Rapper turned podcaster Joe Budden is not having the best end to his 2020 summer, if that is even possible during a global pandemic. Despite his podcast rocketing him to even bigger success, all his troubles have continued to follow him. The past few weeks, it seems as if a bunch of chickens have come home to roost.
Back in 2018, Joe Budden’s star rose much differently than the music career that he’d had before. After “retiring” from music, Budden took his personality to the podcast space and created his now-hit show, The Joe Budden Podcast. Though his podcast first started in 2015, he signed a mega deal with Spotify a few years ago to expand help Spotify solidify their push into the podcasting space.
That dream has come to an end, according to Joe himself. In late August, Budden announced on his show that he was leaving the platform – unsure of where he was taking the show to next. “September 23rd, I cannot tell you where this podcast will be,” he says. “But as it stands, I can tell you where it will not be, and that is Spotify.”
Budden went on to claim that the company is “pillaging” the podcast space and his show for their audiences, specifically. He alleged that the company wouldn’t pay bonuses or allow time off for holidays that fell on taping days, like Christmas and New Year’s Eve. “Spotify never cared about this podcast individually,” he said.
“Spotify only cared about our contribution to the platform.” The podcast was also a change of pace from his earlier career in reality TV, which unfortunately has followed him due to the relationships that he’s had in his personal life, which were often featured.
His previous appearances on reality show Love and Hip-Hop: New York detailed relationships with two women, Tahiry Jose and then Cyn Santana. Both women eventually received proposals from the hip-hop star, on the air, though Budden is still unmarried to this day. Over the seasons, Tahiry and Joe’s tumultuous relationship was shown in depth – and she’s recently brought up some of their issues again.
She shared in a recent interview with Hollywood Unlocked that the “Pump It Up” rapper abused her during their previous relationship. Jose claimed that she woke up by Joe, who was “dragging me by my ankle” at one point, and also claimed a broken nose and a push down the stairs.
“It started with verbal abuse, emotional abuse and it eventually turned to that. I still fear for my safety. He hurt me bad and I just stayed quiet. I went to the hospital and he sat next to me. I lied to the doctors and said I was cleaning a cabinet and fell in the kitchen. And then he rapped about it,” she said during her remarks.
It seems to match a pattern, because the mother of Joe’s child, Cyn Santana, is claiming Joe did similar to her – and went so far as to record him during a wide-ranging conversation about their relationship, their child and more.
During a recording that has come to light, Cyn Santana and Joe Budden can be heard arguing back and forth, with Santana repeatedly trying to guide the conversation back to their child, which Budden claims he just wants to work out co-parenting arrangements for.
In the clip, Cyn Santana can be repeatedly heard asking for space, seemingly not wanting to meet Joe in person – which seems opposite of what he wants. When he gets belligerent, Cyn Santana can be heard asking why he wants to meet with her, seeming very reticent because of some previous interactions possibly.
“Why? so you can chase me and drag me again?,” she can be heard replying after he asks to connect in person once again.
Hear the conversation for yourself below, in which Santana’s remarks mentioned above start around the 13:00 minute mark.