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A Waste Of Time with ItsTheReal

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The most fun interviews in hip-hop: comedian brothers Eric and Jeff Rosenthal, better known as ItsTheReal, engage in authentic and hilarious conversation with rappers, tastemakers, and industry veterans, all from their Upper West Side apartment.

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The most fun interviews in hip-hop: comedian brothers Eric and Jeff Rosenthal, better known as ItsTheReal, engage in authentic and hilarious conversation with rappers, tastemakers, and industry veterans, all from their Upper West Side apartment.

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Amazing insightful intellectual conversation

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Amazing insightful intellectual conversation

PERFECT SCORE

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BEST PODCAST ON ITUNES AND EARTH. 10/10 20/20 5 STARS BIG 3 POINTER 100/100 💪💪💪

iTunes Ratings

611 Ratings
Average Ratings
557
23
17
7
7

Amazing insightful intellectual conversation

By Meil'$ - Oct 17 2019
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Amazing insightful intellectual conversation

PERFECT SCORE

By BenHagarty - Aug 25 2019
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BEST PODCAST ON ITUNES AND EARTH. 10/10 20/20 5 STARS BIG 3 POINTER 100/100 💪💪💪

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The most fun interviews in hip-hop: comedian brothers Eric and Jeff Rosenthal, better known as ItsTheReal, engage in authentic and hilarious conversation with rappers, tastemakers, and industry veterans, all from their Upper West Side apartment.

#279: Westside Gunn

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This week on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, it's the conversation you've been waiting for: we welcome Buffalo's own, Roc Nation and Shady's own, Griselda's own Westside Gunn to the Upper West Side for a fascinating deep dive into the life and times of The New King of New York.

Nov 04 2019

1hr 59mins

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#121: Rory of The Joe Budden Podcast

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This week on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, we welcome Rory Farrell (co-host of The Joe Budden Podcast and General Manager of HennyPalooza) back to the Upper West Side for his own episode! Rory discusses growing up a problem child, taking the Peter Pan bus by himself up and down the East Coast, drinking heavily in high school, miraculously receiving a college scholarship for running track, being an Irish kid in a traditionally African-American fraternity, getting kicked out of school twice, and finding himself through an internship at Def Jam. Rory shares an amazing stories about Kanye playing Def Jam My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy for the first time, the original name of the album, the original vision for the album, and his over-the-top presentation. We discuss Joe Budden's game nights, booking Drake for a college performance, sitting in an office cubicle across from Lyor Cohen, producing a game show for MTV, shooting music videos for The-Dream, Fabolous, Ludacris, and so much more!

May 30 2017

1hr 41mins

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#133: Mal of The Joe Budden Podcast

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This week on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, we welcome Mal from The Joe Budden Podcast to the Upper West Side! The gregarious Mal, who's put his opinions front and center, has always kept his personal history extremely close to the vest... until today. We talk about his upbringing in the Bronx, what his older brothers have done in the music business, how he got to travel the world as a high schooler, and the circumstances behind popping his first bottle of champagne. We discuss meeting Kanye West, hanging out with Khloe Kardashian, watching Joe Budden's proposal to Tahiry, the live podcast at Highline Ballroom, the LeBron situation, the Carmelo situation, what the best song to listen to at 40k feet in the air is, and so much more. And yes, Internet, we definitely asked what Mal does for a living today... press play and enjoy!

Aug 22 2017

1hr 16mins

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#59: Charlamagne Tha God

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This week on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, we welcome Charlamagne Tha God, who co-hosts the syndicated radio morning show The Breakfast Club, hosts Uncommon Sense on MTV2, and has his own very popular podcast Brilliant Idiots! Charlamagne takes us on his incredible journey from digging ditches in a tiny town in South Carolina, to doing street team jobs for local radio stations, to unexpected hirings and firings from various on-air gigs, to working for free for Wendy Williams, to losing his biggest shot in Philadelphia, to Angela Yee predicting that one day they'd be co-hosting a morning show on New York's Power 105.1, to having that dream become a reality, to seeing their faces on a giant billboard in the middle of Manhattan.

Jun 28 2016

1hr 17mins

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#249: Parks from The Joe Budden Podcast

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This week on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, we finally welcome Parks from The Joe Budden Podcast to the Upper West Side! We discuss growing up in Elmira, New York, his timing writing bars, one time outside a bar, and his time behind bars, interning in Chicago, moving to NYC, barely making ends meet on $200 a week as an audio equipment salesman, talking himself into a gig at DJ Premier's studio, meeting Joe Budden and becoming not just his engineer but also his therapist, watching Slaughterhouse form, working together and independently with Joe, Joell, Royce and Crooked I, meeting Eminem, his thoughts on all the Slaughterhouse projects, including the unheard album, touring as Joe's DJ, how he got a rep as a bad driver, why his crazy high school girlfriend was a worse driver than him, how he came to be a part of the podcast, what he thinks of being off-camera, what his girlfriend thinks of the podcast recording in their home, 6am sessions with Azealia Banks, how he's getting recognized these days, how the podcast tour handled the Nipsey Hussle tragedy, and so much more! #ParksHive activate!

Apr 08 2019

1hr 35mins

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#169: J. Cole's Manager and Dreamville President Ib Hamad

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This week on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, we traveled to Los Angeles for an epic sit down with J. Cole's manager and Dreamville president Ib Hamad! Ib talks about moving to Queens from Paris, the second youngest of five children, with English his third language, finding his voice on the New York City basketball courts. We discuss coaching youth basketball, studying SportsCenter highlights each morning, fleeting thoughts of playing Division 1 college basketball, but ultimately ending up at St. Johns where he'd chase girls and befriend future multi-platinum rapper Jermaine Cole, who at that point barely admitted that he had rhymes. Ib goes through the early days, supporting his friend's musical ambitions at open mics, getting jobs together at call centers, knowing that they had album-ready songs, and eventually capturing the interest of the music industry: meetings with 50 Cent, Shady Records' Paul Rosenberg, and of course, Mark Pitts and Jay-Z. Ib takes us through how the "Dollar and a Dream" campaign started, how Dreamville started, the power of Cole's mixtapes, the many starts and stops Cole's early major label career went through, acting as a push-button DJ for Cole, the differences between the first and second albums, what the HBO series meant, and how exactly 2014 Forest Hills Drive came to be. All that plus stories about JID and Earth Gang, Bas and Cozz, why Interscope was the perfect label partner, who's nicer on the court between Cole and Ib, and much, much more!

Feb 06 2018

2hr 2mins

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#13: Desus Nice

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Our guest this week on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal is The Bronx's own Desus Nice, who after mastering Twitter has become the face of MTV2 via his appearances on Guy Code, Joking Off and Uncommon Sense with his comedic partner The Kid Mero. Desus stopped by the Upper West Side, and we talked his days on the Rocafella street team, his time spent working for porn distributors, and the most White situation he's ever been in. We also discussed why he no longer has Big Pun's autograph, the best excuses to give your landlord when the rent is late, and how he was wrongly arrested and charged with a felony. Enjoy this episode, and join us as we convert to Jews for Desus.If you've got a car and a license, put 'em both to work for you and start earning serious, life-changing money today. Sign up to drive with Uber. Visit http://www.DriveWithUber.comThis episode is also brought to you by Warby Parker eyewear. Get boutique-quality, classically crafted eyewear, including sunglasses at revolutionary prices. For a free Home-Try-On of five stylish frames of your choice plus free three-day shipping, go to http://WarbyParker.com/itsthereal

Aug 19 2015

1hr 9mins

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#80: Angela Yee

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This week on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, we welcome co-host of Power 105's The Breakfast Club, and host of the Lip Service podcast, Angela Yee to the Upper West Side! We talk growing up in Brooklyn, bouncing back and forth between public and private schools, partying in college, meeting Santigold while moving into her freshman dorm room, working in marketing after graduation, being a Wu-Tang employee, getting hired by Paul Rosenberg to be on-air talent for Shade45, leaving for The Breakfast Club, evolving alongside Charlemagne & Envy, investing in juice bars and homes in Detroit, and much more!

Nov 22 2016

1hr 29mins

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#181: Jim Jones

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This week on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, we welcome East Harlem's own Jim Jones to the Upper West Side to talk Dipset Christmas, why he didn't do a solo deal at Roc-A-Fella, random remixes, sneaker shopping, being in the belt business with A$AP Ferg, Funk Flex's car shows, working with Rsonist of The Heatmakerz, being the fashionable kid in high school, bringing 100 people with him to The Tunnel, the effect he had on the music industry by engineering his own sessions, blowing budgets at the club, his love-hate relationship with his song Ballin', what he thought when 50 Cent called Koch Records a "graveyard," not signing J. Cole, his own Broadway show, how Mona Scott stole his reality TV show, being the NYC tour guides for visiting artists, and much, much more! This episode is presented by Martell, the legendary maker of the world's finest cognacs, including Martell Blue Swift and VS Single Distillery.

Apr 17 2018

1hr 26mins

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#24: Taxstone

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This episode of A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal brings East New York's own Taxstone to the Upper West Side! Known for blunt talk on the wildly popular podcast Tax Season, we talk with Tax about his issues with Joe Budden, his issues with Hot 97, and how he turned brutal honesty into music marketing influence. We discussed the role he played in Chief Keef's career, how he helped Bobby Shmurda get shine, and putting Fetty Wap on. Tax spoke on his jail time, growing up in East New York, his feelings on Donald Trump's presidential candidacy, and much more!

Nov 03 2015

1hr 11mins

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#145: Scottie Beam

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This week on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, we welcome our friend Scottie Beam back to the Upper West Side! Scottie talks hanging out at Hot 97 as an elementary school student, being bullied growing up in the Bronx, how her mother taught her to fight back, being scared of moving to New Jersey and starting over. Scottie discusses her theater dreams, quitting her grocery store cashier job in a blaze of glory, cycling through roommates at college, and how Kanye West's music saved her life. Scottie details dropping out of college, joining the Hot 97 street team, getting a job working for Angie Martinez, and becoming a digital personality thanks to Ebro. All that plus stories about Summer Jam, Who's Next, Revolt, Scottie Feedback, tattoos, her sister being left on the side of the road, what she thinks of thirsty IG comments, the US version of The Office, and so much more in this very hilarious and very honest episode!

Nov 07 2017

2hr 3mins

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#32: Kid Mero

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As it's the most wonderful time of the year, we figured it was only right to celebrate the birth of Jesus like all Jews do: with Chinese food and a movie. This week, we invited one half of the Bodega Boyz, and a staple on half of MTV2's programs, The Kid Mero to the Upper West Side for a Very Mero Christmas! We talked about the most bizarre circumstances under which he met Slick Rick, how he avoided going to a top-tier private high school, and jumping in a stranger's limo to go see a taping of Sally Jesse Raphael. We discussed Wale inviting him to his first listening party, how he really feels about internet commenters, and J.Lo following him on Instagram. All that, plus J.Cole, playing manhunt in Bloomingdale's, his drunk uncle, the real story behind the White Desus photograph, and much, much more!

Dec 22 2015

1hr 16mins

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#20: Joe Budden

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In celebrating the landmark 20th episode of A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, we brought our longtime friend Joe Budden back to the Upper West Side to talk about how close he came to signing with Roc-a-fella Records, what his Monopoly parties are like, and why Sisqo's Thong Song still goes at the club. We discussed how long it takes Lil Wayne to text him back, who had the beat for Focus first, and what he was doing at a Def Jam Christmas Party. That, plus Drake stories, Lyor stories, Busta Rhymes stories, and oh yeah, his new album All Love Lost, available October 16th!

Oct 07 2015

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#197: Action Bronson

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This week on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, we traveled down to Brooklyn for a visit with the one and only Action Bronson! In this sidesplittingly funny episode, we sat down with Bam Bam Baklava over bagels to talk Flushing, Queens, why he's a fan of the New York Yankees, how he thinks his infamous Funk Flex freestyle went, how he injured his knee running from Germans, making plans for chicken parm with Lenny Dykstra, why Alchemist dresses the way he does, the calendar Jeff made where he photoshopped Action into Renaissance paintings, peeing in between subway cars, what Bobby Brown's like in the kitchen, why exactly he got fired from Citi Field, what Tommy Mas meant to his career, what he learned from Paul Rosenberg, what he feels he could have done different while at Atlantic Records, his longtime relationship with Vice, where the name Fuck That's Delicious comes from, what he thinks about White Rappers, what it's really like to cook on Late Night with Seth Meyers, what rap camp at Alchemist's house is like, why he shaved his face, what it says on the Post-It that Robert DeNiro gave him, AND SO MUCH MORE! Also, please make sure to pre-order our new lined notebook with original ItsTheReal material - RHYME BOOK - on Amazon.com!

Jul 23 2018

1hr 42mins

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#85: Officially Ice

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Today on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, we welcome Twitter's loudest voice, Officially Ice, to the Upper West Side! Aside from his job at Foot Action, we talk all about his duties as President of #JeezyHive, how he got to be real life friends with Joe Budden, his involvement in the success of the McRib, who he's blocked by on Twitter, what J. Cole, Pusha T, and various other rappers have to say about him, how he almost got spotted in a terribly-planned Halloween costume, how Jay Bilas is a fraudulent Jeezy fan, and so much more!

Dec 15 2016

1hr 37mins

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#265: Rick Ross

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This week on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, we welcome Miyayo's own, CEO of Maybach Music, the biggest boss, Rick Ross to the Upper West Side for a deep, hilarious, revealing, and very meaningful conversation!

Jul 29 2019

1hr 29mins

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#276: Kevin Gates

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This week on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, we welcome Baton Rouge's own Kevin Gates to the Upper West Side for a deep, hilarious, revealing, extremely meaningful and one-of-a-kind conversation. Kevin does a deep dive into great energy, the influence he's had on the game, recording songs at his grandmother's house, how his music career almost never happened, where his confidence came from, what he learned from Cash Money and what they learned from him, what Atlantic Records offered him during their first conversation, what his wife Dreka has meant to his life and career, real ones he can relate to like Jim Jones, Maino and Fred the Godson, how much fun he's having these days, what it's like when he hears that his music has saved lives, how he learned to forgive his mother, how he saw past the hurt in DJ Akademiks, what yoga has meant to his every day, the street mission that led to his brother's death and could have also led to his own, and so, so, so much more!

Oct 14 2019

1hr 30mins

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#110: Casanova

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This week on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, we welcome Flatbush, Brooklyn's own Casanova to the Upper West Side! We talk growing up in a pre-Barclays Center Brooklyn, robbing people for their Air Jordans, giving up on school football when no one from Casanova's family would attend his games, and going in and out of jail as early as 14. We discuss what a judge said and what his mother did to make Casanova finally reconsider his ways, what music got him through a seven year bid, and how all these years later, he came to find out that his friend from inside jail went on to become A$AP Rocky. We talk gambling, investing, joining the construction union, raising his son and daughter, and the circumstances that led him to make his smash song Don't Run, which caught the attention of Taxstone, Chris Brown, Memphis Bleek, Meek Mill, Fabolous, Kevin Hart and more!

Mar 14 2017

1hr 3mins

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#222: Megan Thee Stallion

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This week on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, we welcome Houston, Texas rapper, newest signee to 300, Instagram legend and current student at Texas Southern University, Megan Thee Stallion to the Upper West Side! Megan discusses growing up loving school, getting trouble for cursing at a young age, making best friends during a food fight, always being the tallest in her grade, trying every sport and giving up, why she'd be a Plastic in her version of Mean Girls, and how she didn't win Prom Queen but still ended up bodying the night. We talk about secretly writing rhymes during high school, how shy she was as a teen, going to college with plans to be a nurse, putting stress aside and forming a new persona, finding beats on YouTube and starting a rap career on campus, when she found out her mother was a rapper, and the skepticism when her mom found out she rapped. We get into her debut show at SXSW, why she won't perform in a skirt anymore, her viral freestyle over Tay K's The Race, Missy Elliott shouting her out on Twitter, Q-Tip reaching out to offer advice and support and encouraging her ratchetness, Drake and The Migos throwing money to her song in a Houston strip club, what it was like when Kevin Liles walked in the room to sign her to 300, how much her mother likes her raunchy lyrics, and the surprising song that her mom feels she should emulate. All that, plus how her grandmother lurks on IG, practicing what it will be like when she finally meets Beyonce, how she's waiting for a dude to approach her in real life instead of DMing emojis, her southern accent, the dumbest way she's broken a nail, her upcoming project Fever and much more!

Dec 10 2018

1hr 25mins

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#184: DJ Whoo Kid

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This week on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, we welcome Queens Village's own DJ Whoo Kid to the Upper West Side! Most known for his work as 50 Cent's touring DJ, we discuss seeing Tupac walk by his house during the Digital Underground days, taking a summer school course with DJ Clue, how exactly he got leaked songs from record labels, Puff's reaction after Whoo Kid used a previously unreleased Biggie verse for his song with 50, Eminem's look-alike from the Anger Management tour, who they called Partial Mathers, the number one thing you don't want to do at 50's Connecticut mansion, having a gun pulled on him by Big Pun, having a gun pulled on him by T.I., dubbing mixtapes while working as a security guard at the airport, Suge Knight looking for him after he leaked an unreleased Tupac verse, kicking Kanye out of the studio the night Ye got into his car accident, how Howard Stern ruined Whoo Kid's life, finding his way out of a fist fight with DJ Kay Slay in the streets, fronting like he was the official DJ for Bad Boy Records, connecting a teenage Big Sean with Kanye in Detroit, how he evolved his interviews at SiriusXM into the wild conversations he's famous for today, whatever happened to the album he owed to Capitol, and so much more!!

May 07 2018

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#287: Tinashe

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Today on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, for Day 3 of the #12DaysOfPodcasts, we went to Los Angeles to sit down with singer/songwriter/dancer/actor/chef/baker/Tae Kwon Do blackbelt/Taco Tuesday hostess Tinashe for a wide-ranging and personal conversation!

Dec 14 2019

1hr 25mins

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#286: Watchman Writer Cord Jefferson

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Today on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, for Day 2 of the #12DaysOfPodcasts, we went to Los Angeles to sit down with two-time 2019 WGA Award nominee, writer for Succession, The Good Place and of course Watchmen, where he co-wrote Episode 6, This Extraordinary Being, Cord Jefferson for a wide-ranging and personal conversation!

Dec 13 2019

1hr 30mins

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#285: Cam'ron

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Today on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, for Day 1 of the #12DaysOfPodcasts, we welcome Harlem legend Cam'Ron to the Upper West Side for a wide-ranging, dynamic, hilarious and personal conversation!

Dec 12 2019

1hr 37mins

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#284: Dermot Kennedy

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This week on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, we welcome singer/songwriter Dermot Kennedy to the Upper West Side! Dermot, who hails from a small town outside a small town outside Dublin, Ireland, talks growing up with intermittent internet, an acoustic guitar, no pop culture references, and the most successful musicians he was aware of being his cousin's cover band. We get into his undisciplined busking career in the streets of Dublin, making just enough money to work for a week in a proper studio, his parents being super supportive of his dreams at 18 years old, the realities of producers taking ideas and credit, how he never wanted to be a local celebrity, and how an Ed Sheeran cover gave him viral success. Dermot recalls his first big break thanks to a video app that brought him down to a Florida convention center, how he didn't want to blow up off of other peoples' music, doubling down on his own compositions, putting everything he had into EPs that didn't go anywhere, how a change of mind led him to release his songs as singles, and walking into a venue in London to a large crowd that found him organically through Spotify. We discuss independent success, how labels and publishers came knocking on his door, feeling like he'd already been through the ringer and what ultimately sold him on Island in the UK and Interscope in the US, and how he's taken the States by storm with clever live rearrangements of his own songs as well as Joey Bada$$ and Kanye covers. All that, plus playing Tiny Desk, recording in Brooklyn and LA, the keys to performing the streets of Dublin, teaching himself piano, the status of his Spotify account these days, some major live gigs he hints at playing in 2020, and so much more!

Dec 09 2019

1hr 12mins

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#283: Cousin Stizz

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This week on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal we welcome Boston's own Cousin Stizz to the Upper West Side! Stizz discusses the realities of growing up in Dorchester, the oldest of three children and the son of working class parents who wanted more for him then what they had, how he excelled in certain classes but didn't care for school, the pull of the darker corners outside, and the effect his best friend's death had on him before even reaching high school. Stizz talks his mother's line in the sand, what it was like to bus to the suburbs to a brand new school experience, listening to but not obsessing over music as a teen, and casually finding his way into rap cyphers, where more than anything he got a chance to show off his sense of humor. We break down his mom's driving him to an Army recruiter, his last-minute scheme to stay at home by becoming a producer, how that evolved into composing lyrics, recording his own songs, and keeping them all to himself, and the serendipitous moment where he left a dice game after a last minute invite to crash an open mic where he met up with a number of his contemporaries who'd go on to become his creative partners. Stizz talks about speaking on his circumstances where others hadn't before, the care he puts into perfecting his art, the thought that goes into his process, and what it's like to find out that Drake played your music at a party and broadcast it to the world on Instagram. We get into his meeting at Lyor Cohen's house, how labels came calling, why he ultimately chose to sign with RCA, what he discussed with Donald Glover while they got high, how both loss and success led to scrapping two full albums, what it's like to have Shea Serrano in your corner, why he still loves his city, that infamous Cuba Gooding, Jr. picture, whether a true Bostonian can ever wear a Yankees hat, the reality of Tom Brady getting older, and so much more!

Dec 02 2019

1hr 22mins

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#282: DJ Toomp

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This week on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, we went to Means Street Studio in Atlanta to sit down with the legendary producer DJ Toomp about his hall of fame career! Toomp discusses growing up in a musical household in Atlanta, the son of a soul singer, seeing a 60 Minutes segment on DJing in the early 80's, catching Fresh Fest when they stopped through the A, and how he made a name for himself through turntable routines and rocking parties. We get into his time in Miami working and touring with 2 Live Crew, what he took in in terms of production and how to run an independent label via Uncle Luke, his contributions to the New Jack City soundtrack, and the hardest lesson to learn as a young kid in the music business. Toomp talks about returning to Atlanta, then a R&B-heavy city, developing his own sound, trying to fit in with The Organized Noize crew, trying to win over executives at LaFace, and collaborating with local artists like Lil Jon, with whom he worked for free. Toomp recalls the full confidence, the unique flow and the vivid wordplay that a young Clifford Harris brought to the table when they first met, how the whole package reminded him of Jay-Z, the work they put in on songs like 24s, the long drives he made with Jason Geter and T.I. to NYC to try and sell LA Reid on a bigger vision, and after they parted ways with the label, how they proved their legitimacy by taking over not only Atlanta, but the South, resulting in a bigger and better deal with Atlantic Records. And of course, Toomp shares incredible recollections about his collaborations with Tip, Jay-Z, Kanye, Jeezy, Rick Ross and Pitbull, the crazy circumstances behind a doomed sampling of Prince, what record he considers to be way ahead of its time, who he offered What You Know to first, and so much more!

Nov 25 2019

1hr 45mins

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#281: The Return of Ari Lennox

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This week on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, we went down to Atlanta for the Red Bull Music Festival and sat down with our friend Ari Lennox to dive into her stellar debut project Shea Butter Baby, dive into The Dreamville Sessions, discuss where she's looking to settle down, remember the best performances on the internet, break down the genesis of her "woo ha" lyric, hear how she puts together her dynamic live shows, see who's been asking for a new album, talk about her amazing IG live appearances, get into her relationship with her dog, her relationship with her ex, her relationship with herself, and so much more in this side-splitting episode!

Nov 18 2019

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#280: Dreka Gates

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This week on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, we welcome Dreka Gates - Kevin Gates' partner in life and business - back to the Upper West Side for her own episode! Dreka discusses her upbringing in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, meeting Kevin as a high school senior outside her brother's football game, the phone calls, conversations and intellect they traded as friends before they started dating, the way she responded to his power with words, the heartbreak of her family not wanted the relationship to continue, and the resolve it took to block that out and keep pushing forward with Kevin. We talk about how her selflessness and dedication in helping others led her from pre-med dreams to supporting Kevin's music, how quickly she took to music management, how she saw the road ahead as them against the world, how for a time she dove into the streets to make ends meet, and how together she and Kevin built something lasting and meaningful. Dreka details the independent grind around Louisiana, from the radio stations to the clubs to the local record labels, and how through hard work, putting touring money back into the business, plus a ton of powerful records, they established themselves around the South, attracting attention from major labels, including their future home, Atlantic Records. We get into why they moved their family from Louisiana to Texas to Georgia to Miami and now to Calabasas, whether they're looking to head someplace once again, how they changed their diets, how they raised their children, how they found a balance between work and home life, how it feels to win in the music business on their terms, how Kevin proposed marriage, what it was like to stand before their families and take their wedding vows, and so very much more!!

Nov 11 2019

1hr 25mins

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#279: Westside Gunn

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This week on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, it's the conversation you've been waiting for: we welcome Buffalo's own, Roc Nation and Shady's own, Griselda's own Westside Gunn to the Upper West Side for a fascinating deep dive into the life and times of The New King of New York.

Nov 04 2019

1hr 59mins

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#278: The Return of Smoke DZA

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This week on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, we welcome one of the most prolific rappers of our generation and our friend, Smoke DZA, back to the Upper West Side! DZA talks his new collaboration with Benny the Butcher, Statue of Limitations, meeting Rihanna at Rolling Loud, getting on a song with Fat Joe and Bun B and Statik Selektah, growing up battle rapping, standing outside Hot 97 waiting to give DJ Kay Slay a CD, asking Bodega Bamz's mom to call his job and tell them he was quitting, spending time in the Hamptons with Jonny Shipes, Ev Boogie and Scott Disick, where he ranks amongst basketball-playing rappers, cooking up at Dame Dash's TriBeCa dojo alongside Curren$y, Ski Beatz, Jay Electronica, when he wears Uptowns, when he wears all white outfits, how easy it is to give up and what's kept his creating through the years, getting to a place where his business is all the way good, what he's got in the stash and when we'll hear it, hinting at diving into the podcast game, and much, much more!

Oct 28 2019

1hr 25mins

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#277: Juan Ep (Peter Rosenberg + Cipha Sounds)

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This week on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal we welcome our friends Peter Rosenberg and Cipha Sounds of the Juan Ep Podcast back to the Upper West Side! It's the complaining you've been waiting for!

Oct 21 2019

1hr 36mins

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#276: Kevin Gates

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This week on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, we welcome Baton Rouge's own Kevin Gates to the Upper West Side for a deep, hilarious, revealing, extremely meaningful and one-of-a-kind conversation. Kevin does a deep dive into great energy, the influence he's had on the game, recording songs at his grandmother's house, how his music career almost never happened, where his confidence came from, what he learned from Cash Money and what they learned from him, what Atlantic Records offered him during their first conversation, what his wife Dreka has meant to his life and career, real ones he can relate to like Jim Jones, Maino and Fred the Godson, how much fun he's having these days, what it's like when he hears that his music has saved lives, how he learned to forgive his mother, how he saw past the hurt in DJ Akademiks, what yoga has meant to his every day, the street mission that led to his brother's death and could have also led to his own, and so, so, so much more!

Oct 14 2019

1hr 30mins

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#275: Trinidad Jame$ Part 1

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This week on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, we welcome musician, cultural trendsetter, fashion boundary-pusher, sneaker commentator and connoisseur, and basketball lifer Trinidad Jame$ to the Upper West Side for Part 1 of this multi-episode podcast! Trinidad, with great humor and much perspective looks back at the viral monster that was All Gold Everything, from its conception to seeing it rocket out of Atlanta to taking over New York City's Santos Party Haus for the most celebrated performance in years, as well as the severe downturn that came after parting ways with Def Jam and New York City souring on Trinidad after his words were taken the wrong way, and the amazing way he bounced back to begin his latest and most exciting chapter. We dive into his humble beginnings in Atlanta by-way-of Trinidad & Tobago, the quiet high schooler he was, what gambling meant to him, how working at Waffle House changed his perspective, how losing his job and his green card left him broke but also creatively driven and how it ultimately gave him the confidence to shine as Trinidad Jame$. We talk how ahead of the curve he was on Drake's music, camo shorts, and snapback hats, the presence he had throughout the Atlanta streetwear scene, why he ultimately had to leave the boutique he made poppin', and the excitement that came from putting his all into making S.A.F.E. All that, plus his stint in jail, the insane number of features he put together in 2013, what Two9 meant to his path, how he became cool with A$AP Mob, how he turned the internet off and Netflix on, finding out about Bruno Mars' 24k Magic, who exactly looked out when he was down on his luck, and so much more!!

Oct 07 2019

1hr 38mins

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#274: Columbia Records SVP of Content Development Shahendra Ohneswere

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This week on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, we welcome Columbia Records' SVP of Content Development Shahendra Ohneswere to the Upper West Side! Born in Suriname, Shahendra discusses his family's big move to The Bronx, learning United States culture from Transformers and Peter Jennings, moving around the country before settling down in Minneapolis, home to a big backpack rap scene, a big punk scene and a big shopping scene, The Mall of America. We talk about his attachment to Rhymesayers, Atmosphere, Eyedea and independent music in the Twin Cities, his move to New York City for college, showing up in a suit for his first internship at Rawkus, attending Lyricist Lounge shows, working at a record store in Brooklyn when RZA, Prodigy and Alicia Keys would stop by for in-stores, and grabbing a hold of the underground scene in the big city. Shahendra details his internship at MCA, the satisfaction that came from bringing Atmosphere in for a meeting, the recognition of his smarts by the president of Ecko, his work for an early iteration of Complex Magazine, his time spent at Dr. Jay's, a brief spell as an editor for Giant Magazine, some of the incredible people he collaborated with at Roc Nation, and the philosophies he carries as an executive for a resurgent Columbia Records. All that, plus his love for Rage Against the Machine, being around one-of-one Basquiats, orchids, Husker Du, working alongside three-time NYT Best-Selling author Mary H.K. Choi, what it's like to meet other Brown creatives in this industry and much, much more!

Sep 30 2019

1hr 45mins

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#273: Sophia Chang

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This week on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, we welcome music executive, marketing maven, artist manager, full-time mother and game-changer in the flesh, Sophia Chang to the Upper West Side! Sophia, whose audio memoir The Baddest Bitch in the Room will be available exclusively on audible.com starting September 26th, discusses being raised in Vancouver, BC, the daughter of a North Korean mother and a South Korean father, the realities of not finding representation in mass media, growing up popular and outgoing and brilliant, yet still being an outsider, the beauty and the quiet of the Pacific Northwest, as well as the energy and vibrations and pull of New York City. Sophia gets into her early days as an assistant for Paul Simon, meeting Joey Ramone, expecting to run into Woody Allen walking the streets, experiencing Manhattan in its dirty era, her love for lyricism as well as baselines, her time at Jive Records, crossing paths with UGK, and befriending fellow industry titan Chris Lighty. We talk about her time with Wu-Tang, taking RZA to China to study with and perform for kung-fu masters, her thoughts on the Of Mics and Men documentary, leaving the music business for a dozen years, later working with artists like Joey Badass and G Herbo, living in and loving the hip-hop culture, and calling out and cutting out those who didn't. All that, plus how motherhood changed everything, how it felt to uplift artists in every aspect of their lives, as well as them uplifting hers, making peace with relationships coming to an end, the bigger mission of raising her children in New York City, whether or not Paul Simon cheats in Scrabble, and much, much more!

Sep 23 2019

1hr 30mins

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#272: Tiffany Calver

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This week on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, we welcome BBC 1Xtra personality and Drake's tour DJ Tiffany Carver to the Upper West Side! Tiffany breaks down how a young hip-hop blogging fanatic from the English countryside found herself in on a buffet line in Los Angeles rubbing elbows with Dr. Dre, how Miss Info's work inspired her to try her hand at music journalism, how her parents encouraged her to follow her passion, how a viral Soundcloud mix of hers moved her to get serious about Serato, how every London venue turning her down convinced her to start her own (ultimately very successful) club night, how she found out that she'd be touring Europe with the most famous rapper on Earth, how she thought she tanked her audition but in fact nailed it and got the job of her dreams, and how she did all of this by the age of 25. All that, plus her first experience at Olive Garden, the interview that brought her to tears, her father's best advice, her very-short-lived rap name, the most insane gig she's performed at, her experiences at pirate radio stations, how her shyness presents itself in giant arenas, her huge goals for the upcoming year, Dr. Dre's biggest weakness and much, much more!

Sep 16 2019

1hr 50mins

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#271: Jeezy

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This week on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, we welcome hip-hop's thug motivator, the mixtape champion, Atlanta's own Snowman himself, Jeezy to the Upper West Side for a deep, hilarious, revealing, and extremely meaningful conversation.

Sep 09 2019

1hr 17mins

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#270: Little Brother

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This week on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, we welcome Phonte and Rapper Big Pooh, collectively known as the celebrated North Carolina duo Little Brother, to the Upper West Side to commemorate their reunion and new album May the Lord Watch, dive into their shine and their flaws during LB's first iteration, get into the dynamics of the break-up, discuss how death melted the ice, break down legacy and influence, and give full context to the power behind the music they're making today. This is the conversation you've been waiting for.

Sep 02 2019

1hr 39mins

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#269: We Answer Listener Questions!

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This week on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, we answer listener-submitted questions about everything from how to succeed in podcasting, which rapper we'd like to see as a college professor, what projects we have in the works, the absolute worst interview we ever had, our favorite memories of Combat Jack, what Chinese food we order on Christmas Day, who would win in a fight between us, and much, much, much more!

Aug 27 2019

1hr 9mins

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#268: Director Ian "Rex Arrow" Wolfson

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This week on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, we welcome music video director, filmmaker, storyteller and Mac Miller's long-time creative partner, Ian "Rex Arrow" Wolfson to the Upper West Side! Ian, our great friend and collaborator, discusses growing up in Pittsburgh, its specific dialect, geography, famous residents, and tiny world for a big city, his devotion to cross-country running, his introduction to documentary filmmaking, and his goal to move to New York City to make movies. We get into his years as a student at Columbia University, his experience working at the famous movie rental store, Kim's Video and Music, the story that only he could tell back in Pittsburgh, how that film blew up in a million pieces, but how it introduced him to a teenage artist named Easy Mac. Ian talks about how his and Mac's relationship as friends and collaborators grew and evolved over the course of a decade, shooting 34 music videos together, touring the world with the tight circle of friends, living out of Mac's recording den in his Los Angeles home, reacting to fan love, reacting to Donald Trump's threats, evolving into freer artists and fully-formed adults, the absolute heartbreak of Malcolm McCormick's passing away, and opening your soul to beauty in the world once more. Ian reflects with great humor and great heart on a number of projects with Mac, a number with us, on meeting Mister Rogers, on losing actors due to dogs, on wearing a dress on stage, on stealing pants, and much, much more!

Aug 19 2019

2hr 7mins

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