Budden Makes Power Move for Creatives
The polarizing podcast host and former rapper Joe Budden is making headlines after announcing his newest partnership with the membership platform Patreon.
With the new subscription-based platform, Joe is giving fans bonus content and extra podcast episodes that will not be found on the traditional Digital Streaming Platforms (DSPs).
This move seemed like the next natural step for Budden and his team following their split from Spotify after choosing to not re-negotiate their contract.
Since his podcast began, Joe has used his voice to champion creators and criticize major platforms like Spotify and Apple Music for the lack of compensation they give to contributors.
Joe’s passion and determination were rewarded as he was also named “Head of Creator Equity” at Patreon allowing him to bridge the gap for content creators being acknowledged and compensated.
“The Joe Budden Podcast” has done very well since it first began in February 2015. The series has tallied over 400 episodes and also won the award for Best Hip-Hop Platform at the 2020 BET Hip-Hop Awards.
The success of the podcast in combination with Spotify not paying Budden appropriately led to Patreon CEO Jack Conte contacting him to discuss a potential deal.
Budden spoke about how confident he feels in his new venture with Patreon
“We were aligned in our ideology and our view of things, I walked away from those conversations with a good feeling. Having a platform like Patreon actually wanting to do right for creators, that was such an abnormal feeling — but it shouldn’t be.”
The entry-level Homies tier ($5/month) includes one bonus video podcast per month, priority notice on live events and access to a members-only chat community on Discord.
Family ($10/month) features two bonus video podcasts per month plus merch discounts, patron-only polls, and live event pre-sale codes.
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