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A Waste Of Time with ItsTheReal

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A Waste Of Time with ItsTheReal

A Waste Of Time with ItsTheReal

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.


See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Latest Episodes

#313: Big Boi and Sleepy Brown

This week on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, we make two phone calls to Atlanta legends, chopping it up with Big Boi and Sleepy Brown to discuss their collaborative project The Big Sleepover and their individual journeys from Savannah to A-Town to international funk superstardom, as well as stories about Organized Noize, TLC, Jay-Z, Puff Daddy, Pimp C, George Clinton, Missy Elliott, Jermaine Dupri, Bobby Brown, Ludacris, Bubba Sparxxx, Dr. Dre, Pharrell, Sade, Brick, The Source Awards, The Grammys, Andre 3000's driving, the International Players Anthem video shoot, who came up with the double-CD idea for Outkast, owls, bengal tigers, sharks, and so much more! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

92 MIN1 w ago
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#313: Big Boi and Sleepy Brown

#312: Leslie Brathwaite

EThis week on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, we call down to Atlanta to connect back with the premier mix engineer in the business, the multi Grammy Award-winning Leslie Brathwaite! Leslie, who would go on to be the trusted man behind the boards for Beyoncé, Pharrell, Jay-Z, Outkast, TLC, Madonna, Lil Uzi Vert, Jack Harlow, Rick Ross, Jeezy, Cash Money, Monica, and so many more talks about growing up in the U.S. Virgin Islands, falling in love with music by deep-diving into his father's record collection, the three months his mother wouldn't speak to him because he was he was focused on studying music in college, the guidance counselor who led him to Full Sail University in Orlando, Florida, the balance he found between technical prowess and pure feeling, what trial and error meant to his early career, how he scored an internship at Dallas Austin's elusive studio, the long-lasting friendship he's had with T-Boz of TLC, what their recording sessions were like, how Creep was written over a 30-minute car ride to dinner, how his time working with Dallas came to an end and allowed for new collaborations, and where he was when he got the call that Left Eye had passed away. Leslie discusses his thoughts on superstar auras, the one voice that he could listen to - a cappella or with instrumentation - for ever and ever, his shocking choice of whose voice is criminally underrated, the mixes that caused Andre 3000 and Beyoncé to stop in their tracks in satisfaction, the one mix that bothers Leslie to this day, and the one mix that he's completely pleased with. And most importantly, we discuss race, privilege in the music business, having to work twice as hard to get half the reward, how important it is to speak your truth, how Leslie explained to his children why people harbor hate, how he feels as a Black man in America in the middle of 2020, and much more. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

102 MIN2 w ago
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#312: Leslie Brathwaite

#311: Atlantic Records VP of Promotions Sam Crespo

EThis week on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal we call our longtime friend and VP of Promotions at Atlantic Records Sam Crespo to discuss growing up in The Bronx in the 80s, falling in love with illustrations and music, traveling all around New York City to be a part of the hip-hop, metal and punk scenes, going to college and briefly studying to be an accountant, a professor's advice that changed his career path and ultimately his life, starting in the music business in Relativity Records' warehouse, moving into their sales office, meeting fellow Bronx native/Puerto Rican/hip-hop head Fat Joe, making a name for himself as a street promotions leader for Tommy Boy Records, what it was like to meet Kevin Lyles in interviewing for a job at Def Jam at the turn of the century, his friendship with N.O.R.E., meeting DMX the weekend Sam was about to get married, working Joe Budden's first album and the difference between Focus and Pump It Up, why Freeway's Flipside took 20 years to fully impact, moving over to Atlantic Records and working with T.I., DJ Drama, Wiz Khalifa, Lupe Fiasco, Lil Uzi Vert, Jucee Froot, how he's kept such a high level of respect around the business through his entire career, how he and his wife Shawnte have raised their 14-year old daughter, how Sam was diagnosed with cancer, fought it and has been in remission for five years, how each of his record companies have supported him through both personal ups and downs, his favorite moment in visiting Hot 97 with Angie Martinez, and so much more! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

101 MIN3 w ago
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#311: Atlantic Records VP of Promotions Sam Crespo

#310: Calmatic

This week on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, it was only right to celebrate episode 310 by getting on the phone with Los Angeles' own, the Grammy Award-winning and Academy Award-holding director and storyteller Calmatic! Cal, a new father, talks about where his heart, soul and being are at after the last two weeks, where his mind's been since Nipsey Hussle's tragic passing last year, and what kind of hope he has for his son's generation in America. Cal takes us through growing up in Inglewood, his love for the West Coast, his obsession with baseball and his dreams of playing college ball, how music started speaking to him and he started speaking through music, why the blogs weren't his community of choice, how he broke the news to his parents that finishing college wasn't going to be the move, how he hustled his art and design career while holding down jobs such as a park ranger, how a chance encounter with Spike Jonze and seeing how he operated inspired a new path in life, the crazy story of how he got his first DSLR camera, how he leveled up his productions, what directing a Vic Mensa music video meant for his budget, his legacy-building work as part of OverDoz., how he first met Chris Rock, the entire experience directing Lil Nas X's Old Town Road video, what winning a Grammy means, understanding what he's brought to the table for the last decade as an LA artist, what the future holds, and much more! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

87 MINJUN 9
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#310: Calmatic

#309: Bun B

EThis week on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, we call up our friend Bun B to listen. Bun speaks on his experiences in Minneapolis protesting the murder of George Floyd, his time in Houston spent alongside the Floyd family, the courage, compassion and leadership that Stephen Jackson has shown, living everyday with your head on a swivel, fighting for the younger generations, the duty to speak up, what allies mean in this day and age, and so much more. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

54 MINJUN 2
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#309: Bun B

#308: The Return of Styles P

EThis 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.

69 MINMAY 26
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#308: The Return of Styles P

QUARANTINE RADIO with Ezra Koenig, Parks and Joseph Patel

EToday 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 ...

75 MINMAY 15
Comments
QUARANTINE RADIO with Ezra Koenig, Parks and Joseph Patel

QUARANTINE RADIO with Jim Jones, Marsha St. Hubert and Rich Kleiman

EToday 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 fam...

69 MINMAY 14
Comments
QUARANTINE RADIO with Jim Jones, Marsha St. Hubert and Rich Kleiman

QUARANTINE RADIO with TM88, Andrew Barber and Kim Chanel

EToday 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 s...

72 MINMAY 13
Comments
QUARANTINE RADIO with TM88, Andrew Barber and Kim Chanel

QUARANTINE RADIO with a Tribute to Andre Harrell by DJ Clark Kent, Naima Cochrane and Jeff Sledge

EToday 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.

88 MINMAY 12
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QUARANTINE RADIO with a Tribute to Andre Harrell by DJ Clark Kent, Naima Cochrane and Jeff Sledge

Latest Episodes

#313: Big Boi and Sleepy Brown

This week on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, we make two phone calls to Atlanta legends, chopping it up with Big Boi and Sleepy Brown to discuss their collaborative project The Big Sleepover and their individual journeys from Savannah to A-Town to international funk superstardom, as well as stories about Organized Noize, TLC, Jay-Z, Puff Daddy, Pimp C, George Clinton, Missy Elliott, Jermaine Dupri, Bobby Brown, Ludacris, Bubba Sparxxx, Dr. Dre, Pharrell, Sade, Brick, The Source Awards, The Grammys, Andre 3000's driving, the International Players Anthem video shoot, who came up with the double-CD idea for Outkast, owls, bengal tigers, sharks, and so much more! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

92 MIN1 w ago
Comments
#313: Big Boi and Sleepy Brown

#312: Leslie Brathwaite

EThis week on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, we call down to Atlanta to connect back with the premier mix engineer in the business, the multi Grammy Award-winning Leslie Brathwaite! Leslie, who would go on to be the trusted man behind the boards for Beyoncé, Pharrell, Jay-Z, Outkast, TLC, Madonna, Lil Uzi Vert, Jack Harlow, Rick Ross, Jeezy, Cash Money, Monica, and so many more talks about growing up in the U.S. Virgin Islands, falling in love with music by deep-diving into his father's record collection, the three months his mother wouldn't speak to him because he was he was focused on studying music in college, the guidance counselor who led him to Full Sail University in Orlando, Florida, the balance he found between technical prowess and pure feeling, what trial and error meant to his early career, how he scored an internship at Dallas Austin's elusive studio, the long-lasting friendship he's had with T-Boz of TLC, what their recording sessions were like, how Creep was written over a 30-minute car ride to dinner, how his time working with Dallas came to an end and allowed for new collaborations, and where he was when he got the call that Left Eye had passed away. Leslie discusses his thoughts on superstar auras, the one voice that he could listen to - a cappella or with instrumentation - for ever and ever, his shocking choice of whose voice is criminally underrated, the mixes that caused Andre 3000 and Beyoncé to stop in their tracks in satisfaction, the one mix that bothers Leslie to this day, and the one mix that he's completely pleased with. And most importantly, we discuss race, privilege in the music business, having to work twice as hard to get half the reward, how important it is to speak your truth, how Leslie explained to his children why people harbor hate, how he feels as a Black man in America in the middle of 2020, and much more. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

102 MIN2 w ago
Comments
#312: Leslie Brathwaite

#311: Atlantic Records VP of Promotions Sam Crespo

EThis week on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal we call our longtime friend and VP of Promotions at Atlantic Records Sam Crespo to discuss growing up in The Bronx in the 80s, falling in love with illustrations and music, traveling all around New York City to be a part of the hip-hop, metal and punk scenes, going to college and briefly studying to be an accountant, a professor's advice that changed his career path and ultimately his life, starting in the music business in Relativity Records' warehouse, moving into their sales office, meeting fellow Bronx native/Puerto Rican/hip-hop head Fat Joe, making a name for himself as a street promotions leader for Tommy Boy Records, what it was like to meet Kevin Lyles in interviewing for a job at Def Jam at the turn of the century, his friendship with N.O.R.E., meeting DMX the weekend Sam was about to get married, working Joe Budden's first album and the difference between Focus and Pump It Up, why Freeway's Flipside took 20 years to fully impact, moving over to Atlantic Records and working with T.I., DJ Drama, Wiz Khalifa, Lupe Fiasco, Lil Uzi Vert, Jucee Froot, how he's kept such a high level of respect around the business through his entire career, how he and his wife Shawnte have raised their 14-year old daughter, how Sam was diagnosed with cancer, fought it and has been in remission for five years, how each of his record companies have supported him through both personal ups and downs, his favorite moment in visiting Hot 97 with Angie Martinez, and so much more! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

101 MIN3 w ago
Comments
#311: Atlantic Records VP of Promotions Sam Crespo

#310: Calmatic

This week on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, it was only right to celebrate episode 310 by getting on the phone with Los Angeles' own, the Grammy Award-winning and Academy Award-holding director and storyteller Calmatic! Cal, a new father, talks about where his heart, soul and being are at after the last two weeks, where his mind's been since Nipsey Hussle's tragic passing last year, and what kind of hope he has for his son's generation in America. Cal takes us through growing up in Inglewood, his love for the West Coast, his obsession with baseball and his dreams of playing college ball, how music started speaking to him and he started speaking through music, why the blogs weren't his community of choice, how he broke the news to his parents that finishing college wasn't going to be the move, how he hustled his art and design career while holding down jobs such as a park ranger, how a chance encounter with Spike Jonze and seeing how he operated inspired a new path in life, the crazy story of how he got his first DSLR camera, how he leveled up his productions, what directing a Vic Mensa music video meant for his budget, his legacy-building work as part of OverDoz., how he first met Chris Rock, the entire experience directing Lil Nas X's Old Town Road video, what winning a Grammy means, understanding what he's brought to the table for the last decade as an LA artist, what the future holds, and much more! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

87 MINJUN 9
Comments
#310: Calmatic

#309: Bun B

EThis week on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, we call up our friend Bun B to listen. Bun speaks on his experiences in Minneapolis protesting the murder of George Floyd, his time in Houston spent alongside the Floyd family, the courage, compassion and leadership that Stephen Jackson has shown, living everyday with your head on a swivel, fighting for the younger generations, the duty to speak up, what allies mean in this day and age, and so much more. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

54 MINJUN 2
Comments
#309: Bun B

#308: The Return of Styles P

EThis 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.

69 MINMAY 26
Comments
#308: The Return of Styles P

QUARANTINE RADIO with Ezra Koenig, Parks and Joseph Patel

EToday 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 ...

75 MINMAY 15
Comments
QUARANTINE RADIO with Ezra Koenig, Parks and Joseph Patel

QUARANTINE RADIO with Jim Jones, Marsha St. Hubert and Rich Kleiman

EToday 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 fam...

69 MINMAY 14
Comments
QUARANTINE RADIO with Jim Jones, Marsha St. Hubert and Rich Kleiman

QUARANTINE RADIO with TM88, Andrew Barber and Kim Chanel

EToday 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 s...

72 MINMAY 13
Comments
QUARANTINE RADIO with TM88, Andrew Barber and Kim Chanel

QUARANTINE RADIO with a Tribute to Andre Harrell by DJ Clark Kent, Naima Cochrane and Jeff Sledge

EToday 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.

88 MINMAY 12
Comments
QUARANTINE RADIO with a Tribute to Andre Harrell by DJ Clark Kent, Naima Cochrane and Jeff Sledge
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