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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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  • Aug 3, 2020 LATEST EPISODE
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#318: Greg Mayo

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 3, 2020 114:02

This week on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, we get on the phone with our best friend, musical partner and third creative partner in ItsTheReal, Greg Mayo! Greg discusses growing up in a creative household, the son of a painter mother and a touring musician father (who played with, among others, Hall & Oates, Foreigner, Aerosmith and Peter Frampton, most famously on Frampton Comes Alive), how he initially shunned his musical side to focus on baseball, what it meant when his parents divorced, how listening to ONYX, Cypress Hill and LL Cool J informed his rhythmic thinking, how being competitive with his brother took his learning guitar into overdrive, how he focused his musical ambitions through high school bands and into studying jazz composition in college, and the unforgettable weekend his dad flew in to feature on a handful of tracks on Greg's first solo album. Greg takes us back to the phone call he got his sophomore year at Purchase College informing him that father passed away in Europe on tour, how he's moved forward in living life, the advice that his dad left that carries through to everything both work and personal, and how he's since responded when dealing with the loss of other close family members, including his brother. We reflect on our collaborations through the years, from writing and recording mixtapes as teenagers in Greg's basement to dreaming up sketches to give to the internet to stepping on stages we never could have imagined, the core values and good energy that surrounds that creativity, and how that same passion to make each other laugh is what we strive for today. All that, plus how's Greg's gotten into doing film scoring, how he became a staple at NYC clubs like Rockwood Music Hall and The Bitter End, who he leans toward between The Neptunes and Timbaland, why he didn't attend his high school reunion, where life could have taken him in a sliding doors moment, another classic Greg Mayo car story and so much more! Wanna collaborate with Greg? Go to GregMayo.net See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

#317: The Return of Aminatou Sow

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 27, 2020 66:49

This week on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal we welcome back podcaster, businesswoman and NYT best-selling co-author of Big Friendship, our friend Aminatou Sow! With Amina on the phone, we discuss the expectations when signing a book contract, the relationship between authors and the publisher's editor, the benefits of bringing on an additional editor, who exactly Ann and Amina wrote their memoir for, what they learned about friendship overall and specifically in a quarantine, and the feelings that come with presenting art to the public. We talk about Trump's disastrous response to COVID-19, his disastrous presidency and his meaningless game show Celebrity Apprentice, the pod family Amina has lived with over the last six months, the must-watch elements of Tik Tok, how NYC has changed during this crisis and how disappointing Bill De Blasio has been as mayor. All that, plus DJ Khaled, Rick Ross, Logic, MTV, Nick Cannon and much more! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

#316: Director at New York Civil Liberties Union Yusuf Abdul-Qadir

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 22, 2020 68:02

In this special episode of A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, we speak with Yusuf Abdul-Qadir, Director at the New York Civil Liberties Union, who recently went viral, thanks to his powerful message about police policies, spending and officer accountability concerning his hometown of Syracuse, NY. We speak about bringing meaningful change to the local level, the national level and the transnational level, how a message is disseminated and the role media should play, and whether Syracuse's current leadership can be trusted with enacting forward movement. Yusuf discusses growing up the youngest of eight children, the differences in being raised in The Bronx vs. Rockland County, the full effect his father's loss had on his life, and the joy he's found in raising his own young daughter. We get into Yusuf's time as an undergrad at Syracuse University, the Islamic faith's belief that one should lead when called upon, how he found activism and took it global, and why he came back to raise his family in the city of Syracuse. All that, plus the challenges in running for high school and collegiate office, whether this country will ever even the playing field for children regardless of where they grow up, if there's any light fare he can watch to get his mind off of things, and much more! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

#315: Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of Teflon Don with Rick Ross and Friends

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 20, 2020 69:56

This week on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal we're celebrating the 10th Anniversary of Rick Ross' classic album Teflon Don by reliving the making-of with Rozay and his collaborators Jadakiss, Styles P, Lex Luger, Spiff TV and Chris Atlas as well as analysis from The New York Times pop critic Jon Caramanica! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

#314: Sheek Louch

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 13, 2020 89:13

This week on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal we call up our friend Sheek Louch, the Silverback Gorilla, 1/3 of The LOX and 1/4 of 2 Jews & 2 Black Dudes Review the Movies for a super dope and meaningful conversation about Bad Boy, Ruff Ryders, D-Block, Yonkers, Harlem, The Hamptons, Mary J. Blige, Missy Elliott, Puffy, Biggie, DMX, Swizz, Suge, Heavy D, Carl Thomas, The Neptunes, The LOX's group projects and solo deals, the joys of fatherhood, growing up in YO, working at Burger King, working the street corners, playing football, breakdancing, watching his mother get a masters degree and invest money in different businesses while raising her son as a single parent, suffering the loss of his mother to cancer far too young, signing to Bad Boy and buying into the Shiny Suit energy, the thinking behind the Let The LOX Go campaign, how Suge Knight tried to sign the group, how Dame Dash offered to sign the group, giving Swizz his name, why we've waited so many years for a long-form LOX album, and much more! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

#313: Big Boi and Sleepy Brown

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 29, 2020 92:18

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

#312: Leslie Brathwaite

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 24, 2020 102:51

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

#311: Atlantic Records VP of Promotions Sam Crespo

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 15, 2020 101:49

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

#310: Calmatic

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 8, 2020 87:21

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

#309: Bun B

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 1, 2020 54:17

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

#308: The Return of Styles P

Play Episode Listen Later May 26, 2020 69:40

This week on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, we phone our friend Styles P The Ghost to discuss his brilliant new album Ghost Your Enthusiasm, our two appearances on the project, his great sense of humor, DMX's witty sense of humor, how he can laugh now at throwing a chair at Puff or not getting on Benjamins, the NYC energy he appreciated at The Tunnel, the differences between Ruff Ryders Studios, D-Block Studios and Daddy's House, the crazy circumstances in which he first met Lil Jon, what he and his mother found when they returned to South Africa, how nostalgia informs his musical self, how he works together with his producer son Noah, what Poobs brings to D-Block, his appreciation for Rick Ross, what Uptown Records meant to young David Styles and so much more! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

QUARANTINE RADIO with Ezra Koenig, Parks and Joseph Patel

Play Episode Listen Later May 15, 2020 75:22

Today on Episode 51 of Quarantine Radio, we make calls from our Upper West Side apartment, first to Los Angeles to check in on Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig - Ezra talks how his decade-long friendship with Dave 1 of Chromeo took them from the campus of Columbia University to the stage of Staples Center as Grammy award winners, what it was like when Larry David stopped by his internet radio show, how he compares Seinfeld and Curb, how the lockdown has affected his creativity, how fatherhood has affected his creativity, how much he can stay away from social media, what he thinks of the Upper West Side, and much more! We then dial over to Astoria, Queens to connect with Parks from the Joe Budden Podcast - Parks discusses how the JBP team has found their way back to A+ audio for their remote shows, whether he'd considered being on camera during this time, how he uses the JBP lights and background to increase the quality of his personal Zooms, what it was like to save the day during the Premier and RZA Verzuz battle, what DJ sets he's impressed by on IG, how he prefers to use compression on a recording, and much more! And finally, we ring up Brooklyn to catch up with filmmaker Joseph Patel - Joseph reminisces on his groundbreaking MTV series My Block, going to the strip club with Three 6 Mafia, going to Houston to meet UGK, and missing out on a Toronto trip featuring Drake, how editing his current project has allowed his mind to stay away from the heaviness outside, how the current film landscape changes expectations for releases, the joy of artists sharing their music and their stories for free on IG live, attending Questlove's incredible movie-themed birthday party a few months back, and much more! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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

Play Episode Listen Later May 14, 2020 69:55

Today on Episode 50 of Quarantine Radio, we make calls from our Upper West Side apartment to Miami to check in on Dipset's Capo Jim Jones - Jimmy talks about his what drives him in his daily workouts, ending his beef with French Montana, helping inmates keep their cells as COVID-19-free as possible, why the streets will live on through and after the pandemic, his nerves about teaching his son how to drive, thinking back on what kind of driver Jim is, where his head's at creatively these days, how quiet his Florida neighborhood is, a little chat with his dog and much more! Then we call down to New Jersey to catch up with our friend, Atlantic Records SVP of Marketing, Marsha St. Hubert - Marsha discusses how Mother's Day went and what she was looking from her loved ones, what exactly pushes her to body her work while the rest of the world is in a panic, what she expects from her artists, how the days can feel both hurried and super-slow at the same time, how she's switching up her family's at-home menu, what Summer Fridays mean now, what kind of family vacation she's thinking of taking this winter, how to sign off your emails during these uncertain times, and so much more! And finally, we dial out to the Hamptons to connect with Kevin Durant's business partner at Thirty 5 Ventures, Rich Kleiman - Rich breaks down the company's recent run of dope projects, from the Steph Marbury film A Kid from Coney Island, to Showtime's upcoming series Basketball Country: In The Water, reminisces on what could have been with his high-concept restaurants, his involvement with the seminal Jay-Z documentary Fade To Black, how he's filling his days without sports, his thoughts on Michael Jordan, whether Charles Smith got fouled in Game 5 of the 1993 Eastern Conference Finals against the Bulls, how his family's feeling, how Kevin's feeling, and much more! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

QUARANTINE RADIO with TM88, Andrew Barber and Kim Chanel

Play Episode Listen Later May 13, 2020 72:07

Today on Episode 49 of Quarantine Radio, we make calls from our Upper West Side apartment to check in on super producer TM88, who discusses his and Southside's new single with Future, Young Thug and Moneybagg Yo, his classic work on Gucci Mane's World War mixtape series, his collaborations with Southside, Metro Boomin and Sonny Digital, the surprise of ending up on Drake's album, how Taylor Gang's Will Dzombak picked him up from the airport, what he expects of DJs on the other side of quarantine and much more! We then call out to Chicago to catch up with our longtime friend and founder of Fake Shore Drive, Andrew Barber. We talk Andrew's recent COVID concerns, Lil Durk's great successes and influence, interactions with Juice Wrld, the upcoming Nelly vs. Ludacris #Verzuz battle, Nelly and Luda's monster careers, whether the Three 6 Mafia and Bone Thugs-n-Harmony battle will ever happen, what the future of live shows may look like, some of the great venues we've been lucky enough to see concerts at, the amazing FSD SXSW Chicago show featuring French Montana, and much more! And finally we connect with Audiomack's Kim Chanel to break down how her career took her from Philly to NYC, interning at Epic Records when Bobby Shmurda was signed, her first thoughts when she heard that this year's South By Southwest was cancelled, where she finds her focus during these uncertain times, the most important social media tool for her, seeing Kanye perform on New Years almost ten years ago, Facebook birthday reminders and more! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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

Play Episode Listen Later May 12, 2020 88:32

Today on Episode 48 of Quarantine Radio we pay tribute to the late legend of music, taste, aspiration and culture, Andre Harrell, with our friends DJ Clark Kent, Naima Cochrane and Jeff Sledge. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

QUARANTINE RADIO *Engineers Edition* with Leslie Brathwaite, Alex Tumay and Anthony Cruz

Play Episode Listen Later May 11, 2020 83:26

Today on Episode 47 of Quarantine Radio, we make calls from our Upper West Side apartment to celebrated audio engineers Leslie Brathwaite, Alex Tumay and Anthony Cruz! First we jump on the phone with legendary mix engineer and multiple-Grammy Award winner Leslie Brathwaite to discuss his work with TLC, Beyonce, The Carters, Pharrell, Outkast, Jeezy, Lil Uzi Vert, Jack Harlow, Madonna, Cardi B and more, how he rests his ears and his soul, his relationships with artists and executives, what album made him sit up straight and open his eyes, what he believes sets Michael Jackson's Thriller album apart from the rest, the incredible creativity he's applying to his mixing environment since quarantine went into effect, the bird that attacked him while we were recording this very episode, and so much more! Then we call to the Lower East Side to catch up with the great Alex Tumay to discuss his bout with COVID-19, how crippling it was, his efforts in combating it, how it's changed the way he operates even after recovering, how it effected his work, why he and Kenny Beats collaborate so perfectly together, what a terrific experience it was to mix with 40 and PartyNextDoor on his latest project, and so much more! And finally we dial up Meek Mills' personal engineer Anthony Cruz to break down how he's spent the last two months, how fatherhood has been treating him, what it was like when he and Meek first listened to Jay Electronica's album in the studio, being a resource for artists who are at home learning to engineer themselves, trying to skip out on Zoom birthday parties, order studio equipment to his in-law's place and much more! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

ItsTheReal Classic: Our Mom

Play Episode Listen Later May 10, 2020 109:47

On this Mother's Day edition of ItsTheReal Classic, we revisit our 250th episode of A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, featuring our mom, who through resolve, strength, commitment, curiosity, love and generosity, has made her way through the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. We're thrilled - once again! - to share her incredible journey, and know you'll enjoy this milestone episode. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Saturdayz with the Indoor Boyz: Episode 2

Play Episode Listen Later May 9, 2020 25:57

After a week of calling on three friends a day, we wanted to take time to check in on ourselves: Saturdayz with the Indoor Boyz, where we examine the past seven days and over the course of time, see how we progress - or regress - week to week! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

QUARANTINE RADIO with Jason Hehir, Jadakiss and Pablo Torre

Play Episode Listen Later May 8, 2020 83:29

Today on Episode 46 of Quarantine Radio we make calls from our Upper West Side apartment to check in on the director of ESPN's Michael Jordan documentary The Last Dance, Jason Hehir - we talk about growing up in Newton, Massachusetts mimicking Jordan's moves and listening to Rakim and LL Cool J tapes and all these years later combining those loves on a worldwide stage, how he approached his conversations with MJ and with Isiah Thomas, the philosophies of the documentary's editing team, the tiny details that bring context to a gigantic story, whether after spending so much time with Jordan he's more relatable or other-worldly, or both, and so much more! Then we get on the phone with our friend Jadakiss to discuss some of his Michael Jordan stories, his appreciation for Patrick Ewing and the 90's Knicks, his personal friendship with Carmelo Anthony, the best and worst courtside experiences, how his Ramadan has been going, a very important hair update, a dance challenge for Alchemist, and much more! And finally, we get on the horn with ESPN personality and commentator Pablo Torre to break down his Linkin Park viral video, which sports celebrities turned down an opportunity to sing along, how Pablo chose where in his apartment to set up his work camera, how fatherhood has been since welcoming his daughter in February, some fond - and not-so fond - memories as captain of Regis High School's Debate Team captain, and so much more! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

QUARANTINE RADIO with Larry Wilmore, Sylvia Obell and KevOnStage

Play Episode Listen Later May 7, 2020 76:18

Today on Episode 45 of Quarantine Radio, we make calls from our Upper West Side apartment to check in on hall of fame producer/writer/performer Larry Wilmore to talk about what The Office means to multiple generations, what roles he's recognized for in public, what he saw in then-novice TV writer Cord Jefferson when he hired him at The Nightly Show, how Hollywood productions might move forward over the next 18 months, how he got his start working for radio disc jockey Rick Dees, who his least favorite person in the Trump administration is, and much more! We call out to Brooklyn to catch up with our friend and co-host of Netflix + Strong Black Lead's Okay Now Listen podcast Sylvia Obell; we discuss how her new collaboration with Netflix came to be, her first thoughts when she saw herself as a cartoon, the most frustrating thing about her upstairs neighbor, how her sister's college graduation speaker will be Barack Obama, how she's planning to celebrate her mom on Mother's Day this weekend, and much more! And finally, we dial out to the West Coast and get comedian KevOnStage on the line to break down how he's staying in contact with his fanbase these days, finding hope in his health, his family, and a fan who happens to be a therapist, never resting on his successes when it comes to his career, why Teddy Riley started following Kev on Instagram, how we as a world will move from horses to cars, and much more! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

QUARANTINE RADIO with the return of Alchemist

Play Episode Listen Later May 6, 2020 52:55

Today on Episode 44 of Quarantine Radio, we call to the West Coast from our Upper West Side apartment to make a long-awaited catch-up with our friend and super-producer The Alchemist! Al details how his collaboration with Jay-Z and Jay Electronica came to be, his and his brother's longtime friendship with Nipsey Hussle, how Rap Camp is faring these days considering quarantine protocol, whether that whole vibe could have existed if he tried it in NYC, his thoughts on the Verzuz battles and whether he'd be down to participate, what to expect from the new Action Bronson album, how his dance moves from the 90s would hold up today, what kinds of questions A$AP Yams would ask him, what he thought when he'd visit D-Block studios, and so much, including a crazy game of guessing the mystery guest at Al's studio... See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

QUARANTINE RADIO with Paul Wall, Fadia Kader and Ben Detrick

Play Episode Listen Later May 5, 2020 73:15

Today on Episode 43 of Quarantine Radio we make calls from our Upper West Side apartment to Los Angeles to check in with Fadia Kader, who works in Music Partnerships at Instagram - we discuss her experiences with Swizz and Timbaland's Verzuz series, helping out Babyface and Teddy Riley with the technical side of things, the importance of community in a pre-COVID time as well as the world we're living in now, making bets on artists, cultural gatherings, and most importantly herself in a decade-long career that's taken her from Atlanta to New York to Los Angeles and beyond, letting her husband cut her hair in quarantine, and much more! Then we phone down to Houston to speak with Paul Wall - we talk Houston's rocket to prominence back in 2004, what felt more impactful Still Tippin' or Grillz, the history of his friendship with TV Johnny, the importance of Joey IE and Todd Moscowitz to his career, his first time visiting NYC, paying tribute to the legend Bun B, the fundraising he's currently doing for the Houston Food Bank, his new album with Lil Keke, and much more! And finally, we dial out to Brooklyn to catch up with writer/podcaster/Cookies Hoops co-founder Ben Detrick to discuss Patrick Ewing's legacy, Charles Oakley's allegiances, the future of New York City's and Brooklyn's energy, French Montana vs. Kendrick Lamar, 50 Cent vs. Ja Rule, the key to getting the most out of an interview with a young T.I., what one wants from a player-turned-commentator, and much more! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

QUARANTINE RADIO with Big Wos, Russ Bengtson and Jonathan Abrams

Play Episode Listen Later May 4, 2020 76:56

Today on Episode 42 of Quarantine Radio we make calls from our Upper West Side apartment to check in on podcaster/writer/news-breaker Big Wos to talk about how he told the world about Drake's latest release, what the reaction is in his household when David Aldridge shows up in the Michael Jordan documentary The Last Dance, the one celebrity that lives in Wos' neighborhood in the Valley, our favorite Bon Appetit personalities, and so much more! We get on the line with acclaimed basketball and sneaker writer Russ Bengtson to catch up on the worst people in the Trump administration, the most underrated member of the Chicago Bulls' dynasty, any surprise at the idea that Phil Jackson would gun for Doug Collins' job, drive-by birthday celebrations, what people are doing in Ace Hardware parking lots during the quarantine, and much more! And finally we phone down to North Carolina to speak with the New York Times best-selling author Jonathan Abrams about the balance between writing his next book and playing Legos with his kids, the brilliant interviewing techniques used in The Last Dance, the joy that comes from sitting down with a childhood hero, Kobe Bryant's killer instinct, his perspective on Trump's use of the term "fake news," and so much more! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

ItsTheReal Classic: Alchemist

Play Episode Listen Later May 3, 2020 66:56

Today on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, we revisit our first episode ever, our May 2015 sit down with super producer Alchemist! We sit down with Al in Los Angeles and trace the lineage of Jadakiss' "We Gonna Make It" instrumental back to the beginning, break news about a rapping reunion with Scott Caan, and figure out the last thing Puffy regrets buying. We also discuss what life is like on the road with Eminem, why Jay-Z hasn't bought a beat from him to that point, how Alchemist would fare against aux cord DJs, and so much more! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Saturdayz with the Indoor Boyz: Episode 1

Play Episode Listen Later May 2, 2020 26:37

After a week of calling on three friends a day, we wanted to take time to check in on ourselves: Saturdayz with the Indoor Boyz, where we examine the past seven days and over the course of time, see how we progress - or regress - week to week! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

QUARANTINE RADIO with Action Bronson, DJ Megan Ryte and Cipha Sounds

Play Episode Listen Later May 1, 2020 89:09

Today on Episode 41 of Quarantine Radio, we make calls from our Upper West Side apartment to check in on Action Bronson who discusses ARod and J.Lo owning the Mets, Derek Jeter owning the Marlins, spending quarantine making fruit leathers, his upcoming album Only for Dolphins, his outstanding issues with the food delivery service Caviar, our favorite random Dipset affiliates, the search engine Bing, LOTS of DJ Kay Slay talk and much, much, much more! We then jump on the phone with Hot 97 DJ Megan Ryte to talk lucid dreams, the appropriate way to tell your neighbors you'll be playing your music loud, deep dives into alien reddit, the trouble with building bicycles, what Houston's Paul Wall, Bun B and Slim Thug mean to her, and so much more! And finally, we call up Cipha Sounds to talk through his dreams of opening a comedy speak easy and becoming a private eye, being around Dave Chappelle when he won the Mark Twain Prize, whether he's excited to give up handshakes, how he feels about the dearth of podcasts during quarantine, how he's never shaved his face with a razor, what to do with extra Monster Energy Drinks, and much more! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

QUARANTINE RADIO with DJ Drama, Drumma Boy and DRAM

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 30, 2020 61:00

Today on Episode 40 of Quarantine Radio, we make calls from our Upper West Side apartment, first down to Atlanta to check in with Mr. Thanksgiving aka Barack O'Drama aka the mixtape legend DJ Drama to discuss the tiger that ran through Means Street Studio, the second most random animal to walk into the studios, what Gangsta Grillz projects ALMOST happened, how he celebrated his birthday inside this year, whether he'd be down to do a Verzuz battle and if so against who, what kind of records he'd break out, his predictions for Jack Harlow's hair during quarantine, and much more! Then we stay in Atlanta to connect with super producer Drumma Boy to talk about the making of 2 Chainz' Spend It, his appreciation of OJ da Juiceman, his work with Boyz n da Hood, whether we'll see another Ferrari Boyz project from Gucci and Waka, how Jeezy's Put On was inspired by Michael Jordan's Bulls, how ESPN's The Last Dance is bringing nostalgia to his current creative process, info on some blockbuster projects he's working on, and much more! And finally, we call out to Los Angeles to catch up with our friend DRAM, who breaks down his collaboration with H.E.R. and Watt, how he initially thought Chromeo was Jamiroquai, the friendship/mentorship he retains with Rick Rubin, talks about how his upcoming second album is finished, the ways he records from home these days, and more! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

QUARANTINE RADIO with Dreamville's Elite, Cozz and Omen

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 29, 2020 67:28

Today on Episode 39 of Quarantine Radio, we make calls from our Upper West Side apartment to North Carolina to talk with producer Elite about his collaborations with J. Cole and Ari Lennox, his college days interning and then producing for Ruff Ryders, meeting Cole through a Canibus website forum, the dreams of one day winning a Grammy award, the weight of the quarantine on one's creativity, controlling what one can control, how he ended up in an AirBNB in North Carolina and so much more! We then connect with Cozz out in Los Angeles to discuss the time his mom punished him in middle school by taking away his haircuts, how weird it is to see empty streets around town, what he's been learning from the internet these days, who he really connected with during the Revenge III sessions, how schedules are just not for him, and more! And then we dial up Omen out in Chicago and get into how he and Cole also met via that same Canibus site, the connection they forged by battling verses over text, how he's positioned to finish quarantine with the best hair situation, the pride he felt in Barack Obama - who lived in his same neighborhood - being elected President of the United States, the momentum he felt for Dreamville throughout 2019 and the uncertainty that 2020 has brought, the excitement that comes from fine-tuning his music and much more! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

QUARANTINE RADIO with Mozzy, Maxo Kream and Jeremy Karelis

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 28, 2020 63:42

Today on Episode 38 of Quarantine Radio, we make calls from our Upper West Side apartment to The Bay Area to link up with Mozzy to talk his new album Beyond Bulletproof, running around his high school halls at 14 years old with an album feature under his belt, getting his driver's license late, the first time he heard himself on the radio, how quickly he was accepted by his region's artists, the care he takes in teaching his daughter, what working with Too $hort means, and much more! We then call down to the coast to Los Angeles to speak with A&R extraordinaire Jeremy Karelis about the degree to which he loves his hometown of Boston, how exactly he would add on to his car were he on Pimp My Ride, what hobbies he's picked up during quarantine, what he expected when he moved to LA and who helped him a ton when he settled in, how he hurt himself right before he got on the phone, and more! And finally, we call down to Houston to catch up with Maxo Kream, who in between missions of Grand Theft Auto discusses what he's done with his sneaker collection while in quarantine, grieving the loss of his brother during these times, how he'll make sure the team around him stays safe and healthy, details his Nike tech fleece lineup, explains what he expects from his label and management these days, and more! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

QUARANTINE RADIO with The-Dream, Rajni Jacques and Jubilee

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 27, 2020 72:52

Today on Episode 37 of Quarantine Radio, we make calls from our Upper West Side apartment to Atlanta to catch up with The-Dream in celebration of the release of his new album Sextape 4. We talk about his Verzuz battle with Sean Garrett, the phone call Swizz and Tim made to ask him to take part, why he chose to play the Holy Grail reference track, why he chose to play golf, how he believes their battle set things off the right way, the thinking behind adding "Fuck My Brains Out" to this album, working with Lionel Richie, being patient, attending Lenny S and Emory's Zoom Birthdays, SOME EXCLUSIVES ABOUT HIS NIKKI PROJECT, and much, much more! We get on the phone to Brooklyn with Conde Nast/Allure Fashion Director Rajni Jacques to discuss the challenges of raising two children during these times, trying to make each day special and unique for her kids, downloading Tik Tok to get her mind off of things, turning off the video function during work meetings, what has inspired her to pick up her paint brushes again, why the New York Mets would have won it all this year, the best comment during Puffy and J.Lo's IG reunion, what the future of fashion may look and feel like, and so much more! And then we stay in Brooklyn to connect with Jubilee, the world-renowned DJ whose heart remains in Miami, to break down her last month, the frustration of a career put on hold, the understanding that creativity must return only in an organic way, dedicating time to Animal Crossing and stupid movies that will make her laugh, the heaviness that comes with walking from Brooklyn all across Manhattan surrounded only by silence, the heartbreak of failed leadership around Florida, and much more. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

ItsTheReal Classic: Action Bronson

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 26, 2020 91:51

Today on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, we revisit our July 2018 interview with Renaissance man Action Bronson, one of the funniest conversations we've ever taken part in. In this side-splitting episode, we sat down with Bam Bam Baklava over bagels to talk Flushing, Queens, why he's a fan of the New York Yankees, how he thinks his infamous Funk Flex freestyle went, how he injured his knee running from Germans, making plans for chicken parm with Lenny Dykstra, why Alchemist dresses the way he does, the calendar Jeff made where he photoshopped Action into Renaissance paintings, peeing in between subway cars, what Bobby Brown's like in the kitchen, why exactly he got fired from Citi Field, what Tommy Mas meant to his career, what he learned from Paul Rosenberg, what he feels he could have done different while at Atlantic Records, his longtime relationship with Vice, where the name Fuck That's Delicious comes from, what he thinks about White Rappers, what it's really like to cook on Late Night with Seth Meyers, what rap camp at Alchemist's house is like, why he shaved his face, what it says on the Post-It that Robert DeNiro gave him, AND SO MUCH MORE! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

QUARANTINE RADIO with Sean Fennessey, Mary H.K. Choi and Blk Tray

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 25, 2020 69:40

Today on Episode 36 of Quarantine Radio, we make calls from our Upper West Side apartment to LA to connect with Sean Fennessey, Head of Content for The Ringer and host of The Big Picture podcast, and talk Swizz Beatz and Timbaland, the one Verzuz battle he's waiting for, the future of film distribution, filmmaking and film marketing, the best music documentaries to put on in an effort to bring comfort, the legacy of Jay-Z's Fade to Black and much more. We then phone Brooklyn to speak with 3x New York Times Bestselling Author Mary H.K. Choi about Seth Rogan's kiln, the surprising taste of egg matzo, understanding the relationship between body and brain, missing the beautiful life that existed pre-quarantine, the honesty of FaceTiming, the mixed feelings she has for people from her home state of Texas, controlling what she can control, and so much more. And then we get on the line to Arizona to speak with podcaster/NBA insider/school teacher Travonne Edwards aka Blk Tray to discuss The Last Dance, Michael Jordan's legacy, whether the NBA players can just jump back into action, how he approaches Zoom teaching with his students, what his summer is looking like, what gives him hope each morning, and much more! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

QUARANTINE RADIO with Salaam Remi, Marlon Craft and Director X

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 24, 2020 80:23

Today on Episode 35 of Quarantine Radio, we make calls from our Upper West Side apartment to Miami to check in on super producer Salaam Remi, and we talk about why he chose to move to Florida after 9/11, what he loves about the culture down there, how long he kept wearing Timbs after he relocated, growing up carrying crates alongside Funkmaster Flex, seeing DJs like Big Kap and Clark Kent tear down rooms, the best meals he had with Amy Winehouse, and so much more. We get on the line with Marlon Craft in Hell's Kitchen to discuss how one deals with anxiety during times like this, his belief that art and artists are extremely important these days, how he maintains a presence in his supporters' lives, details a project he recently scrapped, and drops an exclusive on the name of a brand new project coming soon. And then we call up to Toronto to catch up with the legend Director X, talking about what TV shows he's been studying during this downtime, what film and TV sets will look like in the next six months, his creative connection with Tanisha Scott, why conspiracy theorists flock to his IG live and how he easily combats them, what plans he has in case everything that's left goes wrong, and much more! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

QUARANTINE RADIO with Questlove, Kimberly Drew and Chris Black

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 23, 2020 112:37

Today on Episode 34 of Quarantine Radio, we make calls from our Upper West Side apartment to founding member of the Legendary Roots Crew Questlove, currently living on a kibbutz in Upstate New York, and we talked Stevie Wonder calling him on the phone, DJing for Jay-Z's parties, watching the Verzuz IG battles, being mistaken for someone else at the airport, the latest update on his documentary on the Harlem Cultural Festival, an exclusive on his next book, the passing of the in-house genius at SNL Hal Willner, and much, much more! We then call over to Brooklyn to speak with author/editor/podcast host Kimberly Drew about attending Zoom raves, the space in her apartment she never envisioned spending so much time in, what we can do to keep culture alive and well in New York City, whether she's found structure in her days or not, and much more! And we call up to Canada to check in on cultural commentator Chris Black to discuss the themed cruises he'll miss most, how exhausted he is by the social media news cycle, the brilliance of Bon Appetit's video programming, the most important tool in quarantine: the hard bristled brush, and much more! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

QUARANTINE RADIO with EarthGang (Olu + WowGr8) and Yung Baby Tate

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 22, 2020 66:06

Today on Episode 33 of Quarantine Radio, we make calls from our Upper West Side apartment down to Atlanta to check in on EarthGang (WowGr8 + Olu) and Yung Baby Tate. First we get on the line with WowGr8 to talk about Georgia's governor's dumb decision to reopen the state's businesses, what it was like living with J.I.D. after college and whether they could quarantine together these days, what it was like discovering future NBA Hall of Famer Chris Bosh was the producer making beats next to you at the Dreamville sessions, details on a full Spill Vill project and more! Then we dial up Olu to get more details on Spill Vill, discuss the impact Mac Miller had on their career, the pride EarthGang has for Atlanta and the West Side specifically, the immediate connection he had with Smino when they collaborated, taking his quarantine time to learn Portuguese, and much more! And finally we call up our friend Yung Baby Tate to break down the ultimate IG battle between Soulja Boy and Beyonce, how this has been a tough time to be creative, how she didn't like Tiger King as much as everyone else did, but also how her mom owned a snake when Tate was growing up, WHICH ENDED UP ESCAPING AND GOING MISSING AND WAS DISCOVERED IN... well, just listen! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

QUARANTINE RADIO with dvsn, OG Chase B and Erika Ramirez

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 21, 2020 67:17

Today on Episode 32 of Quarantine Radio, we make calls from our Upper West Side apartment to check in on genius R&B duo dvsn (singer Daniel Daley and producer Nineteen85) about their new album A Muse in Her Feelings, growing up in Jamaican households in Toronto, what it felt like to get a verse back from the legend Buju Banton, working with the great Jessie Reyez, and so much more. We got on the line with OG Chase B to discuss Travis Scott's first interview - with us in 2012! - moving into an empty apartment in Houston for the start of quarantine, the number of quality beats he's making each day, how he celebrated Easter and much more. And we ring up Erika Ramirez and get into how she's been staying creative, how the idea of sheltering with a new partner and not being able to have alone time makes her shake in her boots, how her cooking and photography is going these days and much more!! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

QUARANTINE RADIO with Fat Joe, Peter Rosenberg and Fivio Foreign

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 20, 2020 95:24

Today on Episode 31 of Quarantine Radio, we make calls from our Upper West Side apartment to check in on the Bronx legend and greatest storyteller in music, Fat Joe, and we talk loyalty, family, surprise at where he ended up in life, whether we should be friends with Ari Melber, why it took so long for his best friend DJ Khaled to guest on his nightly IG live show and so much more. We get on the phone with Hot 97/ESPN/WWE personality Peter Rosenberg to discuss the state of the nation, the commentary that followed his heartfelt reaction to Jay Electronica's lyrics, and whether things have cooled down in the beef between him and LL Cool J. And then we get the biggest young rapper in NYC, Fivio Foreign, on the line to hear how he spent his recent birthday, how he feels about people stealing his AYE adlib, and we get a live look in at him in the kitchen and the dangers that follow. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

ItsTheReal Classic: Tru Life

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 19, 2020 95:21

Today on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, we revisit our November 2018 interview with Lower East Side rapper Tru Life, one of the realest, most harrowing, most compelling and inspiring conversations we've ever had. Tru details his tough early years in New York City's Lower East Side, how he decided school wasn't for him, how music led to recording sessions at Mark and Donnie Wahlberg's studio, connecting with Snoop Dogg, and how Ving Rhames looked out strictly because he believed in Tru Life's talents. We discuss the DVD era and how the drama undermined an artist's talents, how Sickamore brought out the best in Tru's abilities, how Green Lantern called up Jay-Z and convinced him to not fly out of town and instead take a meeting with Tru Life, how Jay refused to let Tru leave the office until he signed a deal with Roc La Familia, and how Cipha Sounds started off as Tru's A&R, but became as close as blood brothers. Tru gets into his time away, the weight of facing a life sentence, figuring out whether loyalty and codes really meant anything, the tears he shed over not seeing his kids grow up, why he dedicated himself to his studies, and what ultimately got him through his eight years behind bars. We get into the realities of going from the system to freedom, how he wasn't ready for the trappings of the music industry upon his release, how he's grown over the past two years, moving to the suburbs, and what he's bringing to the table with his new music. All that, plus stories about Jay, Beyonce, TI, Future, Bobby Shmurda, Tory Lanez, Jim Jones, the inmates who broke out of Clinton Correctional Facility while he was there, and so much more! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

QUARANTINE RADIO with Lenny S, David Cho and Julia Rubin

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 18, 2020 87:57

Today on Episode 30 of Quarantine Radio is a reunion show! We make calls from our Upper West Side apartment to check back in on artist manager/photographer/Roc-a-fella representer Lenny S, creative/media visionary David Cho and writer/editor/aspiring cook Julia Rubin to see how the last month has been for each of them. We hear all about Lenny's birthday Zoom featuring Jay-Z, Lala, Melo, Chaka Pilgrim, J. Cole, Meek Mill, YG, Jerrod Carmichael, Lil Rel and so many more, we break down the Verzuz battles and consider where things go from here, we talk about how celebrities should best use their platforms today, how the online media is adapting to the current realities, how Julia is adapting to her current reality without a dishwasher, and so much more! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

QUARANTINE RADIO with Chuck Inglish, Asher Roth and Naomi Zeichner

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 17, 2020 66:52

Today on Episode 29 of Quarantine Radio, we make calls from our Upper West Side apartment to check in on producer/rapper/visionary Chuck Inglish, who talks running the Los Angeles Marathon for the first time, watching music documentaries from the 80s, and how one grieves the loss of loved ones during the quarantine. We get on the phone with YouTube's Artist Partnerships Lead Naomi Zeichner to discuss the challenges of being available for work at all times while also allowing personal time, what she'll miss about in-person concert experiences in the near future, and what brings her hope when she wakes up. And we catch up with rapper/aspiring home cook Asher Roth, who talks releasing his upcoming album, due April 23rd, what living in Atlanta in his early 20s taught him and carried through to today, and about making art for the love, especially in times like these. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

QUARANTINE RADIO with Issa Rae, Rico Nasty and Chika

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 16, 2020 74:27

Today on Episode 28 of Quarantine Radio, we make calls from our Upper West Side apartment to check in on actor/writer/director/producer Issa Rae to talk about I-Wood, how she creates today as compared to the days of the 2008 recession, and who her personal Ned Ryerson is. We get on the phone with Anger Management rapper Rico Nasty to discuss how she's being creative now that she's off the road, how she's progressing in her quest to cook, and the realities of parenting a four-year old during quarantine while living with four of her best friends. We also hit up Puff and Jay-Z's favorite young rapper Chika, and we get into the Roc Nation Brunch experience, performing at NPR's Tiny Desk, and her feelings about the present and future of her home state, Alabama. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

QUARANTINE RADIO with Smoke DZA, Harry Fraud and Jay Worthy

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 15, 2020 65:23

Today on Episode 27 of Quarantine Radio, we make calls from our Upper West Side apartment to check in on Harlem's own Kushed God Smoke DZA, who talks WWE wresting as essential media, why he hasn't watched Tiger King, and The Smokers Club Presents Smoke DZA Worldwide Smoke Sessions album release on 4.20. We phone celebrated music producer Harry Fraud to discuss upcoming projects with Jay Worthy, Benny the Butcher and some major NY figures, how he turns his ears off on vacation, and what movies have inspired his incredible soundscapes. And we call up to Western Canada to talk with the street legend Jay Worthy about linking with Fraud on their new EP that drops on May 1st, the energy that New York City gave him before heading back north, and the tragic loss of his friend Chynna. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

QUARANTINE RADIO with Fabolous, Tanisha Scott and Jerry Lorenzo

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 14, 2020 90:53

Today on Episode 26 of Quarantine Radio, we make calls from our Upper West Side apartment to check in on Brooklyn's own Fabolous, who talks about why he was predicted to be the first to use Coronavirus in a rhyme, getting traded from Atlantic to Def Jam for Musiq Soulchild, and exactly how many times his birthday was celebrated in Dubai. We call up legendary choreographer Tanisha Scott to discuss her work with Director X and Sean Paul, the genius of Drake's Hotline Bling moves and memes, and her hopes for the near-future of dancing while we're all social distancing. And we get on the phone with Fear of God designer Jerry Lorenzo, who speaks on how his announced and un-announced projects have changed during these uncertain times, the inspiration he gets from a visit by Jim Jones to his studio, and the effect the new Trolls movie is having on his household. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

QUARANTINE RADIO with Crooked I, Savon the Don and Cleverly Chloe

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 13, 2020 62:02

Today on Episode 25 of Quarantine Radio, we make calls from our Upper West Side apartment to check in on acclaimed wordsmith and podcaster, West Coast representer Crooked I, to talk about learning to engineer himself during quarantine, the losses he's dealt with in 2020 and how he's been using his voice in sitting down with legends. We call Savon the Don from the Joe Budden Podcast to talk about how industry he is after being shouted out by Kim Kardashian, how exactly he got involved in the JBP world, and the realities of COVID-19 in Long Island. And we get on the line with Cleverly Chloe down in Dallas, Texas, to talk about giving structure to your days, the beautiful world of jigsaw puzzles, and how she's looking at the bright side of things after her job let her go. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

ItsTheReal Classic: Megan Thee Stallion

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 12, 2020 75:25

Today on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, we revisit our December 2018 interview with the H-Town Hottie Megan Thee Stallion right before she exploded onto the world stage. In fact, we spoke with her the day she signed her record contract with 300. Not only the best interview Meg's done, but also perhaps the only one featuring her and her mother Holly, who tragically passed just three months later. In this episode, Megan discusses growing up loving school, getting trouble for cursing at a young age, making best friends during a food fight, always being the tallest in her grade, trying every sport and giving up, why she'd be a Plastic in her version of Mean Girls, and how she didn't win Prom Queen but still ended up bodying the night. We talk about secretly writing rhymes during high school, how shy she was as a teen, going to college with plans to be a nurse, putting stress aside and forming a new persona, finding beats on YouTube and starting a rap career on campus, when she found out her mother was a rapper, and the skepticism when her mom found out she rapped. We get into her debut show at SXSW, why she won't perform in a skirt anymore, her viral freestyle over Tay K's The Race, Missy Elliott shouting her out on Twitter, Q-Tip reaching out to offer advice and support and encouraging her ratchetness, Drake and The Migos throwing money to her song in a Houston strip club, what it was like when Kevin Liles walked in the room to sign her to 300, how much her mother likes her raunchy lyrics, and the surprising song that her mom feels she should emulate. All that, plus how her grandmother lurks on IG, practicing what it will be like when she finally meets Beyonce, how she's waiting for a dude to approach her in real life instead of DMing emojis, her southern accent, the dumbest way she's broken a nail, her project Fever and much more! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

QUARANTINE RADIO with Bodega Bamz, Ivy Rivera and CrystalAnnRod

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 11, 2020 64:43

Today on Episode 24 of Quarantine Radio, we make calls from our Upper West Side apartment to check in on rapper/actor Bodega Bamz to talk about waking up with purpose and gratitude, what the future of film sets will look like moving forward, and the tragic passing of Chynna. We call TV personality/host/executive Ivy Rivera to talk about making your own mask, FaceTiming friends and family, and who'd win in an IG battle between Soulja Boy and Beyonce. And we also check in with the model/designer/promoter CrystalAnnRod to talk about bringing structure to her quarantine life, what's harder to master these days - sewing or TikTok dances - and how she's adapted to being across the Atlantic Ocean from her family during these months. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

QUARANTINE RADIO with Black Thought, Judnikki and Graham Browne

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 10, 2020 79:45

Today on Episode 23 of Quarantine Radio, we make calls from our Upper West Side apartment to check in on the dynamic Black Thought of The Legendary Roots Crew to talk about engineering his own recording sessions, the status of his Broadway show, and how dressed up he's getting at home. We call the realest, Judnikki, to talk about grocery shopping, building a fort in your living room, and whether one needs more friends. And we also check in with the amazing Graham Browne to talk about Forte Preparatory Academy, the tuition-free middle school he founded and runs in Queens, what school in a Covid-19 world looks like, and the care he provides for both his students and his staff. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

QUARANTINE RADIO with Kenny Beats, Murda Beatz and Lake Sheezy

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 9, 2020 75:19

Today on Episode 22 of Quarantine Radio, we make calls from our Upper West Side apartment to check in on the young legend, music producer Kenny Beats to talk about going to Hawaii to meet Rick Rubin, working at Shangri La, and what exactly he's cooking up next. We call the younger legend, music producer Murda Beatz to talk about the AirBNB he's currently stuck in, his interest in street racing, and how he's been long-time friends with Conway the Machine from back in Buffalo! And we also check in with the OG legend Lake Sheezy, co-founder and co-president of Generation Now (Lil Uzi Vert, Jack Harlow, DJ Drama) about family, business and oh yeah, THE TIME HE BOUGHT A MONKEY FROM JOE EXOTIC FOR UZI AND THE TIME NBA YOUNGBOY BROUGHT HIS TIGER TO THE STUDIO!!! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

QUARANTINE RADIO with Jonny Shipes, Brocky Marciano and Meechie from Flatbush Zombies

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 8, 2020 75:34

Today on Episode 21 of Quarantine Radio, we make calls from our Upper West Side apartment to check in on CEO of Cinematic Music Group Jonny Shipes, Warner Records VP of Urban A&R Brocky Marciano, and 1/3 of Flatbush Zombies Meechie Darko. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

QUARANTINE RADIO with Just Blaze, Maino and Dimplez

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 7, 2020 66:49

Today on Episode 20 of Quarantine Radio, we make calls from our Upper West Side apartment to check in on super-producer/DJ Just Blaze, platinum-selling Brooklyn rapper Maino, and Los Angeles-based digital marketing executive Dimplez. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

QUARANTINE RADIO with Johnta Austin, DJ Khalil and Sonny Digital

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 6, 2020 68:36

Today on Episode 19 of Quarantine Radio, we make calls from our Upper West Side apartment to check in on Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Johnta Austin in Atlanta, Los Angeles-based producer DJ Khalil, and Atlanta-based producer Sonny Digital. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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