Podcasts


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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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After rounding up the Roc-A-Fella Records crew in NYC last month, ItsTheReal hosted their second live podcast with legendary DJ, radio host and industry veteran, DJ Semtex, in London on September 6. In front of a sold-out crowd at Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen, Semtex spoke with Eric and Jeff Rosenthal about growing up in Manchester — a city better known for Happy Mondays than hip-hop — getting into DJing, the backstory behind losing his arm, and how a scrappy young Semtex moved down to London and made his mark in the industry.

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With The Cool Kids’ new album Special Edition Grand Master Deluxe dropping this Friday, Chuck Inglish sits down with Jeff and Eric Rosenthal on the latest episode of A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal. Throughout the hour-and-a-half conversation, Chuck gets deep about both his personal and professional life, from growing up in Detroit and dropping out of college to his fear of fame and finding his identity as an artist.

In between amazing stories about hanging out with The Alchemist and Kid Cudi, deep conversations with Lil B and how Prodigy helped him through a breakup (blunts and Breaking Bad can mend any broken heart), Chuck also talks about why he and Sir Michael Rocks decided it was finally time to bring The Cool Kids back. “I was just looking at what was going on in the world…everybody’s going through this turmoil; what’s the one thing I know I can do: everybody wants to see The Cool Kids back together,” he says. “The world needs to hear something that did what it did the first time.”

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Stretch & Bobbito and Run The Jewels are two OG rap duos who know a thing or two about reinventing themselves, so it’s only right that Stretch and Bob sat down with Killer Mike and El-P on the latest episode of their NPR podcast. Over a half-hour conversation, El-P and Mike talk race, politics and their respective histories in the game (like the time Stretch and Bob premiered Company Flow’s “8 Steps to Perfection” on their original WKCR show) while getting candid about homophobia in hip-hop.

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On the latest episode of their new NPR podcast, Stretch and Bobbito sit down with the legendary Stevie Wonder. Live from his studio in L.A., Stevie talks about his role in establishing Martin Luther King Day, meeting Barack Obama while he was running for Senator and the passing of the late, great Prince. The 67-year-old singer also reflected on his own decorated career, including almost being dropped by Motown at the age of 14, writing classic songs like “Don’t You Worry Bout a Thing” and “I Can See the Sun In Late December,” and his upcoming album Through the Eyes of Wonder.

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Royce Da 5’9″ was the latest guest on the Grass Routes Podcast’s with Erin Ashley Simon and Brandon “Killabh” Hall. Recorded on location at Heaven Studios in Detroit, the PRhyme emcee opens up about his battle with alcoholism, being a family man, his forthcoming solo LP Book of Ryan and the future of Slaughterhouse.

The multi-platinum recording artist even went on to recall receiving the call from Shady Records executive Paul Rosenberg informing him that he’s the new CEO at Def Jam and confirmed he’d be willing to sit down with the label in the near future.

Listen to the intimate interview, which includes a quick snippet of his upcoming album, after the jump!

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Stretch and Bobbito promised big-name guests when they announced their new podcast on NPR, and they aren’t disappointing. On episode four of What’s Good with Stretch & Bobbito, the rap radio legends sit down with Chance The Rapper to talk about art, life and activism. During the half hour conversation, Chano discusses the importance and evolution of mixtapes, how Kanye West, Souls of Mischief and Freestyle Fellowship influenced his music, and how moving from L.A. back home to Chicago made him a better person — to both his 1-year-old daughter and the kids of Chicago.

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