On October 11, 2011 the world was introduced to the hip-hop super group Shady 2.0. at the BET Hip-Hop Awards live from the Atlantic Civic Center. The roster incorporates Yelawolf, Eminem and Slaughterhouse; Royce Da 5’9″, Crooked I, Joel Ortiz, and leader Joe Budden.
At 1:19, you will hear Joe Budden spit his unfuckwitable bars. This was the first time I, the EinsteinOfRap, listened and watched Joe Budden perform. In addition, this was the first time Joe Budden was on television.
Watching Eminem joke around with Joe was great. I recall watching this in my living room and it caught my attention immediately. Because lets face it, when do you ever see Eminem on TV? When Joe spit “I’m grown, I ain’t watching the throne, I’m sabotagin’ it,” I remember jumping around like a madman because of the observation I made; Joe doesn’t want to see Jay Z and Kanye West rule hip-hop, he wants to sabotage their success by being more dominant. Joe goes, “But I got this chick from uptown, she my summer bunny. Both parents broke, but she come from money.”
Catch that wordplay? This girl’s parents are broke so she fucks Joe for money which naturally makes her a prostitute. He concludes his verse with, “I know hip-hop’s alive and well. If it died, you other crews wouldn’t survive the smell.” Perhaps he was taking shots at the competition that year which was Maybach Music Group (MMG), Young Money Cash Money Billionaires (YMCMB) and Getting Out Our Dreams (G.O.O.D.) Music. As you can tell, Joe Budden is bold, brave, and impressively witty with his wordplay.
No Love Lost, But Love Was Found
Fast forward to February 5, 2013. Joe Budden releases his third album No Love Lost.
Although it received mixed reviews, I consider it to be a compelling album full of emotions and great guest features such as Lil Wayne, Lloyd Banks, Slaughterhouse, Fabolous, Wiz Khalifa, and Twista to name a few. Personally, the song I related to the most was track number fourteen, Runaway:
The thing I love most about this song is how he goes on a “tired of” rant. I think everyone reaches a breaking point in their life, where they confess what they are tired of. While Joe claims no love was lost, my appreciation and love for his music was found.
The Twitter Interactions
After watching a battle rap video where battle rapper Conceited disses Joe Budden, I wondered if the two had beef. Of course me being curious, I thought the only way to find out is to ask Mr. Budden himself. But how would I, the EinsteinOfRap, do it? Through Twitter naturally:
Budden set the bar higher for how much I appreciate him and his music. Pretty cool that he took the time to read what I wrote, and replied to one of his fans. Way to go Joe.
However, recently I noticed I haven’t read a tweet from Joe Budden in a while. I took the initiative to investigate. Turns out he blocked me from Twitter!
Yes, it was quite the head scratching moment. Why take the time to block a fan who actually appreciates his music when most people don’t? Has Joe Budden let the fame get to him? Is he developing a douche bag persona? No one really knows. What I do know is, the struggle to see when Joe Budden drops a new project continues. In conclusion, there is some love lost between the EinsteinOfRap and leader of the hip-hop super group Slaughterhouse, Joe Budden.