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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 phone our friend Styles P The Ghost to discuss his brilliant new album Ghost Your Enthusiasm, our two appearances on the project, his great sense of humor, DMX's witty sense of humor, how he can laugh now at throwing a chair at Puff or not getting on Benjamins, the NYC energy he appreciated at The Tunnel, the differences between Ruff Ryders Studios, D-Block Studios and Daddy's House, the crazy circumstances in which he first met Lil Jon, what he and his mother found when they returned to South Africa, how nostalgia informs his musical self, how he works together with his producer son Noah, what Poobs brings to D-Block, his appreciation for Rick Ross, what Uptown Records meant to young David Styles and so much more! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Today on Episode 51 of Quarantine Radio, we make calls from our Upper West Side apartment, first to Los Angeles to check in on Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig - Ezra talks how his decade-long friendship with Dave 1 of Chromeo took them from the campus of Columbia University to the stage of Staples Center as Grammy award winners, what it was like when Larry David stopped by his internet radio show, how he compares Seinfeld and Curb, how the lockdown has affected his creativity, how fatherhood has affected his creativity, how much he can stay away from social media, what he thinks of the Upper West Side, and much more! We then dial over to Astoria, Queens to connect with Parks from the Joe Budden Podcast - Parks discusses how the JBP team has found their way back to A+ audio for their remote shows, whether he'd considered being on camera during this time, how he uses the JBP lights and background to increase the quality of his personal Zooms, what it was like to save the day during the Premier and RZA Verzuz battle, what DJ sets he's impressed by on IG, how he prefers to use compression on a recording, and much more! And finally, we ring up Brooklyn to catch up with filmmaker Joseph Patel - Joseph reminisces on his groundbreaking MTV series My Block, going to the strip club with Three 6 Mafia, going to Houston to meet UGK, and missing out on a Toronto trip featuring Drake, how editing his current project has allowed his mind to stay away from the heaviness outside, how the current film landscape changes expectations for releases, the joy of artists sharing their music and their stories for free on IG live, attending Questlove's incredible movie-themed birthday party a few months back, and much more! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Today on Episode 50 of Quarantine Radio, we make calls from our Upper West Side apartment to Miami to check in on Dipset's Capo Jim Jones - Jimmy talks about his what drives him in his daily workouts, ending his beef with French Montana, helping inmates keep their cells as COVID-19-free as possible, why the streets will live on through and after the pandemic, his nerves about teaching his son how to drive, thinking back on what kind of driver Jim is, where his head's at creatively these days, how quiet his Florida neighborhood is, a little chat with his dog and much more! Then we call down to New Jersey to catch up with our friend, Atlantic Records SVP of Marketing, Marsha St. Hubert - Marsha discusses how Mother's Day went and what she was looking from her loved ones, what exactly pushes her to body her work while the rest of the world is in a panic, what she expects from her artists, how the days can feel both hurried and super-slow at the same time, how she's switching up her family's at-home menu, what Summer Fridays mean now, what kind of family vacation she's thinking of taking this winter, how to sign off your emails during these uncertain times, and so much more! And finally, we dial out to the Hamptons to connect with Kevin Durant's business partner at Thirty 5 Ventures, Rich Kleiman - Rich breaks down the company's recent run of dope projects, from the Steph Marbury film A Kid from Coney Island, to Showtime's upcoming series Basketball Country: In The Water, reminisces on what could have been with his high-concept restaurants, his involvement with the seminal Jay-Z documentary Fade To Black, how he's filling his days without sports, his thoughts on Michael Jordan, whether Charles Smith got fouled in Game 5 of the 1993 Eastern Conference Finals against the Bulls, how his family's feeling, how Kevin's feeling, and much more! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Today on Episode 49 of Quarantine Radio, we make calls from our Upper West Side apartment to check in on super producer TM88, who discusses his and Southside's new single with Future, Young Thug and Moneybagg Yo, his classic work on Gucci Mane's World War mixtape series, his collaborations with Southside, Metro Boomin and Sonny Digital, the surprise of ending up on Drake's album, how Taylor Gang's Will Dzombak picked him up from the airport, what he expects of DJs on the other side of quarantine and much more! We then call out to Chicago to catch up with our longtime friend and founder of Fake Shore Drive, Andrew Barber. We talk Andrew's recent COVID concerns, Lil Durk's great successes and influence, interactions with Juice Wrld, the upcoming Nelly vs. Ludacris #Verzuz battle, Nelly and Luda's monster careers, whether the Three 6 Mafia and Bone Thugs-n-Harmony battle will ever happen, what the future of live shows may look like, some of the great venues we've been lucky enough to see concerts at, the amazing FSD SXSW Chicago show featuring French Montana, and much more! And finally we connect with Audiomack's Kim Chanel to break down how her career took her from Philly to NYC, interning at Epic Records when Bobby Shmurda was signed, her first thoughts when she heard that this year's South By Southwest was cancelled, where she finds her focus during these uncertain times, the most important social media tool for her, seeing Kanye perform on New Years almost ten years ago, Facebook birthday reminders and more! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Today on Episode 48 of Quarantine Radio we pay tribute to the late legend of music, taste, aspiration and culture, Andre Harrell, with our friends DJ Clark Kent, Naima Cochrane and Jeff Sledge. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Today on Episode 47 of Quarantine Radio, we make calls from our Upper West Side apartment to celebrated audio engineers Leslie Brathwaite, Alex Tumay and Anthony Cruz! First we jump on the phone with legendary mix engineer and multiple-Grammy Award winner Leslie Brathwaite to discuss his work with TLC, Beyonce, The Carters, Pharrell, Outkast, Jeezy, Lil Uzi Vert, Jack Harlow, Madonna, Cardi B and more, how he rests his ears and his soul, his relationships with artists and executives, what album made him sit up straight and open his eyes, what he believes sets Michael Jackson's Thriller album apart from the rest, the incredible creativity he's applying to his mixing environment since quarantine went into effect, the bird that attacked him while we were recording this very episode, and so much more! Then we call to the Lower East Side to catch up with the great Alex Tumay to discuss his bout with COVID-19, how crippling it was, his efforts in combating it, how it's changed the way he operates even after recovering, how it effected his work, why he and Kenny Beats collaborate so perfectly together, what a terrific experience it was to mix with 40 and PartyNextDoor on his latest project, and so much more! And finally we dial up Meek Mills' personal engineer Anthony Cruz to break down how he's spent the last two months, how fatherhood has been treating him, what it was like when he and Meek first listened to Jay Electronica's album in the studio, being a resource for artists who are at home learning to engineer themselves, trying to skip out on Zoom birthday parties, order studio equipment to his in-law's place and much more! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
ItsTheReal Classic: Our Mom

ItsTheReal Classic: Our Mom

2020-05-1001:49:47

On this Mother's Day edition of ItsTheReal Classic, we revisit our 250th episode of A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, featuring our mom, who through resolve, strength, commitment, curiosity, love and generosity, has made her way through the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. We're thrilled - once again! - to share her incredible journey, and know you'll enjoy this milestone episode. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
After a week of calling on three friends a day, we wanted to take time to check in on ourselves: Saturdayz with the Indoor Boyz, where we examine the past seven days and over the course of time, see how we progress - or regress - week to week! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Today on Episode 46 of Quarantine Radio we make calls from our Upper West Side apartment to check in on the director of ESPN's Michael Jordan documentary The Last Dance, Jason Hehir - we talk about growing up in Newton, Massachusetts mimicking Jordan's moves and listening to Rakim and LL Cool J tapes and all these years later combining those loves on a worldwide stage, how he approached his conversations with MJ and with Isiah Thomas, the philosophies of the documentary's editing team, the tiny details that bring context to a gigantic story, whether after spending so much time with Jordan he's more relatable or other-worldly, or both, and so much more! Then we get on the phone with our friend Jadakiss to discuss some of his Michael Jordan stories, his appreciation for Patrick Ewing and the 90's Knicks, his personal friendship with Carmelo Anthony, the best and worst courtside experiences, how his Ramadan has been going, a very important hair update, a dance challenge for Alchemist, and much more! And finally, we get on the horn with ESPN personality and commentator Pablo Torre to break down his Linkin Park viral video, which sports celebrities turned down an opportunity to sing along, how Pablo chose where in his apartment to set up his work camera, how fatherhood has been since welcoming his daughter in February, some fond - and not-so fond - memories as captain of Regis High School's Debate Team captain, and so much more! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Today on Episode 45 of Quarantine Radio, we make calls from our Upper West Side apartment to check in on hall of fame producer/writer/performer Larry Wilmore to talk about what The Office means to multiple generations, what roles he's recognized for in public, what he saw in then-novice TV writer Cord Jefferson when he hired him at The Nightly Show, how Hollywood productions might move forward over the next 18 months, how he got his start working for radio disc jockey Rick Dees, who his least favorite person in the Trump administration is, and much more! We call out to Brooklyn to catch up with our friend and co-host of Netflix + Strong Black Lead's Okay Now Listen podcast Sylvia Obell; we discuss how her new collaboration with Netflix came to be, her first thoughts when she saw herself as a cartoon, the most frustrating thing about her upstairs neighbor, how her sister's college graduation speaker will be Barack Obama, how she's planning to celebrate her mom on Mother's Day this weekend, and much more! And finally, we dial out to the West Coast and get comedian KevOnStage on the line to break down how he's staying in contact with his fanbase these days, finding hope in his health, his family, and a fan who happens to be a therapist, never resting on his successes when it comes to his career, why Teddy Riley started following Kev on Instagram, how we as a world will move from horses to cars, and much more! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Today on Episode 44 of Quarantine Radio, we call to the West Coast from our Upper West Side apartment to make a long-awaited catch-up with our friend and super-producer The Alchemist! Al details how his collaboration with Jay-Z and Jay Electronica came to be, his and his brother's longtime friendship with Nipsey Hussle, how Rap Camp is faring these days considering quarantine protocol, whether that whole vibe could have existed if he tried it in NYC, his thoughts on the Verzuz battles and whether he'd be down to participate, what to expect from the new Action Bronson album, how his dance moves from the 90s would hold up today, what kinds of questions A$AP Yams would ask him, what he thought when he'd visit D-Block studios, and so much, including a crazy game of guessing the mystery guest at Al's studio... See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Today on Episode 43 of Quarantine Radio we make calls from our Upper West Side apartment to Los Angeles to check in with Fadia Kader, who works in Music Partnerships at Instagram - we discuss her experiences with Swizz and Timbaland's Verzuz series, helping out Babyface and Teddy Riley with the technical side of things, the importance of community in a pre-COVID time as well as the world we're living in now, making bets on artists, cultural gatherings, and most importantly herself in a decade-long career that's taken her from Atlanta to New York to Los Angeles and beyond, letting her husband cut her hair in quarantine, and much more! Then we phone down to Houston to speak with Paul Wall - we talk Houston's rocket to prominence back in 2004, what felt more impactful Still Tippin' or Grillz, the history of his friendship with TV Johnny, the importance of Joey IE and Todd Moscowitz to his career, his first time visiting NYC, paying tribute to the legend Bun B, the fundraising he's currently doing for the Houston Food Bank, his new album with Lil Keke, and much more! And finally, we dial out to Brooklyn to catch up with writer/podcaster/Cookies Hoops co-founder Ben Detrick to discuss Patrick Ewing's legacy, Charles Oakley's allegiances, the future of New York City's and Brooklyn's energy, French Montana vs. Kendrick Lamar, 50 Cent vs. Ja Rule, the key to getting the most out of an interview with a young T.I., what one wants from a player-turned-commentator, and much more! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Today on Episode 42 of Quarantine Radio we make calls from our Upper West Side apartment to check in on podcaster/writer/news-breaker Big Wos to talk about how he told the world about Drake's latest release, what the reaction is in his household when David Aldridge shows up in the Michael Jordan documentary The Last Dance, the one celebrity that lives in Wos' neighborhood in the Valley, our favorite Bon Appetit personalities, and so much more! We get on the line with acclaimed basketball and sneaker writer Russ Bengtson to catch up on the worst people in the Trump administration, the most underrated member of the Chicago Bulls' dynasty, any surprise at the idea that Phil Jackson would gun for Doug Collins' job, drive-by birthday celebrations, what people are doing in Ace Hardware parking lots during the quarantine, and much more! And finally we phone down to North Carolina to speak with the New York Times best-selling author Jonathan Abrams about the balance between writing his next book and playing Legos with his kids, the brilliant interviewing techniques used in The Last Dance, the joy that comes from sitting down with a childhood hero, Kobe Bryant's killer instinct, his perspective on Trump's use of the term "fake news," and so much more! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Today on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, we revisit our first episode ever, our May 2015 sit down with super producer Alchemist! We sit down with Al in Los Angeles and trace the lineage of Jadakiss' "We Gonna Make It" instrumental back to the beginning, break news about a rapping reunion with Scott Caan, and figure 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 to that point, how Alchemist would fare against aux cord DJs, and so much more! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
After a week of calling on three friends a day, we wanted to take time to check in on ourselves: Saturdayz with the Indoor Boyz, where we examine the past seven days and over the course of time, see how we progress - or regress - week to week! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Today on Episode 41 of Quarantine Radio, we make calls from our Upper West Side apartment to check in on Action Bronson who discusses ARod and J.Lo owning the Mets, Derek Jeter owning the Marlins, spending quarantine making fruit leathers, his upcoming album Only for Dolphins, his outstanding issues with the food delivery service Caviar, our favorite random Dipset affiliates, the search engine Bing, LOTS of DJ Kay Slay talk and much, much, much more! We then jump on the phone with Hot 97 DJ Megan Ryte to talk lucid dreams, the appropriate way to tell your neighbors you'll be playing your music loud, deep dives into alien reddit, the trouble with building bicycles, what Houston's Paul Wall, Bun B and Slim Thug mean to her, and so much more! And finally, we call up Cipha Sounds to talk through his dreams of opening a comedy speak easy and becoming a private eye, being around Dave Chappelle when he won the Mark Twain Prize, whether he's excited to give up handshakes, how he feels about the dearth of podcasts during quarantine, how he's never shaved his face with a razor, what to do with extra Monster Energy Drinks, and much more! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Today on Episode 40 of Quarantine Radio, we make calls from our Upper West Side apartment, first down to Atlanta to check in with Mr. Thanksgiving aka Barack O'Drama aka the mixtape legend DJ Drama to discuss the tiger that ran through Means Street Studio, the second most random animal to walk into the studios, what Gangsta Grillz projects ALMOST happened, how he celebrated his birthday inside this year, whether he'd be down to do a Verzuz battle and if so against who, what kind of records he'd break out, his predictions for Jack Harlow's hair during quarantine, and much more! Then we stay in Atlanta to connect with super producer Drumma Boy to talk about the making of 2 Chainz' Spend It, his appreciation of OJ da Juiceman, his work with Boyz n da Hood, whether we'll see another Ferrari Boyz project from Gucci and Waka, how Jeezy's Put On was inspired by Michael Jordan's Bulls, how ESPN's The Last Dance is bringing nostalgia to his current creative process, info on some blockbuster projects he's working on, and much more! And finally, we call out to Los Angeles to catch up with our friend DRAM, who breaks down his collaboration with H.E.R. and Watt, how he initially thought Chromeo was Jamiroquai, the friendship/mentorship he retains with Rick Rubin, talks about how his upcoming second album is finished, the ways he records from home these days, and more! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Today on Episode 39 of Quarantine Radio, we make calls from our Upper West Side apartment to North Carolina to talk with producer Elite about his collaborations with J. Cole and Ari Lennox, his college days interning and then producing for Ruff Ryders, meeting Cole through a Canibus website forum, the dreams of one day winning a Grammy award, the weight of the quarantine on one's creativity, controlling what one can control, how he ended up in an AirBNB in North Carolina and so much more! We then connect with Cozz out in Los Angeles to discuss the time his mom punished him in middle school by taking away his haircuts, how weird it is to see empty streets around town, what he's been learning from the internet these days, who he really connected with during the Revenge III sessions, how schedules are just not for him, and more! And then we dial up Omen out in Chicago and get into how he and Cole also met via that same Canibus site, the connection they forged by battling verses over text, how he's positioned to finish quarantine with the best hair situation, the pride he felt in Barack Obama - who lived in his same neighborhood - being elected President of the United States, the momentum he felt for Dreamville throughout 2019 and the uncertainty that 2020 has brought, the excitement that comes from fine-tuning his music and much more! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Today on Episode 38 of Quarantine Radio, we make calls from our Upper West Side apartment to The Bay Area to link up with Mozzy to talk his new album Beyond Bulletproof, running around his high school halls at 14 years old with an album feature under his belt, getting his driver's license late, the first time he heard himself on the radio, how quickly he was accepted by his region's artists, the care he takes in teaching his daughter, what working with Too $hort means, and much more! We then call down to the coast to Los Angeles to speak with A&R extraordinaire Jeremy Karelis about the degree to which he loves his hometown of Boston, how exactly he would add on to his car were he on Pimp My Ride, what hobbies he's picked up during quarantine, what he expected when he moved to LA and who helped him a ton when he settled in, how he hurt himself right before he got on the phone, and more! And finally, we call down to Houston to catch up with Maxo Kream, who in between missions of Grand Theft Auto discusses what he's done with his sneaker collection while in quarantine, grieving the loss of his brother during these times, how he'll make sure the team around him stays safe and healthy, details his Nike tech fleece lineup, explains what he expects from his label and management these days, and more! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Today on Episode 37 of Quarantine Radio, we make calls from our Upper West Side apartment to Atlanta to catch up with The-Dream in celebration of the release of his new album Sextape 4. We talk about his Verzuz battle with Sean Garrett, the phone call Swizz and Tim made to ask him to take part, why he chose to play the Holy Grail reference track, why he chose to play golf, how he believes their battle set things off the right way, the thinking behind adding "Fuck My Brains Out" to this album, working with Lionel Richie, being patient, attending Lenny S and Emory's Zoom Birthdays, SOME EXCLUSIVES ABOUT HIS NIKKI PROJECT, and much, much more! We get on the phone to Brooklyn with Conde Nast/Allure Fashion Director Rajni Jacques to discuss the challenges of raising two children during these times, trying to make each day special and unique for her kids, downloading Tik Tok to get her mind off of things, turning off the video function during work meetings, what has inspired her to pick up her paint brushes again, why the New York Mets would have won it all this year, the best comment during Puffy and J.Lo's IG reunion, what the future of fashion may look and feel like, and so much more! And then we stay in Brooklyn to connect with Jubilee, the world-renowned DJ whose heart remains in Miami, to break down her last month, the frustration of a career put on hold, the understanding that creativity must return only in an organic way, dedicating time to Animal Crossing and stupid movies that will make her laugh, the heaviness that comes with walking from Brooklyn all across Manhattan surrounded only by silence, the heartbreak of failed leadership around Florida, and much more. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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Doug

7:51 to skip the bullshit

Aug 21st
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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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Gerard Lawrence

6:10 the AKAs

Oct 31st
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Marcus Whitted

But teach your kid how to "Karlie" hustle!

May 15th
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Marcus Whitted

is it me or does Phonte sounds a little like a younger Dave Chapelle??!

May 3rd
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David Curtis

cool black bear pleaseeeeeessssssw lol

Apr 17th
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Lex the 1st

I love the sincerity of your channel name since that's why people listen to podcasts in the first place

Mar 10th
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Gabriel Santi

So litvsongs

Oct 18th
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