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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- Say's He'd Go Anywhere Paul Rosenberg Is At & Is Down To Sit w- Def Jam In The Future
 

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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Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito Garcia have hit the ground running with their new gig as podcast hosts. After kicking things off with help from Dave Chappelle and Mahershala Ali, the rap radio legends chop it up with author, chef, TV personality, fashion designer (etc. etc. etc.) Eddie Huang on the third episode of What’s Good with Stretch & Bobbito. The D.C. native talks about sneakers, hip-hop and the American Dream while sharing hilarious stories from his childhood.

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ItsTheReal made their 130th podcast episode one to remember as they rounded up several members of Roc-A-Fella Records to celebrate the storied rap label. Recorded in front of a live audience at New York’s Highline Ballroom, Eric and Jeff Rosenthal sat down with key — and normally elusive — players including Just Blaze, Young Guru, Kareem “Biggs” Burke, Kyambo “Hip-Hop” Joshua, Lenny S., Chaka Pilgrim, Freeway, Young Chris, Neef Buck and even Jim Jones to reminisce over the Roc’s legacy.

It wouldn’t be A Waste of Time With ItsTheReal without some amazing stories, like JAY-Z battling LL Cool J and DMX, how Freeway’s “Flipside” was almost Hov and Beyoncé’s first collaboration, and Dame’s plans to build a Roc-A-Fella theme park (seriously). And the award for best podcast episode of the year goes to…

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After ringing in their new NPR podcast with the help of Dave Chappelle and Donnell Rawlings, the legendary Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito Garcia sit down with Mahershala Ali on episode two of What’s Good with Stretch & Bobbito. The Oscar-winning Moonlight actor talks about his early hip-hop career and signing to Hieroglyphics, playing Division 1 basketball in college and how his Muslim faith informs his life and work. Ali also gushes about his love for Mobb Deep and Brand Nubian, and explains why his role in the upcoming Roxanne Shanté biopic was the toughest role of his life.

Listen to the interview below and stay tuned for new episodes of What’s Good with Stretch & Bobbito dropping every Wednesday.

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’90s rap radio heroes Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito Garcia are back like they never with a new podcast on NPR. Unlike their legendary show on WKCR, What’s Good with Stretch & Bobbito isn’t about breaking future rap stars or even necessarily about hip-hop; instead, Stretch and Bob will be weighing in on art, music, sports and politics while interviewing cultural influencers.

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