Posts Tagged ‘Joe Budden’


The Everyday Struggle crew are involved in yet another rapper confrontation. And this time, DJ Akademik wasn’t the target.

It all started with a  standard red carpet interview with Migos. The trio, never known to be the most expressive during interviews, seemed immediately on guard due to Akademik’s kicking off things by referencing the “running joke” of Takeoff being left off the group’s smash single “Bad & Boujee.” Things got more awkward as Akademik’s appeared to not hear or couldn’t make out the group’s Georgia drawl, and Budden suddenly interjected to cut the interview short.

As he left, he brushed by Offset and dropped the mic right in front of Quavo (while mouthing off, no less). As expected, the group took it as disrespect and stood up, prompting their entourage to swarm.

Fighting at award shows? Real Hip-Hop is truly back! In all seriousness, this was more posturing than anything else. Yes, I’m aware that the Migos once Superman-punched a fan from the stage, but 99% of the time rappers are not trying to get their hands dirty. The Migos’s money is a little longer these days, so they were ready to let the goons handle Budden.

Joe confirmed on Twitter this morning that his beef was indeed with the Migos and not his co-host’s questioning. Budden went on to call the trio “sassy.” Say what you want about Budden’s well-documented L’s (like the Raekwon incident), but he’s also on camera confronting folks one-on-one to resolve any tension (see Consequence).

Was Budden unprofessional? Absolutely. But you don’t watch Everyday Struggle or listen to his podcast looking for objective news. You do so because he’s unfiltered, much like Charlamagne and Star’s fanbases.

Still, being unfiltered doesn’t necessarily protect your jaw. Unless Complex cuts the security check, it might be time to start taking bets on who gets snuffed first this summer between Joe and Akademiks.


Joe Budden – “I Gotta Ask” (Prod. by araabMUZIK)

Posted: October 17, 2016 by Ismael AbduSalaam in Music News
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Just day before the date of their collaboration Rage & The Machine (October 21), Joe Budden and araabMUZIK drop the project’s third single “I Gotta Ask.”

“The beat immediately brought me to a very nostalgic place, it just felt good,” Budden told BET. “Hopefully, it’ll have that same effect when others hear it; I’d like for that to resonate.”



Now that the Drake “beef” is behind him, Joe Budden is back to doing what he does best — dropping “mood muzik” heat. With Jazzy covering hook duties, “By Law” is the latest single off Budden-araabMUZIK collab project Rage & The Machine (October 21). Budden is lyrically sharp and his flow has the necessary urgency to keep up with the beat. After the track, you can check out the full tracklist below.

Tracklisting & Credits for Joe Buddden’s Rage & The Machine:

1.)   “Three” (Co-produced by Illmind)

2.)   “Uncle Joe”

3.)   “Serious” f/ Joell Ortiz

4.)   “By Law” f/ Jazzy

5.)   “Flex” f/ Fabolous & Tory Lanez

6.)   “Forget”

7.)   “I Gotta Ask” (Co-produced by Illmind)

8.)   “Time For Work” f/ Emanny

9.)   “Wrong One”

10.)                     “I Wanna Know” f/ Stacy Barthe

11.)                     “Idols”


That cover is awesome. Just a few hours after the release of Drake’s diss on French Montana’s “No Shopping,” Budden unleashes a near 6-minute retaliatory track he had in the chamber. While Drake painted Joe as someone who failed to succeed on the biggest stage, Budden uses “Afraid” to portray Drake an artist fearful of maintaining his status and creatively bankrupt. The narrative Budden crafts runs the full spectrum on Drake’s career low points, from the Blackberry freestyle incident and groupie simping to the Pusha T beef and last year’s ghostwriting fiasco.

In a way, this trilogy covers all angles you could think of to diss Drake. From Budden’s end, I think his work here is finished.


Now we know why Joe Budden has dropped two disses at Drake. Back in May, we heard a snippet of Drake’s verse for this French Montana track “No Shopping.” If you’ll recall, this song came on the heels of Budden ranting on his podcast that Drake’s Views From the 6 was “weak.” Drake retorted by keeping his thoughts on Budden’s career short and sweet.

Pump, pump, pump it up / She got a good head on her/ But I pump it up/  I’m not a one hit wonder/ They know all my stuff/ You let me turn into the nigga you almost was.

Although it would be interesting to hear Drake address Budden’s two subsequent disses (“Making a Murderer,” “Wake“), this will probably be the extent of their “battle.” Production credits for this track are from 40 and Murda Beatz.



Joe Budden is the latest emcee to address the police brutality and the Black Lives Matter movement via his new freestyle over Beyonce’s “Freedom.” Complete with a video that shows all the ugly police encounters we’ve seen in recent years, Budden defines what it will mean for black people to be truly free. Watch the video below and download the song. From Budden himself:

I was told there was once a world where slaves communicated with each other via music, and tho I wasn’t present for that, the Hip-Hop I fell in love with always encouraged me to do the same (Thank you Public Enemy)….
Let this act as an unfortunate reminder that times change and they don’t. #BlackLivesMatter#YallLivesMatter #OurLivesMatter … I’m afraid to wonder what happens when we as a people decide to stop saying it. Some deem us threatening now by sheer design. We are not. We are loving, passionate, cultured and proud, even during unrest. However, with every life viciously and maliciously taken by costumed evil, we grow more and more afraid. What will occur when too many of us are afraid?#IfYouDontValueMyLifeEYEWill
#GodHelpUsAll #TheMissionIsGreat


Joe Budden is going “Back to Back” with another Drake diss in “Wake.” On this round, Budden takes aim at Drake’s legitimacy as an emcee, alluding to the ghostwriting rumors around collaborators PartyNextDoor and Mike Zombie, and the OVO leader’s alleged trend-hopping antics regarding his work with Gucci Mane, Migos and Fetty Wap.

While it remains quiet on Drake’s side, Budden took it a step further with a condescending open letter posted on IG.

The MC’s tho kid, they’ll always be for the culture, we’ll support & champion you as you continue to push the needle and move the genre forward to newly discovered heights, real MC’s can never hate you, we’ll always want tomorrow to be better than yesterday, I see u as that “tomorrow”… I’m proud of that, for I know you’re 1 of us deep down, success never changes that, ask Em & Hov…. But the second your arrogance gets the better of you and you start to believe you’re above the very cloth you’re cut from, the cloth that changed life for your entire lineage, the MC’s will be there to remind you, success or not.