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We demand justice for Rory
By Byron Crawford • Issue #303 • View online
I can’t stand idly by and watch Joe Budden kick his podcast co-host Rory to the curb as if he were actual garbage. The black community owes Rory more than this.
Rory, if you’re not familiar, is one of the white guys on the Budden podcast, along with Parks, who works as an engineer for DJ Premier.
Whereas Parks is tall and retains some of his CAC demeanor (he sometimes gives advice on doing your taxes), Rory is short and gives off the vibe of being the one white guy in a black gang, who’s presumably the most dangerous of the bunch. In fact, he was once in a black fraternity and once learned to do those silly, homoerotic dance routines.
He’s also significantly younger than the other guys on the show, which raises the question of where this guy came from. Did he used to hang out with Joe Budden when he was like 12 and Budden was 30?
One of the great thrills of listening to the Joe Budden Podcast, of which there are so many, was hearing Budden continually refer to Rory as a dreaded n-word and wondering if he’d ever accidentally slip and say it.
There’s many an episode of Drink Champs in which, three hours into a seemingly interminable episode, DJ EFN—a Cuban who sounds like a white guy when he talks—will randomly drop a few n-bombs. Noreaga doesn’t seem to notice, which leads me to believe that he says it all the time when they’re not on air.
The Budden show just plain won’t be the same without Rory. There’ll still be at least one guy on the show (it’s never clear to me just how many people are in the room), but Parks isn’t referred to as a dreaded n-word as often, in part because he’s rarely addressed. It’s not clear to me that he’s even supposed to be talking.
A few weeks ago, there was a weird episode, in which it was clear that Rory wanted to fight Joe Budden, like maybe he’d found out—right before they started recording—that Budden had made sweet, passionate love to his wife. Remember that “Mad Real World” sketch from “Chappelle’s Show,” in which the corny white guy brought his girlfriend with the powerful rack (Katie, I believe her name was) to town for the weekend, and a black guy made sweet, passionate love to her?
These things have been known to happen.
Then Rory and fellow co-host Mal, who’s related to one of the guys from Roc-A-Fella Records (not Jay-Z), were gone for like a month. Budden continued recording with a couple of black guys he may have found on a street corner, and the show was only somewhat worse than normal.
Perhaps realizing this, Rory and Mal tucked their tails between their legs and returned to the show. But it was clear that none of the underlying problems had been resolved. Rory still seemed like he “had time today.”
Apparently, Rory has since had his manager and/or lawyer contact Budden’s manager, Ian (who also manages DJ Premier and Parks), and that was the final straw. Rory, who, along with Joe Budden, has spent hours and hours on end blathering about artists being exploited by the industry, wanted to see his own contract, and Budden was like, fuck that shit!
I wonder if all of Budden’s various co-hosts, producers and what have you were getting effed in the a, or if Rory was singled out for abuse because he’s white and small in stature. If it’s the latter, that would explain why he wanted to fight. He’s done a lot for the black community in his 30 or so years, and it’s not right that he’s being treated this way.
I might have to stop listening to the Joe Budden Podcast, especially if he starts charging $5 a month.
Take it easy on yourself,


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