzer-Prize winning album DAMN. Today’s episode dives into Lamar’s upbringing in Compton and the developing spiritual beliefs encoded in his early discography. As we’ll come to find out, these beliefs become the basis of the underlying question DAMN. serves to answer: Is it wickedness or weakness? Say hi @dissectpodcast on Twitter and Instagram. Purchase Dissect merch at https://shop.dissectpodcast.com/. Listen to original Dissect themes on Spotify: http...


S5E1 - Kendrick Lamar: DAMN.
Season 5 is dedicated entirely to Kendrick Lamar’s Pulitzer-Prize winning album DAMN. Today’s episode dives into Lamar’s upbringing in Compton and the developing spiritual beliefs encoded in his early discography. As we’ll come to find out, these beliefs become the basis of the underlying question DAMN. serves to answer: Is it wickedness or weakness? Say hi @dissectpodcast on Twitter and Instagram. Purchase Dissect merch at https://shop.dissectpodcast.com/. Listen to original Dissect themes on Spotify: http...

Season 5 Announcement
Dissect Season 5 premieres Tuesday, October 1st on Spotify (and a week later everywhere else). For clues about what album is being dissected, follow @dissectpodcast on Instagram and tune into IG Stories all week....

S4E14 - Epilogue: IGOR by Tyler the Creator
Today’s special episode dissects Tyler, The Creator’s 2019 album IGOR. After a thorough dissection of the album’s narrative, we hypothesize about thematic and narrative connections between IGOR and Flower Boy. Purchase limited Season 4 merchandise at shop.dissectpodcast.com. Stay in touch over the break by following @dissectpodcast on Twitter and Instagram....


S4E13 - Season Finale: Flower Boy
After a thorough recap of the album’s narrative, we draw some final conclusions about the themes of Flower Boy and dissect the album’s cover art and title. We then hear from you, the Dissect audience, sharing their biggest takeaways from the album. Purchase limited Season 4 merchandise at shop.dissectpodcast.com. Stay in touch over the break by following @dissectpodcast on Twitter and Instagram....

S4E12 - Glitter by Tyler, The Creator
Our season long analysis of Flower Boy continues with the song “Glitter”. It’s that Tyler’s album long journey culminates with him expressing how he feels to the love interest he’s been chasing throughout Flower Boy. But as we’ll discover, this beautiful moment comes with a twist ending. Purchase limited Season 4 merchandise at shop.dissectpodcast.com. New episodes of Dissect release every Tuesday. Follow @dissectpodcast on Twitter and Instagram....

S4E11 - November by Tyler, the Creator
Our season long analysis of Flower Boy continues with the song “November.” In terms of the album’s narrative, “November” represents rock bottom, an emotional low point. But after a near death experience, Tyler is inspired to pull over his sports car and seize his moment. Purchase limited Season 4 merchandise at shop.dissectpodcast.com. New episodes of Dissect release every Tuesday. Follow @dissectpodcast on Twitter and Instagram....


S4E10 - "911 / Mr Lonely" by Tyler, the Creator
Limited Season 4 merchandise available at https://shop.dissectpodcast.com/store. Our season long analysis of Flower Boy continues with the song “911/Mr Lonely”. Despite its upbeat tempo and danceability, “911/Mr Lonely” is in Tyler’s own words “the saddest song I’ve ever written.” Find out why through our line-by-line analysis. New episodes of Dissect release every Tuesday. Follow @dissectpodcast on Twitter and Instagram....

S4E9 - “I Ain’t Got Time” by Tyler, the Creator
Our season long analysis of Flower Boy continues with the song “I Ain’t Got Time.” The isolation expressed on the previous song “Boredom” is too much for Tyler to handle. He regresses and gets back into his sports car, using ego and testosterone to mask the loneliness he feels within.  New episodes of Dissect release every Tuesday. Follow @dissectpodcast on Twitter and Instagram....

S4E8 - “Boredom” by Tyler, the Creator
Our season long analysis of Flower Boy continues with the song “Boredom.” Still in the isolation of his garden shed, Tyler’s boredom reveals an underlying loneliness and aimlessness that triggers his unhealthy defense mechanisms.  New episodes of Dissect release every Tuesday. Visit spotify.com/promo/Dissect for 60 free days of Spotify Premium. Follow @dissectpodcast on Twitter and Instagram....


S4E7 - Garden Shed by Tyler, The Creator
Our season long analysis of Flower Boy continues with the album’s centerpiece “Garden Shed.” In one of the greatest songs of our generation, Tyler acknowledges his attraction to men in the privacy of his garden shed. New episodes of Dissect release every Tuesday. Follow @dissectpodcast on Twitter and Instagram....

S4E6 - Pothole by Tyler, The Creator
Our season long analysis of Flower Boy continues with the song “Pothole.” Tyler takes his mother’s advice to heart and examines the various “potholes” in his life that hinder his personal growth. New episodes of Dissect release every Tuesday. For 60 free days of Spotify Premium, visit spotify.com/promo/dissect. Follow @dissectpodcast on Twitter and Instagram....

Dissecting IGOR with Anthony Fantano
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. Follow @dissectpodcast on Twitter and Instagram. New episodes release every Tuesday....


S4E5 - “Who Dat Boy” by Tyler, the Creator
Our season long analysis of Flower Boy continues with the song “Who Dat Boy.” Tyler combats his vulnerability through egotism, machismo, and materialism. While still searching for his dream partner revealed in “See You Again”, Tyler seems to be looking in all the wrong places. New episodes of Dissect release every Tuesday. Follow @dissectpodcast on Twitter and Instagram....

S4E4 - See You Again by Tyler, The Creator
Our season long analysis of Flower Boy continues with "See You Again." Tyler describes an idealized partner he only sees in his dreams. But as we'll discover, this fantasy lover is a manifestation of the chronic loneliness Tyler feels in the waking world. Listen to Dissect on Spotify and get episodes a week early and exclusive bonus episodes. Visit spotify.com/promo/dissect for 60 free days of Spotify Premium. Follow @dissectpodcast on Twitter and Instagram....

S4E3 - Where This Flower Blooms by Tyler, The Creator
Our season long analysis of Flower Boy continues with the song “Where This Flower Blooms.” Tyler contrasts his childhood roots in poverty with the initial feeling of “making it” as a successful musician. But the song ends with a cliffhanger -- what exactly is Tyler hiding? New episodes of Dissect release every Tuesday. For 60 free days of Spotify Premium, visit spotify.com/promo/dissect. Follow @dissectpodcast on Twitter and Instagram....


S4E2 - Foreword by Tyler, The Creator
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. Follow @dissectpodcast on Twitter and Instagram....

S4E1 - Tyler the Creator: Flower Boy
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....

Season 4 Announcement
Season 4 begins Tuesday, April 16th on Spotify (and a week later everywhere else). Visit spotify.com/promo/dissect for 60 free days of Spotify Premium (US & UK only). Follow @dissectpodcast on Instagram and Twitter for clues on the season subject. New episodes drop every Tuesday....


MS1E8 - Finale: The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
We conclude our eight episode deep dive into The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. Want to know the subject of Season 4 of Dissect? Follow @dissectpodcast on Twitter and Instagram for clues over the break....

MS1E7 - "Everything is Everything" by Lauryn Hill
Our serialized analysis of The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill continues with "Nothing Even Matters" and "Everything is Everything." Having submitted herself to god, Ms. Hill displays the tranquility, acceptance, and maturity she's acquired through the life lessons she learned outside the classroom. Follow @dissectpodcast on Twitter and Instagram. Join our newsletter at dissectpodcast.com....

MS1E6 - "Forgive Them Father" (& more) by Lauryn Hill
We dissect a trio of songs in which Ms. Lauryn Hill presents a micro-narrative of heartbreak and forgiveness, a turning point in Miseducation's loose narrative. After establishing her pain on "When It Hurts So Bad", Ms. Hill turns her life over to god on "I Used to Love Him" and works toward forgiveness with the song "Forgive Them Father." Follow @dissectpodcast on Twitter and Instagram. Join our newsletter at dissectpodcast.com....


MS1E5 - "Superstar" & "Final Hour" by Lauryn Hill
We continue our serialized analysis of The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill with two songs cut from the same thematic cloth. With both "Superstar" and "Final Hour," Ms. Hill calls out the superficial materialism and ego in hip-hop, frequently citing scripture as she warns her peers about their final day of judgement. Follow @dissectpodcast on Twitter and Instagram. Join our newsletter at dissectpodcast.com....

MS1E4 - "Doo Wop (That Thing)" by Lauryn Hill
Ms. Lauryn Hill's "Doo Wop (That Thing)" synthesizes hip-hop with 1950s doo wop music. We trace the parallel histories of these two musical genres before our line-by-line analysis of the cautionary message Ms. Hill presents in her chart topping single. Follow @dissectpodcast on Twitter and Instagram. Join our newsletter at dissectpodcast.com....

MS1E3 - "To Zion" by Lauryn Hill
Ms. Lauryn Hill's timeless ballad "To Zion" tells a powerful story about the birth of her first child. We dive deep into its lyrics and discover how its harmonic structure reflects the song's themes of uncertainty. Follow @dissectpodcast on Twitter and Instagram. Join our newsletter at dissectpodcast.com....


MS1E2 - "Lost Ones" and "Ex-Factor" by Lauryn Hill
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 newsletter at dissectpodcast.com....

MS1E1 - Lauryn Hill: An Education
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 Instagram. Subscribe to our newsletter at dissectpodcast.com....


S3E18 - Season Finale: Blonde by Frank Ocean
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....

S3E16 - Seigfried by Frank Ocean
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? Follow @dissectpodcast on Twitter or Instagram for details....


S3E15 - White Ferrari by Frank Ocean
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 @dissectpodcast on Twitter or Instagram for details....

S3E14 - Solo (Reprise), Pretty Sweet, Close to You by Frank Ocean
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 episodes. Follow @dissectpodcast on Twitter and Instagram....


S3E13 - Nights by Frank Ocean
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 @dissectpodcast on Twitter and Instagram....

S3E12 - Skyline To + Self Control by Frank Ocean
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 @dissectpodcast on Twitter and Instagram....

S3E11 - Solo by Frank Ocean
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 @dissectpodcast on Twitter and Instagram....


S3E10 - Pink + White by Frank Ocean
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
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
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
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 produce his debut mixtape Nostalgia, Ultra. For more bonus episodes, listen to Dissect on Spotify....

S3E7 - Channel Orange Recap + 4 Years Gone
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. Listen to Dissect on Spotify for early access to episodes and exclusive bonus episodes....


S3E3 – Super Rich Kids by Frank Ocean
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
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.” Follow @dissectpodcast on Twitter and Instagram....

S3E1 – Frank Ocean: A Man of Art and Mystery
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 a Spotify Original Podcast. Follow @dissectpodcast on Twitter and Instagram....

S2E16 – Season Finale: My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
Our season long examination of Kanye West‘s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy concludes with our final thoughts on the album. Then we'll hear directly from Dissect listeners who share their thoughts on the season. Follow Dissect on social media @dissectpodcast. Purchase Dissect merch at dissectpodcast.com....


S2E15 – Lost in the World by Kanye West
We continue our serialized analysis of Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy by dissecting "Lost In The World." Follow Dissect on social media @dissectpodcast. Purchase Dissect merch at dissectpodcast.com....

S2E14 – Blame Game by Kanye West
We continue our serialized analysis of Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy by dissecting "Blame Game." Follow Dissect on social media @dissectpodcast. Purchase Dissect merch at dissectpodcast.com....

S2E13 – Hell of a Life by Kanye West
We continue our serialized analysis of Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy by dissecting "Hell Of A Life." Follow Dissect on social media @dissectpodcast. Purchase Dissect merch at dissectpodcast.com....


Be Featured on S2 Finale Episode! + Bonus Interview
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, we’re sharing an interview Cole did with the It’s All Dead podcast. They discuss the origins of Dissect, Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar, concept albums, empathy, and more. Dissect will be back with a new episode next week. Thanks for your patience. Support Dissect ...

S2E12 – Runaway by Kanye West (Part 2)
We continue our serialized analysis of Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy by dissecting "Runaway." Follow Dissect on social media @dissectpodcast. Purchase Dissect merch at dissectpodcast.com....

S2E11 – Runaway by Kanye West (Part 1)
We continue our serialized analysis of Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy by dissecting "Runaway." Follow Dissect on social media @dissectpodcast. Purchase Dissect merch at dissectpodcast.com....


S2E10 – Devil in a New Dress by Kanye West
We continue our serialized analysis of Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy by dissecting "Devil In A New Dress." Follow Dissect on social media @dissectpodcast. Purchase Dissect merch at dissectpodcast.com....

S2E9 – So Appalled by Kanye West
We continue our serialized analysis of Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy by dissecting "So Appalled." Follow Dissect on social media @dissectpodcast. Purchase Dissect merch at dissectpodcast.com....

S2E8 – Monster by Kanye West
We continue our serialized analysis of Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy by dissecting "Monster." Follow Dissect on social media @dissectpodcast. Purchase Dissect merch at dissectpodcast.com....


S2E7 – All of the Lights by Kanye West
We continue our serialized analysis of Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy by dissecting "All Of The Lights." Follow Dissect on social media @dissectpodcast. Purchase Dissect merch at dissectpodcast.com....

S2E6 – Power by Kanye West
We continue our serialized analysis of Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy by dissecting "POWER." Follow Dissect on social media @dissectpodcast. Purchase Dissect merch at dissectpodcast.com....


S2E5 – Gorgeous by Kanye West
We continue our serialized analysis of Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy by dissecting "Gorgeous." Follow Dissect on social media @dissectpodcast. Purchase Dissect merch at dissectpodcast.com....

S2E4 – Dark Fantasy by Kanye West
We begin our serialized analysis of Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy with the album’s opening track "Dark Fantasy." Follow Dissect on social media @dissectpodcast. Purchase Dissect merch at dissectpodcast.com....

S2E3 – The Old Kanye
We dissect Kanye West's first four albums and pivotal life events that lead to the creation of My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. Follow Dissect on social media @dissectpodcast. Purchase Dissect merch at dissectpodcast.com....


S2E2 – Through the Wire by Kanye West
We dissect Kanye West‘s Through the Wire to get a better understanding of his sample-based musical style. Follow Dissect on social media @dissectpodcast. Purchase Dissect merch at dissectpodcast.com....

S2E1 – Kanye West: The Elephant in the Room
We begin our season-long examination of Kanye West‘s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy with a brief look into Kanye's childhood and his rise to stardom. Follow Dissect on social media @dissectpodcast. Purchase Dissect merch at dissectpodcast.com....

Pray for Kendrick Lamar: DAMN. Opening Remarks
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 strains of modern America. But rather than end Butterfly on the euphoria of the song “i,” Kendrick instead concludes with the epilogue “M...


S1E22 – S1 Finale: To Pimp a Butterfly
Our season long examination of To Pimp a Butterfly by Kendrick Lamar concludes with our final thoughts on the album. Then we'll hear directly from Dissect listeners who share their thoughts on the season. Follow Dissect on social media @dissectpodcast. Purchase Dissect merch at dissectpodcast.com....

S1E21 – Mortal Man (Part 2) by Kendrick Lamar
We continue our serialized analysis of Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp a Butterfly by dissecting "Mortal Man." Follow Dissect on social media @dissectpodcast. Purchase Dissect merch at dissectpodcast.com....

S1E20 – Mortal Man (Part 1) by Kendrick Lamar
We continue our serialized analysis of Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp a Butterfly by dissecting "Mortal Man." Follow Dissect on social media @dissectpodcast. Purchase Dissect merch at dissectpodcast.com....


S1E19 – i (Part 2) by Kendrick Lamar
We continue our serialized analysis of Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp a Butterfly by dissecting "i." Follow Dissect on social media @dissectpodcast. Purchase Dissect merch at dissectpodcast.com....

S1E18 – i (Part 1) by Kendrick Lamar
We continue our serialized analysis of Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp a Butterfly by dissecting "i." Follow Dissect on social media @dissectpodcast. Purchase Dissect merch at dissectpodcast.com....


S1E14 – Complexion (A Zulu Love) by Kendrick Lamar
We continue our serialized analysis of Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp a Butterfly by dissecting "Complexion (A Zulu Love)." Follow Dissect on social media @dissectpodcast. Purchase Dissect merch at dissectpodcast.com....


S1E13 – How Much a Dollar Cost? by Kendrick Lamar
We continue our serialized analysis of Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp a Butterfly by dissecting "How Much a Dollar Cost?" Follow Dissect on social media @dissectpodcast. Purchase Dissect merch at dissectpodcast.com....

S1E12 – Hood Politics by Kendrick Lamar
We continue our serialized analysis of Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp a Butterfly by dissecting "Hood Politics." Follow Dissect on social media @dissectpodcast. Purchase Dissect merch at dissectpodcast.com....

S1E11 – Momma by Kendrick Lamar
We continue our serialized analysis of Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp a Butterfly by dissecting "Momma." Follow Dissect on social media @dissectpodcast. Purchase Dissect merch at dissectpodcast.com....


S1E10 – For Sale? by Kendrick Lamar
We continue our serialized analysis of Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp a Butterfly by dissecting "For Sale?" Follow Dissect on social media @dissectpodcast. Purchase Dissect merch at dissectpodcast.com....

S1E9 – Alright by Kendrick Lamar
We continue our serialized analysis of Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp a Butterfly by dissecting "Alright." Follow Dissect on social media @dissectpodcast. Purchase Dissect merch at dissectpodcast.com....

S1E8 – u by Kendrick Lamar
We continue our serialized analysis of Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp a Butterfly by dissecting "u." Follow Dissect on social media @dissectpodcast. Purchase Dissect merch at dissectpodcast.com....


S1E7 – These Walls by Kendrick Lamar
We continue our serialized analysis of Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp a Butterfly by dissecting "These Walls." Follow Dissect on social media @dissectpodcast. Purchase Dissect merch at dissectpodcast.com....

S1E6 – Institutionalized by Kendrick Lamar
We continue our serialized analysis of Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp a Butterfly by dissecting "Institutionalized." Follow Dissect on social media @dissectpodcast. Purchase Dissect merch at dissectpodcast.com....

S1E5 – King Kunta by Kendrick Lamar
We continue our serialized analysis of Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp a Butterfly by dissecting "King Kunta" Follow Dissect on social media @dissectpodcast. Purchase Dissect merch at dissectpodcast.com....


S1E4 – For Free? by Kendrick Lamar
We continue our serialized analysis of Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp a Butterfly by dissecting "For Free?" Follow Dissect on social media @dissectpodcast. Purchase Dissect merch at dissectpodcast.com....

S1E3 – Wesley’s Theory by Kendrick Lamar
We continue our serialized analysis of Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp a Butterfly by dissecting "Wesley’s Theory." Follow Dissect on social media @dissectpodcast. Purchase Dissect merch at dissectpodcast.com....

S1E2 – good kid, m.A.A.d. city by Kendrick Lamar
We continue our serialized analysis of Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp a Butterfly by dissecting its predecessor, 2012's good kid, m.A.A.d. city. Follow Dissect on social media @dissectpodcast. Purchase Dissect merch at dissectpodcast.com....


S1E1 – Compton, K Dot, and Kendrick Lamar
We begin our season-long examination of Kendrick Lamar‘s To Pimp a Butterfly with the history of Compton, California and Kendrick’s transformation from K Dot, a young mixtape rapper, to Kendrick Lamar, a true artist....

Introducing Dissect: A Serialized Music Podcast
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, infinite blog posts, and an entire history of music that you can now stream instantly from your phone. We’ve quickly become a scrolling culture, hurriedly swiping through an infinite swath of content that seems to replenish without end. Dissect was created t...