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Learn more about the albums you love with Dissect. Analyzing one album per season, one song per episode, Dissect dives deep into albums like Childish Gambino's Because the Internet, Beyonce's Lemonade, Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp a Butterfly & DAMN., Kanye West's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, Frank Ocean's Blonde, and more. Let's Dissect.

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Today we begin our 8 episode mini-series on of The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. We start with Ms. Hill's upbringing in New Jersey, her rise with The Fugees, and the events leading up to the creation of Miseducation. Follow @dissectpodcast on Twitter and Instagram. Subscribe to our newsletter at dissectpodcast.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Ms. Lauryn Hill begins Miseducation with a dualistic examination of heartbreak. "Lost Ones" is a scathing, venomous assault while "Ex Factor" reveals the pain beneath Ms. Hill's harden exterior. Follow @dissectpodcast on Twitter and Instagram. Join our newsletter at dissectpodcast.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Ms. Lauryn Hill's timeless ballad "To Zion" tells a powerful story about the birth of her first child. We dive deep into its lyrics and discover how its harmonic structure reflects the song's themes of uncertainty. Follow @dissectpodcast on Twitter and Instagram. Join our newsletter at dissectpodcast.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Ms. Lauryn Hill's "Doo Wop (That Thing)" synthesizes hip-hop with 1950s doo wop music. We trace the parallel histories of these two musical genres before our line-by-line analysis of the cautionary message Ms. Hill presents in her chart topping single. Follow @dissectpodcast on Twitter and Instagram. Join our newsletter at dissectpodcast.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
We continue our serialized analysis of The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill with two songs cut from the same thematic cloth. With both "Superstar" and "Final Hour," Ms. Hill calls out the superficial materialism and ego in hip-hop, frequently citing scripture as she warns her peers about their final day of judgement. Follow @dissectpodcast on Twitter and Instagram. Join our newsletter at dissectpodcast.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
We dissect a trio of songs in which Ms. Lauryn Hill presents a micro-narrative of heartbreak and forgiveness, a turning point in Miseducation's loose narrative. After establishing her pain on "When It Hurts So Bad", Ms. Hill turns her life over to god on "I Used to Love Him" and works toward forgiveness with the song "Forgive Them Father." Follow @dissectpodcast on Twitter and Instagram. Join our newsletter at dissectpodcast.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Our serialized analysis of The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill continues with "Nothing Even Matters" and "Everything is Everything." Having submitted herself to god, Ms. Hill displays the tranquility, acceptance, and maturity she's acquired through the life lessons she learned outside the classroom. Follow @dissectpodcast on Twitter and Instagram. Join our newsletter at dissectpodcast.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
We conclude our eight episode deep dive into The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. Want to know the subject of Season 4 of Dissect? Follow @dissectpodcast on Twitter and Instagram for clues over the break. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
We continue our season-long examination of Because The Internet with “Worldstar” -- a song with more than a few hidden secrets and surprises. We reveal all of them. Dive deeper into the world of BTI with our visual guides, where you can also read the BTI screenplay in full. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
We continue our season-long examination of Because The Internet with “The Worst Guys” and “Shadows.” Since witnessing the murder outside a nightclub, Gambino begins questioning everything in his life, including his friends and his past girlfriends. He’s coming to realize his life so far has been one long meaningless party. Dive deeper into the world of BTI with our visual guides, where you can also read the BTI screenplay in full. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
BLACK IS KING (Part 1)

BLACK IS KING (Part 1)

2021-03-0953:05

Beyonce’s BLACK IS KING is a love letter to Africa, and we’re dissecting its story, music, and many visual symbols in a special seven part mini-series. We begin with the film’s opening two songs “Bigger” and “Find Your Way Back,” where we meet the film’s central protagonist, Simba, and his ancestral spirit guide played by Beyonce. Shop our limited merch for this series at shop.dissectpodcast.com. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @dissectpodcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
BLACK IS KING (Part 2)

BLACK IS KING (Part 2)

2021-03-1151:52

Our special mini-series on Beyonce’s BLACK IS KING continues with an examination of “Don’t Jealous Me,” “Scar,” and “Nile.” After Mufasa is murdered by Scar’s henchmen, Simba flees his home to live in denial of his true royal identity, setting off his journey outside the Pride Lands. Shop our limited merch for this series at shop.dissectpodcast.com. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @dissectpodcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
BLACK IS KING (Part 3)

BLACK IS KING (Part 3)

2021-03-1601:31:10

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

BLACK IS KING (Part 4)

2021-03-1801:28:38

Our special mini-series on Beyonce’s BLACK IS KING continues with an examination of “Water,” “Brown Skin Girl,” and “Keys to the Kingdom.” This act of the film introduces the divine feminine, Nala, who heals Simba through her loving affirmation. Simba learns to give all of himself in marriage, symbolizing the ideal balance between divine masculine and feminine energy. Shop our limited merch for this series at http://shop.dissectpodcast.com. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @dissectpodcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
BLACK IS KING (Part 5)

BLACK IS KING (Part 5)

2021-03-2301:23:42

Our special mini-series on Beyonce’s BLACK IS KING continues with an examination of “Otherside,” “My Power,” and “Spirit.” Simba returns to the river to be reborn, reclaims his royal identity, and reunites with his father in heaven. Assisted by powerful women, Simba defeats Scar and reclaims his throne. Simba then raises his own child into the air, just as his father before him, completing his journey and fulfilling the circle of life. Shop our limited merch for this series at shop.dissectpodcast.com. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @dissectpodcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
BLACK IS KING (Part 6)

BLACK IS KING (Part 6)

2021-03-2501:25:35

Our special mini-series on Beyonce’s BLACK IS KING concludes with an examination of “BLACK PARADE.” Released on Juneteenth 2020, “BLACK PARADE” is Beyonce’s final call to action and a prideful celebration of the African motherland. Shop our limited merch for this series at shop.dissectpodcast.com. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @dissectpodcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
We begin our season-long examination of Kendrick Lamar‘s To Pimp a Butterfly with the history of Compton, California and Kendrick’s transformation from K Dot, a young mixtape rapper, to Kendrick Lamar, a true artist. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
We continue our serialized analysis of Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp a Butterfly by dissecting its predecessor, 2012's good kid, m.A.A.d. city. Follow Dissect on social media @dissectpodcast. Purchase Dissect merch at dissectpodcast.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
We continue our serialized analysis of Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp a Butterfly by dissecting "Wesley’s Theory." Follow Dissect on social media @dissectpodcast. Purchase Dissect merch at dissectpodcast.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
We continue our serialized analysis of Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp a Butterfly by dissecting "For Free?" Follow Dissect on social media @dissectpodcast. Purchase Dissect merch at dissectpodcast.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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Richard Ottley

lol 😅 didn't know you were that good on auto tune 🤣🤣🤦🏽‍♂️

Aug 11th
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Toby Channon

loving the kanye series. you literally got me goofy smiling through the whole thing. I like music but dont have any education in it like you do so it's such a pleasure to hear the genius that goes into it. two points I interpreted differently and wondered what you thought. when he says "You see I always loved your sense of humor But tonight you should have seen how quiet the room was". is he not talking about it like a comedian when a joke doesn't land and the whole room is quiet? and in runaway, when he says "you should leave if you cant accept the basics", by basics is he not saying sleeping with other women like that's just something she'd have to accept if shes in a relationship with him. curious what you thought on those, thanks again for the brilliant podcast.

Aug 5th
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Carl Cummings

A journey through Kendrick Lamar's _DAMN._ This season (Season 5 of this podcast) has been a mind opener. Kendrick is slowly becoming my favourite artist. I can certainly (after understanding his messages in his discography) say there are many gems of inspiration I can carry into my creativity, especially articulation through subtlety and using symbolism.

Jan 7th
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Promaxius

Did he forget to mention 9thWonder?

Nov 28th
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TC

Why bother?

Nov 1st
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Gavin Milligan

shoulda done mac millers swimming, instead of repeating Kendrick. still excited tho

Oct 8th
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Andre

In How much does a dollar cost, what interview is that by kendrick lamar at the end where he's talking about love and god

Oct 7th
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smash the kyriarchy

again, generally appreciate and enjoy this season. at the same time, this episode is another classic example of a cishet man being out of his depth and unequipped to meaningfully dissect/unpack/deconstruct sexual orientation outside of heterosexuality. people can be bisexual - as in, the love interest maybe actually wants to be with the girl cuz... he likes her and is attracted to her? he could just not be out about being bisexual and the whole "take your mask off" would still apply.

Aug 20th
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smash the kyriarchy

cant help but cringe at two lightskinned cishet dudes attempting to deconstruct a black gay/bi/queer man's work. generally enjoyed season 4, but yall are not equipped to meaningfully unpack the themes of sexual orientation by sheer lack of lived experience. cant even name the LGBTQ community lol... apparently we are just "that community".

Aug 20th
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Xavier Doc Jenkins

Dig the analysts but the B in LGBT is not just a stepping stone.

Aug 12th
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Kababiito Tracy

Never stop dissecting,you restore hope within me and many other people ❤️🙏🏾

Jul 28th
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Tiff

Also, the fact that it's ELTON JOHN that sings at the end!! Who also had a "shooting star" type of intro to the celebrity life. Who also drowned himself in drugs and alcohol and sex to escape his reality. Chilling

Jul 26th
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Paul

Great podcast with thoughtful commentary.

Jul 2nd
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Promaxius

This breakdown is phenomenal, and it makes me appreciate the album so much more than I already did.

Jun 18th
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Promaxius

Truly an inspiration to all. Kendrick Lamar asked, "When shit hits the fan, is you still a fan?" This absolutely applies to the tragedies that fell onto Lauryn Hill. She was and still is a visionary, and she deserves all the respect and love in the world.

Jun 14th
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Gavin Milligan

great conversation

May 24th
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Gavin Milligan

way to give everyone blue balls

Apr 12th
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Renee Zamora

Aaaah.... The Queen...Selah🙏🏾🙌🏿🙏🏽🙌🏿

Feb 23rd
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Ljsmom

Awesome podcast, could you plz dissect an Eminem album?

Jan 10th
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Jordanm

preach

Dec 31st
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