Joe Budden calls J. Cole a racial slur for making a song with BTS’ J-Hope
After announcing that btsIt is J-hope would be the next band member to apply to have his military suspension of service terminated, fans were thrilled to hear that a farewell song would be released.
The single “On The Street” was also a big opportunity for J-Hope as he was collaborating with his idol, the American rapper and record producer. J. Cole!
Fans and netizens loved the song, but it seems not everyone was a fan of J. Cole who worked with the BTS member.
8th of March, Joe Budden shared a video titled “Joe Budden fires J.Cole for PANDERING after BTS collab”. Joe Budden is a controversial former rapper and podcast host known for his performances Love and hip hop in New York.
At the beginning of the clip, Budden and his co-hosts talk about the recent release from J. Cole, where the artist used a YouTube producer’s beat on a song and said it was “flatter‘ before mentioning BTS as another example of pimping.
He first credits J-Hope as “the K-pop guy who should be in ARMY” before listening to part of the track.
The other presenters admit the song isn’t bad, while Budden does something off-screen. He then holds a plaque that reads “raccoons” written on.
“Coon” is an insult typically used against people of African descent, rooted in anti-Black cartoons. Budden refers to the co-hosts and J.Cole as raccoons for enjoying music featuring J-Hope and challenging their “darkness”.
To make matters worse, during the latter part of the video, Budden unknowingly tells one of the co-hosts defending the song that BTS often said “n*gga” in songs, likely referring to times when that Korean word was used her is used.
Fans and regular viewers defended J. Cole and J-Hope in comments accompanying the video, citing the BTS member’s longstanding admiration for J. Cole.
This isn’t the first time Joe Budden has said something negative about BTS without being asked. You can read more about the last time below.
Joe Budden under fire for claiming he hates BTS ‘for no reason’ and calling members Chinese