Joe Budden may have released “Flex” with Fabolous and Tory Lanez earlier today, but this track right here is sure to get the most attention.
After teasing a Drake diss track, and previewing a few bars on Periscope earlier this week, Joey returns with “Making A Murderer pt.1” — going straight for Drizzy’s neck (with a few jabs at Meek Mill and JAY Z for good measure).
Produced by araabMUZIK, the onslaught comes after the release of Drake’s “4PM In Calabasas,” which had several lines that Budden took offense to.
“I come from a hip-hop where if you didn’t have something to say, then, nigga, what the fuck were you rapping for,” Joey told Pitchfork. “I’m tired of rappers addressing things in every other manner in passion but rap. I’m not addressing Drake, or addressing Meek because I am malicious toward either of them or I wish either one of them harm or ill will. I am celebrating hip-hop. I want the people who I deem–I want the people who are talented to be talented.
“I just want this to be a moment in hip-hop because it is. Me, as an MC, I’m my own worse critic. I’ve listened to “Making a Murderer” a million times and it’s chilling. It’s chilling when you just understand it. It’s a clear message, line in the sand, to all MCs. I’m not playing no more.”
Enough talking, though. Press play on the 6+ minute ether’n below.
Attached with the SoundCloud link was the following message that helps explain what’s going on…
If you’re reading this it’s too late…. On the May 4th, 2016 episode of his I’ll Name This Podcast Later, Joe Budden said the following about Drake’s latest release Views. “I think that kid on that album (Views) that I heard sounds real fuc*ing uninspired. That’s what I think. I think that the music is real good. You can’t fool a real ni*ga. That music sounds good and I enjoyed it. 40, you sound amazing, 40 continues to progress. Drake, you do not.” Further, in a follow-up post to clarify, Joe explained that he didn’t think the subject matter between So Far Gone and Views has differed very much and wondered why Drake now sounds so unenthusiastic about achieving all the goals he envisioned upon arriving on the music scene.
In context, Joe’s comments took place during an open conversation amongst friends and fans, one where he gave an honest appraisal of Drake’s latest work; but like most things Joe does or says, his comments ended up becoming a trending topic on twitter.
Perhaps, coupled with Joe’s rather innocuous (and still complimentary) comments about Views and the less than stellar critical reception the project received struck a nerve in the 6 God? That said, it’s still quite a bit of hubris over a comment made on a Podcast. Drake went Platinum in one week; why is he so in his feelings and so distracted by Joe Budden? Please allow us to elaborate….
Throughout the course of his career, Drake has made many references to “Energy.” “Energy” is a living organism, a live wire, ever present. At some point, we are all held accountable for our actions and the energy we put out into the world. In laymen’s terms, there are levels to this shit. A pecking order if you will. And in that quest to be ordained, someone who was once considered a friend becomes foe and tension (real or otherwise) always permeates.
Joe Budden believes in energy. His energy is just different. Joe gets enough attention; he is not looking for it; and certainly not from Drake. This “beef” started in the 6 and now we here. While the industry seems to lack and hold Drake accountable for his energy—Joe Budden embraces the challenge!
Lots of different views, this is Joe Budden’s. You can thank him now, or you can thank him later.
A special episode of I’ll Name This Podcast Later is airing later tonight. Should be real interesting.
UPDATE: Meek Mill responds… via Instagram.
Meek bout to die twice lol
— Joe Budden (@JoeBudden) July 1, 2016