Complex Parts Ways With Everyday Struggle Co-Host Joe Budden
Complex has announced that New York rapper Joe Budden will no longer host its daily web show Everyday Struggle. The website said Budden was leaving the show after failing to reach an agreement, but did not specify about what.
“The show will be back in the New York with all new episodes and guests. We wish Joe all the best and thank him for a great 2017,” the website told Billboard. “We love and respect him; we believe he’s terrific but the reality is we couldn’t reach an agreement.”
Budden and his co-host DJ Akademiks have built a moderately sized audience for their grumpy style of commentary and interviews in the eight months since the show debuted. Their provocations have led to public feuds with major artists ranging from Migos to Chance the Rapper, but this never seemed to endanger either host’s job.
However Budden hinted yesterday (Dec. 18) in a series of tweets that something was amiss. “I am not on paternity & they should stop using my 3 day old child to mask internal chaos, thx,” he tweeted at DJ Whoo Kid, who claimed he was temporarily filling Budden’s spot on the show because the rapper’s second child was born on Friday. This morning, Budden wrote, “i gotta get another job soon. Lol.”
Complex’s confirmation of Budden’s departure comes hours after Quavo and Lil Yachty released a video for their song “Ice Tray” that opens with a parody of Budden’s tirade against Yachty, whom Budden said was “fruity” and “ruining the culture.”
Budden spent this evening retweeting supportive comments.