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The most fun interviews in hip-hop: comedian brothers Eric and Jeff Rosenthal, better known as ItsTheReal, engage in authentic and hilarious conversation with rappers, tastemakers, and industry veterans, all from their Upper West Side apartment.

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The most fun interviews in hip-hop: comedian brothers Eric and Jeff Rosenthal, better known as ItsTheReal, engage in authentic and hilarious conversation with rappers, tastemakers, and industry veterans, all from their Upper West Side apartment.

    #300: The Return of Joe Budden

    #300: The Return of Joe Budden

    Now we're podding! This week on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, we welcome our friend and co-host of the Joe Budden Podcast, Joe Budden, back to the Upper West Side for a deep and dope conversation about patience, determination, vision and happiness.

    • 1 hr 33 min
    #299: Riggs Morales

    #299: Riggs Morales

    This week on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, we welcome Atlantic Records VP of A&R and Artist Development Riggs Morales to the Upper West Side! Riggs discusses growing up in Washington Heights, a kid in love with comic books, riding the subways to avoid school, a terrible hustler with a great work ethic, who had an interest in the music business, but no way in, and the break he caught when he met the legendary hip-hop writer Bonz Malone. We talk about how he got on at The Source, writing Ma$e's first cover story, buying photos from a young Lenny S and young Johnny Nunez, where he was when Suge Knight took the stage at the 1995 Source Awards, and choosing David Banner, Juelz Santana and most famously, Eminem, for the Unsigned Hype column. Riggs reminisces on his time as an A&R for Shady Records during their dominant years, putting together the 8 Mile soundtrack with Em and seeing what a genius mind 50 Cent is from the moment he signed. Riggs gets into how he decided to move on from Shady, how he hoped to grow as an executive, who he could rely on for advice in that time, why he chose to work at Atlantic, his contributions to projects with Wiz Khalifa, Travie McCoy and O.T. Genesis, and his dream of one day working with Phil Collins. We also break down how he closed the Hamilton Mixtape deal with Lin-Manuel Miranda, bringing Busta Rhymes to a preview of the play, how the experience has changed his life, the most important promise he made and kept with Lin, and what the upcoming feature film In The Heights means to a Washington Heights native like Riggs. All that, plus the lessons he learned from his parents, the heartfelt words HeadQCourterz left him with as they grew up, being early on Razor scooters, meeting George Lucas, the crazy list of artists he worked toward signing as an exec, and so much more! 

    • 2 hrs 4 min
    #298: Ryan Leslie

    #298: Ryan Leslie

    Today on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, we welcome producer/singer/rapper/tech CEO Ryan Leslie to the Upper West Side for a thoughtful, hilarious and meaningful conversation about music, operating direct-to-consumer, dignity, artistry, hard work and vision, plus stories about Fabolous, Cassie, Jagged Edge, Tommy Matolla, Miley Cyrus and much more!

    • 1 hr 38 min
    #297: Hovain Hylton

    #297: Hovain Hylton

    This week on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, we welcome manager, dot-connector, and Cinematic Music Group partner Hovain Hylton to the Upper West Side! Hovain discuses the dark realities in growing up in Brownsville, Brooklyn, exploring all other parts of the borough as a young man, gaining musical inspiration from seeing Puff Daddy and the Family at Madison Square Garden, and life inspiration from seeing his own cousin's music video on television. Hov talks putting off real jobs and industry internships in favor of running around with Sickamore, road managing Rich Hil, and building a truly independent operation with Troy Ave. We get into the excitement of inspiring the streets, putting on for New York City, and selling themselves as an authentic movement, as well as the validation that comes from playing Hot 97 Summer Jam's main stage, taking and walking away from major label meetings and starting over after one business ends. His talks about the perfect situation he has these days at Cinematic alongside Jonny Shipes, managing OGs like Styles P, Sheek Louch and Smoke DZA and young stars like Luh Kel, and what it means to still be a fan and have the ear of luminaries like Fat Joe and N.O.R.E. All that, plus how he pulled up to the Summer Jam parking lot, what his mom thinks he does for a living, why he can no longer be a Knicks fan, the one and only pair of shoes he's missing in his extensive collection, and much more!

    • 1 hr 24 min
    #296: Our Brother Dan

    #296: Our Brother Dan

    Today on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, for Day 12 of the #12DaysOfPodcasts, we welcome our brother Dan back to the Upper West Side for the conversation the streets have been asking for! This episode also features guest appearances from our friends Greg Mayo and David Cho.

    • 1 hr 24 min
    #295: The Return of Brandon Jinx Jenkins

    #295: The Return of Brandon Jinx Jenkins

    Today on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, for Day 11 of the #12DaysOfPodcasts, we welcome Jersey's own Brandon Jinx Jenkins back to the Upper West Side for a conversation that creatives need to hear!

    • 1 hr 35 min

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