- Joe Budden has criticized Frank Ocean for his controversial Coachella performance.
- “They could have bought DaBaby for a quarter of the price,” he said.
- Budden also called Ocean a “hustler” for the way he left Def Jam in 2016.
Joe Budden has a few choice words for Frank Ocean after his controversial Coachella performance earlier this month.
The “Pyramids” singer headlined the music festival on April 16, marking his first live show since 2017. However, after arriving on stage nearly an hour late, his performance was cut short. due to Coachella’s midnight curfew.
The performance was heavily criticized due to Ocean being “largely invisible” to the crowd at all times and his lack of providing live vocals on several of their biggest hits.
Ocean later withdrew from his second Coachella performance, citing a leg injury.
Discussing Ocean’s set on the latest episode of “The Joe Budden Podcast,” which aired Tuesday, Budden called the singer arrogant.
“I’d beat the crap out of you,” he said. “What the hell are you talking about you fucking idiot? Everyone is here because of your stupid ass that hasn’t put out music in a long time, and you can’t even confirm if there will be any new music?”
Ocean, whose most recent studio album “Blonde” was released in 2016, teased fans at Coachella with a new album, telling the crowd one was coming, but “not right now.”
“Get the hell out of here,” Budden added. “They could have bought DaBaby for a quarter of the price.”
Elsewhere on the podcast, Budden also called Ocean a “con man” for the way he got out of his record deal with Def Jam in 2016.
“I think most scams are cool,” the “Pump It Up” rapper said. “He will always use the scammer label for me. That screwed up a lot of artists, he didn’t care. He Lost a lot of artist revenue streams, put Apple out of the game, he didn’t care.”
Budden accused Ocean of releasing his visual album “Endless” just to fulfill his contract with the label, before releasing his second album “Blonde” independently the next day.
“Apple exclusive deals where Apple comes in and pays a ton of money to have Apple’s exclusive project for a week, two weeks, something like that,” he explained. “Frank Ocean was on his contract with Def Jam, so he couldn’t do that. He had one album left to deliver to Def Jam and they had a hard time negotiating about it.”
“It’s rumored that Apple gave Frank Ocean the money to give Def Jam to match everything and gave them an album, and then he was left out of that deal,” he added. “But then the next day he put out the other album at Apple,” he added.