Dissect is Back with Season 2!

We’re incredibly excited to be back for Season 2 of Dissect! This season, we dive deep into Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. With an episode dedicated to each song on the album, we’ll explore Kanye’s magnum opus on the underbelly of fame, celebrity, and power.

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“The Blacker the Berry – The Book” Kickstarter!

I’ve teamed with artist/Dissect listener Hannah Sellers to create a book called The Blacker the Berry, now available for pre-order on Kickstarter. The book is a visual exploration of the social and historical context of Kendrick Lamar’s song “The Blacker the Berry.” Hannah created beautiful graphic collages that accompany my analysis of the song, and it really enhances your experience and understanding of Kendrick’s message. Seriously, this thing is absolutely gorgeous, a true piece of art.

For a limited time, you can back this project by pre-ordering your very own copy. We’ve also set a stretch goal, and if reached, we’ll donate $1 of every book sold to Social Works, a youth empowerment charity started by Chance the Rapper.

Support this project by visiting our Kickstarter!

S1E20/21 – Mortal Man by Kendrick Lamar from To Pimp a Butterfly

Our season long analysis of To Pimp a Butterfly by Kendrick Lamar continues with the album’s final song “Mortal Man”.

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Part 1 examines the song “Mortal Man” while Part 2 dissects the conversation between Kendrick and 2Pac that concludes the album.

S1E18/19 – i by Kendrick Lamar from To Pimp a Butterfly

Our season long analysis of To Pimp a Butterfly by Kendrick Lamar continues with “i.”

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Part 1 examines the studio single version of “i” while Part 2 studies the staged live version that appears on the album.

Dissect Fundraiser for Compton Music Program

I began constructing a Dissect Season 2 fundraiser to help offset some of the costs for the podcast. But the more I thought about it, and the more asked myself “What Would Kendrick Do?” I’ve decided instead to donate all fundraiser proceeds* to the Centennial High School Music Program in Compton, CA. This was Kendrick Lamar’s high school, and he’s since made significant contributions to the music program in an effort to keep kids in the studio and off the street. Given all we’ve learned from To Pimp a Butterfly, I thought this would be an appropriate gesture of gratitude.

I have a goal of raising $1,000 by the end of Season 1. I think we can easily achieve this goal! Updates will be given weekly.

DONATION PERKS:

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All donation perks will be sent digitally or physically upon completion of Season 1 in late January.

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S1E15/16 – The Blacker the Berry by Kendrick Lamar

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

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The song was the album’s second single and released amidst the height of the Black Lives Matter movement. It’s incredibly potent, packed with references to the historic oppression of the black community, race relations in contemporary American society, police brutality, the US penitentiary system, and the complexities of black identity, among many others. Continue reading “S1E15/16 – The Blacker the Berry by Kendrick Lamar”

S1E14 – Complexion (A Zulu Love) by Kendrick Lamar from To Pimp a Butterfly

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

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After battling depression, survival’s guilt, temptation, selfishness, and suicidal thoughts, Kendrick was humbled by an encounter with god on the album’s previous track “How Much a Dollar Cost?” Continue reading “S1E14 – Complexion (A Zulu Love) by Kendrick Lamar from To Pimp a Butterfly”

S1E13 – How Much a Dollar Cost? by Kendrick Lamar from To Pimp a Butterfly

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

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Plagued by Uncle Sam (the American Dream) and Lucy (temptation), Kendrick has stood at a metaphoric crossroads for most of the album, deciding whether to use or pimp his talent for good or evil. “How Much a Dollar Cost?” will force Kendrick’s hand. Continue reading “S1E13 – How Much a Dollar Cost? by Kendrick Lamar from To Pimp a Butterfly”

S1E12: Hood Politics by Kendrick Lamar from To Pimp a Butterfly

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

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Continue reading “S1E12: Hood Politics by Kendrick Lamar from To Pimp a Butterfly”