Today Insight revisits Dissect podcast producer Cole Cuchna, who has grown his project from a passion project he created nights and weekends to an internationally acclaimed show that delves into hip hop albums. most important of our time. Through her podcast, Cuchna analyzes the construction, lyrics, story and message of music by tracing the artist’s life and trajectory – and of course, the impact of music. During each season of the show, Cuchna has joined Insight to delve into the backstory of classic albums by Kendrick Lamar, Kanye West, Frank Ocean and Tyler the Creator. Without further ado, let’s dissect.
We Gon’ Be Alright – “To Pimp A Butterfly” by Kendrick Lamar
In 2016, Sacramento resident Cole Cuchna launched a lengthy music analysis podcast that takes listeners through a single album note-by-note, line-by-line, to examine the deeper meaning of an artist’s work. To Cuchna’s surprise, “Dissect” exploded in popularity, earning spots on iTunes’ Best Of Podcasts list and its Editor’s Choice section.
The first conversation with Cuncha was in February 2017, after finishing season 1. That season, he focused on rapper Kendrick Lamar’s Grammy-winning rap album, “To Pimp A Butterfly.” . The album charts a man’s journey from caterpillar to butterfly, where he accepts his role as a leader and role model for the community as he becomes more famous and influential in the hip hop community.
No One Should Have All This Power – Kanye West’s “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy”
Some people may recognize rapper Kanye West more for his antics than his groundbreaking music. Cole Cuchna wanted to take a look at both.
In season 2 of ‘Dissect‘, Cuchna returned to Kanye’s 2010 album, ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy’. Cuchna joined Insight on August 1, 2017, the day Dissect Season 2 premiered. He discussed the connection between West’s personal life and his music, and the growing popularity of the podcast. He also took part in that infamous event at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards which launched that album, and influenced a decade of pop culture with that.
That’s How Every Day Goes – Frank Ocean’s “Blond”
The ‘Dissect‘ The podcast had gained a significant audience by the time creator Cole Cuchna wrapped up Season 3, which focused on the work of Frank Ocean. In each episode, Cuchna guides listeners through Ocean’s second studio album, “Blonde.”
In this conversation from September 2018, Cuchna returns to discuss the buzz around the podcast, which Quartz named 2017 Best Podcast of the Year. He also talks about his partnership with Spotify, which allowed him to leave his day job to host and produce “Dissect” full time.
Find the Words to Say — Tyler, the Creator’s “Flower Boy”
In Dissect’s final season, creator Cole Cuchna turned his attention to Tyler, The Creator’s 2017 album “Flower Boy.” Tyler, The Creator is best known as the producer and rapper who founded alternative hip hop collective Odd Future.
Last December, the New York Times selected Dissect as one of the Five Great Podcasts of 2018. Cuchna joined the band in April 2019 and spoke about Tyler, The Creator’s demonstrated maturity in “Flower Boy” and coming out as gay on the album.