“The Joe Budden Podcast” Reveals Impressive Year-End Stats, Despite Rory & Mal Departure

Jamil “Mal” Clay, Rory Farrell, Joe Budden

“The Joe Budden Podcast” Reveals Impressive Year-End Stats, Despite Rory & Mal Departure

To say “The Joe Budden Podcast” has been tumultuous in 2021 would be an understatement. With two of the show’s longest-running cohosts, Rory and Mal getting booted from the podcast, it left some doubting the shows’ success. While Joe Budden continued on with two new hosts, Rory and Mal picked up the pieces and signed a new deal with SiriusXM’s Stitcher. Although things were pretty hectic at first, it appears Joe Budden beat the odds and in the words of Jay Z, “numbers don’t lie”!

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According to a Twitter post from The Joe Buddent Podcast account, the show received over two million plays per week for a total of 104,000,000 plays in 2021. The stats also reveal, the podcast generated a 78% average completion rate while releasing two podcast episodes per week, reaching 214 countries.


These stats come as a surprise to sone seeing how things have been rather complicated this year surrounding the “Joe Budden Podcast”. As previously reported, Mal (Born Jamil Clay) and Rory (full name Rory Farrell) made headlines last year when news broke that they would no longer be on Joe Budden’s podcast due to a falling out with the rapper. In an alleged leaked audio from earlier this year, Joe Budden addresses the pair allegedly not pulling their weight and still feeling “entitled to more.” He states:

“‘Change the splits. Change the benchmarks.’ Hey, y’all go get a deal and bring it back. I’ll take less… Not much less, but I’ll take less if y’all source it. Aye, y’all go get the advertiser and the integration. Aye, we talk about these deals all the time! You bring it, you eat different. I bring it, I eat different. You n****s ain’t brought s**t!”

Joe Budden continues:

“I won’t say what I wanna say, but y’all will not continue to treat me this way. Y’all not gonna continue to treat these people this way. Y’all take that f*****g dark energy, that arrogance, and that entitlement somewhere else. I say all of that to say we gonna do this, since Rory feels like he has so many options here. Somehow he still feels like he’s running the show. He still feels like he has choices and options. He feels like he’s entitled to more. Rory, you are in breach of your contract, and from this point forward you are fired. And you’re not welcome back. Does anyone in here have a problem that I’m the person that has to say that? Mal, I’m the person that has to say that. The gall of you…”

Rory was a part of the podcast from its launch back in 2015 when it was named ‘I’ll Name This Podcast Later.’ Mal joined  the following year. Since leaving the podcast the pair have started their own show called ‘New Rory & Mal.’


What are your thoughts? Are you surprised that “The Joe Budden’s podcast” is still doing so well following Rory and Mal’s split? Let us know down below!


Authored by: Monique Nicole