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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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This week on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, we welcome back Harlem's own A$AP Ferg to the Upper West Side! We talk the Met Gala, his friendship with Dapper Dan, his rules for working with producers, getting bad haircuts, his true friendship with Rocky, the importance of Damon Dash's TriBeCa dojo, why he doesn't put celebrities on a pedestal, everything behind Plain Jane, what his family means to Harlem, what it meant to get an original Bad Boy chain from Puff, his gym music playlist, dressing up as Mike Tyson and then meeting the champ, the mission of A$AP Mob in 2019, his bike line, his rug line, his deals with Hennessy and Revlon, his highly anticipated forthcoming album Floor Seats, and much, much more!
#259: Dennis Graham

#259: Dennis Graham

2019-06-1701:17:35

This week on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, we travelled to Hidden Hills in Calabasas, sat down with Dennis Graham for our Father's Day episode, and had a deep, hilarious and very meaningful conversation. We talk Memphis, Houston, Toronto and Los Angeles, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., James Brown, Jerry Lee Lewis, Joe Cocker, Larry Graham, Stax, Sun, Motown, Sandy, Degrassi, tour life, club life, real life, TMZ, and of course, his mustache, his music, his son, Drake, and much more!
#258: Common

#258: Common

2019-06-1001:16:35

This week on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, we travelled to Los Angeles and sat down with Common for a deep, hilarious and very meaningful conversation. We talk the Obamas, Jay-Z, Beyonce, his daughter, Stacey Abrams, Be, American Gangster, the Wu-Tang documentary, Dilla, Questlove, going bald, visiting prisons, who he's confused for, what puts the A&M in FAMU, and much more!
#257: Trevor Noah

#257: Trevor Noah

2019-06-0301:18:411

This week on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, we welcome the host of The Daily Show, host of On Second Thought: The Trevor Noah Podcast, available on Luminary, as well as the author of Born A Crime, now available in paperback, Trevor Noah, to the Upper West Side! Trevor talks growing up in Johannesburg, South Africa, getting his mouth washed out with soap by nuns at his Catholic school, his mother's conversion to Judaism and his subsequent Bar Mitzvah, his waning interest in playing sports due to competition, DJing twelve hour street parties and the insane way that cops put an end to his business. We discuss his job as a taxi driver on the Johannesburg streets, when he first touched a comedy stage, how his material would shine a light on the shifting culture dynamics in newly democratic South Africa, the scene of his most ridiculous comedy set, how he went where the work was, whether in Australia, Germany, England or the United States, and how his point of view was or was not accepted. Trevor talks about the feeling he got wearing a pair of Timbs on the Brooklyn streets when he first moved to New York, how he'd hustle from gig to gig around the city, which comedians looked out for him, his fan bases in Boston, Chicago and throughout Texas, and how he performs in a theater vs. a stadium vs. to a television camera. We get into his thoughts on blood relatives, providing extra content beyond his TV show, how strange it can be at celebrity galas, the most memorable pair of shoes he received from his mother as a kid, his problem with the industrial revolution's effect on human schedules, and much, much more!
#256: Moneybagg Yo

#256: Moneybagg Yo

2019-05-2700:58:43

This week on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal we welcome South Memphis' own Moneybagg Yo, whose new album 43va Heartless hit the top of the iTunes Charts and is available everywhere now, to the Upper West Side! Bagg breaks down the different sections of his hometown, discusses growing up a creative child, drawn to drawing, dropping out of high school before his senior year, recording mixtapes around Memphis with one foot still in the streets, his first performance on a heavily stacked lineup at Yo Gotti's birthday party, catching the attention of all the major figures in town, but also getting a call on his trap phone from Akon in an effort to sign him, how his major J. Cole feature came to be, his heavily female fan base, why he feels like this new project speaks more to the streets than Reset, how he first met Meg Thee Stallion, he breaks news about his new management situation, and much more!
#255: Jordan Klepper

#255: Jordan Klepper

2019-05-2001:43:45

This week on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal we welcome the star and creator of the new Comedy Central documentary series Klepper, former Daily Show correspondent Jordan Klepper, to the Upper West Side! Jordan talks growing up in Kalamazoo, Michigan, forever being in the shadow of high school legend Derek Jeter, his contributions to his high school's national champion mock trial team, going to college on a math scholarship while double majoring in theater, and moving to Chicago to immerse himself in the best of improv acting. Jordan discusses his time as a substitute teacher (and his second day on the job, September 11th, 2001), his experiences on both the ImprovOlympic and Second City stages, performing as part of the Second City touring company at sea, surrounded by magicians and contortionists and dancers, and why he ultimately made his way to New York City. Jordan breaks down his time as a reality TV writer for the doomed follow-up to Duck Dynasty, Indiana Joes, working on ridiculous MTV game-show/sketch show pilots, and the video that got both Jordan and his wife on the radar of Jon Stewart and The Daily Show, and the phone call informing them that there was only one job being offered. We talk through The Daily Show legacy, the audition process, the culture that Jon Stewart created, performing on stage with the entire Wu-Tang Clan, what it was like when Jon announced he was leaving, the big shoes that Trevor Noah has stepped into and made his own, and what Jordan is building in his own voice with Klepper. All that, plus his recent video collaboration with Bill and Hillary Clinton, the best and worst sketch group names he was involved in, getting arrested on the job, how he feels about dog-friendly offices, and so much more in this incredible funny episode!
This week on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, we welcome photographer/clothing designer/DJ/party promoter Ciesay from Places + Faces to the Upper West Side! Fresh off the stage from Places + Faces' first Boiler Room concert in NYC, where Cam'Ron, Jim Jones, Amine, Valee, Sahbabii and many more performed, Ciesay discusses growing up between South London, England and Gambia, the son of an importer/exporter father and a mother who worked for the United Nations, what popular culture he picked up vs. missed out on, the bootleg merch he wore as a child, how stamped-up his passport became at an early age, and the racism he encountered both abroad and at home. Ciesay dives into his first trip alone, to New York City, after an invite from a distant relative came through Facebook, how he used his time in New York to immerse himself in the burgeoning hip-hop scene of the 2010s alongside A$AP Mob, Travis Scott, Big Sean and Drake, the methods he'd use to sneak into concerts, how he made his name as a photographer, and all the terrible filters he used on early Instagram. We get into singular moments in his photography with DMX, Kanye, Tyler the Creator and Bryson Tiller, how he made sweatshirts with his last 300 British Pounds, his friends moshed in them, and he had to take it as a loss, borrowed money from friends, and built a brand that was so dope soon enough Wiz Khalifa was rocking it on his birthday. We talk about how Places + Faces developed their business, their ethos, and how they chose what lanes to occupy, what brands they collaborate with, learning how to be patient with how partnerships and products develop, and how they're organically creating tangible moments for a new generation across lots of mediums. All that, plus where Ciesay has gotten the most lost in the world, why P+F still feels like a London brand while selling all over the world, whether we will all in fact #ComeToBrazil, what the real national anthem of Gambia is, and so much more!
With over 250 episodes featuring guests from the most diverse backgrounds, most different journeys, and most hilarious stories, it's super dope to find commonalities, so we're continuing this new segment that taps into just that. It takes from our amazing catalog of A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal and fits it into a new form, perfect for your commute: BitsTheReal. Today's theme: celebrity run-ins, from Big Wos & BosNaud, The Kid Mero, Dreamville President Ib Hamad, DJ Jubilee, Vibe Editor-in-Chief Datwon Thomas, Tierra Whack and Mouse Jones.
#253: Dr. Jessica Clemons

#253: Dr. Jessica Clemons

2019-05-0601:32:30

This week on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, we welcome Dr. Jessica Clemons AKA Dr. Jess AKA The People's Psychiatrist to the Upper West Side! Many people know her for making the conversation around self-care not so hard to understand, whether on Beyonce's website, The Breakfast Club or her own Instagram. We kick off Mental Health Awareness Month talking about what makes for a good therapist, how people can tackle their own anxiety, what expectations someone should have going into a first session, and how even therapists could use someone to speak with. We dive into growing up on an Army base in Huntsville, Alabama, her million high school activities, the car culture around town, walking the local mall in prom outfits like a parade, and how a TV commercial led her heart to New York City. We discuss her lifelong dreams of becoming a doctor, how she approached her studies as an undergrad at Tuskegee, and what happened when her one career goal was deferred. Jess get into her bounce-back, all about her move to New York, how she found love at a Nipsey Hussle concert, how her wedding plans were changed for three reasons (Beyonce, Jay-Z and a hurricane-level storm), where she heads for alone-time, her true thoughts about her husband's Blackberry, who took the best pictures at her wedding, how she never got lifelong sisters in a sorority but found lifelong brothers with ItsTheReal, and much, much more!
With over 250 episodes featuring guests from the most diverse backgrounds, most different journeys, and most hilarious stories, it's super dope to find commonalities, so we're introducing a new segment that taps into just that. It takes from our amazing catalog of A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal and fits it into a new form, perfect for your commute, your lunch break, or while you're waiting for a new episode of 2 Jews and 2 Black Dudes Review the Movies: BitsTheReal. Today's theme: high school stories, from Cardi B, Desus Nice, Jadakiss, Ella Mai, Lizzo, Scottie Beam, Kenny Beats and Shea Serrano.
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Covy Holland

Dope episode though, your mom is super chill. I know y’all don’t do visuals, but for it being #250 and your mom, you def should have went with em this time. Keep doing what ya’ll do, I’ve listened to every episode. If you’re gonna slander the app at least Shout me on the pod. 😂👍🏽 Covy (Kuh-vee) aka The CastBox Fan 🤘🏽

Apr 16th
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Covy Holland

Y’all gon stop with the CastBox slander lol! I have no idea why I won’t just listen to it on iTunes, but I’m in too deep at this point. Only podcast I can’t listen to from this app is Joe’s cause he wanna get all boujie 😂.

Apr 16th
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Doug

The political talk is annoying

Jan 8th
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