Everyday Struggle: Complex confirm Joe Budden has quit

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Joe Budden fronts Complex’s Everyday Struggle alongside DJ Akademiks

Joe Budden has quit Everyday Struggle, it has been confirmed. It was previously unclear as to whether Budden would return to the online hip-hop debate show but Complex confirmed the rapper’s departure on 20 December.

The Pump It Up rapper had been missing in action from the YouTube series all week with DJ Whoo Kid stepping in as his replacement alongside DJ Akademiks and moderator Nadeska Alexis. Many assumed Budden, 37, was on paternity leave for the week following the birth of his son on Friday (15 December) but he stated it was down to “internal chaos”.

Confirming Budden’s permanent departure, Everyday Struggle tweeted: “On behalf of the entire Everyday Struggle team, we would like to thank Joe Budden for an amazing 2017. We wish him all the best in 2018 and beyond.”

Akademiks also addressed his partner’s absence in a Twitch session on 19 December and said that he wished they were able to film a farewell episode for Budden.

Complex also told Billboard: “Joe Budden is not continuing as a host on Everyday Struggle in 2018. The show will be back in the New Year with all new episodes and guests. We wish Joe all the best and thank him for a great 2017.”

In the latest episode of his podcast, Budden revealed how Everyday Struggle was his brainchild and that asking for a pay-rise led to “corporate” tension behind-the-scenes. The musician explained: “I didn’t ask them for a lot, for what I did. My very first day on the job I told them what I did.

“It’s why this thing with Complex is so befuddling to me. I wasn’t asking for a lot. I’m not giving Complex credit for s**t. This is where we go wrong. I take pride in that I was able to really see s**t through. I’m not playing [a corporate game], I’m not afraid. I have no quarrel in my ability to create. There was zero effort to get this done in a correct manner. I do too much on the ground floor. I’m sorry that ya’ll sold your company to Verizon and don’t care or give a f**k what happens to it. I had a great year. God is in control of all of this. In unemployment, I predict 2018 to be way greater.”

Replying to fans who were questioning Budden’s whereabouts, DJ Whoo Kid tweeted: “@JoeBudden will be back. He’s on baby duties this week. I’m not taking his spot on @EverydayStrugg lol. Holy s**t. I’m just passing thru this week. Sheesh. Calm the hell down. Lol. And congrats to Joe on his newborn son.”

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Throwing a spanner in the works, Budden replied: “I am not on paternity & they should stop using my 3 day old child to mask internal chaos, thx.”

He later added in a series of tweets: “Yeah nah.. Creators will be properly acknowledged & compensated, or they won’t create…. Integrity… I created that show… I’ll create another if need be… & another & another….. it’s when u CANT create that you move WITHOUT integrity.”

Watch DJ Akademiks discuss Joe Budden’s departure:

Cyn Santana, Budden’s girlfriend and mother of his newborn son, also replied to a follower who questioned if the musician had left the show: “Joey ain’t on it… so basically yeah cause…”

Alongside co-debater Ak and host Nadeska, Budden launched the hip-hop debate in May. It has not been without controversy with highlights including Budden’s awkward interview with Lil Yachty and a near-altercation with Migos which has escalated into a so-called rap beef.

It seems Complex really weren’t willing to cut Joey those Friday cheques after all. Can Everyday Struggle survive without Joe?

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