A Waste Of Time with ItsTheReal
#159: I Luv Lola
Today on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, Day 10 of the #12DaysOfPodcasts, we welcome music industry veteran I Luv Lola to the Upper West Side! Lola shares her journey from a tiny village in Albania to coming to North America and settling in a suburb outside Toronto, where she took to high school in goth clothing, went to Blink-182 and Papa Roach concerts, and made her way through University as a sociology major by working five jobs at once. Lola talks about getting inspiration from a XXL Magazine piece on The Game, diving into hip-hop journalism, interviewing Tony Yayo and T.I., throwing parties in Canada, catching a Greyhound bus to network in New York City, seeing Big Sean's first show at SOB's, jumping on planes to Atlanta to be at every event, riding around in a car with 8Ball, and making sure that everyone knew the name Lola. We discuss working with French Montana, Belly, Rick Ross and Lemon, meeting Julius Caesar, Kim Kardashian and Rihanna, starting your own brand and creating equally beneficial partnerships. All that, plus 4-wheeling in Dubai, English being Lola's third language, why exactly it's ILuvLola.net, and much more! PS: Be sure to check out JeezyShop.com for all things Jeezy: his tour, his merch and his new album, Pressure, available now!
#317: The Return of Aminatou Sow
This week on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal we welcome back podcaster, businesswoman and NYT best-selling co-author of Big Friendship, our friend Aminatou Sow! With Amina on the phone, we discuss the expectations when signing a book contract, the relationship between authors and the publisher's editor, the benefits of bringing on an additional editor, who exactly Ann and Amina wrote their memoir for, what they learned about friendship overall and specifically in a quarantine, and the feelings that come with presenting art to the public. We talk about Trump's disastrous response to COVID-19, his disastrous presidency and his meaningless game show Celebrity Apprentice, the pod family Amina has lived with over the last six months, the must-watch elements of Tik Tok, how NYC has changed during this crisis and how disappointing Bill De Blasio has been as mayor. All that, plus DJ Khaled, Rick Ross, Logic, MTV, Nick Cannon and much more!
#316: Director at New York Civil Liberties Union Yusuf Abdul-Qadir
In this special episode of A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, we speak with Yusuf Abdul-Qadir, Director at the New York Civil Liberties Union, who recently went viral, thanks to his powerful message aboutpolice policies, spending and officer accountability concerning his hometown of Syracuse, NY. We speak about bringing meaningful change to the local level, the national level and the transnational level, how a message is disseminated and the role media should play, and whether Syracuse's current leadership can be trusted with enacting forward movement. Yusuf discusses growing up the youngest of eight children, the differences in being raised in The Bronx vs. Rockland County, the full effect his father's loss had on his life, and the joy he's found in raising his own young daughter. We get into Yusuf's time as an undergrad at Syracuse University, the Islamic faith's belief that one should lead when called upon, how he found activismand took it global, and why he came back to raise his family in the city of Syracuse. All that, plus the challenges in running for high school and collegiate office, whether this country will ever even the playing field for children regardless of where they grow up, if there's any light fare he can watch to get his mind off of things, and much more!
#315: Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of Teflon Don with Rick Ross and Friends
This week on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal we're celebrating the 10th Anniversary of Rick Ross' classic album Teflon Don by reliving the making-of with Rozay and his collaborators Jadakiss, Styles P, Lex Luger, Spiff TV and Chris Atlas as well as analysis from The New York Times pop critic Jon Caramanica!