Amp, the new live-radio app from Amazon—has announced that rapper and media mogul Joe Budden will be launching a brand-new weekly show starting on May 16 at 5 p.m. EDT. The show, Music Lovers Only With Joe Budden (@joebudden on Amp), is the latest production from the legendary artist and personality, who has built a media empire around being one of hip-hop’s most interesting and influential voices.
Long at the cutting edge of new media, Joe will use live call-in features on Amp to break down the barrier between fans and artists, reimagining what radio can sound like. Every week on Amp, Budden will curate his favorite songs across all genres and decades using Amp’s fully licensed catalog—all while commenting on the issues and news that matter most to the culture.
The biggest names in music will share the mic with listeners who call in, creating a show for music lovers unlike any other.
“As music lovers all we have is each other to spread the word of a good song, a good vibe, and a good set for the spirit,” said Joe Budden. “Get to your favorite spot in the house and get comfortable, we’re just here to have a good time.”
For 15 years, Joe Budden has brought the excitement of the golden-era of rap to the culture. While he has expanded his brand to television, video games, podcasts, battle rap, and social media, Joe Budden’s trademark has always been music rooted in honesty, fueled by interpersonal relationships, and presented with precise lyricism.
One of the most prominent voices in hip-hop, Joe has amassed a cult following by sharing his life and personal opinions on shows he’s hosted like State of the Culture, The Joe Budden Podcast, and now Music Lovers Only.Currently in public beta, Amp is a new app that gives everyone a way to DJ their own live radio show and listen to an eclectic variety of live audio for free, alongside some of the biggest names in the industry.
Creators can use a catalog of tens of millions of licensed songs while engaging with their community in real time—no subscription, additional hardware, or editing skills needed.
Budden joins a high-profile list of artists who have launched shows on Amp during the beta, including Pusha T, Lil Yachty, Tinashe, Travis Barker, and Nikita Dragun.