“It’s less about the lie/ More about the coverup…”
We all have vices and failures in our lives. For Joe Budden it’s been women. Over the last several years, we’ve watched with a mixture of pity, ridicule and amazement at Joey parading around with the likes of Tahiry, Somaya Reece and Esther Baxter, the last being the subject of the closing chapter of his “Ordinary Love Shit” trilogy.
Gone are the Sade samples from parts one and two. Budden drops a bomb in claiming the reason for his breakup with Baxter was due to her cheating with NFL player Derrick Ward. When you hear how he says Ward’s name, it’ll be crystal clear how much of a sore spot it still is for the Jersey City lyricist. The ironic thing about this song and the previous installments is that none of these situations are “ordinary love shit.” They are examples of dysfunction, which is why these songs have made great theater for listeners (Writer’s Note: At press time, Budden, Baxter and Ward all trending on Twitter).
As an artist, you have to give Budden his due. He’s not afraid to display his life, warts and all, for the world to see. However, he’s exhausted all he can say about his star-crossed relationships with women. It would be interesting to see him take the next logical step and analyze deeply why he finds himself attracted to pretty much the same type of woman (video vixens, industry “models,” etc.) despite getting the same results. Until then, Budden’s pain will continue to be Hip-Hop’s entertainment.
JOE BUDDEN “ORDINARY LOVE SHIT PT. 3 (CLOSURE)”