I became a fan of Joe Budden's music in high school.

His introspective yet brooding temperament was relatable to a teenager experiencing peak angst who sought refuge in Hip-Hop. Joe's lyricism and transparency resonated with me as an adult as well. His accounts of his bouts of depression and using various vices to cope with them became the soundtrack to my life. The one quality I admired the most about the New Jersey emcee, beyond his wordplay, was his willingness to be the industry's biggest villain.

Recently, when his friends and co-hosts were conspicuously absent from the latest episode of The Joe Budden Podcast, rumors of scandal and discord started to spread. In reality, Joe's co-workers and friends having grievances with his behavior continues a longstanding pattern.

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Sarah Silverman stirred more Louis C.K. controversy when she shared that he used to masturbate in front of her after she gave permission when they were both "kids."

On Monday, Silverman gave a roundabout defense of C.K. during her appearance on Howard Stern's SiriusXM radio show. "I don't know if I'm going to regret saying this," she told Stern. "I'm not making excuses for him, so please don't take this that way. But we are peers, we're equals, so, you know — when we were kids and he asked if he could masturbate in front of me, sometimes I'd go, 'Fuck yeah, I wanna see that!'"

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She clearly didn't intend for her anecdote to justify or outright dismiss C.K.'s actions, as she hastened to clarify, "It's not analogous to the other women that are talking about what he did to them. He could offer me nothing. We were only just friends."

However, Silverman suggested that the childishness and naiveté that marked those encounters went on to encourage C.K.'s sexual misconduct as an industry headliner. "I'm not saying what he did was OK," she urged. "I'm just saying at a certain point when he became influential, not even famous but influential in the world of comedy, it changes. He felt like he was the same person, but the dynamic was different and it was not OK."

Rebecca Corry, one of the women who exposed C.K.'s harassment of female colleagues, took issue with Silverman's remarks on Twitter. Corry emphasized that she and C.K. were also equals when she was subjected to his unprofessionalism and harassment, and he remains "a predator who victimized women for decades and lied about it."

Silverman apologized to Corry, lamenting, "Ugh this is why I don't like weighing in." The exchange between the two reached a cordial tone, with Corry replying, "Thank you...I'm sorry your friend created this situation. We deserve to do our art without having to deal with this shit."

Silverman has expressed her ambivalence about her friend C.K. in the past. On her Hulu show I Love You, America, she gave a brief monologue after the allegations were confirmed: "He wielded his power with women in fucked up ways, sometimes to the point where they left comedy entirely," she said. "I could couch this with heartwarming stories of our friendship and what a great dad he is, but that's totally irrelevant, isn't it? Yes, it is. It's a real mindfuck, because I love Louis. But Louis did these things. Both of those statements are true. So I just keep asking myself, 'Can you love someone who did bad things? Can you still love them?'"

Still, Silverman wasn't disguising her sympathy for C.K. on Monday, telling Stern, "I believe he has remorse. I just want him to talk about it on stage. He's going to have to find his way or not find his way."

Indeed, C.K. has been returning to the comedy club circuit lately and testing new material, including references to his admitted sexual misconduct. He's joked to audiences that in the last year he's been "to Hell and back," "met Hitler in Hell," and "lost $35 million in an hour."


Meg Hanson is a Brooklyn-based writer, teacher, and jaywalker. Find Meg at her website and on Twitter @megsoyung



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Nostalgia certainly runs deep in determining what our favorite music, movies and shows are — it explains the recent reboots of classic '80s and '90s shows, the resurgence of high-waisted jeans, and the hipster record players being sold at Urban Outfitters.

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Whatever your past poison might be, Paul McCartney is here to relinquish some of your Beatles nostalgia — he'll be performing at an unnamed location in New York today at 8 PM. If you weren't invited — like most of us — don't worry, it'll be live-streamed too.

The performance seems to be in promotion of his new album, Egypt Station, which also releases today. Other appearances and performances include The Howard Stern Show on Wednesday and The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon yesterday.

"Over the last days, Paul has been teasing fans and hinting at something coming this week in New York City," reads his website. "Today he confirms he will be joining forces with YouTube Originals to live-stream a secret concert via his channel this coming Friday 7th September to celebrate the release of his new album Egypt Station."

McCartney will be playing tracks from his new album, biggest hits from the Beatles, songs from Wings and other solo works.

From his interview with Howard Stern's SiriusXM show, McCartney only spoke a bit about his new album's name. "I did a painting that kind of had Egyptian-y stuff in it because I like Egyptian [writing]," said McCartney.

However, he did a little more recounting on the days of the Beatles and realized that hindsight is 20/20. "There was a meeting where John came in and said, 'I'm leaving the group.' And looking back on it, he'd reached that stage in his life. We all had," said McCartney. "Even though we thought [Yoko Ono] was intrusive because she used to sit in on the recording sessions and we'd never had anything like that. But looking back on it, you think, 'The guy was totally in love with her. And you've just got to respect that.'"

On his appearance with The Tonight Show, McCartney was a little more goofy and fun and described his album as a concept album rather than a modern pop album — which is a bit contradictory since he worked with a primarily pop producer Greg Kurstin.

Whatever you may think of Paul McCartney, you can't deny that he's a legend and that any chance of seeing him play would be like watching living history. And if you don't have that opportunity, there's always this live-stream at 8PM today.


Amber Wang is a freelancer for Popdust and various other sites. She is also a student at NYU, a photographer and intern at the Stonewall National Monument.


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