Joe Budden, known for his sharp criticism, has recently targeted Cardi B’s new single “Bongos”, featuring Megan Thee Stallion and a dembow beat that highlights Cardi’s Latin heritage. Despite finally receiving recognition for his 2000s hit “Pump It Up”, Budden’s critique of the song led Cardi to suggest on Instagram that he has a problem with her.
In the latest episode of The Joe Budden Podcast, the former rapper described “Bongos” as “a science project” and criticized it for being formulaic, even though the song is unique in the hip-hop genre. Budden conceded that the beat was catchy but predicted the song wouldn’t be successful, despite featuring two of the biggest female rappers.
Budden went further, expressing his dislike for the song and stating it was inferior to other songs like ‘WAP’ and ‘Up’. He also suggested that this was Cardi’s attempt to follow up her debut album and predicted that the song wouldn’t receive the necessary financial backing to succeed. His comments represent a complete turnaround from his previous remarks about Cardi.
In response, Cardi accused Budden of hypocrisy, noting that while he is quick to critique others’ work, he is sensitive to criticism of his own work and business practices. She pointed out that he becomes defensive when faced with criticism and expects people to understand and side with him.
Budden has had conflicts with other rappers as well. He had disputes with Logic in 2019 and 2020, which ended in an apology after Logic revealed his struggles with suicidal thoughts. Last year, Budden criticized Earl Sweatshirt’s new album, leading Earl to laugh at him and suggest that Budden’s harsh criticism was due to his own music’s failure. Budden also apologized to Megan Thee Stallion for making insensitive jokes about her shooting incident involving Tory Lanez.
Interestingly, none of these rappers have been accused of violent behavior towards women or sexual harassment of former employees, unlike Budden. It’s also speculated that Budden may be wrong about “Bongos”, which was never intended to replicate the success of “WAP”.