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#137: DJ Semtex LIVE in London

Sep 18, 2017 - 01:44:03

This week on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, we join the legendary DJ Semtex LIVE in London, England in front of a sold-out crowd at the Hoxton Sq. Bar & Kitchen. For the first time, Semtex - world-renowned DJ, radio personality, and author - speaks in depth on his self-made journey from working-class Manchester to mastering his craft in London and traveling the globe. Semtex discusses how he got into hip-hop, how he became the most in-demand DJ in London, and the doors that his obsession with vinyl records opened up around the world. We talked about how he went from running street teams for Sony Music to establishing Def Jam UK to championing artists like Kanye, Lauryn Hill, DJ Khaled and Dizzee Rascal early, and what that meant to both his career and theirs. All that, plus meeting Jay-Z and Dame Dash at Roc-A-Fella's first office, the backstory to his huge Drake interviews, working with Destiny's Child, attending and videotaping a tiny Kanye after-party/cipher, becoming a trusted interviewer, his thoughts on radio, DJs, and downloading sites, the super-real reason he got rid of his entire vinyl collection, and much, much, much more!

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#136: Chuck Inglish

Sep 12, 2017 - 01:34:41

This week on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal we welcome one half of The Cool Kids, the influential producer and rapper, Chuck Inglish to the Upper West Side! Chuck discusses growing up in Detroit the son of an auto worker and a nurse, hearing dice games outside his house that reminded him of rap album skits, seeing Cecil Fielder pull up in a car straight out of a Dr. Dre video, and playing drums in his friends' Sublime-like band. Chuck talks about how a skateboard accident got him into making beats, what he would have done if music wasn't his career, what the city of Chicago means to him, and the fear that existed when label heads started to inquire about The Cool Kids. We get into the sound Chuck defined, the influence it's had across music, and in his most revealing statements yet, why exactly Chuck and Mikey took their hiatus and why right now was the right time to link back up. All that, plus working with Bun B, Asher Roth, and Kid Cudi, hanging out at Alchemist's home studio and Mac Miller's home studio, predicting success for Fetty Wap, what he saw early in Drake, and so much more!

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#135: Lecrae

Sep 5, 2017 - 01:12:51

This week on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, we welcome Lecrae to the Upper West Side! Known for his independent grind, his infamous BET cypher, and of course his faith-based rhymes, we get into his entire, fascinating and relatable journey. Lecrae talks growing up with a mom in the Army, moving around from school to school and reestablishing himself at every stop, lunchroom rap being a common denominator, finding his way into trouble via robberies, and finding his way back to a better way before it was too late. We discuss why he thought Middle Tennessee State was where he'd find success as an artist, how he sold CDs on an independent level, and how making one fan at a time and taking advantage of opportunities brought him to new cities, new countries, and onto TV. All that, plus stories about Lauryn Hill, Killer Mike, Royce da 5'9, French Montana, his new deal with Columbia Records and much, much more!

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#134: J.I.D.

Aug 29, 2017 - 01:03:36

This week on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, we welcome Dreamville rapper and Atlanta native J.I.D. to the Upper West Side! Fresh off supporting J. Cole on his 4 Your Eyez Only Tour, J.I.D. discusses his All-American high school football career, following in the footsteps of his brother, and the injury that sent his dreams into tumult. J.I.D. talks leaving the comforts of Atlanta for college in Virginia, the circumstances that sent him back down I-95, and the realities of being a nascent rapper in Atlanta: sleeping on couches, questionable performance spaces, and delivering pizzas. All that, plus living with Earthgang, hanging with 6lack, racing Bas, meeting J.Cole, finding his own sound, signing to Interscope, reconnecting with his parents, and much more!

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#133: Mal of The Joe Budden Podcast

Aug 22, 2017 - 01:16:29

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!

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#132: DJ Green Lantern

Aug 15, 2017 - 02:07:20

This week on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, we welcome the legendary mixtape DJ, producer, father, and former paperboy, DJ Green Lantern to the Upper West Side, where he tells two hours of the most amazing stories! Green discusses growing up in Rochester, New York, how listening to Led Zeppelin, Public Enemy and Jazz shaped his ears, how producing led him into DJing, rather than the other way around, and the big break that made him The Man along Interstate 90. Green recalled witnessing DJ Clark Kent forcing an aspiring MC to battle a young Jay-Z on 7th Avenue in New York City, driving to Toronto to get white label exclusives, and putting the most creativity into his mixtapes, earning him the recognition of his peers at the Justo Awards. We talk Hot 97, meeting Eminem, working on the Beanie Sigel and Jadakiss mixtapes, the stories behind Jadakiss' song "The Champ is Here," D-Block's "2 Gunz Up," Eminem's "Hail Mary," working with Jay-Z on his never-released mixtape, why he made the move to Atlanta, working with Rocko, Future, Killer Mike and 2 Chainz and so much more. All that, plus patching things up with Jadakiss, why he had to leave rap to come back to hip-hop, and a conversation with Green's son Najee AKA DJ Tangotwelv!

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#131: Brocky Marciano

Aug 8, 2017 - 01:24:38

This week on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, we welcome Interscope A&R Brocky Marciano to the Upper West Side! Brocky talks growing up in Santa Barbara, California with little money but lots of musical influences in his life, cruising through high school with dreams of playing college baseball, and seeing those plans dashed when weed, women and boredom came into the picture. Brocky discusses creating fake report cards and getting kicked out of school, working on record company street teams and film sets, trying to maintain in his early 20s, and ultimately taking a buttoned-up gig at an agency. After quitting that job and living out of his Chevy Impala, Brocky teamed up with Diamond Clothing, found his way next to rappers and producers and became a very important link in the streetwear-music timeline. Brocky talks wanting to bring more to the table, branching into management and A&R consulting, working on music with Kendrick Lamar, Wale, ScHoolboy Q, Curren$y, Xzibit, Cardo Got Wings, and labels like Columbia, Atlantic, Def Jam and Interscope. All that, plus Jerry Seinfeld, Hip-Hop, Travis Scott, SXSW, batting cages, Foot Locker, The Big Lebowski, and more!

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#130: LIVE Roc-A-Fella Celebration

Aug 2, 2017 - 02:22:31

This week on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, we celebrated the legendary record label Roc-A-Fella Records - home to Jay-Z, Kanye West, Memphis Bleek, Cam'Ron, Beanie Sigel and more - with a dozen of the Roc's pillars: founder and partner Kareem "Biggs" Burke, president Chaka Pilgrim, A&Rs Kyambo "Hip-Hop" Joshua and Lenny S, engineer Young Guru, producer Just Blaze, and artists Freeway, Young Chris, Neef Buck and Jim Jones. Recorded live at Highline Ballroom in NYC, this spirited, hilarious, nostalgic, gem-filled conversation was one for the ages.

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#129: An Actual Waste Of Time

Jul 25, 2017 - 00:04:54

From the podcast that's brought you the most in-depth, funniest, and inspirational interviews in hip-hop... join us this Wednesday, July 26th, as we celebrate the legacy of Roc-a-Fella Records with Kareem "Biggs" Burke, Chaka Pilgrim, Emory "Vegas" Jones, Jim Jones, Freeway, Young Gunz, Kyambo "Hip Hop" Joshua, Just Blaze, Lenny S and Young Guru. It's a once-in-a-lifetime event, and you should be there! Get your tickets at ItsTheReal.com right now!

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#128: Nadeska Alexis

Jul 18, 2017 - 01:08:02

This week on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, we welcome Nadeska Alexis, co-host of Complex News' runaway hit show Everyday Struggle, to the Upper West Side! Nadeska discusses her childhood move from Grenada to Brooklyn, her mother's strict rules, being shy and reserved through high school, and begging her way out of town and to the snowy confines of Binghamton University. Nadeska talks early interviews with Wale, J. Cole, and Kid Cudi for Blackbook Magazine, putting together MTV's Hottest MCs list which got Kanye so heated he screamed on Sway, and making her big move to join Complex. Oh, and yes, you loser commenters, Nadeska talks Ak, Joe, Migos, Vic Mensa, Yachty and more.

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#127: Datwon Thomas

Jul 11, 2017 - 02:01:00

This week on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, we welcome the Editor in Chief of Vibe, and Brooklyn's own Datwon Thomas to the Upper West Side! Day discusses growing up on Air Force bases in Japan and New Mexico before finishing high school back in Brooklyn alongside Junior M.A.F.I.A., trying to pass off instrumentals to Puff Daddy in the club, and interning at Vibe Magazine during their first website's infancy. Day shares stories about how XXL announced their launch to their competition, getting thrown in the deep end at XXL when most of the staff left to go to over to Vibe, the legendary photo shoot for the Great Day in Harlem cover, finally working for Puff, returning to Harris Publications to start KING Magazine, being tapped to replace Elliott Wilson after he left XXL, taking a gig working with Russell Simmons, and all these years later, returning to an internet-focused Vibe. All that, plus the most amazing stories including bringing Kanye West to meet Elliott Wilson, meeting Miss Info, reactions to the infamous KING cover with Brandy, where he was when Big L passed away, writing the XXL cover story on Jay-Z, Ja Rule and DMX, going to the club with Barack Obama and Chris Tucker, and much more!

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#126: Styles P

Jul 3, 2017 - 01:40:01

This week on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, we welcome the Ghost himself, one third of the LOX, and fellow Westchester native, Styles P to the Upper West Side! Styles talks growing up in Yonkers with a chip on his shoulder, meeting Jadakiss and Sheek Louch, spending his high school years as a gentleman and a gangster, giving college a try for one semester, putting in work on the block, in retail, and at Ruff Ryders Studios, doing a seven month stretch in jail and signing to Bad Boy upon his release, and how any rapper could get it when the Ruff Ryders met up on 127th Street and 7th Avenue. We discussed Biggie's effect on the Lox, why things didn't work out with Puff, signing to Ruff Ryders/Interscope, selling 16x the amount of records the label expected, plotting his second album singles, and threatening the executives when his plans were dashed. All that, plus DMX, Swizz, Eve, the entire Bad Boy roster, Alchemist, Mary J. Blige, Curren$y, Berner, Icepic Jay Jackson, and much more!

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#125: Hip Hop Mike

Jun 27, 2017 - 01:20:40

This week on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, we welcome Hot 97 and Dash Radio personality Hip Hop Mike to the Upper West Side! In this hilarious and crazy episode, Mike details his parents leaving him to be raised with his grandmother in Queens, his father going to jail, becoming a stick-up kid, being sent to Florida to live with his well-to-do cousins and learning to sell weed, coming back to NYC only to get into more trouble and ending up in a group home, staying there so long he aged out of the group home, becoming a standout amateur tennis player, crashing a car on prom night, holding down several jobs, fighting with his mother and her boyfriend/Mike's tennis coach, all before he graduated high school. Mike talks about reaching out to Peter Rosenberg via MySpace, winning tickets three times from Hot 97 to see Rock the Bells, starting college for pre-med and dropping out, and linking up with Rosenberg again to offer his assistance. Mike discusses how much music changed his life, how showing up and listening changed the course of his career, and who exactly he considers family these days. All that, plus stories about Nas, Nardwuar, Lil Fame, and much more!

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#124: Vado

Jun 20, 2017 - 01:04:25

This week on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, we welcome Harlem native Vado to the Upper West Side! Vado talks growing up on 142nd and Lenox Avenue, going to school with Juelz Santana, seeing Mase, Jay Z, Fat Joe, the Ruff Ryders, Aaliyah, and more come through the block, battle rapping all around Harlem, going on a ski trips with Teyana Taylor, dropping out of school, forming the UN with Cam'Ron and hitting the Summer Jam main stage. We discussed the appeal of major record labels, his meetings with Atlantic, Universal, and eOne, wearing sunglasses in clubs, what's necessary for a walk-through, and why he signed with DJ Khaled, and what they have in store together. All that, plus Angela Yee, Harlem World, Dipskate, Mavado, Jae Millz, Busta Rhymes, TI, Young Dro, and of course, his new project Sinatra 2!

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#123: Irv Benitez

Jun 13, 2017 - 01:13:31

This week on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal we welcome Queens native and founder of the Brunch Bounce party series / The Greatest Day Ever, Irv Benitez! Irv details his early days wanting to be a part of the music industry, meeting Just Blaze while working at Foot Locker, interning at Roc-a-fella Records twice, and just-about giving up on college when his father unexpectedly passed away. Irv discusses diving into a career in corporate communications, riding Segways and interviewing girls for Victoria's Secret on college campuses across the country, and eventually finding his way back to New York City to work in marketing. We talk about the genesis of Brunch Bounce and how it went from a Uptown birthday party to thousands of ticket-buyers and a crowd-surfing Joe Budden to considering the USS Intrepid and Yankee Stadium as spaces for their parties to being five years in and throwing events around the world, including the biggest Greatest Day Ever yet, July 15 + 16 in The Bronx!

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#122: Statik Selektah

Jun 6, 2017 - 01:15:31

This week on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, we welcome celebrated producer, satellite radio mainstay, and all-around dope DJ Statik Selektah to the Upper West Side! Statik discusses his upbringing in the Northeast, falling in love with hip-hop at a family Thanksgiving, doing Emerson radio even though he wasn't a student there, taking the Fung Wah bus down to NYC to sell mixtapes on Canal Street, and knowing when to uproot and move out of Boston. We talk Statik's work with Joey Badass, 2 Chainz, Action Bronson, Kanye West, Nas, Mac Miller, Bun B, Talib Kweli, Eminem, Sean Price and more. Statik breaks news on Joey Badass, shares the name of the 2 Chainz single off Statik's upcoming album, discusses hanging out with Puffy, Mariah, Nicole Kidman, Derek Jeter and so much more!

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#121: Rory of The Joe Budden Podcast

May 30, 2017 - 01:41:12

This week on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, we welcome Rory Farrell (co-host of The Joe Budden Podcast and General Manager of HennyPalooza) back to the Upper West Side for his own episode! Rory discusses growing up a problem child, taking the Peter Pan bus by himself up and down the East Coast, drinking heavily in high school, miraculously receiving a college scholarship for running track, being an Irish kid in a traditionally African-American fraternity, getting kicked out of school twice, and finding himself through an internship at Def Jam. Rory shares an amazing stories about Kanye playing Def Jam My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy for the first time, the original name of the album, the original vision for the album, and his over-the-top presentation. We discuss Joe Budden's game nights, booking Drake for a college performance, sitting in an office cubicle across from Lyor Cohen, producing a game show for MTV, shooting music videos for The-Dream, Fabolous, Ludacris, and so much more!

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#120: Killer Mike

May 23, 2017 - 01:36:45

This week on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, one half of Run the Jewels, Killer Mike, welcomes Eric and Jeff into his Atlanta, Georgia home! In a conversation surrounding ItsTheReal's new album, Teddy Bear Fresh, which drops on May 26th, Mike talks with the brothers Rosenthal about their family, growing up on Jay Z and Biggie, diving into a career of hip-hop sketch comedy, and the persistence, focus, authenticity and sacrifices that earned them ten years in the game. Mike and ItsTheReal trade stories about entourages, co-signs, comedy, haters, drugs, label independence, Kanye West and much more! Teddy Bear Fresh, featuring appearances by Curren$y, Smoke DZA, Bun B, Michael Christmas, Tunji Ige, Jazz Cartier, Angie Martinez, Just Blaze, Combat Jack, Sway Calloway, and Scott Rogowsky will be available on all streaming services starting May 26th, and is up for iTunes pre-sale right now!

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#119: Dallas Martin

May 16, 2017 - 01:53:07

This week on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, we stop by Atlantic Records to sit down with their SVP of A&R Dallas Martin! We discussed growing up humble in Flint, Michigan, turning down the safe in-state option and going to Clark Atlanta University, promoting parties around the city and meeting Don Cannon, DJ Drama, and DJ Sense, getting an internship with the man who signed Jeezy and Rick Ross to Def Jam, Shakir Stewart, and Shakir's shocking death. Dallas talks about his recovery, his fresh start with Juelz Santana, delivering records like "Back to the Crib," getting fired from Def Jam, losing out on jobs, sinking into depression, and getting saved when an opportunity to help rebuild Warner Bros. Records came his way. We dive deep into the recording processes of Wale, Meek Mill, Omarion, and Rick Ross, which artist passed on the Mike Will instrumental that went on to become "No Lie," why Lotus Flower Bomb almost didn't make radio, how Meek's Dreams & Nightmares intro came together, where he was when he got wind of Meek's Drake texts, the major artists he almost signed, what the Atlantic Records merger meant, what Khaled is like in meetings, Ross' Atlanta mansion, and much, much, much more!

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#118: Jena Luckman

May 9, 2017 - 01:33:52

This week on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, we welcome our hilarious friend online and IRL, Jena Luckman, to the Upper West Side! Jena talks about online dating, growing up as a competitive dancer, dumping a future poker champion, and why Flo Rida doesn't find her particularly funny. We discussed her surviving cancer, surviving getting mugged in New York City, and surviving getting catfished over and over and over again. All that, plus growing up in Boca Raton, staying with the Kardashians at Coachella, giving strippers pizza, why the police pulled her out of high school, her reality TV future with her mom, and much more!

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#117: Johnny Nunez

May 2, 2017 - 01:26:13

This week on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, we welcome longtime music scene photographer Johnny Nunez! Johnny talks getting Warren Buffett to throw up the Roc, traveling the world with Dame Dash, getting chased (at different times) by Ol Dirty Bastard and Colin Powell, and sneaking into Nelson Mandella's house. We discussed the racism Johnny experienced as a child in Brooklyn, his family's escape to Long Island, getting kicked out of medical school just short of his graduation, living out of his car and on the verge of selling drugs for an old high school classmate, until he saw a vision that led him into a career in photography. All that, plus witnessing Suge Knight and Jimmy Henchman's beef, shooting Sting, Mick Jagger and Harvey Weinstein in Cannes, watching Kid Rock throw someone off a yacht, and much more!

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#116: Mack Wilds

Apr 25, 2017 - 01:15:50

This week on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, we welcome singer/actor Mack Wilds to the Upper West Side! Mack talks growing up on Staten Island, meeting future co-star of The Breaks, Method Man, at his father's barber shop, commuting to Manhattan for casting calls, landing a Spike Lee TV series as a freshman in high school, and promptly leaving high school to work on The Wire. We discussed Mack's trip to Skywalker Ranch to meet with George Lucas, moving to Los Angeles to star in the CW remake of 90210, writing and recording and crate-digging with legendary producer Salaam Remi, and what it was like for Mack to receive the phone call informing him he was nominated for a Grammy. All that, plus working with Will Smith and Queen Latifah, studying turntablism with DJ Babu, starring in Adele's music video for Hello, Mack's new album After Hours, and much more!

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#115: David Cho

Apr 18, 2017 - 02:09:03

This week on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, we finally welcome former publisher of Grantland and The Awl, as well as our great friend, David Cho to the podcast! David talks being in the studio with Justin Timberlake, Pharrell and Timbaland, listening to Kanye complain about his dentist, playing Jenga with Jay Z, and going to dinner at Tyrese's personal backyard Benihana. David discusses growing up as a Korean child in Tennessee, meeting CollegeHumor founder Ricky Van Veen in college and moving to NYC, starting Gawker competitor The Awl with no financial backing, building the network, and right when it started to turn a profit, leaving for a dream job: building Bill Simmons' sports and pop culture site with ESPN, Grantland. All that plus getting confused with the artist David Choe, awkward handshakes, Pepsi's Kendall Jenner commercial, throwing yourself a birthday party, and much more!

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#114: DJ Kay Slay

Apr 11, 2017 - 01:52:00

This week on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, we are honored to welcome the legend himself, DJ Kay Slay, to the Upper West Side for an amazing conversation! We talk with the Hot 97 and Shade 45 DJ about how he found graffiti in the early 1980's and became "King of the 1 and 3 Trains" by age 16, how he was break dancing and DJing parties at age 11, and navigating the streets of Spanish Harlem through his middle school and high school years. We discuss how he went from teenage star of the seminal documentary Style Wars to dealing drugs and doing a stint in jail, how his mother stuck by his side, and how he made it back out sober and with a mission to be the best DJ there was. We spoke about helping Kanye pick out singles for his first album, getting yelled at by Jay Z on New Year's Eve, what it felt like to finalize Papoose's $1.5M deal at Jive, how he sonned the radio guys at Bad Boy, and later sonned ItsTheReal. All that, plus stories about Cam'ron, Ma$e, 50 Cent, Eminem, Busta Rhymes, Justo Mixtape Awards, DJ Clue, Keith Haring, avoiding trains in the subway, getting mobbed by aspiring rappers outside Hot 97, his leather collection, and so much more!

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#113: Tuxedo (Jake One + Mayer Hawthorne)

Apr 4, 2017 - 01:16:54

This week on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, we welcome singer Mayer Hawthorne and producer Jake One collectively known as the funk outfit Tuxedo, to the Upper West Side! We talk Jake's roots in Seattle, his work with G-Unit and Rick Ross and Future, beat tapes being jacked, the importance of the late J. Moore, growing up playing basketball with Pearl Jam's Jeff Ament, bandwagon Seahawks fans, refusing to acknowledge Oklahoma City's existence, recording and touring with Freeway, and so much more. We also talk Mayer's growing up in Ann Arbor, going to the University of Michigan, moving to NYC after high school, the unique stage name given to him in an early rap group, getting to be real-life friends with Snoop Dogg, being invited to play at Live at Daryl's House and choosing what Hall & Oates songs to play, how John Mayer and Kanye reached out via Twitter's early days, being huge in Japan, and of course, how Tuxedo came to be. Oh, and most importantly, HOW IN THE WORLD PITBULL CAME INTO THEIR LIVES!!!

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#112: DJ Kast One

Mar 28, 2017 - 01:45:16

This week on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, we welcome The Bronx's own DJ Kast One to the Upper West Side! A Hot 97 staple for the last decade, Kast talks about fighting his way through the Bronx, doing graffiti in subways and on rooftops, joyriding cars at a boarding school in Pennsylvania, cleaning airplanes at LaGuardia Airport, and his mother signing him up for college without his knowledge. We discussed how DJing went from a high school hobby to a career thanks to his college roommate L Boogs, what circumstances led to Kast becoming DJ Enuff's opener, getting kicked out of college, getting kicked out of a recording session by Kanye West, and getting kicked out the booth by famed Hot 97 Program Director Tracy Cloherty. All that, plus Japan, Nardwuar, asking Ebro for vacation, being a Heavy Hitter, and much more!

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#111: Danny Brown & 24Hrs (Live at SXSW)

Mar 21, 2017 - 01:09:33

This week on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, we took the show down to Austin, Texas for a wide-ranging talk with rapper/singer/DJ/producer 24hrs and rapper/comedian Danny Brown in front of a live audience from the official SXSW podcast stage! We discussed cats, pedicabs, FaceTime, Jermaine Dupri, AirBNB, living with Tony Yayo, random run-ins from years ago & so much more!

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#110: Casanova

Mar 13, 2017 - 01:03:41

This week on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, we welcome Flatbush, Brooklyn's own Casanova to the Upper West Side! We talk growing up in a pre-Barclays Center Brooklyn, robbing people for their Air Jordans, giving up on school football when no one from Casanova's family would attend his games, and going in and out of jail as early as 14. We discuss what a judge said and what his mother did to make Casanova finally reconsider his ways, what music got him through a seven year bid, and how all these years later, he came to find out that his friend from inside jail went on to become A$AP Rocky. We talk gambling, investing, joining the construction union, raising his son and daughter, and the circumstances that led him to make his smash song Don't Run, which caught the attention of Taxstone, Chris Brown, Memphis Bleek, Meek Mill, Fabolous, Kevin Hart and more!

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#109: KYLE

Mar 7, 2017 - 01:18:28

This week on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, we welcome Ventura, California's own, Kyle, to the Upper West Side! In this hilarious conversation, we talk about reinventing yourself after switching to a new high school, putting sports to the side for drama club and improv classes, recording at run-down studios after school in Los Angeles, paying to perform at a shoe store during regular business hours, changing his rap name, coming up with the best senior yearbook quote, working as a meter reader, living on Skid Row, moving in and working with DJ Carnage, meeting Kehlani, getting horrible haircuts, his brother's unique name, and so much more!

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#108: Charlie Wilson

Feb 28, 2017 - 01:12:21

This week on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, it's our honor and pleasure to welcome the legendary singer Charlie Wilson to the Upper West Side! Uncle Charlie took time from his nationwide tour to sit down with us and talk about Kanye (who exactly suggested Rihanna be on All of the Lights, knowing Ye's Tulsa family growing up, where his version of Flashing Lights is, Rosewood), Snoop Dogg (how Snoop found him homeless at a gas station, Tupac knocking down his door to work together), Pharrell (how Charlie built up his confidence, how shy he was at the beginning, singing reference tracks), and R. Kelly (his writing process for Charlie, Last Name Wilson, playing basketball). Plus living in Los Angeles in the era of sex, drugs and rock & roll, paying tribute to the Rolling Stones in front of them and 30k people, co-writing Computer Love with Zapp, throwing TVs out of windows, being cheated out of music money, being homeless and on drugs, and bouncing back with the help of his wife to create a second half like none other!

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#107: Alex Tumay

Feb 21, 2017 - 01:25:15

Today on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, we welcome the popular music engineer Alex Tumay, who's worked with Young Thug, Travis Scott, Kanye West, Metro Boomin, Southside, TM88 and many more, to the Upper West Side! We talked how his parents disguised a cross-country relocation from him, playing in garage bands and surfing as a teen in Florida, going to college with the intention of designing videogame soundscapes, moving to Atlanta and ending up as a studio intern with a side hustle in poker. We discussed how he put himself on through hard work and filling a studio room full of the hottest producers in the business, how he became the preferred engineer of Young Thug, what Birdman is like on a personal level, his experiences on the road with Travis Scott, which producer Facetimes him the most, who had the best mansion to visit, and so much more!

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#106: Jazz Cartier

Feb 14, 2017 - 01:13:10

This week on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, we welcome Toronto's own young gun Jazz Cartier to the Upper West Side! We talk growing up in a military family, moving from Canada to Idaho to Georgia to Kuwait to Connecticut, always on the move. We discuss his mom putting him onto classic records but not letting him wear bandanas like Juelz, getting kicked out of boarding school, playing high school tennis, and the best story we've ever heard about a first-time freestyle! Jazz talks about how Toronto's downtown evolved from the OVO era through the XO era and into the years where Jazz and his roommates ran the craziest party in town. All that, plus making a fan out of Lil Wayne, getting his records played on Drake's radio show, working on meeting Rick Ross, hoping to collaborate with E-40 and Gunplay through his new show with Vice, and so much more!

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#105: Mike Carson

Feb 10, 2017 - 01:26:04

Today on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, we welcome Big Sean's creative director, Mike Carson to the Upper West Side for his first real interview! We talk with Mike about his upbringing in Chicago, his early start with shooting and editing videos, doing lighting direction for high school plays, linking up with Mike Waxx at Columbia College to bring video content to illroots.com, dropping out of school after one year to document the Watch the Throne recording process in Australia, and then moving to NYC and living with Virgil Abloh and Ibn Jasper. We discussed shooting the Ass music video for Big Sean and Nicki Minaj, re-purposing videos for Big Sean's tour, getting over New York City and moving to LA and sleeping on Travis Scott's couch, launching the infamous Illmore house parties at SXSW, joining Sean's team full time, working with Drake, working with Bryson Tiller, why he believes in merch pop-ups, his lighting philosophies, why he hates flying, the one superstar left on his checklist to work with, and so much more!

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#104: Nigel Talley

Feb 9, 2017 - 01:48:11

Today on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, we welcome acclaimed A&R Nigel Talley to the Upper West Side! We talk about Nigel's roots in the Bronx, going to a high school straight outta "Lean on Me," finding a purpose in life after meeting Rosie Perez, finding his way into the music industry, and dropping out of college at the request of Puff Daddy, so that he could join the No Way Out tour. We discuss working with Ma$e, Shyne, Cassie, Da Band, Waka Flocka Flame, Jill Scott, Curren$y, Justine Skye and more, as well as influencing Puff's White Parties, infamous rap battles on 125th Street, Q-Tip stopping by the crib, how he earned 50 Cent's respect, what DJ Khaled's like on the phone, and much, much more!

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#103: Kameron McCullough of HennyPalooza

Feb 8, 2017 - 01:30:58

Today on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, we welcome HennyPalooza founder Kameron McCullough to the Upper West Side! We talk growing up in Buffalo, NY, getting kicked out of elementary school, his time in Catholic school, high school football getting his D-1 scholarship offers, and seeing those pro football dreams evaporate in a split second. We discuss rebranding himself as a party promoter in college thanks to a friendship with Dela Yador, booking DJs like Mister Cee and Envy for college parties, relocating to New York City to work as a suit in finance, meeting music industry tastemakers and integrating himself into those circles, and taking a friends-only game night and turning it into a rollicking 20-city touring party. All that, plus breaking down Hennessy's non-involvement, competing events, the damage his friends have done to venues, jokes about all your favorite HP members, and much more!

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#102: DJ Jubilee

Feb 7, 2017 - 01:31:38

Today on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, we welcome South Florida's own, DJ Jubilee, to the Upper West Side! We talk about growing up in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, nd Orlando, and how the Florida heat, beats and streets helped shape her as a person and as a musician. We discuss going on Disney World rides under the influence, doing grunt work for radio stations, waitressing at Bennigan's, moving to NYC without knowing anyone, befriending Nick Catchdubs, meeting Rick Ross and Trina, accidentally insulting Cher, purposely insulting Wiz Khalifa and so much more!

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#101: Wyclef Jean

Feb 6, 2017 - 01:09:39

Today on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, we welcome the legend Wyclef Jean to the Upper West Side. In a wide-ranging conversation, we talk about his collaborations with The Rock, Kenny Rogers, Destiny's Child, Jin tha MC, Mary J Blige, Canibus, Daryl Hall and more. We discussed stealing cars outside his father's church, playing upright bass in his high school jazz band, performing at Carnegie Hall, flying on The Concorde, when The Fugees really found success, the thinking behind The Carnival, why he's not thought of as one of the top New Jersey rappers, Trump's immigration policy, and much more!

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#100!

Jan 31, 2017 - 01:21:07

This week on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, we celebrate our 100th episode by answering listener-submitted questions about our history, profession, taste in music, guests, process, AKAs, trash vs, gawbage, whether cereal is a soup, and much more. All that, plus we dig up a fascinating clip from a never-aired episode with Young Dro!

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#99: Cardi B

Jan 24, 2017 - 01:01:46

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!

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#98: DJ Envy

Jan 17, 2017 - 01:31:31

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!

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#97: DJ Bobby Trends

Jan 10, 2017 - 01:37:11

This week on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, it's only right that for our 97th episode, we welcome Hot 97's own DJ Bobby Trends to the Upper West Side! Trends has one of the best stories we've heard in all our time podcasting: we talked about growing up in the streets of Newark, NJ, fighting off home invaders, tagging rooftops with KAWS, trading a switchblade for his first turntable, getting recruited by Menudo, going to NYC clubs at 15 years old with his best friend AJ Calloway, passing out fliers in Washington Square Park, joining Funkmaster Flex's street team, getting fired from Flex's street team, Cipha Sounds re-introducing him to Flex, helping Jay Z and DMX and Jim Jones get into The Tunnel, attempting to DJ on the air at Hot 97 and getting shut down by Ebro, helping A&R French Montana and Dipset records, joining DJ Khaled's We the Best crew, fronting on Chamillionaire when he tried to hand him a mixtape, going back to Newark to teach at his old high school, and so much more!

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#96: Ev Boogie

Jan 3, 2017 - 01:42:30

This week on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal we welcome UpNorthTrips founder and hip-hop curator Ev Boogie to the Upper West Side! Ev discusses growing up the son of a small town mayor, his mother tearing the tape out of his rap cassette, meeting Jonny Shipes in college, working the cash register at the famed Hamptons' hot spot The Star Room, an infamous run-in with Dame Dash, what really went down at Puff's White Party, how he secured a job with Sting's money manager, changing the mixtape game as one half of the Evil Empire, creating a digital presence for artists like Sean Kingston, fighting his personal demons, leaving New York City and reinventing himself as hip-hop's premier historian, working with Stretch Armstrong to put together their new book No Sleep, an amazing collection of NYC nightlife flyers from 1988-1999, and much, much more!

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#95: Jersey Jinx

Dec 27, 2016 - 01:18:53

This week on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, we welcome the Garden State's own, Jersey Jinx, to the Upper West Side! We talk with the Complex News host about growing up listening to Blink 182, Joe Budden and anything that was on TRL, selling 50 Cent and Fabolous mixtapes in school, heading to Morehouse to study marketing and advertising, leaving a voicemail for music and advertising kingpin Steve Stoute to speak at a college seminar, and then having Stoute offer up a summer internship in New York City. We discussed how Jinx's parents convinced him to leave the internship and work for Nestle as a midwest sales rep, driving alone through Pennsylvania and Ohio selling chocolate chips, Hot Pockets and dog food, quitting that job and starting over at Decon Records and Mass Appeal magazine, getting courted by Complex, and establishing himself as one of the most trusted young voices in online news thanks to coverage like his 11 days in Ferguson, Missouri. All that, plus Birdman falling asleep in an interview, ridiculous barber stories, the greatest metaphor for Jinx's internships, and much more!

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#94: Peter Rosenberg

Dec 24, 2016 - 01:43:28

Today on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, we welcome our old neighbor, friend and Hot97/ESPN radio personality Peter Rosenberg back to our part of the Upper West Side! We discuss Trump in great detail, how Peter celebrated Obama's first Inauguration, Washington's professional football team, buying a Christmas tree, the wrestler Goldberg and how in the world Peter missed out on the golden era of WWE, Kanye going to Trump Tower, Kanye's comments about Peter at Phife Dawg's memorial service, Trevor Noah's Tomi Lahren situation, forgetting his Secret Santa at work, family gossip, finally upgrading the Ho97 facilities, a very detailed discussion about hair, and so much more!

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#93: Jonny Shipes

Dec 23, 2016 - 01:25:58

Today on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, we welcome the man behind Cinematic Music Group, co-founder of The Smoker's Club Tour, and manager to Joey Bada$$, Jonny Shipes to the Upper West Side! We discuss his wild youth, getting kicked out of military school, finding himself living out on Eastern Long Island, going from throwing a party that led to an actual riot to promoting the hottest clubs in the Hamptons, introducing Scott Disick to Jonathan Chebon, playing basketball with Puffy, managing Sean Kingston, Foxy Brown, and Nipsey Hu$$le, his relationship with Smoke DZA and Cam'Ron, one of the funniest eviction stories you'll ever hear, and so much more!

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#92: Post Malone

Dec 22, 2016 - 01:08:10

Today on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, we welcome Dallas, Texas' own, Post Malone, to the Upper West Side! We discussed learning to play guitar from Guitar Hero, joining garage bands on his street, playing around Dallas, why he could never be fired from Chicken Express, his video game talents, moving to Los Angeles and living like a hermit, meeting FKi 1st and connecting right away in Atlanta, linking with Lil Uzi Vert, Justin Bieber inviting him on tour, seeing David Blaine's magic tricks first hand, getting one thousand Bud Lights delivered to his house, having Kanye introduce himself at Kylie's birthday party, getting a visit from Andy Milonakis in the studio, plotting with Guy Fieri and so much more!

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#91: Chase B

Dec 21, 2016 - 01:09:57

Today on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, we welcome our former neighbor and one of the best DJs working right now, Chase B, back to the Upper West Side! We discuss his upbringing in Houston, Texas, knowing Travis Scott since they were nine years old, his career in track and field, going to school at Howard University, practicing DJing on one CDJ, bombing in an audition for DJ Clark Kent, establishing himself as the go-to DJ around NYC for upcoming artists, sleeping at Penn Station when he didn't have the train fare to pay for a ride back to New Jersey, recording Days Before Rodeo, working (and talking country memories) with Mike Dean, playing regularly at the hottest clubs in Manhattan, being a part of Travis' live show, starting his own Vegas residency, and so much more!

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#90: YesJulz

Dec 20, 2016 - 01:27:17

Today on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, we welcome the Director of Vibes herself, YesJulz, to the Upper West Side! We discussed her growing up in Tampa, bouncing around the foster care system with just a garbage bag of her belongings to her name, finding her birth parents and extended family, leaving her job at LIV in Miami to run around Europe in a quest to find herself, coming back to the United States and embracing female empowerment, starting her agency, working with Travis Scott, plotting with Sickamore, wearing her shoes inside Puffy's house, and so much more. We finally get to the bottom of what "vibes" are, we dissect her infamous tweets, talk about why she shaved her head, and for the first time ever, Julz speaks on her new artist 070 Shake and her record deal with G.O.O.D. Music!!

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#89: Flatbush Zombies

Dec 19, 2016 - 01:12:31

Today on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, we welcome Brooklyn's own Flatbush Zombies to the Upper West Side! We discuss getting fired from Foot Locker and Guitar Center, getting kicked out of high school, suspect teachers and principals, meeting A$AP Yams on internet rap forums, hearing Yams rap, the ridiculous things they heard when they were courted by major rap labels, getting recognized in West Virginia, getting booed at Best Buy Theater, putting on the best live show in music, shunning click bait rap lists, jumping off balconies, Brooklyn vs. Harlem, being seen as "weird" in school, whether their elementary school friend's uncle was really The Rock, and much more!

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#88: Premium Pete

Dec 18, 2016 - 01:39:16

Today on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, we welcome shoe aficionado and host of The Premium Pete Show, Premium Pete, to the Upper West Side! On this hilarious and inspiring episode, we discussed his recent re-connection with Combat Jack, podcast beef, growing up on Coney Island, delivering newspapers to John Franco, stealing his mother's car, skipping out on high school classes, getting into finance, going to jail for selling drugs, getting back on his feet, opening a super-popular sneaker store, meeting Drake through Teyana Taylor, shaping his kids' lives, bringing Bun B over to his mother's house for Italian dinner, and so much more! All that, plus a phone call to Scarface live on the podcast!

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#87: Christylezz

Dec 17, 2016 - 01:02:43

Today on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, we welcome host of the traveling party Hennypalooza and of his popular podcast Trappin Anonymous, Christylezz, to the Upper West Side! We discuss Chris' upbringing in Brooklyn, each and every job he got fired from, how he turned his life around in community college, and got a job as an assistant teacher for children with special needs... while he lived a double life on nights and weekends, on party stages and in viral videos. We talk about what his parents think, how he puts his active mind at ease, the underworld characters who guest on his podcast, and much more!

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#86: Kim Osorio

Dec 16, 2016 - 01:08:39

Today on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, we welcome former Editor in Chief of The Source, Kim Osorio to the Upper West Side! We talk her Bronx roots, how he boosted jackets from Macy's, avoiding the third rail in the subways, how proud Castle Hill was of Jennifer Lopez, her 9-5 typing in album credits, how she transformed into a lifestyle and music editor, turning down Elliott Wilson's employment offer, working with Dame Dash, Irv Gotti and Puffy, shooting Pharrell's Source cover, Trina's Source cover, which album deserved a better rating, Eminem's disses, Love & Hip Hop and so much more!

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#85: Officially Ice

Dec 15, 2016 - 01:37:06

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!

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#84: CJ Fly

Dec 13, 2016 - 01:15:15

Today on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, we welcomed one of the co-founders of Pro Era, CJ Fly, to the Upper West Side! We talked about cutting class to record songs in the school auditorium, forming Pro Era, learning to smoke from Capital Steez, letting Joey Bada$$ lead the way for the crew, linking up with Jonny Shipes and joining the Smoker's Club Tour, sharing a tour bus with Fat Trel, befriending Ab Soul, and much more. We also talk about the devastating loss of Steez, what's going on with his music, and how all of the Pro Era guys have moved forward, while never forgetting their friend's legacy. All that, plus touring around the world, tripping off LSD, and of course, CJ's brand new album Flytrap!

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#83: The 2016 Year in Music Episode

Dec 13, 2016 - 02:11:00

This week on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, we invited our friends Naomi Zeichner (EIC of The Fader), Combat Jack (Host of The Combat Jack Show), Scottie Beam (on-air personality at Hot 97, Scottie Feedback), Jeff Sledge (SVP A&R, Atlantic Records), and Jayson Rodriguez (venerable hip-hop writer and TV producer) to the Upper West Side to discuss the year in music! From Rookie of the Year, to Comeback of the Year, to Letdown of the Year, to Best Live Show, to MVP and more, we cover everything... except music that dropped after Thanksgiving, SO CHILL, INTERNETS.

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#82: Theophilus London

Dec 6, 2016 - 01:47:27

This week on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, we welcome the amazingly unique style icon, musician, producer, and lightening rod Theophilus London to the Upper West Side for what is certainly his longest, most in-depth and honest interview ever. In this winding and fascinating episode, we discuss where he's been musically for the past few years, how he first met Kanye, what their collaborative process is like, his involvement in Ye's "All Day," his run-ins with Ian Connor, how Bobby Valentino almost ended his career, how he got signed to Asylum Records, and much, much more!

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#81: Big Wos & Bos Naud

Nov 29, 2016 - 01:22:24

This week on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, we welcome our great friends Big Wos and Bos Naud back to the Upper West Side! Two of Twitter's funniest and smartest voices, Wos and Naud talk with us about how welcome Trump is in his hometown of Queens, magic, all the secret Haitians in entertainment, Phil Jackson's comments about LeBron, Smilez and Southstar, how indie Chance the Rapper really is, how easy it is to juice at work, Kendrick Lamar vs. J. Cole and so much more!

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#80: Angela Yee

Nov 22, 2016 - 01:29:58

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!

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#79: Fan Mail

Nov 15, 2016 - 01:18:16

This week on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, we answer all the listener-submitted questions asked of us, about who's better between Phil Collins and Billy Joel, our favorite Cam'ron skit, the most intoxicated guests on the podcast, the best way we've snuck into concerts, our thoughts on Vine, what advice we had for creating content, what hip-hop apparel we wore as kids, and so much more!

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#78: Jeff Sledge

Nov 7, 2016 - 01:43:47

This week on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, we welcome famed A&R Jeff Sledge to the Upper West Side to tell his incredible journey in the music business. Jeff shares stories about pushing Gang Starr records, shaping Shaq's first two albums, driving Will Smith up to Pete Rock's mom's house, why Pimp C only gave Jay Z twelve bars on Big Pimpin, Pimp C's reaction to Andre 3000 taking drums off the intro to International Player's Anthem, helping Best of Both Worlds come together, how Jive Records' legacy stands up to Def Jam's, what Missy Elliott has in store for 2017, and SO MUCH MORE.

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#77: Shari Bryant

Nov 1, 2016 - 01:48:55

This week on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, we welcome Harlem's own, our friend, the wonderful Shari Bryant, to the Upper West Side! Shari started high school at 12 years old, started working at Rocafella Records at 16, and speaks on Jay Z performing at her elementary school talent show, riding to work with Lenny S, ordering private planes for Cam'Ron, calling Kanye after his accident to check in, only for Ye to spit Through the Wire to her over the phone. Plus, she discusses how she helped Jadakiss get to the top of the charts, her time with MMG, working with Chaka Pilgrim, Dame Dash, recent guests of A Waste of Time Young Sav, Steve-O, Wayno Clark and much more!!!

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#76: Young Sav & Steve-O

Oct 25, 2016 - 01:41:04

This week on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, we welcome our first friends in the music business, who we met a decade ago, Young Sav and Steve-O (Kendall Freeman and Steve Carless), to the Upper West Side! These days, they're making major decisions for Rick Ross, DJ Khaled, Fabolous, Jadakiss, Wale, Dave East and more, but how did they get there? We talk about their incredible careers in music, how they enhanced the Def Jam and Atlantic brands, and how they carved their own lane with Best of Both Offices. Plus stories about Jay Z shouting them out on the radio, trying so hard to get Khaled on the phone, Juelz Santana being the first artist to believe fully in them, Ne-Yo, Cipha Sounds, Pitbull, and so many more!

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#75: Rembert Browne

Oct 18, 2016 - 01:26:17

This week on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, we welcome current New York Magazine writer-at-large, and former Grantland writer, Rembert Browne to the Upper West Side! With Rem suffering from a 102 degree fever, and sipping from an energy drink, this instantly became one of our most hilarious and absurd episodes yet! We talked visiting Atlanta, picking Wale up from a New Hampshire airport, having a group hug with Jonah Hill, Dev Hynes and Kanye West, what Bill Simmons was like as a boss, driving all around the country alone for fourteen weeks, and much, much more. And also: REMBERT BROWNE FORMALLY ANNOUNCES WHO HE'LL BE SUPPORTING IN THE 2016 ELECTION!

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#74: Wayno Clark

Oct 11, 2016 - 01:43:33

This week on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, we welcome East Harlem's own Wayno Clark, who many people know as Dave East's manager, to South Harlem! Wayno shares his amazing journey from living in the shelter system as a child to avoiding the street life as a high schooler to going to the theater to see the Roc-a-fella Records documentary Backstage, which opened his eyes to the music industry. Wayno details dropping out of high school and finding work in the mail room at 825 Worldwide Plaza, home to the legendary Def Jam Records, working his way into recording sessions at Baseline Studios, watching Beanie Sigel, Kanye West, Just Blaze, Shari Bryant, Hip-Hop, Lenny S, Dame Dash, Jay Z and everyone else at the Roc contribute to the dynasty. We talked his work with the Young Gunz, his hitting rock bottom after Roc-a-fella broke up, meeting, advising, and breaking bread with Dave East, and the new partnership he brokered with Def Jam for his and Dave's label Triangle Offense. From the delivering mail to Def Jam to going into business with Def Jam, this is one amazing story!

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#73: Jerrod Carmichael

Oct 4, 2016 - 01:39:03

This week on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, we welcome the hilarious Jerrod Carmichael to the Upper West Side! Jerrod (star and creator of NBC's The Carmichael Show, and star of the upcoming Transformers movie) shares his journey from North Carolina shoe salesman to Los Angeles-based major motion picture and television star. He talks buying a one-way ticket to LA, sharing a studio apartment in Hollywood with four other dudes, walking the streets in a car-based city for peace of mind and idea generation, winning over stand-up audiences and his peers, unexpectedly losing his writing partner, selling a TV show to the only place he wanted to end up, meeting Jay Z, Stevie Wonder, John Legend, along the way, and still going back to one Etta James performance video for inspiration. This is a fantastic episode - enjoy!

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#72: Big Baby D.R.A.M.

Sep 27, 2016 - 01:15:04

This week on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, we welcome the chart-topping Virginia rapper/singer Big Baby D.R.A.M. to the Upper West Side! Super-talented, funny, and with a magnetic personality, D.R.A.M. shares his journey from his birth in Germany to settling in Newport News/Hampton, VA, singing in his high school choir, working for a debt collection agency, moving to Kentucky to chase his rap dreams, to painting ships in Michigan, to finding his musical soulmate back home in Virginia, to catching the attention of the legendary producer Rick Rubin, to hanging out with Neil Young, George Clinton, Kanye West, Beyonce and JR Smith! This episode is sure to fill you with laughter, inspiration, and lots of good vibes.

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#71: Isaiah Rashad

Sep 20, 2016 - 01:06:46

This week on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, we welcome TDE's own Isaiah Rashad to the Upper West Side! Isaiah talks about growing up in Chattanooga, giving college a try, returning home and working retail jobs, flying to LA for the first time, signing to Top Dawg Entertainment (home of Kendrick Lamar, ScHoolBoy Q, Sza and more), going creatively bankrupt, and what it took to bounce back. All that, plus Usher, catfishing, whether Isaiah could be a XXL Freshman again, burning his hair, and so much more!

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#70: Young M.A.

Sep 13, 2016 - 01:22:11

This week on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, we welcome the girl with the hottest record of the summer, Brooklyn's own Young M.A, to the Upper West Side! M.A speaks on her beginnings moving around Brooklyn, playing organized football, working at TJ Maxx, her first rap crew, recording her first song ever in a flea market in Richmond, Virginia, freestyling for Funkmaster Flex, the controversy behind her Chiraq remix, her Instagram fame, and most importantly, why her smash hit record is spelled OOOUUU.

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#69: Naomi Zeichner

Sep 6, 2016 - 01:24:54

This week on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, we welcome the editor in chief of The Fader, Naomi Zeichner to the Upper West Side! Naomi speaks on growing up in Athens, Georgia, hearing Bubba Sparxxx name check the same gas station she used to sell weed at, attending the 1996 Paralympic Games, finding out Jerry Garcia died while at sleep away camp, going to college in Portland and taking an independent swim course, moving to NYC and working in coffee shops, interning at The Fader, putting lots of work in on her writing, inviting DJ Paul over for a BBQ, getting Rihanna and Drake Fader covers, and so much more!

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#68: Zaytoven

Aug 30, 2016 - 00:58:10

This week on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, we welcome Grammy Award-winning producer, and Gucci Mane's closest collaborator, Zaytoven to the Upper West Side! Zay talks his journey from Germany to San Diego to Oakland and eventually Atlanta, where he made a name for himself working with everyone from Gucci to Nicki to Usher to Fall Out Boy. We discuss his new project with OJ da Juiceman, his learning curve as a barber, playing in marching band, and going to church (where he still plays the organ every weekend). All that, plus how producers in Atlanta get along, how his parents reacted when recording sessions in their basement would go late into the night, and what it's like to hear your music played in a basketball arena!

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#67: Dave East

Aug 23, 2016 - 01:14:25

This week on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, 2016 XXL Freshman and Nas co-sign Dave East makes his way from the East Side of Harlem all the way to South Harlem! Dave talks playing big-time NYC basketball, being recruited by major college programs, falling out with coaches over style and playing time, falling into street life, finding his way back to New York with no hopes or dreams, downloading instrumentals online and rapping over whatever, creating a buzz, attracting accolades from peers and heroes, touring all over the world, gaining a huge fan-base, becoming one of the most prolific spitters in the game, and assuring a life for his daughter and family he never could have even imagined just a few years ago. What an excellent episode - hope you enjoy!

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#66: Ty Dolla $ign

Aug 16, 2016 - 01:08:16

This week on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, we welcome Taylor Gang's own Ty Dolla $ign to the Upper West Side! Ty shares his musical journey from meeting Tupac as a child, to performing at a motorcycle club with DJ Mustard and YG, to being courted by major labels, to writing smash hits for other artists, to working together with Wiz, Kanye, Rihanna, 2 Chainz, Future and even Paul McCartney. A musical genius with a funny streak, Ty talks candidly about advice from executives, his recording process, taking a stand politically, and even having to use "the piss cup."

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#65: Dreezy

Aug 9, 2016 - 00:48:27

This week on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, we welcome Chicago's own, Dreezy to the Upper West Side! After carrying the flag for her city alongside Common, King Louie, Lil Durk, and others, Dreezy has a new project with Interscope Records featuring Gucci Mane, Jeremih, T-Pain and more! We talk Chicago's best food spots, what Fake Shore Drive means to the city, music veterans in the Chi, and her subsequent relocation to Los Angeles. We discuss signing her deal, touring with Tory Lanez and A$AP Ferg, having dinner with Lil Kim, and why exactly it's a bad thing for Dreezy's mother to offer to fold her clothes.

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#64: Moosh & Twist

Aug 2, 2016 - 01:05:24

This week on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, we welcome Philly's own, Moosh and Twist to the Upper West Side! In support of their new album Growing Pains, the guys stopped by to talk their respective upbringings, fooling their parents into thinking they'd attend college, being mentored by Black Thought of The Roots, going from performing at a high school homecoming to performing across the globe, and literally almost dying doing what they love. All that, plus backstage haters, Kidz Bop, Canadian oil barons, and why Moosh and Twist need a sponsorship from Chipotle.

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#63: Joey Fatts

Jul 26, 2016 - 01:11:22

This week on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, the West Side visits the Upper West Side when Long Beach's own Joey Fatts stops by! We talk growing up a St. Louis Rams fan in Los Angeles, growing up in gang life, losing his football dreams and living out of his car. Joey discusses his A$AP affiliation, working with Waka and Curren$y, and his aspirations to become an architect. All that, plus strange AirBNB experiences, what family really means to Joey, Snoop Dogg's days as a No Limit solider, and more!

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#62: DJ Drama

Jul 19, 2016 - 01:16:52

This week on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, we welcome the undisputed king of mixtapes, DJ Drama, to the Upper West Side! A longtime friend (as well as previous guest on the Lil Uzi Vert episode), Drama is promoting his new album Quality Street Music 2, available July 22nd! He talks about his journey from Philadelphia backpack rap fan to more-worldly student at Clark Atlanta University to leader in Atlanta's movement to the center of hip-hop in the early 2000's. We discuss working with Jeezy, T.I., Lil Wayne, 2 Chainz, Pharrell, Little Brother, R. Kelly, and so many others, his early days in Atlanta playing clubs and poolside at Evander Holyfield's mansion, and what it means to team with this generation's own rockstar, Lil Uzi Vert!

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#61: Director X

Jul 11, 2016 - 01:17:37

This week on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, we welcome the legendary music video director, Director X (formerly known as Little X), to the Upper West Side! X, who helmed masterpieces for Drake, Jay Z, Kanye, Rihanna, Sean Paul, Aaliyah, Nelly, and so many more, talks about his roots in Toronto, growing up on religion and comic books, and the prophesy of Drake Aubrey Graham. X discusses his journey into music video production, how he developed his own style, and the speed at which other directors stole his aesthetic. X also goes into detail on creative collaboration, TV and film production, how he reacts to social media outreach, and how to work with product placement in 2016, in this fascinating episode!

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#60: Lenny S

Jul 5, 2016 - 01:20:48

This week on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, we welcome The Bronx's own Lenny S to the Upper West Side! These days he's constantly on the move as manager for DJ Khaled, Fabolous and Justine Skye, but Lenny's always been grinding, starting in the mid-1990's as a street team member for Bad Boy. Lenny shares stories about moving to Rocafella, becoming an A&R alongside Hip-Hop and Gee Roberson, working with Memphis Bleek, Beanie Sigel, Kanye West, Just Blaze, and a ton more artists. He gives insight into Jay Z's classic albums The Blueprint and The Black Album, talks about working for Def Jam, Virgin, and finally making the move to Roc Nation, and describes what working with DJ Khaled is really like. Lenny brings provides fascinating recollections, great humor, and of course, major keys on this fantastic episode!

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#59: Charlamagne Tha God

Jun 28, 2016 - 01:18:48

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.

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#58: Angie Martinez and Miss Info

Jun 21, 2016 - 01:23:09

This week on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, we welcome New York Times best-selling author/radio royalty/former rapper Angie Martinez and celebrated journalist/internet expert/entrepreneur Miss Info to the Upper West Side to hang out and catch up! Angie and Info talk about Angie's memoir, My Voice, how they each operate as parents, Joe Budden's game nights, hookah nights, and karaoke nights, their friendships with DJ Enuff, their experiences at Summer Jam, when they knew the time was right to leave Hot 97, and so much more, including details on their upcoming podcast!!

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#57: Ebro & Ravie B

Jun 14, 2016 - 01:48:34

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!

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#56: Bodega Bamz Returns

Jun 7, 2016 - 01:31:14

This week on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal we bring back our Upper West Side friend, rapper Bodega Bamz, who shares stories about trying to meet DMX, having his tour bus tailed suspiciously in the deserts of the South West, and hanging out as an 18-year old with Scott Disick in the Hamptons. Bamz also discusses getting food poisoning from Chipotle before it was cool to do so, interviewing Maino, Jim Jones and BG years ago for a DVD series, and Mark Ronson inviting him to be on the official remix for Uptown Funk! We also got a visit from Fool's Gold artists Fame School, who detail their history working with Kid Capri, NinjaSonik, LL Cool J, and throw in an insane story at Pauly Shore's house for good measure!

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#55: The One-Year Anniversary Episode

May 31, 2016 - 01:33:20

And here's the description: Celebrating 52 weeks of A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, Eric and Jeff answer listener questions about their best and worst interviews, favorite Cam'Ron songs, haircuts, what happened to the cooking, if Lyor Cohen is their father, when the podcast at Puff Daddy's mansion will happen, the latest on the MTV show, whether the Drake vocals have come in yet, and so much more!

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#54: Bibi Bourelly and Tate Kobang

May 24, 2016 - 01:30:28

This week on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, we welcome two young artists who are about to hit it big: Bibi Bourelly (signed to Def Jam via Berlin, Germany) and Tate Kobang (signed to 300 Entertainment via Baltimore, Maryland)! Bibi sat down with us to discuss getting kicked out of high school, buying a one-way ticket to Los Angeles, using Twitter to make friends, selling Bitch Better Have My Money to Rihanna, meeting Kanye West, becoming great buddies with Skrillex, what writer's camps are really like, writing with Usher, her new project Free The Real, and so much more! Tate stopped by to talk about writing rhymes for his uncle who rapped, the dance crew he grew up in, working with Nelly, working with Swizz Beatz, wanting to work with Shania Twain, FaceTiming with Lyor Cohen and DJ Khaled, and much more!

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#53: Brendan Frederick

May 17, 2016 - 01:20:09

This week on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, we welcome our friend Brendan Frederick, Director of Content at Genius.com to the Upper West Side! Brendan talks about growing up in a tiny town in New Hampshire, going to middle school with Statik Selektah, playing in his high school band called "Arkanoid," and taking creative writing courses at Carnegie Mellon. He discusses how he went from intern to Editor in Chief at Mass Appeal, how he established XXL as a leader in online hip-hop blogging, his experiences as EIC of Scratch Magazine, his role in building Complex.com into a monster website and media network, and how and why he took the job at Genius. All that, plus stories from working with all your favorite hip-hop media personalities!

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#52: Mike Posner

May 10, 2016 - 01:43:07

This week on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, we welcome the great singer/songwriter Mike Posner, who speaks on his incredible journey from playing drums in Detroit to making beats in his dorm room at Duke to selling millions of records out the gate to being shelved and losing his way to writing smashes for Bieber and Maroon 5 to finding himself, finding honesty, and finding a brand new sound that has catapulted him back to the top of the charts with his new project At Night, Alone. All that, plus stories on Kanye, Big Sean, Pharrell, and so much more!

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#51: Mary H.K. Choi

May 3, 2016 - 01:36:57

This week on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, we welcome our friend and brilliant writer Mary H.K. Choi to the Upper West Side! In this hilarious episode, we talk about her experiences with Rihanna, moving from Hong Kong to Texas at age 14, her time at Mass Appeal and XXL and Missbehave and the NYTimes, how emojis deepened her relationship with her parents, interviewing Khloe Kardashian, the time she visited 50 Cent's mansion, her awesome podcast "Hey, Cool Job!" and so much more!

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#50: Kamaiyah

Apr 26, 2016 - 01:41:14

This week on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, we welcome our favorite rapper right now, Oakland's own, Kamaiyah! Following the success her amazing mixtape A Good Night in the Ghetto, as well as her tour de force at SXSW, we sit down with Kamiyah to talk a childhood of foster homes and switching schools, her time in dance crews, how she avoided becoming boy-band listening skaters like her brothers, meeting Puffy in the studio and watching his #MakingTheBandFace, co-signs from the Bay, from Los Angeles, and most recently from a certain rapper from Toronto who's running the game! And as a bonus this week, we got our friend Fafu to share some stories from his time working with the late, great Prince. This episode is sponsored by Seeso. Comedy’s experiencing a serious renaissance right now, and Seeso is a comedy streaming service tailor-made for comedy-lovers and nerds, with thousands of hours of the best comedy, 24/7/365. Go to http://Seeso.com and start watching all the comedy you can stream for free.

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#49: Adam22

Apr 19, 2016 - 01:18:43

This week on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, we welcome our fellow podcaster Adam22 from the Downtown Los Angeles-based No Jumper podcast. We talk how he went from riding BMX bikes and doing graffiti in a tiny New Hampshire town to committing credit card scams and trafficking drugs throughout the Northeast, and how he then transformed himself into a legitimate business-owner with an enormous platform for internet hip-hop. All that, plus discussions about his father's Presidential pardon, Desiigner, online poker, Boston's hardcore scene, living in a commune, and so much more! This episode is sponsored by Seeso. Comedy’s experiencing a serious renaissance right now, and Seeso is a comedy streaming service tailor-made for comedy-lovers and nerds, with thousands of hours of the best comedy, 24/7/365. Go to http://Seeso.com and start watching all the comedy you can stream for free.

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#48: Cipha Sounds

Apr 12, 2016 - 01:40:04

This week on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, we welcome our friend and the host of Tidal's stand-up comedy series No Small Talk, Cipha Sounds! Ciph talked working with Jay Z, working with Pharrell, working with Funkmaster Flex, and why he never works with Fat Joe. He shared stories about being 19 years old touring the country with Lil Kim, Ma$e, The LOX, Cam'ron and more. We discussed his time at Hot 97, the incredible DJ lineup at his wedding, and what Angie Martinez meant to his career. All that, plus breaking Rihanna's first record, breaking Rick Ross' first record, starting Juan Epstein - the first and longest-running Hip-Hop podcast with Peter Rosenberg - and so much more!

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#47: Rockie Fresh

Apr 5, 2016 - 01:01:08

This week on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, we welcome MMG's own Rockie Fresh to the Upper West Side! Rockie discusses working with Rick Ross, how Wale has taken charge of Self Made 4, and breaks news about his own collaboration album with Hit-Boy! A Chicago native, Rockie talks R. Kelly singing at his graduation, what Michael Jordan means to a 24-year old, and how exactly you can root for the White Sox AND the Cubs. All that, plus the recording deal he turned down from Diddy, why he's looking forward to his new music video with Chris Brown, and what's more desirable: coughing or sneezing. This episode is sponsored by Seeso. Comedy’s experiencing a serious renaissance right now, and Seeso is a comedy streaming service tailor-made for comedy-lovers and nerds, with thousands of hours of the best comedy, 24/7/365. Go to http://Seeso.com and start watching all the comedy you can stream for free.

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#46: Bos Naud And Big Wos

Mar 28, 2016 - 01:17:14

This week on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, we bring back our friends and must-follow Twitterers @BosNaud and @BigWos, for a laugh-out-loud episode about NBA All-Star Weekend in Toronto, the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference in Boston, hate on the internet, experience showers, why Derek Fisher can't find a freaky lawyer to date, the ethics of listening to R. Kelly's music, how to ruin Spike Lee's big party, and much, much more! And after you check this episode out, make sure to listen back to Naud and Wos' legendary debut on the the Open Mic Night episode of A Waste of Time!

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#45: Damien Lemon

Mar 22, 2016 - 01:06:50

This week on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, we welcomed stand-up comedian, Guy Code personality, and host of the In The Conversation podcast, Damien Lemon! We talked about living across the hall from DJ Drama in college, watching the Young Buck fight at the Vibe Awards, and doing stand-up gigs with Hannibal Buress. Damien shared stories about growing up in Ossining, NY, going to Freaknik while at Clark Atlanta University, being laid off at Vibe Magazine, and how he built a comedy career in New York City. Enjoy!

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#44: Harry Fraud

Mar 15, 2016 - 01:08:16

This week on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, we welcomed acclaimed producer Harry Fraud to the Upper West Side, and as a bonus, we got a visit from our friend Smoke DZA, who just dropped his new project with Harry Fraud, He Has Risen! Harry discussed his infamous producer tag, his jobs as a teenage stage tech and weed delivery person, and his hilarious first encounter with French Montana. We also discussed SUNY Purchase, The Cool Kids, Santana, Snoop Dogg, G Herbo, Fafu, Alchemist, Timbaland, T.I. and much more! And for the fifth week in a row, we have a first-person story from Puffy's Miami mansion! Boom!

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#43: Bas

Mar 8, 2016 - 01:10:27

Celebrating the release of his new album Too High to Riot, Bas stopped by the Upper West Side to guest on this week's A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal. We discussed getting drunk and speaking French, dropping out of college, and spending two years on the road solely recording out of Bathrobe Studios. Bas talked about his creative collective the Fiends, playing FIFA on tour with Drake, and the many times he waited in line to get Nike SB Dunks. Also joining us this week is Bas' brother and J. Cole's manager, Ib Hamad, who provides great insight into the Dreamville deal with Interscope and for the fourth week in a row, provides us with a story from Puffy's Miami mansion.

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#42: Maino

Mar 1, 2016 - 01:32:58

This week on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, we link back up with our friend Maino! The King of Brooklyn himself stopped by the Upper West Side to go through his unfathomable and amazing journey from committing crimes on the streets of Bed Stuy as a middle schooler, to growing up in jail, his years in solitary confinement, committing to rap, working alongside Lil Kim, surviving being dropped from a major record label, recording anthems with Just Blaze and Swizz Beatz, to traveling the world over as a professional artist. All that, plus stories about 50 Cent, Nelly, T.I., and for the first time ever, Maino reveals where the inspiration for Hi Hater came from. This episode is a MUST LISTEN.

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#41: Asher Roth

Feb 23, 2016 - 01:36:12

This week on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, we hit the West Coast and caught up with Asher Roth, who took us through an incredible journey of ups and downs as a musician: getting signed by Scooter Braun, hanging out with Justin Bieber, rapping for Jay Z and Q-Tip, releasing a multi-million selling single, the I Love College remix you never heard, the whirlwind of his first album, dealing with label restructuring, tracking down earned money, recording follow-up music with Pharrell, recording more music with Chad Hugo, falling into depression in Los Angeles, and finding his way again thanks to independence and the internet. All that, plus great stories about Puffy, Questlove, Steve Rifkind and more!

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#40: Andrew Barber

Feb 16, 2016 - 01:08:15

This week on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, we welcome our longtime friend Andrew Barber from Fake Shore Drive to the studio in Los Angeles, while we're all in town for The Grammys. Andrew discusses how he began and grew the most important hip-hop website in the Midwest, how that fared with his bosses at his day job, and how Chicago rappers, from Kanye to Lupe to Chief Keef to Chance the Rapper made the site into their home base. Andrew shared stories about meeting Drake's dad, booking Master P for a SXSW show, stopping by Puffy's Miami mansion with Trinidad Jame$, what The Cool Kids meant to rap on the whole, what he does as a secretary on the Grammy board, and so much more!

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#39: Live from SOB's with DJ Enuff

Feb 9, 2016 - 00:44:46

This week, we hosted a live podcast from NYC's famed concert venue SOB's, where we interviewed our good friend DJ Enuff! We spoke on his time with Biggie, the time he first met DJ Khaled, and how Kanye West became a part of Enuff's Heavy Hitter crew. We discussed what Angie Martinez and Miss Info meant to Hot 97, 50 Cent throwing chairs at Summer Jam, the Puerto Rican Day Parade, and so much more!

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#38: Open Mic Night

Feb 2, 2016 - 01:54:31

This week on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, we invited thirteen of our friends to the Upper West Side to share their best stories. Make sure to listen to the entire episode for the funniest, most surprising, and ridiculous tales from those we keep closest to us!

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#37: Lil Uzi Vert

Jan 26, 2016 - 00:54:49

Lil Uzi Vert stopped by the Upper West Side this week, along with his collaborators DJ Drama and Don Cannon! We talked with Uzi about A$AP Yams, Young Thug, Steve Aoki, as well as why he hates Michael B. Jordan. We also discussed touring with Fall Out Boy, being friends with Wiz Khalifa, and why hoverboards are over. And since we had Drama and Cannon were in the building, we had to ask about aux cord DJs, the Xans plug, and Philly vs. Atlanta.

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#36: Torae

Jan 19, 2016 - 01:13:28

This week on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, we welcome our friend Torae to the Upper West Side to talk Coney Island boardwalk freaks, instant messaging with Sean P, and why working with Jahlil Beats is progressive in the underground rap world. We discuss Torae's many rap names, his DJ Premier co-sign, McDonald's mopping, the Himalaya, the weirdest callers to his SiriusXM show, and much more! Oh, and you're not gonna want to miss some extremely rare OJ da Juiceman drops that we got our hands on!

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#35: A-Trak

Jan 12, 2016 - 01:22:53

This week, our friend A-Trak returned to the Upper West Side, for a hilarious and free-wheeling episode of A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal! We discussed what's A-Trak approved in a Kanye studio session, his much-delayed project with Cam'ron, and the aesthetics of OVO's website. We talked DJing in Vegas, Juicy J, Canadian arts grants, and what perks airline miles really get you. All that, plus lots and lots about DJ Khaled's snapchat!

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#34: Sickamore

Jan 5, 2016 - 01:36:23

We're starting 2016 off perfectly with this tremendous episode of A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, featuring super-A&R Sickamore! We discuss his journey from getting kicked out of his mom's house to becoming an award-winning mixtape DJ to getting deals for Saigon and Tru-Life to shaping YG's My Krazy Life. We talk Jeremih, Travis Scott, Jeezy, Wynter Gordon, DJ Kay Slay, Rihanna, Hip-Hop, Just Blaze, The Weeknd, Ricky Hil, Phil Jackson, LA Reid and so much more!

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#33: Shea Serrano

Dec 29, 2015 - 01:07:15

This week, we welcome former Grantland writer and New York Times best-selling author Shea Serrano to the Upper West Side! We discussed growing up in San Antonio, camping trips, monster truck rallies, and going from forensic scientist classes to working on a coloring book with Bun B. We talked how he made the transition from school teacher to writer, what made Grantland special, and what Bill Simmons meant to him. All that, plus Tim Duncan, The Rap Yearbook, Cool as Ice, the Houston rap scene, his disdain for J.Cole's music, and so much more!

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#32: Kid Mero

Dec 22, 2015 - 01:18:12

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!

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#31: Laura Stylez and Mr. Flawless

Dec 15, 2015 - 01:10:38

This week, we brought Hot 97's own Laura Stylez and the biggest jeweler on the East Coast, Mr. Flawless, to the Upper West Side! We discussed how they got to the top of their respective businesses, why the Heavy Hitters are partly responsible for Future's mainstream success, and what happens if you try to steal a piece from Flawless' store. We talk "This Is Hot 97," Pitbull, 50 Cent, The New York Post setting Laura up on dates, Naturel, Art Basel, and accidentally liking posts deep on someone's Instagram. All that, plus Laura shares the best/worst French Montana story ever, on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal!

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#30: Curren$y

Dec 8, 2015 - 01:01:01

You know that whenever we get together with our friend Curren$y, it's the most hilarious conversation. So when New Orleans' own Spitta stopped by the Upper West Side this week to promote his new album Canal Street Confidential, he burned one down, ate some snacks, and spoke his mind. We discussed the genesis of his friendship with Wiz Khalifa, going to middle school with Lil Wayne, Snoop Dogg during the No Limit days, meeting Rick Ross in the Dominican Republic, the Derek Jeter gift package, New Orleans lingo, his early plans to be an elementary school teacher, and so much more!

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#29: Brittany Sky and Ashley Outrageous

Dec 1, 2015 - 00:58:10

This week on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, we welcome internet hip-hop notables Brittany Sky and Ashley Outrageous to the Upper West Side! We discuss how Kendrick Lamar and TDE were instrumental in their careers, the legitimacy (?) of palm readers, and their infamous trip to Dubai. We talk DJing, Snapchatting, sand sliding, and hoverboarding, as well as first concerts, Halloween, dictures, and much more!

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#28: Yo Gotti and Matt Fastow

Nov 24, 2015 - 01:00:52

This week on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, we were joined by our good friend and Southern Rap aficionado Matt Fastow as well as Memphis' own Yo Gotti! Over a great BBQ spread, Gotti spoke on his relationships with Jeezy, DJ Khaled, and Cash Money, the perks of being neighbors with Penny Hardaway, and why you can't hire family to work at your restaurant. We discussed his record deals with TVT, RCA and Epic, what it was like to meet Jay Z for the first time in Miami, and the best places he hid his hustling money. That, plus 8 Ball & MJG, the ducks in the Peabody Hotel, washing money in his backyard pool, and much, much more!

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#27: Peter Rosenberg

Nov 17, 2015 - 01:24:25

This episode of A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, we welcome our friend and neighbor Peter Rosenberg over to the apartment to talk getting cut from the freshman basketball team, dealing with a girlfriend's ex showing up to prom, and why people don't respect what he's done for NYC hip-hop. We discuss the one benefit of going through a health scare at our local supermarket, why Noisemakers didn't work out, and what he really thinks of the "podcast wars." Peter gets into wrestling, Nardwuar, Odd Future, Jim Jones, being one of the longest-tenured jocks at Hot 97, and so much more!

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#26: August Alsina

Nov 10, 2015 - 00:49:36

This week on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, we welcome New Orleans' own R&B superstar August Alsina to the Upper West Side! August talks in great depth about recovering from the recent surgeries that saved his eyesight and his breathing, he discusses his friendships with Curren$y, Lil Wayne, Chris Brown and Kelly Rowland, and how exactly he writes his songs. August also speaks on his own trust issues, being the only singer on the XXL Freshman cover, whether his neighbors know what he does for a living, and what it was like to jet ski with DJ Khaled!

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#25: Jadakiss

Nov 4, 2015 - 00:58:34

Today on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, we welcome the legend, and fellow Westchester native, Jadakiss to the Upper West Side! We talk battling Ma$e on 125th Street, battling 50 on wax, watching Black Rob snatch a chain, his cup of coffee on Rocafella Records, breakdancing, hoverboarding, working with Kanye, working with Alchemist, Ruff Ryders, Bad Boy, Interscope, Def Jam, playing high school football against our alma mater, his juice bars, his new twin sons, his new album Top 5 Dead or Alive, and so much more!

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#24: Taxstone

Nov 3, 2015 - 01:12:47

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!

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#23: MC Jin

Oct 28, 2015 - 01:37:01

Get the Ducati engines revving because this week, we have a real Ruff Ryder stopping by A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal: MC Jin! From middle school battles in Miami to peddling mixtapes outside of Fat Beats to becoming the most legendary freestyle champion that BET's 106 & Park had ever seen, we discuss it all. We talk signing with the famed Yonkers label, his role in the Fast and Furious franchise, working with Kanye, Just Blaze, Swizz Beats and Wyclef ALL ON HIS DEBUT ALBUM, and what exactly set his album back. Jin is nothing but extremely candid and honest and funny in this tremendous 90-minute interview

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#22: Combat Jack

Oct 21, 2015 - 01:26:51

This week, we welcome hip-hop podcast kingpin Combat Jack to the Upper West Side, where he gives an interview like you've never heard from him. From his roots in Brooklyn, riding on the outside of trains up to The Bronx, to focusing on pre-law at Cornell. From tracking down Puff Daddy in a sauna to secure clientele, to being in the studio with Biggie as he recorded Hypnotize. From giving up a thriving law practice to interviewing rap heroes alongside Dallas Penn. From creating his own broadcasting empire to speaking at college graduations, there's not many more unique stories than Reggie Osse's. Enjoy!

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#21: Bun B

Oct 14, 2015 - 01:30:12

In this week's episode of A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, we welcome our great friend Bun B to the Upper West Side for an hour and a half conversation that ranges from meeting Outkast for the first time to missing out on free Kanye beats to why JJ Watt is a superhero. We discussed Bun being there when Birdman met Mannie Fresh, the greatest thing he ever saw at Freaknik, and the time Sam Cassell almost ran him over in his Range Rover. All that, plus recording at Mike Dean's house during the early UGK days, dancing in the Solange video, the possibility of running for office in Houston, PERFORMING ON STAGE WITH ITSTHEREAL, and much, much more!

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#20: Joe Budden

Oct 7, 2015 - 01:01:45

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!

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#19: Nick Catchdubs and Kerin Rose Gold

Sep 30, 2015 - 01:05:39

This week we welcome our great friends Fool's Gold co-founder and co-CEO Nick Catchdubs and sunglass designer/celebrity bedazzler Kerin Rose Gold to the Upper West Side! In this freewheeling episode, we discuss the Pope's visit to NYC, the success of The Muppets' social media team, and what Fabolous thinks of the Netflix series Narcos. We also talk in great detail about our internships, what happens when people recognize our brother Dan in the streets, and using your pull to get into an Adam Ant concert in 2015. All that, plus R. Kelly's album cover, the new generation of Ruff Ryders, Ska-lloween, and much more! Get $50 toward any mattress purchase by visiting http://www.casper.com/waste and using the promo code: WASTE

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#18: Just Blaze and Phil Chang

Sep 23, 2015 - 01:07:59

This week's episode of A Waste of Time centers around Star Wars, a film neither Jeff nor Eric has seen, and to help them understand what they've been missing, they welcome expert guests Just Blaze and Phil Chang. Not only is Star Wars dissected for both the newbies and the veterans, but great nerdy stories involving Jay Z, Eminem and Skrillex are covered! So live long and prosper! Oh wait, wrong franchise. Sorry! Hurry to http://DraftKings.com now and use promo code REAL to play for free for a shot at one million dollars in this week's Millionaire Maker event! Enter REAL for free entry now... only at http://DraftKings.com.

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#17: A$AP Ferg

Sep 16, 2015 - 01:05:51

Harlem's own A$AP Ferg dropped by South Harlem for this week's episode of A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal. We talked about his upcoming album, hanging out with Missy Elliott, Timbaland AND Magoo, and what it's like to have Puff Daddy in your phone. We delved into how A$AP Mob really got together, his experience interning for Jay Z's company, and why exactly Ferg, Jim Jones and Stan Lee were all in the same room. Ferg also discussed working at Ben and Jerry's, how important Drake is to a lot of rappers' success, and what's really good with his Facebook account. And much more! 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.com Hurry to http://DraftKings.com now and use promo code REAL to play for free for a shot at one million dollars in this week?s Millionaire Maker event! Enter REAL for free entry now? only at http://DraftKings.com.

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#16: Mac Miller

Sep 8, 2015 - 01:12:40

For Episode 16 of "A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal," we hit the road and headed on down to Brooklyn to visit our good friend Mac Miller at his new apartment. This episode is both hilarious and candid: we talked in great detail about his time detoxing at Rick Rubin's house, why he called Rick from Europe in the first place, and the new path he's taken in his life. Mac shared never-before-heard stories about his unreleased projects with Pharrell, Nas and Cam'ron. We discussed meeting Eminem in Japan, taking the subway around New York City, how Ab-Soul used to stay at Mac's LA house for weeks at a time, how he courted each record label when he was a free agent, that his song ended up on Travis Scott's new album, and so much more! 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.com

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#15: Jojo

Sep 2, 2015 - 00:52:10

This week, we're joined by the lovely, talented and very funny singer Jojo, who spoke on her nearly decade-long fight with Blackground Records to get out of an unbelievably prohibitive contract, her new start with Atlantic Records, and what exactly a tringle is. We discussed how Maury Povich was instrumental to her success, how to get backstage at a Britney Spears concert, and what it's like when Drake slides into your DMs. All that, plus working with Kwame, performing with Twista, and whether she's ever spoken to Prince. 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.com

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#14: Dave 1

Aug 26, 2015 - 01:10:42

Our guest this week is no stranger to the Upper West Side: Dave 1, lead singer of Chromeo, joins us to talk about his time at Columbia University, what it meant re-introducing Juicy J to New York City, and why Bryan Adams is Canada's Dr. Dre. We also discussed the time A-Trak stole our Tupperware, Dave's issues with the movie The Wolfpack, and when exactly the last time he wore a hat was. All that, plus Cam'ron, Drake, Solange, and how in the world Jason Derulo ended up on his iPod. 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.com

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#13: Desus Nice

Aug 19, 2015 - 01:10:56

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.com This 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

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#12: DJ Clark Kent

Aug 12, 2015 - 01:41:14

This week we welcomed the legend DJ Clark Kent to our Upper West Side apartment. Known for discovering Biggie and Jay Z and for working with everyone from Michael Jackson to Missy Elliott, he dives deep into stories about Puffy, 50 Cent, Dame Dash, Nas, Mobb Deep, Foxy Brown, Dr. Dre and so many more. As the man who DJed behind Jay Z on the infamous Summer Jam stage, he gives his take on the Drake/Meek Mill battle, discusses every element of ghostwriting, and makes it clear why no one should go at Pusha T. Clark also shares why Pharrell is the greatest producer ever, what happened when he introduced Shyne to Jay Z, and how in the world he signed 98 Degrees to Motown Records! Enjoy this amazing conversation with the amazing DJ Clark Kent. 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.com

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#11: Bridget Kelly and Cory Townes

Aug 5, 2015 - 01:27:36

For this week's episode of A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, we invited two great personalities over to our apartment: first, we had Philadelphia native Cory Townes by to break down the beef between Meek Mill and Drake, following Drizzy's Summer Jam-esque showing at his OVO Fest. Cory talks what Meek means to Philly, what it's like to walk into a club with Drake breaking your heart, and Meek's own big show that no one is thinking of yet. Then we have a full hour with Bridget Kelly, the first ever signee to Jay Z's Roc Nation label. She discusses her start singing on subway platforms, working in studio with Frank Ocean, and why she didn't go to her high school reunion. Bridget also talks about working at American Apparel with Kid CuDi, the idea of ghosting out of a relationship, and what kind of pies she be cooking up in the kitchen. 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.com

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#10: Gunplay and Migos

Jul 29, 2015 - 01:08:52

This week we have a special double episode of A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal! First, MMG's Gunplay came through the apartment for some sea bass and an absolutely insane trip through life in Miami, his friendship with Rick Ross, and how ridiculous his hair has become. He talks about the Meek Mill and Drake situation, his extremely thorough drug use, and most importantly: the fact that he has more teeth than the average human. We also welcomed the Migos to the Upper West Side this week, and spoke with them about how Gucci puts out so much music, traveling through Russia, and of course, Quavo and Takeoff spit their favorite ad-libs. It's not only our most-attended episode, but easily our most fun! 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.com

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#9: Joell Ortiz and !llmind

Jul 22, 2015 - 01:07:27

This week's episode of A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal features masters of their craft, rapper Joell Ortiz and producer !llmind, who've collaborated on a new album, Human, which is available in stores and on iTunes! We talked with the guys about bowling with Joe Budden, meeting G-Unit for the first time, and why Joell has been listening to a lot of Keyshia Cole this summer. We discussed how inaccurate CelebrityNetWorth.com is, the time Joell got left behind by the tour bus, and why a dope MC doesn't have to be able to freestyle on command. We also covered gambling, fireworks, Starbucks, and Michael McDonald!

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#8: Justine Skye

Jul 15, 2015 - 00:59:23

R&B starlet Justine Skye literally rolled into our apartment for this week's episode of A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, where we sipped on purple smoothies and talked about Justine's homeschooling, Jaden Smith doing the Nae Nae, and Coachella jail. We discussed who's been looking for DJ Mustard, which Instagram pictures Katy Perry likes, and singing karaoke with Adrienne Bailon. And of course we go into great detail on the hottest accessory of the summer: The SkyeBoard.

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#7: Joe Mande & Aniz Ansari

Jul 8, 2015 - 00:57:58

This week, we linked up with our friends, the brilliant comedians, Joe Mande and Aniz Adam Ansari to talk about what it takes to get Next to play your wedding, why you shouldn't pay money to attend the official Migos Grammy after party, and explore the anomaly that is RiFF RAFF. We break down who's a better Instagram follow, Plies or Kevin Gates, what it's like to attend a Lil B show, and give all praise to Gucci Mane for his skills in naming his mixtape series. We also talk Wing Stop, Cam'Ron, and what songs Amy Poehler and Nick Kroll know all the words to.

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#6: Fat Trel

Jul 1, 2015 - 01:01:26

In this absolutely ridiculous episode of A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, Washington, DC's own Fat Trel stops by Eric and Jeff's apartment to talk playing basketball against French Montana, who exactly deserves credit for bringing ass-eating to pop culture, and of course, what life is like with Rick Ross and the untouchable Maybach empire. Trel discusses his two phones (family and bitches), his bizarre time with Master P, and who can do more drugs, him or Gunplay. Also: listen for stories on how Trel broke his leg, what kind of genius Chief Keef is, and the fanciest place he's ever gone shirtless.

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#5: Sinbad

Jun 24, 2015 - 01:16:03

In this week's episode of A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, Sinbad joins us in the studio for a wide-ranging interview on how wack Donald Trump and Celebrity Apprentice are, how much Karl Kani and Cross Colours he has in his closet, and how exactly he'd win Survivor. We discussed his Uber experiences, how he successfully blackmailed his employer, a cable company in Wichita, Kansas, and his experiences with hosting SNL, appearing on Letterman, Conan, Arsenio, and the harsh words he had for Johnny Carson's talent booker. Oh! And stories about Eric B and Rakim, Mitch Blood Green, Will Smith, NWA, Public Enemy, DJ Quik, Suge Knight, Tupac, Biggie, Naughty By Nature, Queen Latifah, Martin Lawrence and much more!

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#4: Smoke DZA

Jun 17, 2015 - 01:09:09

Harlem's own Smoke DZA stopped by our South Harlem apartment for a late lunch to talk Ma$e, Cam'Ron, A$AP Rocky, and even MIMS. DZA discusses his ghostwriting days, recalls the time he stood on line to meet Hulk Hogan at Toys R Us, and tells us about the time he was locked up with French Montana, Chinx and Buckshot Shorty. DZA also discusses why he's friends with Wiz (it's not just the weed!), calls out inferior Ralph Lauren collectors, and breaks news about an upcoming collaborative album... This episode is Really F'n Cool.

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#3: Fat Jew

Jun 10, 2015 - 01:11:37

In this insane episode of A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, Instagram legend Fat Jew makes his grand return to our apartment after four years. Fat Jew breaks news about his upcoming book, we re-live his West Village run-in with Janeane Garofalo, and bond over our mutual hatred for Jewish spoofs, or Jewfs. We also talk Vinny from Jersey Shore, disgusting texts to Taylor Swift, and find out which monumentally successful TV show Fat Jew will be guesting on next season.

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#2: Bodega Bamz

Jun 3, 2015 - 01:05:02

In this week's episode of A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, Tan Boys and Indoor Boyz unite: Bodega Bamz stops by our apartment for lunch, and we discuss when being an independent artist became cool, why exactly Vice owes him a check, and the legacy of his late, great friend A$AP Yams. We break down his line about Vashtie, trade building superintendent stories, and figure out the worst people on the face of the earth: grown adults who complain when you unfollow them on Twitter.

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#1: (The) Alchemist

May 27, 2015 - 01:02:55

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.

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Feb 4, 2015 - 3:09:16

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