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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 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!
This week on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, we welcome Dreamville's Senior Creative Felton Brown (@feltonamus) to the Upper West Side! Felton talks his seminal hip-hop blog Pardon Me Duke, his work in advertising, and how his friendship with J. Cole, Ib Hamad and the entire Dreamville roster developed over the last decade. We get into his roots in East Flatbush, Brooklyn, going to the School of Art and Design, interning at Def Jam as a 16-year-old, and his dual loves of NYC rap and Southern hip-hop. There are stories about meeting Foxy Brown, Method Man walking up on him with a bag of chips, DMX barking at him from a limo rooftop, Cey Adams inspiring him to get into professional graphic design, moving on to building D4L's website, developing a video game for Pimp C, playing Halo with Director X and sharing a cubicle/office with three of his best friends while posting their way through the blog era. We discuss everything Dreamville - Dreamville Fest, the Dreamville golden tickets, the recording sessions and cover design for Revenge of the Dreamers 3, future plans for the label - plus a lot but also not enough Ja Rule talk, Ludacris' video for "Pimpin All Over the World," how to leak a Swizz Beatz video without even trying, and so much more!
#266: Big K.R.I.T.

#266: Big K.R.I.T.

2019-08-0501:02:42

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!
#265: Rick Ross

#265: Rick Ross

2019-07-2901:29:41

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! 
#264: DJ EFN

#264: DJ EFN

2019-07-2201:25:131

This week on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, we welcome one half of the Drink Champs Podcast DJ EFN (along with a dozen of his closest friends) to the Upper West Side to MAKE SOME NOISE!!! EFN discusses his long-time friendship with N.O.R.E., his initial response to N.O.R.E.'s career shift to reggaeton, how they got into podcasting, Drink Champs' success in giving artists their flowers, the potential reason behind DJ Khaled having not been a guest to this point, and episodes with Fat Joe, Diddy and DMX. EFN talks moving to Miami as a middle-schooler after growing up in Los Angeles, how hip-hop helped him find a place in his new town, seeing Biggie and Wu-Tang perform mixtape tracks in Miami clubs, how he got into DJing parties, establishing Crazy Hood as his own brand and crew, promoting events around town and the shootouts that brought that to an end, attending all of the mid-90's hip-hop conferences on a mission to get drops and freestyles for his mixtape series, opening his own brick and mortar store, the difference between hip-hop and bass, why Rick Ross and Pitbull were became super-successful, which Miami artists should have popped off, what it was like when artist after artist began to move into town, whether Soundcloud rappers could guest on Drink Champs, the multiple podcast Halls of Fame, the idea of Miami as a transplant city, what he thinks of South Florida in 2019, and much more! 
#263: Maxo Kream

#263: Maxo Kream

2019-07-1501:21:14

This week on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, we welcome Houston, Texas' own, Maxo Kream to the Upper West Side for his most revealing interview yet! We talk to the newest Roc Nation signee about how Jay-Z reached out through Mike Dean, the literal fights that allowed him to make a name for himself around Texas, getting co-signs from newer stars like Travis Scott as well as legends like Bun B, where his head was at as an up and coming artist, trying to get on by any means necessary, whether taking another rapper's chain or spamming artists and executives and publications just to get his music heard, how much he looked up to the Cool Kids for their style and their smooth ways and told producers that he worked with that he was on the search for Chuck Inglish type beats, the differences between the Nigerian side of his family vs. the African American side of his family, what it's like to have multiple members of his family behind bars, how hustling wasn't a sport but a means to an end, how he's mellowed out a little bit - his last fight wasn't too long ago, so don't get the wrong idea - but realizing how much is on the line and how many people are relying on him to do right, his new album Brandon Banks, which goes super in depth into the rollercoaster that is his relationship with his dad, Brandon Banks, Sr, and so much more! 
#262: Pink Sweat$

#262: Pink Sweat$

2019-07-0801:17:00

This week on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, we welcome Philadelphia's own R&B sensation, Pink Sweat$ to the Upper West Side! We talk growing up "mad Christian," his family's dueling churches, learning to play drums on Sundays, his days as the worst kind of student, living a life with no internet or television or radio, how moving to the suburbs brought Maroon 5 and Avril Lavigne and affection for dogs into his life, trying to get fired from his job at Chik-Fil-A, his life-altering health issues and how he kept it from family and friends, what ultimately sent him to the doctor, and what a second lease on life meant, how he got into songwriting, finding his way to Los Angeles, working with Wiz Khalifa, Tierra Whack, Justin Bieber and more, what his family thinks of his live performances, where the name Pink Sweat$ came from and whether he'd ever give up the bit, his thoughts on lettuce, and much more!
#261: Shenseea

#261: Shenseea

2019-07-0101:09:15

This week on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, we welcome Kingston, Jamaica's own dancehall artist, Shenseea to the Upper West Side! We talk growing up in the church, how her ever-present shyness mixed with performing in singing groups, popular music being kept from her, working in tourism on the island, not meeting her older brother until they were both grown-ups, how mature she believed she was and how much being a mother made her mature, covering songs and posting them to Facebook, keeping her singing dreams from her family, how they reacted to her explicit lyrics, taking on managers and producers and labels, moving into popular territory while maintaining a street edge, meeting Jay-Z, singing with Vybz Kartel, how she gained confidence on stage, her new single Blessed, why her Genius Verified episode might come across like she was on edibles, a potential collaboration with a neighbor up north, and much more!
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!
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Doug

7:51 to skip the bullshit

Aug 21st
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Drew Brid

Doug Ok, thanks

Aug 22nd
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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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