Joe Budden revealed that DJ Akademiks was not originally supposed to be the person who sat opposite him on Everyday Struggle.
“Everyday Struggle was supposed to be me and Elliott Wilson. And we would look for a moderator. That’s what was supposed to happen,” said Budden.
“Then Elliott called and was like, ‘I don’t know if I’m doing it, Joe. I got an offer over here, I’m living over here. I think I’m pulling out out of respect for you, I’m letting you know,'” Budden continued.
“Then it was like, ‘Ok, now we have a genius concept, but these shows are personality based and that’s a chemistry thing. When you have to search for chemistry, you are in a bind. So Noah [Callahan-Bever] at Complex, he was like, ‘Alright, I’m a just start bringing some people in, we’ll start looking at some people.’ And Ak was one of those people.”
The show ended up being a hit because of the chemistry between Budden and Ak.
Would Elliott Wilson have been a better pick?