Aggregated reviews for Dissect

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).

Extraordinary!   (5/5)

This has become my favorite deeply researched podcast. It is spectacular analysis, racial commentary, music history, journalism, and joy. A particular pleasure is the mixed media website that offers visual aids. This is amazing work.

Loovvvveeee   (5/5)

A friend suggested this to me and I feel in love at the first episode. I’m currently listening to the Lemonade dissection and it goes far beyond just analyzing metaphor and symbolism. I’m learning music theory, music history, and other things that I would never be able to pick up on my own (even as a die-hard Beyoncé fan). I’m definitely going to listen to the other seasons as well. Thank you so much for creating this!

Phenomenal!   (5/5)

Work a 10 hour shift. Popped in my AirPod and listened to the Kanye West season all the way through and was very impressed!

Definitely worth trying   (5/5)

I’ve listened to the Kanye and Beyoncé seasons and loved them. The host does a fantastic job of taking an album and zooming out to give it context within the artist’s history and discography and then zooming in to dissect intricate details I never would have noticed otherwise. The host seeming to be a great guy and promoting empathy for the artists is just icing on the cake.

Excellent   (5/5)

As a hip hop head I absolutely loved his break down of rap albums, so intricate and full a depth this is a must for any hi hop head or lover of music

Dis/sect is great!   (5/5)

My favorite shows have been both Kendrick Lemar albums, Lauren Hill, and Beyoncé! I loved Titi’s commentary on the Lemonade album and I liked the voice she brought to Beyoncé’s already strong. Beautiful narrative! Keep up the hard work! It’s a great listen and I love learning about music!

Best podcast I have ever heard!   (5/5)

Every episode is a music lesson as well as a lesson in music culture. I am a musician and have learned so much about sampling and interpolation that I now listen to hip hop music with fresh ears and understanding of the culture and messages. I am only on season 2 but can't stop listening to Cole! Thank you for such amazing research and music lessons. It's like a college course on hip hop music but better!

The Art of Dissection is 5/5   (5/5)

Unbiased, Factual, Subjective, Beautiful. These are the words i use to describe Cole’s show. He deserves all the roses for lobotomizing some of my favorite artists that told stories hidden in plain sight. Thank u to whoever gave this man and now his team a chance to continue to educate and beautify music. SPREAD LOVE ALWAYS!

Incredible pod   (5/5)

I finally listened to the Kanye season and man...I learned soooo much that I didn’t know about an album I’ve listened to hundreds of times. Such deep, well researched analysis, great production and insight. A++ can’t recommend this enough!


i’ve only listened to two seasons and i’m obsessed.

Amazing. Simply amazing.   (5/5)

I got put onto this podcast by a buddy. He told me what this was about, but when I finally listened to it myself, I was just shocked. I have been looking for a great music dissection forever. This is exactly what I was looking for. The research he does makes this that much better. I have been hooked ever since episode one.

Great podcast   (5/5)

Keep doin what you doin. More people should be doin what your doin and lookin at music like you do.

Im not listening, Im hearing   (5/5)

Hip Hop has changed my life, possibly saved it. Im in what I call the golden age of hip hop (90s-early 2000s). As I think hip hop has lost a lot luster, Kendrick stands out alone as a mainstream artist. He truly may be the best composition MC of all time. I enjoy finding gems and hidden treasures as I usually dive into the underground. I appreciate the detail and passion. This pidcast has opened my mind not only by your breakdown but the artists as well. Im sure you have request upon requests: J Dilla - Donuts who I feel is the greatest producer ever and quite possibly the greatest triple threat of all time

Absolutely amazing   (5/5)

This podcast has opened my eyes to the wide world of musical intelligence. I want to give thanks for the most recent blackout for George Floyd. I’ve been meaning to time out 8:46 and think on that and posting the moment of silence really drove home the injustice done to the black community. This was not a simple pandering to the social media either. This podcast has actively drawn attention to the plight of the black community since its first episode. A blackout and silence was right and necessary for this episode, and I know any long time listener to Dissect would agree.

Solidarity   (5/5)

Thank you for your allyship and solidarity with BlackLivesMatter!

Excellent!   (5/5)

Great attention to detail.

He really shows how music is art and poetry   (5/5)

I just finished with both seasons on Kendrick Lamar’s albums and my mind has been opened wide to his craftsmanship and skills as a poet and voice for the black community! Great podcast. Can’t wait to listen to all the other seasons.

Top tier   (5/5)

You can tell our friend did his research. Such a cool pod!

Yeah for Titi!   (5/5)

Love the addition of Titi this season. Love hearing her perspective.

Great but too much detail   (3/5)

needs to be more concise. all the time as i listen i think to myself “they really didn’t need to include that.” they dig so deep which is awesome but they so often include superfluous details that don’t add enough meaning to include.

Lemonade Dissect is amazing   (5/5)

Truly has given me a deeper insight into this album. Beyoncé is a creative genius and master of her art. This has shown me how much careful thought and deep symbolism is put into every detail of her song. It’s absolutely incredible. I’m blown away! Bravo to dissect team and also Beyoncé. She’s truly the GOAT, very few artists that make true ART and she’s one.

The perfect podcast?   (5/5)

Okay- maybe not perfect, but this is just the right podcast for me. I love deconstructing artist’s lyrics and I love To Pimp a Butterfly, so this podcast hits all the right notes for me. I’m just finishing up season one now, but I’m so excited to work through his other seasons also!

Dissect Solange’s WIGH!!   (5/5)

Love the richness of every episode. Solange’s When I Get Home would make for a great season. And maybe dissect Jay-Z’s 4:44 as a special episode for the current season?? It’s a critical piece in the Lemonade narrative

Great Podcast   (5/5)

This podcast has changed my perspective completely on Kendrick Lamar's discography. I would love to see an episode on Mac Miller and on swimming

Tierra Whack Special   (5/5)

I know you get countless requests for albums/songs to review but a dissection of Whack World, a debut album of one of the few current female rappers, only 15 minutes long and 1 minute for each song would be an interesting broadening of your brand. Please do it, an under appreciated piece of art.

Dissect J. Cole   (5/5)

This show is a hip hop purists encyclopedia. Cole has a way with words. I’m dying for him to do a methodical deep dive on J. Coles discography.

Amazing   (5/5)

And so interesting. My daughter told me to listen and i learned so much.

Great show   (5/5)

I love how much he delves into the rhetoric and meaning of artists lyrics! It changes the way I look at every album he reviews. I wish he would talk about the significance of the musical theory a bit more often but that might just be me, and he might not specialize in theory. I really really hope he goes into older albums too. Please review ok computer! maybe songs in the key of life or abbey road/

just your average fan   (5/5)

thank you for doing lemonade! it is such a work of art that is more than music. it’s an experience. every detail in the visual, every note, every lyric means something it seems lol

Astroworld? Birds in the Trap? Rodeo?   (5/5)

I would love to hear you Dissect Travis Scott.

You deserve an award!   (5/5)

Cole!! I used to love doing my own version of “dissecting” albums that I found myself being in love with, and here, not only did you do the heavy lifting but you gave me so many different perspectives to see things through as well. I am so very excited you decided to dissect Lemonade, as this as well as TPAB is one of my favorite albums, I am looking forward to diving into this new season. You are doing amazing work, and I pray that you receive not only financial, spiritual and physical blessings, but I know in my heart that God will bless you and your family for generations to come for your incredible work. God bless you and your family Cole. ❤️

Ctrl!   (5/5)

Amazing work, I think Ctrl by sza would be amazing to dissect!

amazing   (5/5)

you can tell cole really cares about the essence of music. i love how in depth and thought out each episode is. oh yeah, and he’s the king of cliffhangers lol, so you’ll find yourself binging as much as you can to figure out what’s next lol. keep up the great work!

What i was looking for   (5/5)

this is amazing

Request   (5/5)

AMAZING album deep dives! Can u please do ctrl by sza 🥰🥰

request   (5/5)

please do igorrrrr

Request   (5/5)

Love your show! Please do The Dark Side of the Moon 🌚

Grateful Listener   (5/5)

I am so amazed and enlightened by this amazing experience. Dissect is on a higher level! Thank You Always, Cole Cuchna!

For the thinkers and feelers   (5/5)

Sometimes I listen to music and, feel. Sometimes I listen to music and, think. Most times I fall.... I fell into this podcast and found my thoughts and my feels in the same place. Thanks Cole!

Worth it !   (5/5)

I absolutely love Frank Ocean, and I have listened his songs over and over again but I never really understood them completely. I would always look up what the lyrics meant are on Genius but this is so much better. I feel as if I have a total understanding all of his songs and it just makes me fall in love with them even more. Thank you

For the lovers of music   (5/5)

This podcast is such a celebration of what music is for people. Cole does an amazing job at “Dissecting” these albums into a cohesive episode and educating the entire audience. This podcast will appeal to anyone who is a lover of music, whether that be hip-hop, jazz, pop, or soul. Everyone can find something to love from this podcast! Would definitely recommend to anyone who is appreciative of music and music theory!

Super Late on This...   (5/5)

Just finished the first season and wanted to support this show by leaving a review.He did a great job on the first season, especially being just one person. Can't wait to hear more!

Just WOW   (5/5)

Man, I thought I liked this album before I heard this podcast! It’s so much deeper than I ever thought thanks to this explanation. My admiration for, Cole, and Dissect continue to grow!

Fact Check   (2/5)

Kunta Kinte is NOT a fictional character please of you are going to dissect the song matter quadruple check the content before putting it out.

Deserves every star   (5/5)

He chooses the best albums that we all love and cherish and explain why it’s worth our admiration.

Great show   (5/5)

Stop crying about the lack of women. If it’s that big of a deal create your own podcast and do so. But don’t tell Cole what to do on his own podcast. This is great stuff reminds me of Most Unruly - Cole’s Burner Account

Where are the women?   (3/5)

Hey Cole, Where are the women? The only time spent on a women has been a mini season, which given the fact that you spent two seasons on Kendrick, I find disrespectful. There are plenty of women doing incredible work and I would encourage you to take notice

I expect more   (4/5)

In preface, I could spend hours raving about this podcast—and I have since first listening in its nascent days. I have to express some disappointment, however, that a woman has never been given a full in depth season. I love Cole’s passion for Kendrick and the two seasons on him have been wonderful, but I do believe that there are other artists like Erykah Badu, Missy Elliot, or even Nicki Minaj, that are just as worthy of in depth analysis.

The goat   (5/5)

All I gotta say is that this man is el Chivo🐐

In love with a podcast? Perhaps.   (5/5)

This is so right up my alley. Regardless of the albums chosen, (although the ones chosen so far are excellent selections) the way they are broken down, dissected, studied and explored make the tracks that much more poignant and genius. This style of journalistic research makes it easy for a listener like myself (a person with adhd) to adhere to the conversation because there isn’t too long of either the msuic or the speaking. It is just the right balance and mixture of the two. Very well done.

First review   (5/5)

This is literally my first time ever reviewing a podcast, but I felt like I had to because of just how amazing this podcast is. Cole clearly spends countless hours researching every minute detail. Makes me wish I could have this in-depth of a breakdown on all my favorite albums.

Diss-appointing....   (5/5)

that this podcast does not have more episodes as this is one of the best dissections of music lyrics I have ever heard. Cole does an amazing job, cant wait for more. J-Cole?

Amazing   (5/5)

Can’t recommend it enough, painstakingly detailed. I love it.

The Best Pod-Cast...PERIOD!   (5/5)

A good friend of mine suggested this Podcast to me about 2 Months ago and I’ve been hooked ever since! I have listened to every episode and look forward to the new ones each and every Tuesday morning! The analysis and level of detail is not only profound in a musical diaspora but also a social, cultural and self-examination that forces the listener to dig deeper then ever before. So fortunate to have been introduced to a ground breaking entertainment piece! Simple One of a Kind!

I love this podcast. Although, it could go further with the selected albums to dissect   (5/5)

This podcast is incredible in the level of musical depth it goes into from lyrical meaning to music technique and theory. My favorite part is the end of the season fan reaction to what the album meant to that person because it makes the album more than just a product to consume and more of an object of nostalgic personal experience. What I wish what Cole would do is break out of the collection of artists he’s done so far so we could get more variety overall. I loved that Cole did Miseducation of Lauryn Hill because it’s not like Kanye, Kendrick, or Tyler. Cole should consider more underground or 90s classic albums like Eyedea and Abilities, Pharcyde, OUTKAST, Erykah Badu, Aesop Rick, MF Doom/Madvillian, Freddie Gibbs, Souls of Mischief/Hieroglyphics, Jay Z, Beyoncé (Lemonade) , you get the point. It would take the podcast to ANOTHER level without a doubt. Keep up the hip hop hustle Cole! Much love Judah

Limited scope   (2/5)

this male centric pod is too scared to review the vanguard album for contemporary female rap, Broke with Expensive Taste by Azealia Banks

Decent   (1/5)

The host knows his musical theory, and explains it well. At times, however, he seems to take large leaps when analyzing lyrics. Also, two seasons of Kendrick Lamar seems like overkill.

So good so good so good   (5/5)

A M A Z I N G !!! Great Podcast especially if you’re are a big music fan as well as a fan of the artists covered, obviously.

Very informative   (5/5)

I love this podcast! Very informative.

Nice   (5/5)

Great podcast, very detail

Dissect Season   (4/5)

I like the show alot however I think that there are other albums that could of been in rotation instead of a second kendrick album. Like Childish Gambino's Because the Internet, maybe Kid Cudi on the moon or even J. Cole For your eyes only. Love the show you do alot for these albums and for people outside of hip hop that are gaining appreciation for the Genre in general.

Nice mix of research, conspiracy theory & honest mistakes   (4/5)

This podcast has just enough reminders each episode that Cole is doing his best, but not to take his word as gospel. There’s enough “we can speculate” & “we can assume” for anyone to gather everything spoken isn’t 100% facts. Or references to Dave Chapelle instead of making the band for “Dylan,Dylan,Dylan,Dylan,Dylan” But this is a great idea, the dissecting of the beat at the beginning is enough for me. Reminds me of sitting around with friends and trying to break down lyrics.

The most amazing Podcast I’ve ever heard   (5/5)

Years before podcasts existed, I’d sit up with friends and literally dissect every lyric of old Tupac and Master P songs. I was literally in tears listening to the dissection of the song To Zion. Spot on, not overreaching, just straight facts and extremely detailed research. Much qudos to you for this amazing creation, and thanks to the Brilliant Idiots for advertising this show.

Fantastic   (5/5)

An excellent, succinct, and informative analysis of some of the greatest modern albums. Hoping for the same analysis for some of the golden era of hip hop albums 🙏🏼

Beefs   (5/5)

A season on the history of rap beefs, please.

SO GOOD   (5/5)

I can’t believe I’m just now finding this podcast! I honestly never leave reviews (I know, I’m the worst) and rarely listen to anything but true crime, but this podcast is so well done. Season 2 reminds me of how much I really do miss the old Kanye. Can’t wait to binge the rest. Keep up the good work! 👏🏽👏🏽

Unbiased empathy   (5/5)

I started listening at season 2. You gave me a lesson in empathy and I now acknowledge that I was being callous to a human being. Maybe I’ll give my old favorite a spin. Thanks for the content!

Must Listen!!!   (5/5)

This might be the best music podcast! I love deep diving into the music. The host does a great job explaining every little thing. Very well done!

Great for music fans   (5/5)

Like Song Exploder, this podcast makes me a better music listener. The albums covered have all been ones I’ve spent a lot of time with, but lacked the historical or cultural knowledge to understand some of the references. Love this show and can’t recommend it enough.

wonderful   (5/5)

i was so close to giving it less stars just because more episodes.

Excellent!   (5/5)

Every episode makes me smarter.

Great Podcast   (5/5)

This podcast is incredibly thorough and informative, as well as entertaining. Quickly became one of my favorites.

Very Detailed   (5/5)

Every minute of his podcast is just so much information that just attracts you closer into the podcast to listen more

Fantastic!   (5/5)

I just finished the first season and didn’t know I could love Kendrick Lamar more than I already did. I have also never enjoyed a podcast as much as this one. It made a long drive fly by. Now I need to listen to GKMC and TPAB a few hundred times before I dive into season two. Great work, Cole. I love that the podcast takes hip hop seriously and now I have even more ammunition when I try to convince people that Kendrick Lamar is the greatest musician alive.

Great!   (5/5)

You can tell this man puts so much effort and time in the podcast, great media !

LISTEN   (5/5)

Truly incredible music analysis. Original, intelligent, and entertaining. If you’re not listening, you’re missing out

5 Stars!   (5/5)

Great analysis! Definitely life changing.

Amazing   (5/5)

If you love analysis and giving an album/art the time/respect it deserves. Listen to this!

Mind blowing   (5/5)

This podcast uncovered so much on my favorite albums. I oftentimes found myself mind blown at the metaphors, references, connections, etc. that I’d missed when I’ve played these songs countless times. He goes so incredibly in depth for each of these songs that it makes you appreciate the work and the artist so much more. Love this podcast and can’t wait to see what more is in store.

Phenomenal   (5/5)

Cole has brought new light to some of my favorite hip-hop albums. If you have ANY interest in hip-hop (not just the artists covered in these seasons) this will be your new favorite binge-listen.

One of my Favorites   (5/5)

Engaging, in-depth analysis that has taught me so much about my favorite albums. Love!

Love for the long-form   (5/5)

This podcast is one of my all-time favorites because of its ability to provide prospective and context to help me love music better. Great stuff.

Narrator’s voice is very boring.   (2/5)

Information is accurate but delivery/narration is completely awful. Would not recommend.

Great Podcast   (5/5)

If you’re a fan of music, hip-hop or poetry, this is a must listen. The in depth analysis is phenomenal and you need to listen to this.

Fire🔥🔥🔥   (5/5)

If you a fan of music or hip hop this guys knows his stuff good content and clear understanding of the music and the artist

Excellent   (5/5)

Amazing review and analysis of some great records. Cole does his homework, and it shows.

The best podcast!   (5/5)

The best podcast on music ever made! Thank you so much Cole Cuchna for your passion, knowledge and engaging episodes. Your work is so great and I recommend it to everyone!

Great podcast   (5/5)

I started listening to this from hearing an ad during a different show. I love how detailed the analysis is from the discussion of music theory to how it relates to how the artist is using certain instruments/samples/etc. Great job!

Good, wish there was more representation   (3/5)

I would give this podcast 5 stars except I wish that they put as much focus into the work of women as they do men. The Lauryn Hill episodes were fantastic— I wish they’d increase their female content.

Amazing   (5/5)

I’ve been looking for a in-depth Analysis on Kendrick Lamars albums for years and I finally found this amazing podcast! It is really detailed and I am learning a lot of interesting things on some of my favorite albums.

Thank you for making this   (5/5)

All my friends listen to rap and I get so frustrated because I never understand what any of it means. Your analysis is so incredibly thoughtful and guiding in a way that makes incredibly important work able to be understood and therefore appreciated by everyone. Thank you!

AMAZING   (5/5)

Hooked. Please please do life of Pablo!!!!

Great Podcast   (5/5)

I LOVE THE PODCAST. I finished the Kendrick Lamar GKMC today and I’m halfway through TPAB. I love the knowledge you put into the episodes, giving history on other songs. I would like to see how you would do Earl Sweatshirt albums. Please do more, I can’t wait to get to the other ones.

Excellent and Engaging   (5/5)

A truly thoughtful look into artistry. I love the respect paid to the beauty of self-expression and how it’s influence can be exponential. Bravo and thank you!

Speechless   (5/5)

What a detailed and introspective breakdown of the slightest nuances of these works. The music, lyrics, and visuals.... great job.

Fantastic   (5/5)

Just discovered this podcast. Incredible. Would love to see a season on Because The Internet and Awaken My Love!

A Hip Hop Music Nerd’s Haven   (5/5)

A must listen; Absolutely amazing. Thank you for all of your hard work and for sharing!

Audio Essay   (5/5)

This is an incredible podcast. The research done behind each verse, chorus, and hook is insane. I think of this as almost an audio essay, where points larger than the song are examined and elaborated upon forming a greater argument. Definitely a must listen.

A perfect podcast   (5/5)

This series is about so much more than music! Just listen. Its goal is to change your life. And it delivers.

Great podcast but time to diversify   (5/5)

I absolutely love this podcast and can’t give it anything but 5 stars for quality and effort. However, as much of a fan I am of Kendrick Lamar, I am honestly disappointed that this 5th season is yet another season completely devoted to Lamar. We get it. Would love to see the albums dissected have more variety overall. Nonetheless, it’s a great podcast and I am still going to listen.

Great!   (4/5)

It’s a great podcast, super interesting but you need to do a full length season on a black female artist and acknowledge their legitimate contributions to hip hop and r&b. I’d suggest Janelle Monáe, her recent album Dirty Computer was amazing but really you could do any of her albums, she created an entire world and told a complete story with each of them.

Yes   (5/5)

A lot of people here don’t like your voice but I think it’s relaxing, love the podcast:)

Wonderful stuff   (5/5)

Would love if the show covered more and more albums. If you’re open to expansion, I’d love to contribute in any way possible. Reach out to me on Twitter @_noahalvarez

Ruby505   (3/5)

I know Cole prides himself on being a one man show but he shouldn't. Oscillate is pronounced with a soft C and that isn't even the fifth or sixth comminly mispronounced word. Iif you are that deep into self-taught (admittedly) music theory than you should know the limitations of your scope and at least get a friend to listen and let you know when you are way out depth. I'll try again with s03 but s02 was tough to get through.

One of a kind   (5/5)

This is by far my favorite podcast. I’ve never really been one for podcasts, I find them kind of boring and not focused on topics I like but this podcast, it’s fantastic. I love listening to music analysis, it’s so interesting and makes me appreciate the music so much more. This podcast does just this and so masterfully. The hosts voice is so relaxing and his research and analysis is insane. I overlooked TPAB before this podcast but now I can’t stop listening to it after listening to the breakdown of the songs on the album. This podcast truly appreciates the art of hip hop and other artists and does so perfectly. 11/10 podcast and super through research/breakdown of songs and albums

I need more!!!   (5/5)

This has been my favorite podcast to listen to lately, it really opens your eyes to all these different layers within albums you might not have noticed before. He really takes his time to research and analyze, its well worth the listen.

All the way great   (5/5)

Thanks man. In a world where people judge works of art that take years to produce with a tweet, this podcast is so refreshing and needed. Please, please, please do Hamilton.

One brick at a time   (5/5)

You can hear a song over and over but never truly listen. You’ve helped open my ears. The world is filled with these bridges that need to be built. Thanks for contributing your bricks.

Brilliant!   (5/5)

Simple in Concept, Yet Complex in Execution.

Young thug   (5/5)

Try a young thug piece of art.

Life of Pablo   (5/5)

Pls pls pls do Pablo

Great podcast   (5/5)

Do the life of Pablo or yeezus.

Fantastic Podcast   (5/5)

I really appreciate the super in-depth album analysis. I have listened to entire seasons prior to hearing one of the albums. Really enhances the first listen! Keep up the great work!

Season 6   (5/5)

I love this podcast so much!!! Cole can you please have your next season be on J.Cole’S 2014 Forest Hills Drive album?

Amazing podcast!   (5/5)

I love listening to this podcast! It is so thorough and makes me see and listen to these albums in a whole different and much more expansive light. This guy kills it definitely check it out!

So Special   (5/5)

The content of this podcast is wonderful. I never thought I’d always brushed Kanye off as a psycho with a couple songs I liked back in 2008. Cole turns these break downs into essays worthy of an A+ in any Critical Perspectives course.

Could be perfect...   (3/5)

There’d nothing else like this. It’s brilliant. But there are some things that could make it so much more listenable. I can overlook the monotone, but the coooonnstant recapping and summarizing is just way too much! In the current style, episodes are about 30%+ full of the same exact content as others, even reusing long interview clips... like come on man. Could be a perfect show to have on your hands but it’s hard for me to listen because of this...

Great but...   (3/5)

Why does this podcast primarily focus on male artists? A mini season for miseducation? Flower boy as the next focus, by an artist who is a deep misogynist? Ugh.

Wow   (5/5)

Very nice work for those looking for the “deeper meaning” behind some masterpieces of the 2010s. Would recommend to a friend!

Impressive   (5/5)

This podcast is excellent and will be appreciated by anyone who loves true artistry and craftsmanship in hip hop. It would be very easy for the host to descend into lots of cliches and rote phrases, but somehow he avoids that. I'm here for the long haul with this one!

Good content, poor presentation   (3/5)

The guy’s voice and script both sound like a 7th grader’s iMovie history project. However, the information presented is incredibly interesting, and I think it’s essential to learn all the stuff he dives into in order to fully understand and appreciate the album. It’s bad radio, but a good concept.

Poor user experience   (1/5)

Very disappointed that new episodes are published a week earlier on Spotify then on all other platforms. This contributes to a poor user experience for those who choose to use ANY other podcast apps.

I like the idea not the voice   (3/5)

I love the idea of the podcast but your voice is so monotone and uninteresting I can’t listen to it for longer than 10 mins even if you’re saying something worth listening to. Fix that and it’s great!

Favorite Podcast   (5/5)

The depth and thoughtful of this podcast is mind blowing. I learn so much about the albums from it and I gain new perspectives. I would give Cole Cuchna 5 million stars if I could, his amazes me.

Best podcast ever!   (5/5)

I love Cole’s ability to break down every song and explain how the history of the artist effects how he presents his art!

Great podcast   (5/5)

Guy knows his stuff. Thank you for your service

Amazing   (5/5)

Brings new appreciation to instrumentals, lyrics, songs, and overall albums. I would recommend this and even say it’s a “must” for a fan of hip hop.

Great!   (5/5)

Who ever gave this less than 5 stars your moms a how

Masterful Work - That Kanye “Power” Malcom X Reference!   (5/5)

Thank you for this podcast. It’s just amazing and a wonderful listen every time. Really wonderful work. Kendrick Lamar and Kanye West are some of my favorite, and some of the all time best artists of our times. Your deep dives into all of the aspects of their careers, lives, words, and the staggering amount of deep underlying themes they both present is nothing short of masterful. Thank you. I know this may sound like nit picking, but in “Power”, on My Dark Twisted Fantasy, Kanye says “no one man should have all that power.” As a kid, I saw Spike Lee’s, “Malcom X” in the theatre with my father. There is an iconic scene in which a huge mob is standing outside a hospital where a black man beaten by police is receiving medical attention, which was granted only in response to the crowd demanding justice. When a doctor finally comes out and informs Malcom the man is receiving treatment, Malcom signals for the mob to stop chanting, and then to march away peacefully. As they disperse, the police chief who had been telling Malcom to make the crowd stop and leave says “that’s too much power for one man to have.” This is of course coming from a white man, in regards to a black man, in a country where many white men have FAR MORE power, and exercise it to oppress the black population daily. This line has stuck with me ever since seeing that film when I was 10, and when I first heard, “Power”, it was such a haunting line and reference. Perfectly playing into the entire song, Kanye’s life and situation, and everything discussed on the album. For me, it’s always been a major part of the song, with Kanye comparing himself to Malcom X, as a black man with immense power, power which is questioned by the white establishment at every turn. Again, thank you, and I can’t wait for the season 4 reveal! James

Fantastic   (5/5)

Loved season 2, representing so well one of my favorite albums of all time. Keep it up man, you're doing great work. Season 1 episode 2 though, Kendrick's friend says "pass Dot the bottle," as in K-Dot, his first stage name. Not "doctor bottle" as you mentioned. Just to clarify. 😁

Masterful   (5/5)

This changed the way I listen to and understand rap. It helped dismantle some of the racism that lives in me. Thank you.

good kid, m.A.A.d. city - Review   (5/5)

I really enjoyed the dissect on Kendrick’s entire 1st album in one episode. As this brought me back to my first several times listening it hearing. And envisioning through Kendrick’s eyes. I really enjoyed the podcast until Cuchna mentioned towards the end about Kendrick’s friends giving him a bottle of alcohol. Cuchna says that the bottle is referenced to as “doctor bottle” which is not true even after he plays the skit. What is clearly said is “pass Dot the bottle” as Kendrick Lamar is referenced to as K Dot around his friends.

Excellent but...   (4/5)

i love the in-depth analysis of the albums but seems to have a political undertone that seems un-necessary. politics are in everything nowadays and i like music to get away from that... otherwise excellent. The Kanye West season is by far the best. so detailed.

Incredible! The host is an amazing wealth of information!   (5/5)

This podcast is art! The amount of detail and analysis you put into breaking down these records is truly amazing! Thank you! I loved the season on Kanye’s “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy” and excited to hear more!

Excellent show!   (5/5)

I love music and more specifically, albums, and I absolutely love this dissection of some great albums! TPAB & MBDTF are two of my favorite hip hop albums. I love the background to what leads up to the album. I love the explanation of technical music stuff (I don’t know any of that so this helps!). I love the breakdown of the lyrics line by line. Excellent show!

AMAZED   (5/5)

i love the deep and true analytical discussions. Makes me see these songs and the artists in much greater detail than before!! Please keep doing what you're doing.

Very good   (5/5)

Beautiful man You are one of a kind Especially the end of the frank ocean episode “self control” Just a beautiful essay overall

Terrible....   (1/5)

This podcast came in my stream and I was curious about the HipHop twist..But Hell no, dudes host sounds like he has a voice like mucus is stuck in his a throat...

I love it   (5/5)

I love hip hop and rap, and there is a huge hole in analysis of rap music that Dissect fills perfectly. I wish there were more episodes or a way for us to submit questions, but this podcast has quickly become one of my favorites.

fascinating, but....   (4/5)

I listened to the episodes about the Miseducation of Lauren Hill since it its one of my favorite records and it is truly fascinating.... but the delivery is painfully dry & sterile/clinical for a music topic.

So good!!   (5/5)

The exploration of Kendrick Lamar’s work is fascinating! Highly recommend

Amazing   (5/5)

Yup this is great.

My new addiction.   (5/5)

A deep dive that gives our favorite albums a new life!

Fantastic Podcast   (5/5)

This podcast is superb.

Amazing Podcast   (5/5)

Very insightful. Great podcast for music lovers looking for a deeper understanding of what they are listening to. I would love to have a season dedicated to Pink Floyd’s “The Wall”

Deeper than I thought you could go   (5/5)

For years I've loved Kanye's MY BEAUTIFUL DARK TWISTED FANTASY. I felt it was a major artistic achievement. But in listeing to Cole's excellent dissection of the album, and the artist, I have come to such a richer, deeper understanding. And now I'm deep into Kendrick Lamar's Butterfly...and love that too. Thanks Cole, for all that you do.

Blows my mind!   (5/5)

Every episode truly blows my mind and makes my jaw drop. I used to mostly just like fun music that I could dance to and listen to without really thinking much, but more recently I’ve been getting more into listening to full albums and thinking about their meanings. This podcast makes me appreciate music in a way I never have before! I highly recommend it to literally anyone, even if you’ve never listed to the music discussed on the podcast.

Life Changing   (5/5)

This podcast has completely changed my relationship with music within the first three episodes. Please keep doing what you’re doing.

The Best Music Podcast   (5/5)

Without a doubt in my mind. The host is fantastic; he does his research to astounding levels of detail, and continually delivers top quality content on some of the most amazing albums of all time. I love the seasonal format with one major record as the focus of each season, and each song the focus of one episode. This is an amazing podcast and I have yet to find anything that even comes a fraction as close in quality and delivery.

One of the Best Music Podcasts Ever!   (5/5)

This podcast is seriously so good! It is very, very well put together. The recording is awesome, and the structure is very professional. Cole really goes out of his way to research and make sure this podcast is top notch! It is my favorite podcast to listen to right now. Can’t wait to see what the next seasons will bring!

Best Podcast for Music Lovers   (5/5)

Very informative and makes you appreciate the music for what it meant to express. Cole Cushna does a great job dissecting the lyrics and even goes further with analyzing musical notes and effects. Would recommend to anyone!

I love this!!!   (5/5)

This is such an amazing piece of work! Thank you for the work that you have put into this!!!

So dope!   (5/5)

So dope!

I am in awe!   (5/5)

I have been listening to the first season of To pimp a butterfly. I had truly underestimated the value and gems within the songs. It has been inspiring and captivating to where research has become so imperative. Thank you for doing this I love music, and to understand it more from the perspective that is being given within these episodes are truly appreciated & refreshing.

Miseducation of Lauryn Hill   (5/5)

I listened to all of the Miseducation episodes in one day. I loved all the lyrical analysis! Since I was a young kid when the album came out, I knew the genius in her voice but didn’t grasp the intricacies within her lyrics and story behind each song. Additionally, many are aware of the hits on the album but haven’t been exposed to the tracks in between that bring the larger story full circle. As a young African American woman, I feel that the story being dissected here resonates. I am saddened that there seems to be very few artists especially young women of color like Lauryn Hill that are examples for the youth today. Her story and testimony of God’s work in her life is not only inspiring but powerful. This is certainly a great podcast! For now, I have only listened to Lauryn Hills episode but I would love to hear more episodes featuring women artists. I appreciate the research that has gone into this and as a listener would like to thank you for providing this!

Master at his craft   (5/5)

I just finished listening to season 1 and what an amazing journey that was. Cole Cuchna is masterful; he glides the audience smoothly into the art that he is so passionate about and allows you to absorb everything bit by bit. By episode 3 I was recommending this podcast to friends and family in hopes that they could have another journey similar to mine. I look very much forward to catching up on all the material that has been released and am certain I will remain a fan for a long time. Please, please keep up the good work Cole and hope everything is good with your family. Thank you so much for Dissect.

Delivery is so monotone that it's distracting   (3/5)

I loved the analysis but the narrator says every sentence with the exact same tone and delivery. Sometimes it's hard to know when a quote has finished and when his input has started. It's one of those things that once you notice it, it becomes distracting. Add a little personality to the narration! I hope he works at it, because it's a shame to have such great analysis but mediocre delivery.

Amazing!   (5/5)

In my opinion I would say this is the best podcast out as of now. Everything I ever wanted to know about Kendrick, Frank, and Ye is in these podcast and is definitely worth taking the time to listen to them. You can tell this guy really cares about the music.

Can't Stop Listening   (5/5)

If you want to understand what it takes to make a masterpiece, give Dissect a listen. I always loved Kanye West, Frank Ocean, and Kendrick, but now it's a full-blown obsession. You don't need to be a musician to understand Cole's analysis either. He breaks it down in a way that you can fully appreciate every inch, bite, bar of the album. But be warned... once you start listening you won't be able to stop.

Insightful, unique, educational   (5/5)

Cole Cuchna has forever changed the way I listen to music. Best music podcast out there!

Great musical analysis   (5/5)

A little raspy but great

Brilliant   (5/5)

I would love to work with you. There is nothing out there where you can get more in-depth analysis. This is really impressive. Reach out to me if you need someone with a similar ear as you!

My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy   (5/5)

I wanna thank this man for covering one of my favorite albums of all time (MBDTF). I’ve always loved this album musically but this dude took it to a whole nother level by braking it down note by note and lyric by lyric. MBDTF is now my #2 favorite album of all time, only behind Dark Side of the Moon, because of this dude. ¡Gracias!

Kendrick Episodes   (5/5)

Love how in depth this is! Keep up the great work! 👌🏾

Simply a Must Listen   (5/5)

Simply a must listen if you are even a moderate fan of any of these artists or albums. It’s an incredible deep dive in an easily digestible format. I learn something new every episode. A lot of times the analysis makes me think about myself and life.


I normally don’t write reviews, for anything. Once I heard that the SERIES finale was coming soon I knew I had to voice my opinion. Anything could help the case, with that being said this is one of my favorite pods. This podcast is very informative, and Cole is amazing. The album choices are even better. I look forward to listening every Tuesday, and I’ll be HURT if that’s no longer a thing lol

Enjoyable   (5/5)

Appreciate all your work and insight. Keep them coming!

Definitely Gonna Recommend it!   (5/5)

Appreciate your work, keep going!

Well worth a listen   (5/5)

Awesome podcast

Troubling Implications   (2/5)

While I understand that the host is using music as a tool for empathy, I feel his approach is shortsighted. I find it very inappropriate for him to position himself as the sole voice for analysis of these albums. For the Miseducation—a deeply personal album—it was very uncomfortable listening to a white male interpret Ms. Hill experiences particularly regarding motherhood and her relationship to Rastafarianism. He should absolutely be using this podcast to elevate the voices of people of color rather than to just center himself. There are so many music critics that have a better understanding of the experiences that inform these albums. This said, I don’t feel he should drop the project but rather open up space. It would have been amazing to hear him in conversation with Joan Morgan for the Miseducation.

Quickly became my favorite podcast   (5/5)

I talk to everyone about yoga and this podcast and that’s saying a lot. It’s how I’m putting my mom on to Lauryn Hill!

Avid Listener   (5/5)

Masterful analysis of music theory, art, history and humanity. A must listen!

Thanking the rap heavens for this dissection   (5/5)

SO. GOOD. I find myself almost running to my car or home to listen in on this podcast.

So Dope!   (5/5)

Lauryn Hill’s “Zion” was all I listened to when my sister was pregnant for the first time. It makes me cry whenever I hear it. I love the detail you put into dissecting this song! Bravo!

Incredible   (5/5)

I'm beyond speechless on the attention to detail, phenomenal delivery and breakdown of Cole. Made me fall in love with my favorite artists once again. Feels like listening to there bodies of work for the first time again. Can't even explain how it makes me feel but it's most definitely positive. Thank you Cole. Much love and respect.

Cole is the 🐐   (5/5)

Cole is the 🐐

Outstanding   (5/5)

I don’t normally write reviews, but I’ve started to delve into the first season of this podcast, analyzing the origins of Kendrick Lamar Duckworth’s discography, going deepest on To Pimp A Butterfly. Cole Cuchna has done an unbelievable job in unpacking everything that encompasses Kendrick’s deepest creations, and I’m only on episode 5. His dedication to communicating the artist’s vision and purpose is impalpable; for those interested in hip hop/the artists-albums he is covering in this podcast, I strongly recommend listening. Every layer is unturned and analyzed. A perfect way to learn more about your favorite pieces of music. Look forward to more from Cole!

Everything’s I wanted and More!   (5/5)

I started season 3 on a long drive per a friends’ rec, and I was absolutely blown away. Cole definitely does his research, and the inferences he makes can only be derived from a true love of hip hop music and inherent talent. I’m a huge hip hop fan, and this podcast is everything I wanted and more!

Dope   (5/5)

God dam your good bro

Absolutely amazing   (5/5)

The music and lyrics is explained so thoroughly and broken down so well, it’s like Cole was in the artists’ heads when they wrote the songs.

Very Informative   (5/5)

This podcast is very informative of great albums that has amazing double meanings. He does a really great job at explaining each artist and each song.

This is a dissertation   (5/5)

Cole Kushna does an unbelievable job peeling the layers of the onion of these complex works of art to give hip hop fans the what they yearn for. This podcast takes Genius to the next level.

Must Listen   (5/5)

Amazing podcast. Really great work. I appreciate this podcast so much.

Greatness   (5/5)

Cole continuously has very detailed breakdowns. I’ve learned so much about the artists... they way they think, create, and structure their work. It took Music I loved and added another layer on top of it. Going to be listening for a long long time. Keep up the fantastic work.

AG47 - Thank you Disect   (5/5)

Truly inspired daily by the unique style and authenticity of this amazing podcast. I am a music artist, and this podcast has unlocked many wonders and mysticism behind the art of creating music. A vibe transcends far beyond this reality we interact with daily, this podcast enlightens that. I am extremely thankful for the time put into the deep introspective information of Disect. All hail the great artists who have inspired you to put such thought behind this podcast 🔥

Kanye West season 2   (5/5)

The most in depth description of an artist with and inner child imagination. After every episode I was more curious than the last! Cole Cuchna has a true understanding of beat production and lyrical meaning. Thanks for a super entertaining podcast!

Essential Podcast   (5/5)

If you love good music of today, this dissection of great albums helps you appreciate the art so much more.

An Auditory Odyssey   (5/5)

My friend recommended the dissect podcast to me a week ago, and I love it ! I finished the beautiful dark twisted fantasy review, and now I’m listening to pimp a butterfly. I’ve always loved rap and hip-hop for the poetic artistry. This podcast breaks down the words, music, and setting of the albums with great detail. I’ve learned a great deal about albums that I’ve already listed through hundreds of times. Thanks for putting it out ! I’d love to help out if you need any assistance.

Amazing   (5/5)

Great pod. Cole really does his research and knows his stuff. Supremely entertaining

WOW   (5/5)

Way to start with one of the most influential artists of our time. And to break it down with great detail and accuracy... all while exploring the perspective of the artist. Great job.

Incredible and Thought Provoking   (5/5)

I’ve tried time and time again to listen to podcasts and never could. Nothing was ever engaging enough for me to listen to-until I listened to Dissect. Dissect has blown my mind. Cole analyzes some of the greatest geniuses of our generation through very detailed and captivating analyses. I’ve loved Kendrick, Kanye and Frank before even hearing of Dissect and had their albums on repeat for years, but Cole’s analyses have given me an even greater appreciation and remind me why I love music so much. Even if you don’t know a single song that is covered in this podcast, you will learn so much, even outside of music. Well worth the time and I highly recommend this podcast to EVERYONE.

yooo   (5/5)

I was never super into podcasts but this one is actually hella interesting!!

So. Freakin. Good.   (5/5)

I’m obsessed with this podcast. It’s soooo good. I got hooked on the My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy season and then went back and listened to the To Pimp a Butterfly season. It made me appreciate those albums even more than before. Cole and this show cause me to love the albums he covers on a deeper level. I absolutely can’t wait for the Miseducation of Lauryn Hill mini season.

Cole is Great   (5/5)

Anyonybody who is into in depth lyrical analysis of hip hop albums should definitely check this out. Each episode is about 45 minutes which is packed with plenty of information the narrartor Cole Cuchna provides. Cuchna does an excellent job of laying it out such that it is understandable to anybody, even if they have not heard the album before.

Life Changing   (5/5)

Ever since the first episode of season 1 I have been hooked listening none stop. I highly recommend this podcast to anyone that is debating on jumping in. It changed the way I not only listen to music but the way I see the world and I cannot thank Cole enough.

Got me crying in he middle of the day   (5/5)

I binged the whole frank ocean season in 2 days. I loved frank ocean before but hearing the detail and dissection takes it to another level. There’s times my jaw literally drops hearing some of the stuff frank pulls off in his songs and how much attention he puts to painting a picture. But really stuck to me is the narrator and his story on the White Ferrari. If you’ve ever been in love listen to that episode and the thinking about you episode. Perfect podcast I can’t thank you enough

Brilliant   (5/5)

Cole, you are so very special. So intelligent and articulate, your analysis always seems so spot on. As a songwriter, I always appreciate a listener who pays attention and respects the artist for our individuality. You do this without judgement. It feels so pure. I loved your Kendrick and Ye episodes, but my favorite was the Frank Ocean analysis. I never underestimate my audience, and to see a fan so in tune with a piece of music is so inspiring to me. How you figured out all those numbers is beyond me. Your musical talent and interpretation, and thus educating is remarkable. Thank you for the many hours of your incredible work. For anyone serious about their music, in particular the artists Cole covers, please listen and support this wonderful podcast. ~Tara Angell

Fantastic   (5/5)

Don’t have to like any of the artists for this interesting dissection of the artists life/ music

Music podcast for Pros and Deep Listeners both!!   (5/5)

I got totally hooked during Season 3. For anyone looking to understand music from all angles, going deep in, here is your podcast. Cole dissects lyrics, musical structure from a classical standpoint, and brings it all together to help us have the most extreme and rapturous experience with great artists. These podcasts get you hooked into the music, very deep!

Love.   (5/5)

Love the podcast simply unbias analysis of hip hop. Could I suggest doing an Isaiah rashad album?😏

Great Premise, Insightful, Needs Editing and Correct Research and Pronunciation   (4/5)

Overall, I really like the podcast. Great premise, pretty insightful analysis (though he does stretch some things to be relevant or significant), and a cool way to navigate through an album. It has made me appreciate some albums more (To Pimp a Butterfly) and some albums less (My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy), and allowed me to dig deeper into hip hop. The problem I have with the podcast is that really needs an editor and someone to help him pronounce many words and phrases. (Oscillate is pronounced oss-i-late, not osk-i-late!). While it seems minor, it is really grating and lessens the impact of the show’s insight and analysis because, well, it sounds dumb! More importantly, some of the black and civil rights history needs more research. Overall, please learn to pronounce things correctly and do your research well!! Other than that, keep up the good work!

Awesome   (5/5)

That’s all I can say. Awesome!

So much yes   (5/5)

I’ve never binge-listened to a podcast before, but Dissect is honestly just so much fun to listen. Cole is so incredibly smart and I cannot wait for future seasons (Cough Eminem? Cough..) This podcast has made me look at albums and music in a whole new way. I heard that Malcolm Gladwell was going to start breaking down music with a podcast called Broken Record but it still hasn’t come out. So glad I found this instead.

Favorite Podcast of all time!   (5/5)

Absolutely incredible podcast, love it!

Superb   (5/5)

This podcast is incredible!!

Informative and interesting!   (5/5)

Deep facts, explained and exemplified brilliantly. Well researched that is artfully communicated

Perfection   (5/5)

This was the podcast I’ve been craving. Absolutely everything I could ask for- I am so grateful that this series exists

Perfection   (5/5)

This was the podcast I’ve been craving. Absolutely everything I could ask for- I am so grateful that this series exists

Amazing Deep Examination   (5/5)

I knew To Pimp a Butterfly was a great album this podcast helped me realize it was great art as well. Like many listeners I may not fit the demographic. I am a white male in my 50's but I enjoy a lot of hip hops honesty and creativity. I can get the essence of a hip hop album's meaning just from the general vibe but this podcast showed me what I was missing because I could not know the experiences of the artists. Cole's authentic approach in matching that honesty, respecting what he could not know but being brave enough to dive in full force made it possible for many of us to do the same on so many levels, from language, to historic music references, to personal connections of Kendrick's life it was mind blowing at times. I didn't know Thundercat was his bassist and I have a Thundercat album so lol yeah I feel like an idiot but quickly following the host's lead I let it go and enjoy the journey. There are so many larger themes like Coles says connecting and reflecting on my own life as well as the wild times we live in, where I think about bigger questions raised by this album. Kendrick I am definitly praying for you, thank you.

Season 4   (5/5)

This is the best music analysis that I’ve ever heard in my life, bar none. But for season four, how about breaking down “Swimming” by Mac Miller?

Great!   (5/5)

Very good analysis. Gave me a whole new perspective on To Pimp a Butterfly.

Just the best!   (5/5)

Cole does the absolute best nerdy breakdown of these albums. With historical reference to the lives of the artists, he breaks down their songs from the past and historical perspective, as well sa musical call outs, and story telling tropes. Soooo great!

To Pimp A Butterfly is my favorite album ever   (5/5)

I've been listening to podcasts for a few years. As a musician who feels that To PimpA Butterfly is a perfect musical masterpiece, I couldn't appreicate this more. I'm on the third episode. My favorite podcast that I've ever listened to.

Detailed and entertaining   (5/5)

This podcast is amazing. Worth every minute. Listen NOW!

How to learn art appreciation   (5/5)


Amazing   (5/5)

This will make you appreciate your favorite albums to levels you never thought possible. Thank you for your research! I will Never listen “To Pimp a Buttetfly” the same way again

Amazing Work! Thanks Cole.   (5/5)

Such a perfect balance between subjective and objective insight in my opinion. Great balance of fact and analysis. Lots to learn and think about every season, thanks Cole.

Wow   (5/5)

Look.. I don’t write reviews, but This guy is killing it with these breakdowns, I promise you’ll find a new appreciation for these songs after listening to them dissected.. he should do one for Jay-Z’s career tho 👀 please and thanks

Too notch   (5/5)

Just finished season 1 and I was INTRENCHED in your voice and your in-site of Kendrick’s masterful album. Can’t wait to listen to your other album analyses. Please keep doing this.

Straight to Season 2   (5/5)

I was turned on to this podcast by a friend after learning we shared a mutual affinity for Kanye West, and the brilliance of lyricism and music theory. While I’m not a huge Kendrick fan to begin, I jumped straight to season 2 and couldn’t stop listening. The show is done incredibly well, takes a deep look at lyrics and music theory behind every track on MBDTF, and has made me appreciate the album and Kanye as an artist at an entirely new level. Can we get some Lil Chano next? 🙌🏼

Beyond Beautiful   (5/5)

A beautifully crafted analysis of some of the greatest albums this generation has experienced firsthand. If you are passionate about the meanings of songs and love Frank Ocean, Kanye West, and Kendrick Lamar, this one’s for you! Happy binging! 👋🏽

This podcast elevates the entire medium   (5/5)

It doesn’t get any better. This is the gold standard for podcasts. It literally makes me excited to commute to work it’s so absorbing. In depth, academic-level musical analysis of modern hip hop albums in their entirety is the type of thing the medium is perfect for, and I could not be more grateful. Thanks Cole!

!!   (5/5)

Like rap genius on steroids & I’m here for it !!

Incredibly well-done   (5/5)

This is an incredible example of how music should be listened to. It’s a thorough, thoughtful analysis of albums that assists with the deep dive that many miss on first listen. On it’s surface, it’s the outpouring of passionate musical examination, but ultimately, it is the critical assistance to listeners so they can better understand how musical prodigies toil endlessly to drop deeper meaning into the art they produce. Bravo!!!

can a woman be a “genius”?   (2/5)

I was excited about this podcast but after the first two episodes I realized the writing was on the level of an earnest yet none too bright undergraduate term paper, and saturated with the bro-tastic tropes of genius, artistry, greatness and so on. I have the distinct sense that this host has no critical distance from these received notions and why that’s bad is that they veil the real sociological dynamics that inflect the artists’ experience as well as the real profile the music cuts. Most damagingly for me is that the discourse works for him in such a way that I would have a very hard time imagining him saying the same things about a female artist, or even analyzing why women have such a hard time getting producers to work with them when they’re starting out no matter how talented they are. But maybe in the future he will prove me wrong....

My favorite podcast   (5/5)

I started listening shortly after it’s beginning with Cuchna’s analysis of Kanye and was impressed. I continued to listen through Kendrick, now Frank, and have not been disappointed by the level of detailed contextualization, lyrical analysis, composition analysis and political inquiry Cuchna raised through the artists, producers, etc. He puts the artist in the spotlight instead of his ego and it is a great listen.

Great stuff!   (5/5)

Unreal analysis. Makes my commute something to look forward to.

Awesome   (5/5)

I was so pleasantly surprised when I realized how rich this content was. He really shed light on some angles of albums I love. Left loving each song that much more.

Empathy generator   (5/5)

The musical and lyrical analysis hooked me, but what keeps me coming back to this show is Cole’s focus on empathy and understanding. His podcast teaches us to move beyond our assumptions and prejudices about art forms and individuals we don’t understand, so that we can better appreciate and enjoy them. Rarely do you get a podcast that’s interesting, informative, and helps make you a better person. An A+ show that I couldn’t recommend more highly. Thanks Cole Cuchna, you rock.

One of my favorite podcasts of all time   (5/5)

Cole has such a stunning knack for music — he takes the time to learn about EVERY detail/layer of the artists, albums and songs that are on Dissect. This podcast has given me such a deeper appreciation of music and I truly have to thank Cole for all of his hard work and dedication. If you’re a fan of good music, you need to listen to this podcast!

Great podcast for music fans   (5/5)

Great podcast for music fans, especially if you like the artists/albums featured so far. Production value is excellent as well. Start listening now!

Excellent podcast   (5/5)

Just finishing listening to season 1 and it’s been a great trip through To Pimp A Butterfly. I appreciate the work Cole put into crafting a well organized and engaging analysis of such a thematically dense and brilliant work of art. After hearing listener stories on the finale it really hits hard to see how unifying music can be and that we can all be mindful of improving ourselves for the better. Absolutely worth a listen.

Love this. Important work. Music educators, listen up.   (5/5)

Cole has done some great work here in further illuminating some brilliant music. School music education is sorely lacking in its attention/opportunities related to hip-hop. This podcast presents one approach to more deeply exploring the vast artistry in this music. I hope all music teachers spend the time exploring and learning more about this music. Cole's podcast surely empowers that process.

Awesome   (5/5)

Great podcast

Awesome   (5/5)

Really excited and glad I came across this podcast. Personally I’m one that enjoys analyzing my favorite projects during my free time, but I don’t usually put as much time into doing so as the host does. Since these albums are analyzed so well I’m sure I’ll learn many things I skipped over and to me that’s awesome. Thanks for this. Also, a bonus is that Kanye, Kendrick, and Frank are 3 of my favorite artists so that’s almost like a sign that this podcast is perfect for me.

Frank ocean   (5/5)

No cap , I love frank ocean, this dude a king. I love you frank

Love love love   (5/5)

Easily my favorite music podcast, I just hope he dissects an album by a female artist (do I hear Solange’s A Seat at the Table)

This.   (5/5)

This podcast is pure magic.

Dissect   (5/5)

I’m falling head over heels in love with Frank Ocean because of this podcast. Thank you.

This is necessary.   (5/5)

I don’t agree with everything, BUT OH SO MUCH OF IT I DO! And the things I disagree on open up my mind to other possibilities, either widening, deepening, or challenging my initial ideas on the subject matter. It’s a must listen to if you love any kind of music, especially hip-hop. He shines light on the work of a committed artist.

The ideal podcast   (5/5)

I would recommend this to ANYONE interested in music analysis and the music industry

Amazing!   (5/5)

Definitely provides you with a greater appreciation for music. Not to mention extremely educational! Excellent! Highly recommend!

Good but could be better   (3/5)

I love frank ocean and was excited to listen but honestly the voice and inflection of the narrator are awful and hard to listen to. It would be better if he could just talk normally and not like he’s reading off a script the whole time.

Really great analysis   (5/5)

Amazing, almost academic approach to understanding and explicating music.

Amazing & very intriguing   (5/5)

Easy to keep up with and understand. So far my favorite podcast for sure

💡   (5/5)

Excited for this concept!! Quick note to edit Season 3 to Channel Orange (currently says Blonde)

Excellent!   (5/5)

A phenomenal podcast. Listen if you’re a hip hop fan!

Top notch   (5/5)

If you have any interest in MBDTF or would like some insight into themes that Kanye has discussed his whole career, the buck stops here. Dude puts in his research! Def gonna go back and check out the first season.

Guy sounds like a robot   (3/5)

It’s okay for things to be scripted but at least have some sort of ability to sound interesting

Somebody clone Cole Cuchna!   (5/5)

I'm absolutely loving Dissect. After working my way through S2, I gained a far better understanding and appreciation for Kanye West as an artist. He's not simply the noisy caricature that tends to dominate the public perception and Dissect helped me to see the deep layers in his music. Seasons 1 and 3 are currently in my queue and, despite not knowing much about Kendrick Lamar, I'm finding that analysis just as revelatory and exciting. Same goes for Frank Ocean. Let's get Cole Cuchna a dedicated staff and the means to delve into lots of different artists and genres. Dissect should be at the top of any music fan's podcast queue.

I love this podcast   (5/5)

I just found out about it a week ago and have been burning through the episodes. The host's love and study of music make things accessible to me that I never knew I was missing. It has deeply enriched my appreciation for artists I already loved and I'm picking up on things in other songs now that I never would have without the things I learned here. Highly recommend!

Great!   (5/5)

This podcast is awesome you do great research and explain everything so well. Everyone who loves music should listen to this podcast. Very well done.

Deeply Amazing   (5/5)

This is a crucial, in-depth, and thoughtful analysis of (so far) three enthralling characters within hip-hop/rap/pop culture/art. If you are a fan of or interested in Kendrick Lamar, Kanye West, or Frank Ocean, and even music and art alone, this podcast is it.

#knowledge   (5/5)

Got turned onto this podcast just yesterday. Listened the very first episode this morning and got hooked by the end. Love everything about it from the history lesson to breaking down the entire song and artist and it was just the beginning. Amazing will definitely share this. Keep it up 👍🏾

Thank You   (5/5)

Thank you for your detailed episodes. As an artist, I’ve “dumb downed” my music so much because I felt that this was what I should be doing. After listening to season 1 and now I’m half way through season 2, I am excited to be ME. The level of genius and thought Kanye and Kendrick put into songs is mind blowing. Thank you so much! Keep going, the culture needs you -Barchie

For true music lovers   (5/5)

This podcast is just the level of detail and contextual support that a music fan will love. It deepens any understanding you think you have already about the artist or their music. Very interesting!

Fix the feed please   (5/5)

Loving this show, but the app won’t let me subscribe. It says the feed is down. Please fix!

Incredible   (5/5)

Gave me whole new insights to music I already love. The passion and intricate research shines in every episode. Amazingly well done. Cannot wait for more!

Great Analysis!   (5/5)

Can’t lie, analysis of hip-hop by a white guy seems almost satirical, but Cole does a great job! He removes bias and simply presents the music the way the artist intends. He speaks from issues almost as though he’s apart of the diaspora and it’s immensely appreciated. His analysis of Kendrick Lamar’s “To Pimp a Butterfly” is a great start and leaves you wanting more in-depth analyses. I’ll keep the review short by simply saying: give his podcast a listen. Even if you aren’t a fan of hip-hop/R&B, Cole really takes you through the artists’ mind and lends credence to the artwork at-hand. A really superb job. Keep it up Cole!

Thank you!!   (5/5)

This was the most enjoyable way to spend my time over the last few weeks. Getting the opportunity to dive so deep into such a detailed album felt like such a privilege. Thank you thank you! My opinion of Kanye West has changed so much over the course of this, and I’m so much more in awe of him and his art!

I’m shook   (5/5)

I would like to start off by saying I hardly ever review things because I find it a waste of time or get tired of being asked to leave a comment for something. After listening to about ten episodes of this podcast, I knew I needed to share my excitement for this podcast with anyone I could. I have always loved music, and even played some in school. Kanye, Kendrick, and Frank have been my favorite over the last five years or so, when I really started listening to rap and r&b. All of this has made the podcast my personal favorite and most outstanding. This podcasts breaks down things so much better than rap genius does, and I really got a better understanding of some of my favorite albums ever.

I’m here for you, Senpai   (5/5)

Please, dissect forever ✨🙏🏾✨

J Cole of podcasters   (5/5)

Writes and produces an in-depth podcast that makes me say “ohhh” every episode. A top 3 podcast in my opinion.

Very Interesting Podcast   (5/5)

This is one of my favorite podcasts available. It helps me appreciate the music I listen to on a much deeper level. I HIGHLY recommend this podcast to both music aficionados and knowledge seekers.

Brilliant   (5/5)

Truly amazing and thought provoking. Love the work!!

Amazing podcast   (5/5)

Dissect is a wonderful podcast. Always thoughtful, deep, and great choice of music. Five stars!

Thoroughly Detailed   (5/5)

Great podcast. Enjoyed the #MBDTF so much that I’m listening to the podcast series again. Also enjoying Frank Ocean :)

Can’t Stop Listening   (5/5)

I love discussing music. Getting into the art of it is just something I love to talk about. I’m only on Episode 3 of Kendrick Lamar’s season and I can’t stop listening. I love how his albums are broken down and I can’t wait to go on to the next seasons. Please do more artists. I’m looking forward to more content!

top 3 podcast available   (5/5)

if you’re a music fan, you’re doing yourself a disservice if you don’t subscribe and listen to dissect. the breakdown of the music and production is top notch, every episode is beyond thorough. it helps me connect dots i never saw before. i definitely appreciate the time and energy put into this podcast.

Mindblowing   (5/5)

I’m a huge fan of both TPAB and MBDTF, and each episode of each season of Dissect had at least one “holy crap” moment of context I wasn’t aware of previously. A must-listen for all music lovers, Cole’s research and insight on every song reveals just how layered each of these albums are, and honestly gives me a new appreciation for art as a whole. Very much looking forward to diving into the Frank Ocean season.

Dope!   (5/5)

Awesome work! Well produced, and excellent deep dive.

Really enjoying this!   (5/5)

Great work! Very interesting. PS Please cover some Childish Gambino :)

Incredible   (5/5)

so knowledgeable, intuitive, and well produced. you can tell he did his research.

Terrifically fascinating   (5/5)

I’ve listened to the albums covered in this podcast ad nauseum and I still only developed a casual understanding in that time. After listening to this podcast, I was able to gain a much better appreciation for the depth these artists put into their works. I’m grateful to On Shuffle for bringing this to my attention. One of the best podcasts I’ve listened to in the ten years I’ve been downloading.

Love this!   (5/5)

I never write reviews but this podcast is extremely well researched, produced, and presented. It has also introduced other great music podcasts across the spectrum. i look forward to every episode

A perfect music podcast   (5/5)

With a depth and richness mirroring the work he examines, Cole Cuchna provides a beautiful model for how we should interact with meaningful art: openly and honestly, full of curiosity and empathy.

I appreciate this Podcast   (5/5)

I appreciate all the opportunities Cole gives one to reflect on their role in systems and his encouragement to develop empathy for others. Keep up the good work!

It’s like a Norton Anthology   (5/5)

for rap albums.

Phenomenal   (5/5)

Incredible breakdown that brings new insights to music I’ve heard over and over again. Can’t recommend highly enough

Great Podcast   (5/5)

Very well put together and impressive for a one man show, great job

Great work Cole!!   (5/5)

Thank you so much for this! I listened to this whole preparing to see Kendrick in concert. I’ve always loved him but this really made my heart grow 10x larger for him haha. This is great! Can’t wait to hear about Kanye and Frank Ocean :)

Amazing   (5/5)

Very cool podcast every episode is interesting and none of them get boring... for example when I hear the good kid m.A.A.d city episode it blew my mind that they was it was interesting. now I see that album another way and it’s cool.

What I’ve been looking for!   (5/5)

For so long I’ve wanted to listen to someone go in depth digging apart context from lyrics, music, etc in albums. Especially albums as dense as the ones being talked about already in this podcast! Thank you for depth!!! Keep going!

MUST LISTEN!   (5/5)

This podcast has changed the way I listen to music. It’s extremely informative, well-researched and full of perspective. It is clear that Cole puts endless hours into analyzing lyrics, interviews and background context. This podcast is amazing and I would recommend this to any music lover.

More than a podcast   (5/5)

Dissect is an exceptionally well researched piece of work that I can say has, without a doubt, not only changed the way I look at music, but has influenced my life through Cole’s remarkable ability to parallel the relevance of each album with thoughts and experiences we have often personally shared in. Came for the music analysis, stayed for the lessons in kindness and empathy along the way.

Listen   (5/5)

This podcast is great! Didn’t know anything about Kendrick Lamar except he won a Pulitzer and he was from Compton. Thanks to Cole, I can appreciate the great art and social commentary of his work. Keep it coming!

Brilliant   (5/5)

One of the absolute best podcast I’ve encountered. Deeply researched, beautifully produced, full of insight and passion, and all directed at artifacts of pop culture and commercial art that have not been given this treatment elsewhere but richly deserve it. I’ve been craving something like this for years. Nothing glib or hip here, just good earnest old school engagement with art. Huge thanks to Cole for stepping up, and bringing so much craft and artistry to it. I’ll listen to all that is ahead.

Legendary podcast   (5/5)

So much attention and detail goes into every episode. It's truly a Masterpiece.

Fire   (5/5)

Genuinely the best music podcast out there

Exactly what I’ve been searching for!!!!!!!   (5/5)

For years I have been listening to rap, constantly amazed at the incredible depth and beauty of this genre. And yet, I rarely found anyone to share these feelings and help me understand the true beauty behind the music. Today, I have found what I’ve been searching for!

This should be a class   (5/5)

Well researched and a great listen. If you want to learn and maybe gain some new songs that move you.

Starting to force the moralizing   (3/5)

Really enjoy the deep dives but Cuchna’s moralizing and preachiness can get old. Most of this music is good enough to get the message across on its own with a little analysis. Cuchna makes sure to beat you over the head with it at times, though.

Sh!t is Genius   (5/5)

What a great podcast . Music I already loved I love me some more. Simple concept, the more you understand the meaning behind the music and the artist the more you will appreciate. I’m on that, I’m not feeling Kanye tip but I went back to appreciating that Dark Twisted album again. One criticism I have is TPAB album was first and that was so deep and perfect maybe it should’ve been saved for I don’t know if that’s a criticism or compliment. Lol. I’m on Frank Ocean season now. Just keep em coming. We music lovers really do Appreciate. Let’s do a JCole album. Maybe once in awhile you can throw some single songs(not whole album) in there.

Great work!   (5/5)

Extremely detailed with great insights. I am often annoyed by reviews that are too cursory, but this does not do that! I love MBDTF but Coke brought so many insights that i never had after hundreds of listens to the album. Cannot give this podcast more praise.

Incredible and thoughtfully deep   (5/5)

This is what music needs. I thought I was a fan of Kendrick but now I find myself digging deeper to find the message in the music. Thank you for creating this podcast and energizing me to reflect on the lyrics and stories of one of my favorite artists. Im home playing records backwards and everything....incredible.


nothing else needs to be said. such in depth information. Love how concise & precise the episodes are. incredible incredible incredible. hope you get some kind of backing to continue this podcast. huge fan. your hard work & diligence will not go unnoticed that I know forsure.

RECOMMEND!   (5/5)

Unreal podcast that praises the depth and complexity of music. A genius dissecting minds of musical geniuses. Highly recommend.

Thoughtful and detailed   (5/5)

Mr. Cuchna displays a true love for music and reveals the true genius behind the complex stories these artists are conveying. His attention to detail is astounding and much appreciated

Fantastic   (5/5)

Truly awesome podcast, don’t sleep on it

Incredible Analysis   (5/5)

Regardless of the fact he is breaking down true artist within a genre a love. I would listen to this podcast if it was a breakdown of anything because emotions and opinions may come out but facts reign on the analysis. That is incredible to me. To many podcasts don’t separate opinion vs facts well enough.

Rad podcast!   (5/5)

Great podcast. Very well done.

Genius   (5/5)

This podcast is genius. Wonderfully dissects every little detail of an album. Can't stop listening to this podcast, and i have never listened to a podcast before. This is awesome.

10/10   (5/5)

I already thought MBDTF was the greatest album ever and this just made the album better. Giving me so many more inside information and breaking down each song down to each line. Can’t explain how great it was listening and learning so much from this podcast

Best Podcast I’ve heard this year   (5/5)

Cole has great insight into the music he is dissecting, his extensive research and ability to break down multi layered concepts and themes of To Pimp a Butterfly is thought provoking and allows you to savor and understand the music at a greater depth

The Podcast I've Been Waiting For   (5/5)

I'm 1/3 through the Kendrick season, and I checked out one episode of the Kanye season so far. This podcast is phenominal. Way better than Song Exploder, where the artists are usually reticent to discuss the darker implications of their work. Also a refreshing break from most online music criticism, where entire (and intricate) songs are reduced to a couple of sentences or words.

Eye Opening   (5/5)

One of the most analytical podcasts I’ve ever encountered, which tackles multilayered music along with social, moral, and emotional issues. Definitely a favorite of my varied podcast library.

really good   (5/5)

incredible stuff, two classic albums broken down. great listen.

Good info, but boring and repetitive   (4/5)

I’ve been listening to Season 1 about Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly album. The info and insights about the themes of the album has been fantastic. However, the narrator has a very dry delivery and nasally voice. Each review tries to constantly re-summarize things he has already discussed in previous episodes. The last five minutes of “conclusions” are skippable, because it repeats things over and over. Within each episode too, you may hear the same line repeated 3-4 times because they play too long of a sample, and then chunk through samples again, and then maybe a comparison of a previous episode’s sample with the current episode’s sample. It’s too much sometimes. Just get on with it already.

Whoa....   (5/5)

How do you make me love my favorite artists MORE. kendrick and Kanye are in my top three and just wow wow wow. I definitely will continue to listen.

AMAZING.   (5/5)

My favorite podcast ever. I just started Season 1 and I am so excited to continue listening to your analysis of TPAB. THANK YOU FOR THIS. Keep it up.

Kendrick Lamar, hip hop and poetry   (5/5)

At the MIdwest Literary Walk, I asked I questionof poet Ada LImon about music, lyrics and poetry wth Lamar Kendrick as my surprise thru you of learning to appreciate hip-hop. Rev/Dr.Michael Dyson wanted to know more of your podcast, so sent him the title and others curious too. Lots of us need your help! So good at teaching us these linkages. I now feel like the urban experience translation is in many ways story-telling like those of old folk songs:) Thanks.

Hell yeah   (5/5)

#1 I love the sound of Coles voice. #2 this podcast is EVERYTHING!

I’ve been waiting for something like this   (5/5)

Finally an amazing analysis on Kendrick Lamar’s life and his music. I have been waiting for this for a long time. Great job!

Brilliant analysis...   (5/5)

This is easily one of the most enjoyable and engrossing podcasts about music I’ve heard in quite some time. Cole not only helps listeners understand the depths of an album’s content but also provides essential background and contextual themes that shaped the creation and production of an album. His first effort is nothing short of audacious: a deep dive into Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly. Now when I say Cole goes deep, I mean he goes deeeep! And of all popular recordings out there today none is nearly as complex, challenging, and hip as Kendrick’s Butterfly. Cole adeptly mines the album, effectively drawing out the key themes of the album and each individual track. He gets you into the mind of Kendrick, oftentimes informing listeners of essential statistics, trends, and theories that help us understand the subject matter, in the case the challenges of race and racism, identity, and personal struggle. By the end of the second episode of the first season you feel like you really UNDERSTAND who Kendrick is (and although I have just started the second season’s exploration of Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy he humanizes Kanye in a new way, not to reclaim his image but to help you get a sense of where Kanye was coming from in making Twisted Fantasy). As the season goes on Cole becomes more than a critic but a curious storyteller and adept wordsmith, capable of unpacking the complex ideas and sonic palate of one of the most challenging and acclaimed albums of this generation. Moreover he does something truly magical. Whether you like Kendrick or Kanye he almost forces the listener to appreciate and revere the depth of talent and ingenuity of those artists. He truly respects the work and conveys to listeners why they should too. Totally brilliant podcast!

Deeper Perspective   (5/5)

I’ve always been a fan of both Kendrick and Kanye, but with this I’ve attained a deeper respect for what they do as far as artists. I had no idea there was so much involved to create one song. Thanks for digging deeper to find where the samples come from, the instruments used, etc. I vote for J. COLE next!

One of the best podcasts of all time   (5/5)

Cole does a fantastic job at "dissecting" each major track of each album which he sets the focus on for an entire season. While listening to both TPAB and MBDTF I had always known of the narratives, mostly due to another great podcast, Watching The Throne. However, Cole took my understanding of both of these albums and deepened them at least ten fold. The short nature of the episode makes them seem really compact with info, and easy to listen to from time to time, but if you fall behind they are just as easy to binge listen to. I can not wait for Season 3. It's probably gonna be Blonde or Channel Orange, but I wouldn't be surprised if it was Kid A, or Flowerboy.

It's great.   (5/5)

I love My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy and this guy did his research and tells us exactly how dope the album is. It makes me appreciate the album even more and it's nice hearing a fellow rap nerd give me factoids about my hero, Mr. Poopity Poop himself, Kanye Cheddar.

FLAWLESS   (5/5)

The insights. The references. The nuance, synthesis, and deep dives make this one of the most impressive podcasts today. Cole is remarkable. His reflections and commentary become one with the music and meld flawlessly into the artists’ psyche. The podcast exponentially increases your appreciation for the greatness of the artists and the music they create. Well done!

This Show is EVERYTHING   (5/5)

I love this show. If you love Kanye or MBDTF you will LOVE this show. Cole is so smart and nerdy and it totally works. He has so many sources to back up claims and a great understanding of the material and the music. I tell everyone I know about this show.

Perfect   (5/5)

Can’t wait for season three. Keep it up Cole.

Phenomenal   (5/5)

If you love Kendrick or Kanye, listen to the first two seasons. The attention to detail and context are amazing. The amount of depth in the music is brought to light and my thoughts as a listener are changed.

Perfect   (5/5)

The time and effort put into this podcast is mind blowing. Extremely simple to follow the analysis and gives a new appreciation for already beloved music.

Great Show   (5/5)

Excellent podcast. The analysis challenges me to think more deeply about the music I listen to everyday.

Amazing   (5/5)

cant wait till next season

Great podcast   (5/5)

I love this podcast. Great way to learn more about amazing artists and their backgrounds.

Dissect is the best   (5/5)

This is the best podcast I’ve ever listened to. It’s taught me so much about music and what’s inside the artists head. I have recommended it so many times!! Thank you chole. This is a beautiful thing your doing!!

An anomaly.   (5/5)

Cole is unreal. The way he describes, analyzes, and educates is unmatched. I contemplated this hard before writing it... but this podcast changed my life.

Thanks Cole!   (5/5)

Amazing podcast taking a deep dive into classic modern hip hop albums. My favorite podcast on the apple store.

Wow   (5/5)

For a very longtime i have looked for a podcast to pique my interest in music and have not found one. You Sir have touched my brain and soul with this one. I am currently binging your episodes at work. You give us what you think is important and break down those peaces with research and references. Your podcast is smart and straight forward. You hold our hands through the albums to get an understanding I’m sure a majority of us didn’t have. I love it!! Thank you sir.

Awesome podcast.   (5/5)

Definitely recommend Season 1 to anybody who is confused about why Kendrick Lamar is worthy of a Pulitzer.

5 stars   (5/5)

Love K dot love this podcast!

Amazing!   (5/5)

The best podcast out hands down! I work with celebrities on a daily bases. I tell them about this podcast and they always love it. You got something special with this! Keep it up!

Fave pod of 2018!   (5/5)

So good that I wrote a review AND donated a buck a month, keep it up Cuch!

Wow!   (5/5)

What a great podcast for even the most knowledgeable Kanye fan. Wonderfully done

Truly a fan   (5/5)

I just want to say, as a huge Kendrick and Kanye fans, both seasons of dis/sect are AMAZING. It helps me gain a better understanding of two of my favorite artists and clarifies their mindset and inspiration behind their projects. Thanks Cole!

Professorial, rich and expansive   (5/5)

This is less of a podcast and more like an advanced course in discography. The host is deliberate and clear in the delivery about the music. The depth of discussion makes this seem like he most enjoyable college course ever!

Sensei   (5/5)

By far one of the best podcasts I’ve listened to. Easily one of the best analyses of both Kendrick Lamar and Kanye West I have ever heard. Keep it up!

Ima let y’all finish, but this is the best music podcast of all time!!!   (5/5)

This is already my favorite podcast and there are only two seasons lol I really hope he does Take Care or So Far Gone one day but regardless I look forward to anything he puts out.

Brilliant   (5/5)

I love how in-depth this goes. There is so much I've wanted to know about these pieces of work, so finding this was perfect. Only disappointed there isn't more out yet.

Amazing   (5/5)

I honestly consider myself to be a very detailed listener and yet I am in awe of the detail that the host describes and analyzes here. I also love the fact that the Kanye episodes show that Kanye is much more than just an enormous ego. I truly enjoy this podcast both musically and intellectually. THANK YOU

Great stuff   (5/5)

I know I’m super late listening to your podcast. But your breakdown of Kendrick Lamar’s albums are amazing and very insightful!

Wow. The dedication. WOW   (5/5)

This is an incredible podcast! The host, Cole, breaks down hip hop songs from a single album like I’ve never seen (heard) before. I’m almost through season 2 (my first season) and I get chills at least once per episode. I’ve never considered many of these details on the lyrics on my own. Incredible dedication on the host’s part to tell the songs’s story

Will change the way you think about music   (5/5)

Incredible podcast. Insights into my favorite albums I didn't think were possible. Can't recommend it enough.

Great Show   (5/5)

The break down of each song is essentially an audio essay. Greatly done and the analysis are phenomenal!

I love this podcast   (5/5)

It’s given me incredible nuance and perspective of two of my favorite albums and artists of all time. Beyond the analysis of the musical and lyrical themes, Cole does a great job of bringing these threads together and applying them to real human experiences. Thank you for this!

Did not expect this to be so high quality   (5/5)

2 episodes into the Kanye season and I'm surprised at how much thought and attention has been put in just to get his backstory and to set the stage to talk about MBDTF. I'm super hooked.

Really nice analyzation   (5/5)

Love Dissect and truly think cole has changed the way I listen to/think about music. Doesn’t hurt that Kendrick and Kanye are two of my favorite artists as well. Hope there’s a new season coming soon, as I really enjoy this podcast.

this changed my life   (5/5)

I have alwasy been such a huge fan of Kendrick and TPAB had such a huge impact on my life and such a huge impact in society and the media, I enjoy the in-depth research into lyrical meaning and references, samples, producers, themes, etc It is something I would never be able to research on my own to this extent and it has given a whole new life to an album that has already been so enriching

There’s more...   (5/5)

For decades hip hop has been treated as a disposal art form cycling through content at a dizzying rate. While this is accepted as the industry standard... there are records that strive for more than a chart topping hit, there are records whose music is more intricate than counting to four, there are records imbued with layers of meaning waiting for its listeners to uncover. Dissect has filled a huge void for music lovers who want to dive much, much deeper into some incredible masterpieces that deserve more than a mere listen, but an in depth analysis of what makes them so great. Look past the crippling commoditization that has plagued an art form powerfully capable of telling complex and moving stories that inspire. If you feel like there’s more beneath the surface of your favorite records... you’re right. This podcast is an incredible avenue into understanding the samples, lyrics, compositions, and gives the appropriate weight to countless artistic choices all made to create one highly expressive piece. This is a must listen.

Mind is   (5/5)


I’ve been changed   (5/5)

After listening to the first 2 episodes of season 1 yesterday I woke up and sent this to my best friends—-“Good morning I am almost 41 years old and Kendrick Lamar has changed the way I feel about rap. I started a new podcast called Dissect-A Serialized Music. I encourage you to listen to season one, where Cole Cuchna dissects the heck out of To Pimp Butterfly. I feel like I have been missing out on something so beautifully expressive all these years listening to a good beat and catchy hook. The episodes are short. I encourage you to start season one. If you don’t want to listen to all of it--okay but I think once you start you will want to continue. As I always tell my kids--try’ll like it. OMG I can’t wait to talk to yall about this 3 year old album. I can’t believe I was caught slippin. It is SO good. It is SOOOOO DEEEEEPPPP. #Iamchanged ⭐️🌟⭐️🌟⭐️”

Entertaining AND informative!   (5/5)

I was blown away by all the connections and analyzations made in Season 1. Moving right along to Season and I cannot wait cuz I love Kanye! This is worth every second of listening!

Season 2 (MBDTF)   (5/5)

Succinct and thoughtful analysis of the lyrics, themes and composition of each track in ~30 min episodes. As well as 3 episodes dedicated to Kanye’s life and first 4 albums. Excited to check out season 1.

Addictive   (5/5)

This is such a great podcast. Throughly reserached and meticulously put together. If you like music you will enjoy this, if you like hiphop you will love this.

So detailed and enlightening!   (5/5)

When I take an interest in something I tend to get a little obsessed about it. To Pimp a Butterfly was one of those obsessions. Dissect (Season 1) is absolutely phenomenal if you need to absorb everything TPAB. You know the album is full of material and he breaks it ALLL down. You actually start to understand more of KDot’s songs on various albums after hearing this analysis. 5 stars all the way!

Awesome   (5/5)

Really awesome show. I hope he dissects more albums soon.

So. Good.   (5/5)

One of the best music podcasts I’ve ever heard! Great analysis and careful commentary. Thought provoking and interesting!

Addicting podcast   (5/5)

Almost finished with the first season, but after the first episode I was hooked. Really interesting analyses of the songs, and to start off with Kendrick Lamar really set the stage. One of few podcasts that I don’t get bored of.

A+   (5/5)

Not sure if there are Grammy awards for podcasts, but Dissect deserves one if there is. I appreciate the background put into dissecting the albums. Can’t wait for a Jay-Z one 😏

Wow, thank you   (5/5)

I wanted this exact thing, lo and behold someone went and took the time to do it right. Update: Season 2 did not disappoint! This is such a good show, congrats to Cole Cuchna for being able to make it his job!

Great podcast   (5/5)

A very refreshing and new take on podcasts especially hip hop. This podcast has taught me so much about music that I didn’t know. With the difference in keys on pianos, cords on guitars, and drums. I always studied samples and wanted to know the original concepts of my favorite songs. The depth of each breakdown of the songs he goes into is amazing. Great job I can’t wait for the next episodes you have in works.

College Credit   (5/5)

This is academia level dissection. Simply amazing; required listening.

Amazing Podcast   (5/5)

I am currently halfway through Season 1 and I love this podcast. I got put on this recently by a friend and I started listening this week. I’ve been binge listening since. I have a new found appreciation and love for the album (TPAB was one of my favorites already) and Kendrick Lamar as an artist. This is an amazing podcast and am looking forward to season 2 and beyond!

Genius   (5/5)

I feel like this podcast was made for me! Incredibly insightful analysis of some great music. Can’t wait to see what other albums are up next.

intriguing, refreshing, necessary   (5/5)

really loved season 2 for kanye west's MBDTF. listened to some episodes more than once just because there was so much to comprehend! loving the interview clips and the historical/cultural contexts behind each song. hip hop, and music in general, needed this!

Incredible Analysis   (5/5)

I came into the first season as an avid Kendrick fan and claimed TPAB as one of my personal top 5 albums. However I was blown away by the level of detail and insight behind each episode. Kendrick's genius was displayed on another level. Highly recommend this podcast. Excited to jump into season 2 which is my favorite Ye album!!


Any hip hop fan needs to listen to this podcast in its entirety. I’d recommend listening to as many eps back to back as possible. I feel like it’s more fulfilling to just dive into a dissect worm hole and let Cole explode your brain on all the parts of TPAB and MBDTF you missed. CANNOT WAIT for season 3. Loyal patreon supporter, because Cole is a master and I want him to be able to devote as much time as possible to this

I can’t stop talking about this podcast   (5/5)

By word of mouth alone, I’ve watched at least 10 of my friends and family become entirely obsessed and addicted to this podcast. It is so well done and I can’t wait for future seasons.

Really interesting   (5/5)

I have gained a lot of respect for Kanye West by listening to this podcast! Cole Cuchna’s dissection of each track gives me a new perspective for the meaning behind Kanye’s songs and lyrics. Meanings I would have never detected on my own

Learning What Yeezy Taught Me   (5/5)

As an uncompromising Kanye stan, I can’t express how truly miraculous it is that this podcast exists. I started with season 2 and got sucked in. I’ve heard all of the interviews that are heard in little clips but the way everything is chopped together is remarkable. The way this podcast is kept thematic and cohesive is something Kanye himself would be proud of. I’m giddy. Thank you so much. You’re understanding of what yeezy taught us is a joy. Ps I’m sure I will thoroughly enjoy season 1 about god mc, aka kdot. This is the best thing ever.

Must Listen for any Kanye Stan   (5/5)

Incredibly Illuminating and well-researched. Well worth the investment.

#1 of the lot   (5/5)

I subscribe / listen to about two dozen podcasts each week. This is the best of the lot. Hands down. Do yourself a favor and subscribe or even better scroll through the feed and just start from season 1 episode 1 and go from there!!

Thank you   (5/5)

this is like walking through a museum you already have been through but this time having an audio companion for each room. Thank you Cole for taking your time and passion and putting it into such an incredible format.

This is the best podcast I’ve ever heard   (5/5)

Timely, relevant, excellently executed. Cole, keep knocking it out the park. You deserve every bit of goodness coming your way for making this show happen.

Great podcast   (5/5)

Awesome podcast but please somebody tell him you don’t pronounce the “C” in the word “oscillate”

Musical genius   (5/5)

Simply put, it takes a musical genius to recognize and dissect musical genius. Cole Cuchna, Dissect’s host, is just that...a musical genius. He is meticulous in his analysis of songs that prove how ingenious artists like Kanye West and Kendrick Lamar are. Cole references philosophy to pop culture, classical music to hip hop. I have little to no musical training myself and he makes complex musical concepts understandable and digestible. I seriously cannot get enough of this amazing podcast!!! Five stars, Cole, and keep up the amazing work!

This Podcast Rocks   (5/5)

This is my new favorite podcast to binge on, and even just re listen to individual episodes. I love music but this takes my love to a whole new level. It’s so good. Listen to it... you know you want to!

An amazing music focused podcast   (5/5)

The episodes delve beautifully into each album and song. The host is well researched and easy to listen to. Can’t wait for the next season

Best Podcast I've Listened To   (5/5)

Dissect is a fascinating, throughly researched and well done podcast that provides insightful and in-depth analysis to great albums. I can't wait to see what album will be next.

Eye Opening!   (5/5)

I often skip between several podcasts, listening to one episode at a time; but not here. I can barely tear myself away from it. The insight into the artists and their work, the layers of meaning and what is being communicated is as insightful as anything I've seen. Cole Cuchna is able to show the absolute genius of artists like Kendrick Lamar. Well worth the investment of time...

Pure Gold   (5/5)

This podcast is pure gold! The analysis speaks to the English major in me; the lessons in music production speak to the music lover in me; and perhaps most importantly, the lessons in empathy speak to the human in us all.

Must listen for hip hop fans   (5/5)

He couldn’t have picked 2 better albums. So pumped for him to be able to focus on this full time. Season 3 is going to be epic. As an English major and huge poetry/rap fan I really appreciate the in depth analysis. Highly recommend.

Intelligent and intriguing   (5/5)

I am a huge Kanye West fan and the dissection of MBDTF was fascinating. Love this podcast

Love this show!   (5/5)

A friend of mine put me on to this podcast a few weeks back. I finally got around to listening and I love it. Only on season 1 so far, but it is really great. Keep it up!

Best   (5/5)

Listened through season two over a few days.

awesome   (5/5)

love it

Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy   (5/5)

This podcast about Kanye West is worthy of a class about the creation of a masterpiece. Well done. Not sure how this can be topped as far as a dissection of an album goes. Would give 10 stars if possible.

Can't stop listening   (5/5)

This podcast lends so much depth and understanding to music that might otherwise pass easily in one ear and out the other, the listener none the wiser. I started Season One this morning (thanks to the recommendation of Skimm) and just finished the sixth episode without pause. The historical context and analysis highlights Lamar's genius and profundity, his use of historical and present references of culture, music, race, consumerism, oppression, and more. Already an admirer of Kendrick's intricate lyricism and poetry, I am gaining a new admiration and estimation by better understanding his true intelligence and provocation. I highly recommend this podcast and, with that being said, I'm on to episode 7!

Best Podcast!   (5/5)

I don't know how this guy is able to dig so deeply into these albums and find so much stuff that I missed having listened to them over and over again. He's clearly very intelligent and does a phenomenal job with these podcasts. This and Serial are my two favorites.

Amazing podcast!   (5/5)

Addicted to this podcast I binged on it on my way to Ethiopia which made the Kendrick Lamar season connect with me that much more! Thank you Cole!

Binged- just what I needed   (5/5)

I've been looking for something exactly like this. For someone who has been trying to get into learning the history of hip hop forever, this podcast offers an in-depth look at the history behind some of my favorite artists and songs without overwhelming. This is awesome. Keep it up.


Cole Cuchna is so thorough and precise in his analysis. I am sooooo impressed with this podcast. It’s awesome

Thank you   (5/5)

Just tremendous insight if you’re a fan of the music. Really interesting.

Smart, detailed, intimate   (5/5)

A wonderfully detailed look at rap and the meaning behind the classic albums of our generation. Hats off to Cole for digging deep into ever song, line, and word

Amazing. Absolutely amazing.   (5/5)

I'm halfway through the second season and I am competely blown away. Every second is packed with fascinating insights. One of the best podcasts I have ever heard and a must-listen.

Fantastic   (5/5)

Well researched immaculatey formatted and emotional at times

Deep analysis rich listening   (5/5)

Cultural history, musical analysis and just flat out entertaining

The Future of Music History   (5/5)

One day in the not-so-distant-future, college students around the world will be able to take music history courses that focus explicitly on Kendrick Lamar's masterpiece, To Pimp a Butterfly. When this is a reality, Cole Cuchna's work will be cited as a landmark acheivment in contemporary music analysis. While the TPAB analysis is a bit light on harmonic and rhythmic elements (Cole apparently took roughly 300 hours to research and produce Season 1; one could spend equal to that or longer fully picking part every tonal and structural choice made by Kendrick's collaborators), the analysis of the lyrical and emotional content of the album is beautiful, a work of art by itself. Not only is Cole thorough, analyzing songs from across 40 decades of music history that are referenced on TPAB, he is creative and bold in the conclusions he draws from Kendrick's poetry. It does not even matter if Cole is "right" about his interpretations - although I believe he is - it is far more important and notable for the history of music analysis that he is taking hip hop as seriously as it has always deserved to be taken. I don't mean to imply that Cole Cuchna is the first and only savior of taking hip hop seriously. Plenty of journalists, scholars, and of course fans have done that before. But I think this podcast is a turning point, something that will be referenced in the future as the quintessential 21st century music ananlysis, and it's significant that he chose hip hop, and TPAB of all albums, as his first project. The point is: this podcast and Kendrick Lamar's music (and Killer Mike's music) have the power to change your personal world view, and thereby change your behavior. Take music analysis seriously. Take Hip Hop seriously. Take all art seriously. Take Dissect seriously, 'cause it's the real deal.

Intellectual and thought provoking   (5/5)

First listened at S2 so I can wait to listen to the TPAB season. I must say I am thoroughly impressed and appreciative for this perspective and in depth analysis. It helps provide further clarity on the process of creating not just a song but an entire album. It also helps shed light on how the lyrics and production work together to tell a story. Well done!!

Dope   (5/5)

This is a great dive into good music. Well done