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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.

    #304: Cory Townes

    #304: Cory Townes

    This week on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal we welcome Philly's own Cory Townes to Upper West Side to discuss his decade-long creative journey to becoming a working, thriving and happy DJ. Cory talks everything from Gremlins to seafood cheesesteaks, working in sneaker stores to working in the Apple store, designing clothes to hosting parties, writing in his own voice to writing in Cliff Paul's, meeting siblings to meeting A$AP Mob, watching How to Make It in America to watching his father, the world famous DJ Jazzy Jeff, losing his way to finding his passion, and so much more!

    • 1 hr 51 min
    #303: Jessie Reyez

    #303: Jessie Reyez

    This week on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, we welcome Toronto's own singer-songwriter Jessie Reyez to the Upper West Side for a wide-ranging, thoughtful and personal conversation. We discussed everything from meeting Rihanna and Beyonce and Frank Ocean, to being mentored by King Louie, to driving through the Bath Salt District every day, to what The Weeknd and strippers have to do with her career, to her a*****e years as a teenager, to when she recognized the goodness of her parents, to what she's done to make up for past ways, and so much more!

    • 1 hr 22 min
    #302: Russ

    #302: Russ

    This week on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, we welcome Russ to the Upper West Side for the wide-ranging, thoughtful and personal conversation you've been waiting for!

    • 1 hr 31 min
    #301: Jonathan Mannion

    #301: Jonathan Mannion

    This week on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, we welcome legendary photographer Jonathan Mannion to the Upper West Side for a deep, hilarious and very meaningful conversation!
    (3:45) AKAs
    (4:48) What photographs/artwork he has on his walls at home.
    (5:28) Meeting and working with Richard Avedon
    (11:20) His introduction to Hip Hop and what other genres/artists he enjoys
    (22:37) “Who you shoot vs. How you shoot”
    (32:30) The first time he sold a print/photograph.
    (35:08) Dealing with online criticism
    (40:07) What sessions he felt that he rose to the occasion
    (45:22) Shooting for DJ Khaled and the differences between photographing humans and animals
    (56:57) The creative process behind his album cover shoots
    (59:03) Shooting at live events as opposed to magazines or album covers
    (1:05:21) Advice to upcoming photographers
    (1:12:32) Other art forms he uses to express himself and discusses all the private flights he has taken
    Speed Round:
    (1:22:53) Busta Rhymes
    (1:24:36) Puff Daddy
    (1:26:21) Outkast
    (1:27:35) June Ambrose
    (1:28:35) Nelly
    (1:31:04) Dreamville
    (1:32:34) Who he wants to work with

    • 1 hr 36 min
    #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.
    TOPICS:
    8:25 Podcast starts
    11:19 Joe Budden TV
    14:44 Betting on yourself and being patient when dealing with big companies/corporations
    29:09 Veering off from a traditional rap career into radio and podcasting
    43:31 Time at Complex and Partnering with Spotify
    59:11 The Joe Budden Podcast/The Pull Up/ State of the Culture

    • 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! 
    14:41 AKAs
    Eric aka Cancel PETA aka Dragging My Mink
    Jeff aka Drop a Dime on You aka The Empire State Building
    Riggs aka Rigg Flair aka Riggy Smallz aka Rigg Ross
    Riggs Morales speaks about:
    15:22 His time at Shady Records during 50 Cent’s debut
    21:19 Growing up in NYC
    28:42 Finding himself and getting into journalism
    1:02:16 Leaving The Source Magazine and becoming an A&R
    1:23:44 Leaving Shady Records and heading to Atlantic Records
    1:37:00 Working on Hamilton the Hip Hop Musical
    1:50:53 Mac Miller, Alchemist, The Beatnuts/Big Pun video shoot, DJ Green Lantern, Johnny Nuñez

    • 2 hr 4 min

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Been following you guys’ progression since the MTV days and this podcast is amazing. The true embodiment of journalism with a true and deep respect for hip hop. Idk what the next move is for ItsTheReal but I’ll be front and center supporting.

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