Dissect

85 EpisodesProduced by Cole Cuchna | SpotifyWebsite

The anatomy of an album. Named “Best Podcast of 2018” by The New York Times. Each season host Cole Cuchna examines a single album, forensically dissecting the music and lyrics of one song per episode.Currently dissecting Flower Boy by Tyler, The Creator (Season 4).Past seasons:S3 - Blonde by Frank O… read more

85 Episodes | 2016 - 2019

S4E14 - Epilogue: IGOR by Tyler the Creator

July 23rd, 2019

43:29

Today’s special episode dissects Tyler, The Creator’s 2019 album IGOR. After a thorough dissection of the album’s narrative, we hypothesize about thematic and narrative connections between IGOR and Flower Boy.

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S4E13 - Season Finale: Flower Boy

July 16th, 2019

1:21:58

After a thorough recap of the album’s narrative, we draw some final conclusions about the themes of Flower Boy and dissect the album’s cover art and title. We then hear from you, the Dissect audience, sharing their …

S4E12 - Glitter by Tyler, The Creator

July 9th, 2019

32:11

Our season long analysis of Flower Boy continues with the song “Glitter”. It’s that Tyler’s album long journey culminates with him expressing how he …

S4E11 - November by Tyler, the Creator

July 2nd, 2019

33:36

Our season long analysis of Flower Boy continues with the song “November.” In terms of the album’s narrative, “November” represents rock bottom, an emotional low point. But after a near death experience, Tyler is …

S4E10 - "911 / Mr Lonely" by Tyler, the Creator

June 25th, 2019

37:53

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Our season long analysis of Flower Boy continues with the song “911/Mr Lonely”. Despite its upbeat tempo and danceability, “911/Mr Lonely” …

S4E9 - “I Ain’t Got Time” by Tyler, the Creator

June 18th, 2019

30:39

Our season long analysis of Flower Boy continues with the song “I Ain’t Got Time.” The isolation expressed on the previous song “Boredom” is too much …

S4E8 - “Boredom” by Tyler, the Creator

June 11th, 2019

34:47

Our season long analysis of Flower Boy continues with the song “Boredom.” Still in the isolation of his garden shed, Tyler’s boredom reveals an …

S4E7 - Garden Shed by Tyler, The Creator

June 4th, 2019

48:53

Our season long analysis of Flower Boy continues with the album’s centerpiece “Garden Shed.” In one of the greatest songs of our generation, Tyler acknowledges his attraction to men in the privacy of his garden shed.

S4E6 - Pothole by Tyler, The Creator

May 28th, 2019

37:15

Our season long analysis of Flower Boy continues with the song “Pothole.” Tyler takes his mother’s advice to heart and examines the various …

Dissecting IGOR with Anthony Fantano

May 24th, 2019

2:00:14

In this special BONUS episode, Cole talks to Anthony Fantano (The Needle Drop) about Tyler, The Creator's IGOR and where the album fits into Tyler's …

S4E5 - “Who Dat Boy” by Tyler, the Creator

May 21st, 2019

26:20

Our season long analysis of Flower Boy continues with the song “Who Dat Boy.” Tyler combats his vulnerability through egotism, machismo, and …

S4E4 - See You Again by Tyler, The Creator

May 14th, 2019

34:35

Our season long analysis of Flower Boy continues with "See You Again." Tyler describes an idealized partner he only sees in his dreams. But as we'll discover, this fantasy lover is a manifestation of the chronic …

S4E3 - Where This Flower Blooms by Tyler, The Creator

May 7th, 2019

38:30

Our season long analysis of Flower Boy continues with the song “Where This Flower Blooms.” Tyler contrasts his childhood roots in poverty with the …

S4E2 - Foreword by Tyler, The Creator

April 30th, 2019

33:17

We begin our season long analysis of Flower Boy by Tyler the Creator with the album’s opening track “Foreword.” We find Tyler laying out the themes that will be explored throughout Flower Boy as he questions his …

S4E1 - Tyler the Creator: Flower Boy

April 23rd, 2019

43:49

Our season long examination of Flower Boy by Tyler, the Creator begins with a biographical episode on Tyler’s upbringing in Los Angeles, the genesis of Odd Future, and Tyler’s discography  leading up to the release of …

MS1E8 - Finale: The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill

December 24th, 2018

45:09

We conclude our eight episode deep dive into The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.

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MS1E7 - "Everything is Everything" by Lauryn Hill

December 18th, 2018

39:02

Our serialized analysis of The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill continues with "Nothing Even Matters" and "Everything is Everything." Having submitted herself to god, Ms. Hill displays the tranquility, acceptance, and …

MS1E6 - "Forgive Them Father" (& more) by Lauryn Hill

December 11th, 2018

43:21

We dissect a trio of songs in which Ms. Lauryn Hill presents a micro-narrative of heartbreak and forgiveness, a turning point in Miseducation's loose narrative. After establishing her pain on "When It Hurts So Bad", Ms. …

MS1E5 - "Superstar" & "Final Hour" by Lauryn Hill

December 4th, 2018

43:58

We continue our serialized analysis of The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill with two songs cut from the same thematic cloth. With both "Superstar" and "Final Hour," Ms. Hill calls out the superficial materialism and ego in …

MS1E4 - "Doo Wop (That Thing)" by Lauryn Hill

November 27th, 2018

38:03

Ms. Lauryn Hill's "Doo Wop (That Thing)" synthesizes hip-hop with 1950s doo wop music. We trace the parallel histories of these two musical genres before our line-by-line analysis of the cautionary message Ms. Hill …

MS1E3 - "To Zion" by Lauryn Hill

November 20th, 2018

43:36

Ms. Lauryn Hill's timeless ballad "To Zion" tells a powerful story about the birth of her first child. We dive deep into its lyrics and discover how …

MS1E2 - "Lost Ones" and "Ex-Factor" by Lauryn Hill

November 13th, 2018

44:05

Ms. Lauryn Hill begins Miseducation with a dualistic examination of heartbreak. "Lost Ones" is a scathing, venomous assault while "Ex Factor" reveals …

MS1E1 - Lauryn Hill: An Education

November 6th, 2018

45:41

Today we begin our 8 episode mini-series on of The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. We start with Ms. Hill's upbringing in New Jersey, her rise with The Fugees, and the events leading up to the creation of Miseducation.

BONUS - S3 Listener Audio Montage

September 25th, 2018

1:35:32

We hear from Dissect listeners sharing their biggest takeaways from Frank Ocean's "Blonde" and Season 3.

S3E18 - Season Finale: Blonde by Frank Ocean

September 25th, 2018

1:24:20

We conclude our season-long analysis of Blonde by Frank Ocean.

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S3E17 - Godspeed + Futura Free by Frank Ocean

September 18th, 2018

42:47

We dissect Blonde's closing tracks "Godspeed" and "Futura Free." You're gonna wanna listen to the end on this one.

S3E16 - Seigfried by Frank Ocean

September 11th, 2018

39:35

We dissect "Seigfried" by Frank Ocean, a song expressing Frank's feelings of alienation and isolation, leading to an existential crisis.

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S3E15 - White Ferrari by Frank Ocean

September 4th, 2018

27:48

We dissect "White Ferrari" by Frank Ocean, an emotionally potent car ride through Frank's memories of a failed relationship.

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

August 28th, 2018

41:10

We dissect the first four tracks from Blonde's second half: "Solo (Reprise)" feat. Andre 3000, "Pretty Sweet," "Facebook Story," and "Close to You."

S3E13 - Nights by Frank Ocean

August 21st, 2018

38:53

We dissect "Nights" by Frank Ocean, a two-part odyssey whose iconic beat switch divides more than just the song's two halves.

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S3E12 - Skyline To + Self Control by Frank Ocean

August 14th, 2018

46:28

Today's special double episode dissects "Skyline To" and "Self Control" by Frank Ocean, two songs that reflect deeply on summer romance.

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S3E11 - Solo by Frank Ocean

August 7th, 2018

41:51

We dissect "Solo" by Frank Ocean, a series of narrative vignettes expounding on loneliness, freedom, and the heaven and hell within us all.

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S3E10 - Pink + White by Frank Ocean

July 31st, 2018

30:55

We dissect "Pink + White" by Frank Ocean, a beautiful, mosaic-like remembrance of childhood.

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S3E9 - Ivy by Frank Ocean

July 24th, 2018

26:03

We continue our examination of Blonde by Frank Ocean with the heartbreaking song "Ivy."

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S3E8 - Nikes by Frank Ocean

July 17th, 2018

31:26

Our season long examination of Blonde by Frank Ocean begins with its iconic opening track "Nikes."

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BONUS - The Tricky Stewart Interview

July 10th, 2018

53:06

In this bonus episode, Cole sits down with grammy-award winning producer/songwriter Tricky Stewart. Tricky is responsible for songs like "Single …

S3E7 - Channel Orange Recap + 4 Years Gone

July 3rd, 2018

39:47

We dissect the last three tracks from Frank Ocean's Channel Orange before drawing some overall conclusions about the album as a whole. Then we take a …

S3E6 – Bad Religion by Frank Ocean

June 26th, 2018

32:37

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

S3E5 – Pyramids (Part 2) by Frank Ocean

June 19th, 2018

22:43

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

S3E4 – Pyramids (Part 1) by Frank Ocean

June 12th, 2018

32:43

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

S3E3 – Super Rich Kids by Frank Ocean

June 5th, 2018

34:39

Our serialized examination of Frank Ocean’s channel ORANGE continues with “Super Rich Kids”, a tragic rumination on the effects of wealth disguised …

S3E2 – Thinking About You by Frank Ocean

May 29th, 2018

34:21

Our serialized examination of the music of Frank Ocean continues with a look at the cultural impact of Frank’s open letter that revealed his …

S3E1 – Frank Ocean: A Man of Art and Mystery

May 22nd, 2018

40:58

Season 3 of Dissect is dedicated entirely to the music of Frank Ocean. Today we begin with Ocean’s upbringing in New Orleans and his move to Los Angeles after Hurricane Katrina. We’ll then break down his landmark 2011 …

S2E16 – Season Finale: My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

December 11th, 2017

1:28:56

Today, we conclude our serialized examination of My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy by Kanye West.

After a recap of the album’s narrative and themes, …

S2E15 – Lost in the World by Kanye West

November 28th, 2017

41:46

We continue our serialized examination of My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy with the album’s final tracks “Lost in the World” and “Who Will Survive …

S2E14 – Blame Game by Kanye West

November 14th, 2017

32:04

Our serialized examination of My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy by Kanye West continues with the penultimate track “Blame Game”.

“Blame Game” finds …

S2E13 – Hell of a Life by Kanye West

November 7th, 2017

35:33

Our serialized examination of My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy continues with “Hell of a Life”.

Coming off the heels of the album’s emotional …

Be Featured on S2 Finale Episode! + Bonus Interview

October 31st, 2017

37:07

Dissect needs YOUR voice! We’re featuring listener submitted audio clips on our upcoming Season 2 finale episode. Find submission instructions on our Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram (@dissectpodcast). It’s really easy.

S2E12 – Runaway by Kanye West (Part 2)

October 24th, 2017

36:36

We continue our serialized examination of My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy by Kanye West with Part 2 of our “Runaway” double-episode.

After an …

S2E11 – Runaway by Kanye West (Part 1)

October 17th, 2017

35:51

Our serialized examination of My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy by Kanye West continues with a Part 1 of our double episode on the album’s …

S2E10 – Devil in a New Dress by Kanye West

October 10th, 2017

41:08

Our serialized examination of My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy by Kanye West continues with fan favorite “Devil in a New Dress.

“Devil in a New …

S2E9 – So Appalled by Kanye West

October 3rd, 2017

35:12

Today we continue our serialized examination of My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy by Kanye West with the album’s seventh track “So Appalled“.

“So …

S2E8 – Monster by Kanye West

September 26th, 2017

33:41

We continue our serialized analysis of My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy by Kanye West with the album’s next track “Monster”.

“Monster” is an …

Kanye’s Cry for Help

September 19th, 2017

15:11

This is a story about empathy disguised as a story about Kanye West.

Last year around this time, Kanye took stage at the Golden One Center in …

S2E7 – All of the Lights by Kanye West

September 12th, 2017

32:42

We continue our serialized examination of My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy by Kanye West with the album’s fifth track “All of the Lights.”

“All of …

S2E6 – Power by Kanye West

September 5th, 2017

42:38

Our serialized examination of My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy by Kanye West continues with the album’s third song “Power.

From its meticulous, …

S2E5 – Gorgeous by Kanye West

August 29th, 2017

37:10

We continue our serialized examination of My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy by Kanye West with the album’s second track “Gorgeous.

“Gorgeous” is …

S2E4 – Dark Fantasy by Kanye West

August 22nd, 2017

33:36

We begin our serialized examination of Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy with the album’s opening track “Dark Fantasy.”

From its opening …

S2E3 – The Old Kanye

August 15th, 2017

42:58

We continue our serialized examination of Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy with third and final installment of our introductory …

S2E2 – Through the Wire by Kanye West

August 8th, 2017

30:00

Our serialized analysis of Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy continues with part two of our three part introductory preface.

On our last …

S2E1 – Kanye West: The Elephant in the Room

August 1st, 2017

35:20

Dissect is back!

Season 2 of Dissect is dedicated entirely to My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy by Kanye West.

My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy is an …

Pray for Kendrick Lamar: DAMN. Opening Remarks

April 20th, 2017

18:23

Maybe it’s time we pray for Kendrick Lamar.

On his 2015 album To Pimp a Butterfly, Kendrick undergoes a metamorphosis from self-loathing Compton rapper to self-loving global icon, a transformation he likens to …

S1E22 – S1 Finale: To Pimp a Butterfly

February 7th, 2017

1:10:12

Our season long examination of To Pimp a Butterfly by Kendrick Lamar concludes with our final thoughts on the album.

After a broad overview of the album and breakdown of the concluding poem, we’ll dissect the central …

S1E21 – Mortal Man (Part 2) by Kendrick Lamar

January 31st, 2017

46:52

We continue our serialized examination of To Pimp a Butterfly by Kendrick Lamar with Part 2 of the album’s final song “Mortal Man.”

On our last episode, we heard how the song “Mortal Man” questioned Kendrick’s new …

S1E20 – Mortal Man (Part 1) by Kendrick Lamar

January 24th, 2017

29:45

We continue our serialized examination of To Pimp a Butterfly by Kendrick Lamar with album’s final song “Mortal Man.”

Kendrick reached the narrative conclusion of To Pimp a Butterfly with the live performance of the song …

S1E19 – i (Part 2) by Kendrick Lamar

January 17th, 2017

38:00

We continue our serialized analysis of To Pimp a Butterfly by Kendrick Lamar with Part 2 of the album’s fifteenth track, “i.”

“i” is the narrative conclusion of To Pimp a Butterfly, the apex of Kendrick’s teachings on …

S1E18 – i (Part 1) by Kendrick Lamar

January 13th, 2017

28:57

We continue our serialized examination of To Pimp a Butterfly by Kendrick Lamar with the album’s fifteenth track, “i.”

“i” is the narrative conclusion of To Pimp a Butterfly, the apex of Kendrick’s teachings on self-love …

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

January 3rd, 2017

23:21

We continue our serialized examination of To Pimp a Butterfly by Kendrick Lamar with the album’s fourteenth track “You Ain’t Gotta Lie (Momma Said).”

We’re currently in the midst of the album’s fourth act, which we’ve …

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

December 20th, 2016

28:09

Our season long analysis of To Pimp a Butterfly by Kendrick Lamar continues with part two of the album’s thirteenth track “The Blacker the Berry.”

The song was the album’s second single and released amidst the height of …

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

December 13th, 2016

31:23

Our season long analysis of To Pimp a Butterfly by Kendrick Lamar continues with the album’s thirteenth track “The Blacker the Berry.”

The song was the album’s second single and released amidst the height of the Black …

S1E14 – Complexion (A Zulu Love) by Kendrick Lamar

December 6th, 2016

31:18

We continue our season long analysis of To Pimp a Butterfly by Kendrick Lamar with the album’s twelfth track “Complexion (A Zulu Love).”

After …

S1E13 – How Much a Dollar Cost? by Kendrick Lamar

November 22nd, 2016

32:03

Our season long examination of Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly continues with the album’s eleventh track, “How Much a Dollar Cost?”

Plagued by …

S1E12 – Hood Politics by Kendrick Lamar

November 15th, 2016

30:30

Our season long examination of To Pimp a Butterfly by Kendrick Lamar continues with the album’s tenth track “Hood Politics.”

“Hood Politics” begins …

S1E11 – Momma by Kendrick Lamar

November 8th, 2016

29:54

Our season long examination of To Pimp a Butterfly by Kendrick Lamar continues with the album’s ninth track “Momma.”

On “Momma,” Kendrick returns home to Compton for the second time on the album. On his first return, he …

S1E10 – For Sale? by Kendrick Lamar

November 1st, 2016

25:31

Our season long examination of To Pimp a Butterfly by Kendrick Lamar continues with the album’s eighth song “For Sale? (Interlude).”

Whereas the album’s second track “For Free?” was an external reaction to the seductive …

S1E9 – Alright by Kendrick Lamar

October 11th, 2016

34:04

We continue our serialized examination of Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly with the album’s next track “Alright.”

In the context of the album’s narrative, “Alright” takes place the morning after the drunken …

S1E8 – u by Kendrick Lamar

October 4th, 2016

27:40

We continue our serialized examination of Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly with the album’s next track “u.”

“u” is the album’s emotional rock …

S1E7 – These Walls by Kendrick Lamar

September 27th, 2016

22:06

Dissect’s season-long analysis of Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly continues with the album’s fifth track “These Walls.”

On “These Walls,” Kendrick speaks of various metaphoric walls to express the confinements of …

S1E6 – Institutionalized by Kendrick Lamar

September 20th, 2016

29:51

Our season-long examination of Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly continues with the album’s fourth track Institutionalized.

After the introduction to the album’s ever-important narrative poem, Kendrick begins to …

S1E5 – King Kunta by Kendrick Lamar

September 13th, 2016

25:16

Dissect – A Serialized Music Podcast continues its season-long examination of Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly with the album’s third track “King Kunta.”

“King Kunta” is perhaps the album’s most unabashed tribute to …

S1E4 – For Free? by Kendrick Lamar

September 6th, 2016

20:41

Dissect – A Serialized Music Podcast continues its season-long examination of Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly with the album’s second track “For Free? (Interlude).”

“For Free?” is a personal favorite of mine. It’s …

S1E3 – Wesley’s Theory by Kendrick Lamar

August 30th, 2016

28:05

We begin our season-long examination of Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly with the album’s opening track, Wesley’s Theory.

To Pimp a Butterfly is a concept album that documents Lamar’s journey from caterpillar to …

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

August 25th, 2016

34:30

Dissect podcast continues its preface of Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly with an overview of Lamar’s major label debut good kid, m.A.A.d. city.

good kid, m.A.A.d. city spans one pivotal day in Lamar’s teenage …

S1E1 – Compton, K Dot, and Kendrick Lamar

August 23rd, 2016

20:40

Episode 1 of Dissect examines Kendrick Lamar‘s To Pimp a Butterfly with the history of Compton, California and Lamar’s transformation from K Dot, a young mixtape rapper, to Kendrick Lamar, a true artist.

Introducing Dissect: A Serialized Music Podcast

August 13th, 2016

1:48

We live in a world creating and consuming more content than ever before. Every minute of every day, the world generates nearly three million Facebook posts, tweets and Instagram photos, and over two hundred million …

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