Joe Budden Unpacks Rod Wave's "Sold Soul" Post

Joe Budden speculates on what Rod Wave meant in his post about "selling his soul" and possibly retiring from music.

As we previously reported a few days ago, Rod Wave has recently shocked his fanbase following the release of his latest single, "Cold December," in the middle of January. Rod went on to explain via IG Live that he did not want to drop the song but his label essentially forced his hand.

In the video, the Florida-based singer states that he feels as though he "sold his soul" because he doesn't enjoy performing, hinting that he just wants a regular life. He further elaborates that he doesn't like attention and never goes out of his way to receive it.


As fans continue to react to the video, Rod Wave's comments made their way to the Joe Budden Podcast where the hosts discussed what they interpreted from the post. Joe Budden goes on to speculate on what he thinks Rod might have meant when he said he will soon be finished "as Rod Wave" and more, speaking on mental health in the music industry.


"At 22-years-old, his interpretation of the music industry is probably different from what he's experiencing now and he's a primary act," said Joe Budden at the 3-minute mark. "Which means he's being exposed to quite a bit and [the label is] leaning on him quite a lot. The weight could get heavy. We just saw Yung Bleu go through it. He dropped, didn't put on a bad show, then said 'I'm depressed' and put out a project that said 'I'm depressed.' We saw someone else come out publicly recently and speak to just not being okay. Mental health has been a thing for artists for the past few years... Big Sean... we can go on and on. But for a newer act-- Rod Wave hasn't been around for so long-- for a newer act to pick all this up and feel this way so early, I wonder if he means when he says he's only here for a little minute as Rod Wave that he's already trying to figure out a way to get from underneath that."

They crew goes on to discuss Rod Wave's situation for approximately a half-hour on-and-off with Joe finishing his piece explaining that at a certain point in his career, he also tried to rebrand himself, change his artist name, and start brand new.


"That was the first thought that I had too when there were some contract issues and my name was Joe Budden as a rapper. I was like, well, I'm pulling a Prince and I ain't Joe Budden no more and we just gonna rap under something else and start a new group, a new entity.....I don't think a 22-year-old is gonna stop making music. I don't think that."


Watch the video below to hear what Joe Budden, Ice, and Ish had to say.


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