Joe Budden has announced that his popular program The Joe Budden Podcast with Rory and Mal will no longer air on Spotify, as Variety and the Verge report. Budden announced the news in the latest episode of the podcast, which was released earlier today (August 26). “September 23rd, I cannot tell you where this podcast will be,” Budden said. “But as it stands, I can tell you where it will not be, and that is Spotify.” The show has been a Spotify exclusive podcast for the past two years.
According to Variety and the Verge, Budden stated that the streaming service was “pillaging” his audience. Budden reportedly spent a large part of the three-and-a-half hour podcast detailing his deal with Spotify. Budden also reportedly stated that the streaming giant “never cared about this podcast individually.” Budden also said that the podcast has been “undermined and undervalued.” Budden suggested that only seven more episodes of the podcast will be released on Spotify.
Pitchfork has reached out to Spotify for further comment.