A Waste Of Time with ItsTheReal
#108: Charlie Wilson
This week on A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, it's our honor and pleasure to welcome the legendary singer Charlie Wilson to the Upper West Side! Uncle Charlie took time from his nationwide tour to sit down with us and talk about Kanye (who exactly suggested Rihanna be on All of the Lights, knowing Ye's Tulsa family growing up, where his version of Flashing Lights is, Rosewood), Snoop Dogg (how Snoop found him homeless at a gas station, Tupac knocking down his door to work together), Pharrell (how Charlie built up his confidence, how shy he was at the beginning, singing reference tracks), and R. Kelly (his writing process for Charlie, Last Name Wilson, playing basketball). Plus living in Los Angeles in the era of sex, drugs and rock & roll, paying tribute to the Rolling Stones in front of them and 30k people, co-writing Computer Love with Zapp, throwing TVs out of windows, being cheated out of music money, being homeless and on drugs, and bouncing back with the help of his wife to create a second half like none other!
#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!