Podcasts


On the latest episode of A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, Eric and Jeff Rosenthal sit down with one of the nicest (in more ways that one) rappers of all time, Phonte. In a hilarious, insightful and jewels-filled conversation, Tigallo discusses everything from his history with Little Brother and the tragic, life-changing events that shaped his new solo album No News Is Good News to the story behind his scrapped Take Care collaboration with Drake and his memories of working and performing with a young Kanye West.

“Me, Rakaa and Ev[idence] kinda had a running joke between us about doing shows with [Kanye] and it’s like, ‘When did you get the ‘Kanye, Kanye!’? If you were opening for Kanye, the goal was: can you get through your set without the crowd yelling, ‘Kanye! Kanye! Kanye!'” he remembers. “I think Little Brother might have been one of the few that actually made it through without getting it.”

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On this week’s installment of A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, Eric and Jeff Rosenthal sit down with two hip-hop legends who are still doing it big, Royce Da 5’9″ and DJ Premier. In the almost two-hour interview, Royce and Premo reflect on their respective careers, as well as their history together, while discussing their upcoming album PRhyme 2 (out March 16).

Needless to say, the conversation has a ton of great stories — from Premo meeting Redman and Craig Mack as roadies while on tour with EPMD to Big L taking JAY-Z under his wing to that time Royce, Eminem and Pharrell had a rap battle over the phone.

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On the latest episode of A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, Eric and Jeff Rosenthal welcome Dreamville President and J. Cole’s manager, Ibrahim “Ib” Hamad. In an incredible two-hour interview, Ib walks us through his journey with Cole — from meeting him at St. John’s to working together at a debt collection agency to selling copies of The Come Up for $1 at North Carolina A&T (which is where “dollar and a dream” started) to signing with JAY-Z and eventually building their own Dreamville empire.

All that plus stories about being invited to 50 Cent’s Connecticut mansion (50 passed on signing J. Cole because “he sound like one of them tight jean-wearing homies”), Cole stepping in dog shit on his way to meet Hov for the first time, and how he and Cole dissuaded Kendrick Lamar from doing a single with Lady Gaga. This is a must-listen for any Dreamville fan.

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On the latest episode of the Touré Show, a podcast hosted by decorated writer Touré dedicated to picking the brain of some of the most successful people in art and culture, Touré sits down with the greatest rapper alive, Kendrick Lamar. Backstage at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center last fall, Kendrick discusses everything from how Malcolm X inspired his approach to making music and meeting Obama in the Oval Office to the psychological impact of witnessing murder from an early age. “It completely chipped at my confidence,” he admits.

The in-depth interview also finds Kendrick talking about his greatest record (“Alright”) and greatest verse (“FEAR.”), how managing his obsessive passion for music is a bigger challenge for him than resisting the trappings of fame, and why his work carries such powerful and important messages. “My mistakes, the knowledge that I have, the wisdom that I have, it’s not just a job or entertainment for me; this is a lifestyle, this is what I have to offer to the world,” he says. “‘Cause when I’m gone, I can rest peacefully knowing that I contributed to this right here — the mind.”

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On the latest episode of A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, Eric and Jeff Rosenthal chop it up with one of the coolest guys in the game, Wiz Khalifa. The Taylor Gang chief reflects on growing up in Pittsburgh, performing in front of three people in NYC early in his career, and dropping his classic mixtape Kush & Orange Juice.

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After eight long years in which it elevated the podcast game and solidified its place in hip-hop culture, the end is unfortunately here for The Combat Jack Show. Following the tragic death of the podcast’s creator and host Reggie Ossé, aka Combat Jack, Loud Speakers Network have released the final ever episode of The Combat Jack Show.

In “The Reunion Episode,” Premium Pete, Dallas Penn, Just Blaze, A-King, Matt Raz, DJ Benhameen, Jonathan Mena and Chris Morrow get together one last time to reminisce on the show’s legacy and the life of Reggie. Special guests including Jamiliah Lemieux, Derrick “D-Dot” Angelettie and Westside Gunn also stop by (or call in) to share fond memories.

“It was closure,” Jonathan Mena, the show’s producer, tells Billboard. “It’s what he would’ve wanted.”

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Rick Rubin and Malcolm Gladwell have just launched a new podcast called Broken Record, in which they talk to notable musicians about “how songs are made and why they work.” Their first guest is man-of-the-hour, Eminem, who just dropped his new single “Walk on Water” with Beyoncé earlier today.

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The Grass Routes Podcast’s crew, comprised of Brandon “Killa BH” Hall and Erin Ashley Simon, are back with another candid conversation with Joe Budden. During the trio’s intimate and in-depth conversation recorded in New Jersey, the Everyday Struggle host talk multiple income streams, suicide, his new baby with Cyn Santana, and his new career path as an on-camera media personality.

Watch the in-depth conversation after the jump and look out for more episodes from the GRP dropping soon.

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Only fans who really miss the old Kanye know about Coodie and Chike. After meeting him at a young age, the duo documented Kanye’s rise in the rap game and directed videos for “Through the Wire,” “Two Words” and “Jesus Walks” (the third version). In the latest episode of A Waste of Time With ItsTheReal, Coodie and Chike walk us through their history with Kanye, from meeting this hungry young producer at what used to be No I.D.’s studio to persuading Chaka Khan’s son to clear the “Through the Fire” sample to reuniting with Ye in L.A. earlier this year.

Beyond their work with Kanye, Coodie and Chike also talk about growing up in Chicago and New Orleans, respectively, the early success of Channel Zero (which you have to check out) and making their ESPN 30 for 30 film on Chicago high school basketball star, Benji: The True Story of a Life Cut Short.

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This episode of A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal is a must-listen for any Rapsody fan. Sitting down with Jeff and Eric Rosenthal in their NYC apartment, the Jamla MC walks us through her journey from growing up in the small town (as in 1600 population small) of Snow Hill, NC, dropping out of NC State University with one credit left, and meeting and learning under her long-time mentor 9th Wonder. Rapsody also reflects on her patient rise in the rap game, from having a song with Erykah Badu to Kendrick Lamar reaching out to get her on To Pimp a Butterfly to signing with JAY-Z’s Roc Nation last summer. All that plus amazing stories about Busta Rhymes, Young Guru and getting hip-hop homework from 9th.

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