There was a lot of excitement this week when Joe Budden promoted his now-released interview with Isaiah Rashad, Rashad’s first public interview since a sex tape leaked in February revealing he may be gay. . The house is burning the artist talked about it in his performance at Coachella, but of his own volition. Joe Budden questioned the front tape and how Rashad identifies, to which the TDE rapper replied that he was “sexually fluid”. Budden appeared not to understand what that meant and assumed the 31-year-old was not monogamous before Isaiah provided clarification. Needless to say, the internet wasn’t happy with artist Budden after seeing this.
Isaiah Rashad didn’t need to do this interview, and if he did, Joe Budden didn’t know enough about it to do it.
— Daric C., MA (He/Him/El) (@DaricCott) May 27, 2022
I’m happy for Isaiah, and it sucks that he got exposed like that. He deserved to tell us when he was ready. But more importantly, Joe Budden, the Bruiser, shouldn’t be the one to have the conversation with for many reasons, mainly because he doesn’t have the range. https://t.co/PzUWwBThmt
— Lex (@iamlexstylz) May 27, 2022
Beyond the sexual preference implications here, people just feel like Isaiah doesn’t need to talk about it at all. This event has forced viewers to once again wonder why Budden and other former rappers are allowed to operate in a journalistic capacity. The lines between journalists and media personalities have blurred over the years as rappers and celebrities with big platforms have brought their fanbases into the podcasting game, quickly outpacing independent creators who were doing it long before them. This phenomenon isn’t going to stop anytime soon, nor are the outspoken journalists who think they’ll handle these opportunities far more carefully than those who end up getting them.
Check out Joe Budden and Isaiah Rashad’s interview above, and more reactions below.
Isaiah Rashad didn’t need to do this interview with Joe Budden. It didn’t help or change anything. The people who really rocked with him didn’t care and didn’t expect an explanation.
– ᴅᴏʟʟᴀʀ (@callmedollar) May 27, 2022
Imagine doing one of the most important interviews of your career with Joe Budden, the music media is truly in a sorry state
— Al Shipley (@alshipley) May 27, 2022
This interview with Isaiah Rashad is infuriating and another missed opportunity.
Please stop going to Joe Budden, Charlemagne Tha God and the rest of those hip hop bloggers and “personalities” who lack the range, depth, maturity and expertise to tackle these types of topics.
—Ernest Owens (@MrErnestOwens) May 27, 2022