“Pretty much every song that I’m on, I’m asked to be on,” Jay-Z said. “I don’t ask people to be on their songs. I never charge.”
That last sentence recently caught the ear of Joe Budden, who came out on July 18 during the “Flip Da Script” podcast and said that Jay-Z charged him $250,000 to lay a verse on his hit song “Pump It Up.”
“I don’t think that was a big number, I think that was his number,” Budden said. “It was just big in my world, but it wasn’t a big number.”
Budden continues to explain that he didn’t know any better because he was new to the music industry.
“I’m super young at that moment,” Budden said. “It was a Just Blaze beat and I was green behind the ears. I just thought that it would get done. I didn’t know anything about the business and how things like that are supposed to go.”
Having Jay-Z on one of your songs has to be a surreal moment, but paying that much might have you second-guessing a lot of things.