In our current landscape where the internet plays such a huge role in our daily living habits, many ideas and concepts have transitioned from one medium to another.


Prime example: The advent of talk/debate shows from strictly TV to strictly being internet based.


Shows like ESPN’s ‘First Take’ (originally called ‘Cold Pizza’), took the TV world by storm as a highly popular debate show that not only sparked controversy, but gave sports fans their daily dose of sport opinion that people clearly lived for.


What made the show what it is even today were its two figure heads Skip Bayless and Stephen A. Smith, each boisterous and controversial in their own unique ways that allowed fans to pick sides as to who they liked and who they didn’t like.


The dynamic between the two also relied heavily on the fact that Bayless represents an older way of thinking when it comes to his opinion, while Smith represented a slightly newer and fresher take on the current sports landscape. So while Bayless will famously overly critique the play of this generation’s newest stars like LeBron James and even younger stars like Odell Beckham, Jr, Smith will, more likely than not, praise these kind of players.


The generation gap is what truly draws a wide range of fans to the show, on top of the fact that each, in their own right, are experts in the field in a variety of ways.


As First Take gained popularity, other shows of its kind began to form and take shape, whether through sports or other areas like music.


This new wave of debate programs also shifted from broadcast, cable television to the internet world where many people go to for their various sources of information.


Complex’s Everyday Struggle is one of the latest debate shows to have been established and gain some steam on this internet wave.



Complex, itself, is one of the most notable internet platforms for music, sports and everything that happens in popular culture. So for them to make the transition into the broadcast/debate world is natural in all respects as they are a go-to source for many millennials for their daily information in this new internet age.


Enter Everyday Struggle, a show of musical debate that features two pundits who represent a generation gap of perspectives and eras of music.


Arguably the shows headliner, Joe Budden, is a rapper who has been in the music industry since the start of the new millennium. His most notable hit song was “Pump It Up” which he released in 2003 and has since went the independent route releasing a series of albums and mixtapes that have chronicled his battles with depression, love and his ever changing world while also priding himself on his lyrical ability which netted him a spot on hip hop group Slaughterhouse. To people from his generation, Budden is known for his musical ability and are more familiar with his exploits as an artist. To the newer generation, most will note him as a former standout on the popular reality TV series “Love and Hip Hop” where his relationships and battles with addiction were brought to the forefront.


His co-host/co-pundit goes by the name of DJ Akademiks, a representative of the newer generation who has made his mark through the internet, building his brand through commentary of music and pop culture through YouTube and social media that has netted him a deep following.


Together, along with moderator Nadeska Alexis, an up and coming journalist for Complex and MTV, make up the dynamic of Everyday Struggle that has similarities to shows like First Take.


Much like First Take, Nadeska introduces a run down of daily topics that Budden and Akademiks then debate on which mostly consists of Budden semi-yelling/talking to Akademiks about how the newer generation of music listeners know nothing about music while Akademiks continues to ride hard for this newer generation of music and its artists that have started gain popularity.


What creates the show’s excitement is the back and forth banter between the two that toes the line between great conversation featuring respected insight from each pundit and a shouting match between the two where Budden tends to get tired talking about the same topics due to the indefensible actions from the same artists and Akademiks then has to counter by berating Budden for having an old school mindset. In the midst of all of this, Nadeska has to, in theory, weather the storm and find a balance between the two while also making sure that limits aren’t exceeded so that all topics are discussed within the show’s hour timeframe.


The show averages around 100,000 viewers per full-length show and around 20-50,000 viewers for clips of episodes that are uploaded by Complex News that feature a popular topic that was discussed. This is pretty good, considering that this is a new format for the Complex platform, as well as the fact that Budden, Akademiks and Nadeska Alexis are relatively new to the broadcast debate world and are still gaining a lot of traction and viewership.


As of now, the content and personalities of each component drive the show and makes up for the sometimes apparent lack of professional production. As the show continues to grow, the production value will most likely rise and the quality of the show will match the content and debate that is presented.


Overall, it’s a great show that many viewers look forward to watching from Monday to Thursday every week. As the summer begins, more music comes out and more artists continue to come in for guest spots, the show will become a household name and truly a major factor in the broadcast industry.


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