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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.”

Listen below…

This week on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal we welcome one half of The Cool Kids, the influential producer and rapper, Chuck Inglish to the Upper West Side! Chuck discusses growing up in Detroit the son of an auto worker and a nurse, hearing dice games outside his house that reminded him of rap album skits, seeing Cecil Fielder pull up in a car straight out of a Dr. Dre video, and playing drums in his friends’ Sublime-like band. Chuck talks about how a skateboard accident got him into making beats, what he would have done if music wasn’t his career, what the city of Chicago means to him, and the fear that existed when label heads started to inquire about The Cool Kids. We get into the sound Chuck defined, the influence it’s had across music, and in his most revealing statements yet, why exactly Chuck and Mikey took their hiatus and why right now was the right time to link back up. All that, plus working with Bun B, Asher Roth, and Kid Cudi, hanging out at Alchemist’s home studio and Mac Miller’s home studio, predicting success for Fetty Wap, what he saw early in Drake, and so much more!

Related: Watch The Cool Kids’ New Comedy Series ‘Shit Show’ (Episode 1)