Podcasts


Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito Garcia are back with a new season of their NPR podcast, What’s Good with Stretch & Bobbito. For the season two premiere, the rap radio legends sit down with Erykah Badu for a freewheeling conversation about spirituality, comedy, parenthood and more.

Ms. Badu, who made a surprise appearance on Stretch and Bob’s previous episode with Dave Chappelle, talks about becoming a certified doula, having a “terrifying” but profound out-of-body experience, the backlash to her Vulture interview, and that time Prince critiqued her demo.

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Congrats to Eric and Jeff for hitting 200 episodes of A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal! Over the last three years, the Rosenthal brothers have picked the brain (and ticked the funny bone) of countless people within the hip-hop community, from Cardi B and Combat Jack (RIP) to Mac Miller and our very own Miss Info. The podcast has even taken them from their Upper West Side apartment all the way to London.

For their 200th episode, though, Eric and Jeff turn the tables and tell their own story. Sitting down with Naomi Zeichner, former Editor-in-Chief of The FADER, the Rosenthals walk us through their journey from young rap nerds growing up in Westchester, New York to carving out their own lane as respected hip-hop sketch comedians (and, of course, podcast hosts).

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In a hilarious (and long overdue!) episode of A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, Eric and Jeff Rosenthal sit down with the easy rider himself, Action Bronson. Throughout the almost two-hour conversation, Bronsolino talks about growing up in Queens, dropping out of high school (and later culinary school), getting fired from his Mets kitchen job for fighting a co-worker, and how breaking his leg while working as a chef — and releasing his career-launching mixtape Dr. Lecter — changed his life.

Bam Bam also his talks about shaving his magnificent beard, his experience on Atlantic Records, his upcoming independent project White Bronco (which is also his DJ name), meeting Magic Johnson and Derek Jeter, and getting a handwritten letter from Robert De Niro (who he appears alongside in the upcoming Scorsese film The Irishman). Check out the full conversation below.

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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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