Fun fact: If you’re gonna waste time, it’s always a good idea to waste it with ItsTheReal.
Following their live-taping with Roc-A-Fella Records, the Rosenthal brothers flew out to London to hold another live show with the legendary DJ Semtex.
Since I’m in a rush, I’ma let Eric and Jeff break down their discussion with the world-renowned DJ, radio personality, and author…
For the first time, Semtex speaks in depth on his self-made journey from working-class Manchester to mastering his craft in London and traveling the globe. Semtex discusses how he got into hip-hop, how he became the most in-demand DJ in London, and the doors that his obsession with vinyl records opened up around the world. We talked about how he went from running street teams for Sony Music to establishing Def Jam UK to championing artists like Kanye West, Lauryn Hill, DJ Khaled and Dizzee Rascal early, and what that meant to both his career and theirs. All that, plus meeting Jay-Z and Dame Dash at Roc-A-Fella’s first office, the backstory to his huge Drake interviews, working with Destiny’s Child, attending and videotaping a tiny Kanye after party/cipher, becoming a trusted interviewer, his thoughts on radio, DJs, and downloading sites, the super-real reason he got rid of his entire vinyl collection, and much, much, much more!
Check it below and be sure to revisit the back catalog of ItsTheReal podcasts. In between the live shows, Eric and Jeff held their normal dinners with DJ Green Lantern, J.I.D, Lecrae and Chuck Inglish. All great listens.