Rapper Jay-Z is widely regarded as one of the greatest rappers of all time and has been a respected emcee in the hip-hop world for over two decades. And while he didn’t charge rappers for a guest verse today, when Joe Budden wanted to hire Hov for a feature, the “Brooklyn’s Finest” rapper hit him with a hefty price tag.
“Pump It Up” is Joe Budden’s greatest song
Joe Budden released his self-titled debut album in 2003, led by lead single “Pump It Up”. The song reached the top 40 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and remains its highest charting song to date, with over 50 million streams on Spotify today.
Budden wanted to recruit Jay-Z for a remix of the song. Interestingly enough, Jay dropped the beat of the song before she ended up with Budden.
When Jay-Z hit Budden with a request for $250,000 for a verse, he had to turn it down because he couldn’t afford it.
Jay-Z wanted $250,000 for ‘Pump It Up’ remix
Budden spoke about the failed collaboration in a 2022 interview on the Return Da Script podcast.
” I do not think so [$250,000] was a big number, I think that was his number,” he said, adding that Jay-Z told him, “That’s my number to rap on this new artist’s remix.
“It was just big in my world, but it wasn’t a big number,” he conceded.
Looking back, he put it down to his naivety as a new rapper. “Look, I’m super young at this point,” he said. “I wasn’t in the studio when [Jay and Budden’s A&R Skane] had the conversation. I knew they had some sort of relationship. It was a Just Blaze beat, and I was green behind my ears. I just thought it was going to happen.
“I didn’t know anything about the business and how things like this are supposed to happen. It was normal,” he said. “It was important to me because it was inaccessible…but the blessing was that he gave a number.”
Although he didn’t join Budden for a remix, Jay-Z did freestyle over the beat, with many claiming he outdid Budden on his own song. Some felt the song was a sly diss aimed at the rapper.
Budden slammed Jay-Z for shelving his album
Budden’s revelation came after Jay-Z’s 2022 interview on Kevin Hart’s show Heart to Heart where he talked about never charging for a feature and worked with rappers based on relationships.
Jay-Z then became president of Def Jam, which Budden signed with when he released his debut album. Budden’s second album was shelved for years, and Budden believed it was because of the strained relationship between the two.
“I didn’t know anything back then, and when you don’t know enough, all there is to do is feel, just be sensitive to things, be reactive to things,” said Budden said. “If you don’t know. I didn’t know anything about s***.
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