Joe Budden Calls J. Cole A Racial Slur For Making A Song With BTS’s J-Hope

This is not the first time Joe Budden has said something negative about BTS.

After the announcement that BTS‘s J-Hope would be the next group member to submit a request to terminate his military enlistment postponement, fans were thrilled to hear that a farewell song would be released.


The single “On The Street” was a huge occasion for J-Hope as well, as he was able to work with his idol American rapper and record producer, J. Cole!

J. Cole (left) and J-Hope (right) | BIGHIT MUSIC

Fans and netizens loved the song, but it seems like not everyone was a fan of J. Cole working with the BTS member.

On March 8, Joe Budden shared a video titled “Joe Budden FIRES at J.Cole For PANDERING After BTS Collab.” Joe Budden is a former rapper and controversial podcast host known for appearing on Love & Hip Hop New York.

Joe Budden | @joebudden/Instagram

At the beginning of the clip, Budden and his co-hosts are talking about J. Cole’s recent release, where the artist used a YouTube producer’s beat for a song, saying that it was “pandering” before mentioning BTS as another example of pandering.

He first refers to J-Hope as “the K-Pop guy that’s supposed to be in the ARMY” before they listen to a part of the track.

The other hosts admit that the song is not bad, while Budden is seen doing something off-screen.  He then holds up a board with the word “coons” written on it.

“Coon” is a slur generally used against people of African descent and is rooted in anti-black caricatures. Budden refers to the co-hosts and J.Cole as coons for enjoying the music featuring J-Hope, challenging their “blackness.”

To make things worse, during the end portion of the video Budden ignorantly tells one of the co-hosts that defended the song that BTS said “n*gga” often in songs, likely referencing moments when the Korean word naega (meaning “I”) is used.

Fans and regular viewers defended J. Cole and J-Hope in the video’s comments, citing the BTS member’s long admiration for J. Cole.

| Joe Budden/YouTube
| Joe Budden/YouTube
| Joe Budden/YouTube

This is not the first time Joe Budden has said something negative about BTS unprompted. You can read more about the last time below.

Joe Budden Under Fire For Claiming He Hates BTS “For No Reason” And Calling The Members Chinese


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