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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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Fun, informative

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A great podcast for anyone with a love of hip hop and pop culture

Everything

By CamBam. - - Apr 06 2019
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They cover pretty much everything in the US

iTunes Ratings

545 Ratings
Average Ratings
497
23
13
7
5

Fun, informative

By @cdotharrison - Jul 30 2019
Read more
A great podcast for anyone with a love of hip hop and pop culture

Everything

By CamBam. - - Apr 06 2019
Read more
They cover pretty much everything in the US
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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.

Rank #1: #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
1 hour 29 mins
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Rank #2: #266: Big K.R.I.T.

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This week on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, we welcome Meridian, Mississippi's own Big K.R.I.T. to the Upper West Side for a deep, hilarious, revealing, and very meaningful conversation!
Aug 05 2019
1 hour 2 mins
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Rank #3: #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
1 hour 16 mins
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Rank #4: #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
1 hour 17 mins
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Rank #5: #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
1 hour 9 mins
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Rank #6: #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
1 hour 11 mins
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Rank #7: #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
1 hour 35 mins
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Rank #8: #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
1 hour
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Rank #9: #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
2 hours 2 mins
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Rank #10: #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
1 hour 16 mins
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Rank #11: #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
2 hours 3 mins
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Rank #12: #98: DJ Envy

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This week on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, we welcome The Breakfast Club's own DJ Envy to the Upper West Side! We talk with Envy about growing up in Queens, riding bicycles with DJ Clue, sharing one turntable with another DJ, spinning at school dances, being the first person in his family to go to college, graduating with a marketing/management degree, the motorcycle accident that changed his life, stealing records for his mixtapes, getting calls from record executives who were not happy, getting calls from Rick Ross who didn't mind Envy hacking his email, how he invented the double and triple-booking, filling in for a pregnant Angie Martinez at Hot 97, doing mornings at Hot with Miss Jones, why he never joined a DJ crew, how he came to the decision to leave for Power 105, what really went down with Birdman, why Cam'ron wanted to fight, his choice for best mixtape of all time, how he feels driving down Canal Street in 2017, and so much more!
Jan 17 2017
1 hour 31 mins
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Rank #13: #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
1 hour 29 mins
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Rank #14: #99: Cardi B

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This week on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, we welcome The Bronx's own Cardi B to the Upper West Side! We talked her super-impressive new mixtape Gangsta Bitch Music Vol. 2, growing up in the Highbridge section of the The Bronx, her high school reputation, sneaking out to go to parties, how she hated math yet worked as a cashier, her brief time in college, how her boss at an Amish market in NYC told her she had a future in stripping and walked her across the street to New York Dolls to get her started, her mother's reaction when she found out how she was earning a living, learning Russian songs from other strippers, being honest on social media, getting recognized everywhere and being sincere with fans, how she feels she's been portrayed on Love and Hip-Hop, how seriously she takes her music, her thoughts on Trump's involvement with Putin, and much more!
Jan 24 2017
1 hour 1 min
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Rank #15: #238: Hitmaka

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This week on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal we welcome super-producer Hitmaka to the Upper West Side to detail the ups and downs of his one-of-one journey as a chart-topping rapper, a hustler, an aimless creative, a ghostwriter and ultimately the most surprising bounce back story and rebrand to become the most in-demand producer in the business. Hitmaka discusses his Chicago upbringing to well-off parents, dropping out of school as a young teen to chase down his hip-hop dreams, linking up with street management which led to opportunities to spit over Kanye West production, rap for Jay-Z, meet Aaliyah, and end up signing to DMX. Hitmaka describes his fallout with his family, his exile to a Montana boot camp which led to his fallout with DMX, reconnecting with childhood friend Shawnna as her career began to take off, getting into Chicago street life to get by, moving to Los Angeles to write for an artist signed to Eve, running around with young Hollywood types, taking a flyer on some young producers and convincing them to join him in LA, and writing the music that would get him - Yung Berg - signed as an artist to Epic Records. We talk about linking up with Ray J, getting bailed out of jail by Shaq, what it was like touring the country as his record Sexy Can I shot to the top of charts, the difference of opinion he and his label head had over follow up record, how his time at Epic came to an end, and how NFL offensive lineman Bryant McKinnie gave him a lifeline. Hitmaka talks about how important his friendship to Jeremih has been, how he began to use his talents for building a hit song to help other artists like Nicki Minaj, 2 Chainz, Meek Mill, Ty Dolla $ign, Rick Ross and Lil Wayne, Gucci Mane, King Louie and any artist you can think of, and how he holds no grudges at anyone in business. All that, plus stories about Joe Budden, Mike Caren, LEP Bogus Boys, Troy Carter, Bri Steves, his Transformer chain, his hugely anticipated upcoming album and much, much, much more! Listen now wherever podcasts are playing!
Jan 21 2019
1 hour 47 mins
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Rank #16: #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
1 hour 25 mins
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Rank #17: #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
1 hour 26 mins
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Rank #18: #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
1 hour 37 mins
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Rank #19: #1: (The) Alchemist

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In this first released episode of A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, (The) Alchemist traces the lineage of Jadakiss' "We Gonna Make It" instrumental back to the beginning, breaks news about a rapping reunion with Scott Caan, and figures out the last thing Puffy regrets buying. We also discuss what life is like on the road with Eminem, why Jay-Z hasn't bought a beat from him yet, and how Alchemist will fare against aux cord DJs.
May 27 2015
1 hour
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Rank #20: #57: Ebro & Ravie B

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This week on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, we welcome the host of Hot 97's Ebro in the Morning, Ebro Darden! Fresh off organizing his 13th Summer Jam concert, we spoke in great detail about what went into the decision to postpone the start of the show, why certain artists didn't perform, and what this annual event means to New York, to competing festivals, and to the fans. We also spoke about Ebro's journey from Bay Area high school athlete, to his heavy involvement in Northern California hip-hop, to working on the same radio station as Rasheed Wallace, to making the cross-country journey to the most-storied hip-hop station in the world: New York's Hot 97. Plus, his experiences with Kanye West, Janet Jackson, Lyor Cohen, Angie Martinez, Big Boy, and so much more! In addition, we sat down with our friend and photographer Ravie B to talk photoshopping laminates to sneak into Summer Jam, eating at Benihana's, obsessively watching The Office, playing video games about cooking, an lots more!
Jun 14 2016
1 hour 47 mins
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