On a current episode of Joe Budden’s podcast, the previous rapper introduced that the present — which is a must-listen for hip-hop followers — shall be leaving Spotify as soon as his two-year contract with the platform expires subsequent month.
Since August 2018, “The Joe Budden Podcast with Rory & Mal” has been streamed solely via the media providers supplier, a partnership that Joe and his crew have been initially enthusiastic about. So, what modified?
What occurred to Joe Budden on Spotify?
In a frank dialog on his Aug. 26 podcast, the 39-year-old acknowledged that he was leaping ship as a result of the corporate “undermined and undervalued” his programming.
“Spotify by no means cared about this podcast individually,” Joe claimed. “Spotify solely cared about our contribution to the platform… Spotify is pillaging. You pillage the viewers from the podcast, and also you’ve continued to pillage every step of the way in which.”
The on-air character defined that a big chunk of his frustration stems from “wage disparity.” For example, Joe alleged that the streaming service didn’t pay his crew bonuses, however as soon as provided Rolex watches in its place. He was later advised that those he chosen have been too costly.
Joe additionally revealed that he wasn’t allowed to take Christmas and New 12 months’s off as a result of it might imply lacking an episode or two. In response to him, it didn’t matter to execs that the present had already exceeded listener expectations by 900 %.
Regardless of laying all of it on the desk, Joe stated he isn’t attempting to burn bridges. “I don’t wanna come off as indignant, upset, or bitter as a result of the fact of it’s we each hit our objectives,” he shared, referring to the podcast’s success on Spotify.
Following Joe’s announcement, a rep for Spotify advised Selection that the corporate had hoped to maintain the cultural critic in-house. “As Joe referenced on his present, we made him a substantial provide — one which was considerably bigger and plenty of instances the worth of the present settlement,” the spokesperson famous.
However, he rejected the proposed phrases. “We respect his needs to discover a new house for his present,” Spotify’s assertion concluded.