Joe Budden & Ebro Trade Shots Over "Seat Filler" Comments

Ebro and Hot 97 fire back after Joe Budden says he was asked if he was a "seat filler" at Summer Jam.

BYAron A.

The controversy surrounding Summer Jam continues but this time, it surrounds Joe Budden. No, the ex-rapper wasn’t scheduled to perform at the UBS Arena in Elmont, New York on June 4th. However, he was apparently invited as a guest to this year’s festivities. Things apparently got shaky when he tried to get to his seat, as explained on his eponymous podcast. “This is a new theater here, new show in town, we are excited to just be here. You could feel the excitement,” he said. “But anyway, I get there, the girl says, ‘Are you a seat filler?'”

Budden explained that a large portion of the crowd consisted of “Long Island radio head people” who were “ not used to famous people wandering around.” “So I said, ‘No, I am not a seat filler.’ And she said, ‘Alright, who are you with?’ And I said, ‘Me.’ And then she said, ‘No, what I’m saying is what organization are you with?’ And then I said, ‘Ma’am, I don’t think you understand what I’m saying to you. I’m the organization. Please direct me to my f***ing tickets.'”

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Ebro Fires Back At Joe Budden

Joe Budden's comments eventually got on the radar of Hot 97 host Ebro, who relayed it to the Summer Jam team and they weren’t necessarily happy about it. First, Ebro explained that Summer Jam solely profits from sponsors rather than ticket sales, so there would be no need to use “seat fillers.” “Most ridiculous lie ever told,” TT Torrez said in a group chat along with Ebro and Funk Flex. “Trying to use his platform to dimension our brand when he was an invited guest to our show. I really don’t understand the reasoning for this!”

Another exchange with another Hot 97 employee, Brad, revealed that Joe Budden also extended a thank you text for the hospitality. “What’s Joe’s angle here? Clicks?” Brad said. “Also, obviously not true [as] I was the one who met him and brought him backstage and he wasn’t even acknowledging fans saying what up, let alone having full on convos.” In response, he and Ebro agreed to “share this.”

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A “Non Story”

Ebro shared the slew of text messages with the tweet reading, “Since I don’t manage Summer Jam any longer the team that does has a message for ya’ll…. And @JoeBudden.” In response, Budden asked, “What’s this about?” to which Ebro said, “Tweets. Play along. Say something controversial.” Once a fan brought up Budden’s comments on his podcast, he clarified, “That lady didn’t even work for Hot… non story here.” Check out the exchange below. 

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Aron A. is a features editor for HotNewHipHop. Beginning his tenure at HotNewHipHop in July 2017, he has comprehensively documented the biggest stories in the culture over the past few years. Throughout his time, Aron’s helped introduce a number of buzzing up-and-coming artists to our audience, identifying regional trends and highlighting hip-hop from across the globe. As a Canadian-based music journalist, he has also made a concerted effort to put spotlights on artists hailing from North of the border as part of Rise & Grind, the weekly interview series that he created and launched in 2021. Aron also broke a number of stories through his extensive interviews with beloved figures in the culture. These include industry vets (Quality Control co-founder Kevin "Coach K" Lee, Wayno Clark), definitive producers (DJ Paul, Hit-Boy, Zaytoven), cultural disruptors (Soulja Boy), lyrical heavyweights (Pusha T, Styles P, Danny Brown), cultural pioneers (Dapper Dan, Big Daddy Kane), and the next generation of stars (Lil Durk, Latto, Fivio Foreign, Denzel Curry). Aron also penned cover stories with the likes of Rick Ross, Central Cee, Moneybagg Yo, Vince Staples, and Bobby Shmurda.