JOE BUDDEN BEEFS:
Joe Budden vs G-Unit & The Game
In 2004 a feud was started between Joe and the G-Unit camp. His beef with G-Unit was started through 50 Cent's comments of Joe Budden's debut album. 50 criticized Budden's album for lacking street credibility. Joe Budden took offense and released various disses targeting G-Unit. The Game would later become invloved in this beef after he claimed Budden aimed shots at G-Unit on a track in which he rapped alongside The Game, but without The Game knowing Budden was going to be on the track. At the time of invloving himself in the beef Game was signed to the same label as 50 cent and G-Unit, however he has since left the label.
Before The Game had signed to Aftermath Records, he was on the mixtape circuit! Whilst in New York, he was approached by DJ Clue, who had heard of Game's flow and wanted him to be on his upcoming tape! Clue asked The Game if he would come to do a freestyle for his tape, Game took him up on his offer. As The Game arrives to the studio to record his stuff, he see's another young emcee, Stack Bundles. Game said, "Iím in the studio we get in and we do the freestyle mix. Me and Stack Bundles, and thatís a wrap. Whatever and Iím thinking just me and Stack Bundles on the song."
Now according to The Game, around a month or two passed since the recording of this track and it was the All Star Game out in L.A, Game was their with DJ Clue and others, whilst Clue was handing out mixtapes. Joe Budden was also there and he approached Game to shake his hand, "but like its like almost like itís a different handshake" said The Game. "Itís like heís thinking in his mind, Did Game hear me say that fly shit on this [Clue] tape? So he shaking my hand kind of phony. I didnít really pay no attention to it Iím like maybe hes just a little bit weird" The Game said in an interview. Little did The Game know at this point that the CD's that were handed out with his freestyle track on, also included Joe Budden, but on the same track as Game himself. In the track Joe Budden continues to carry on his beef with 50 cent and G-Unit, and disses the group througout the song. The Game claims that he had no knowledge of Budden been on a track with him, let alone that he was beefing with G-Unit on his track, and so took offence to lines from Budden like; "[the] G-Unit [music] video with all the gangsta actors".
Two weeks after the All Star Game, The Game claims that he was in the gym, when he got a call from 50 cent. "50 called me while I was working out in the gym asking me if I do a song with Joe Budden?", says The Game. "And Iím like Hell no. I wouldnít do no song with Joe Budden thatís like not even my genre of rap. Iím a gangster rapper, more like a lyricist and I mix that with my gangster shit. Iím an emcee. Joe Budden is like a rapper. Like I donít mean to call out names but I donít even give a fuck. Like Chingy and Ludacris those are rappers. You wouldnít classify Joe Budden as he got ill lyrics like Biggie and Pac." he said in an interview.
As he continued to assure 50 cent he never did a song with Joe Budden, 50 cent continues to assure The Game that he did, and that it was on the new DJ Clue Mixtape. "So I tell 50 Iím a call him back. I go downstairs to my truck and I pop the CD in and then sure enough this nigga is taking subliminal shots. I can understand if you got beef with somebody [like 50], if you got beef with that man call that man out if thatís who you got beef with or if its them. All you got to do is call them out and they going to come answer. I understand the competitive nature of Hip Hop, of battling and rhyming. But he didnít do that. And I kind of felt like he disrespected me in the sense that he knew when Clue said I got this song, he looked at it like Game do business with G-Unit. Game is the newest member of G-Unit and he on the song with somebody from Desert Storm and I can come on here and I can certify myself by taking shots at G-Unit. I will look bigger because Game is on the song." said The Game.
The Game followed that statement on how the beef started by saying, "To the public eye, it looks like I did a song with Joe Budden and condoned him dissiní G-Unit, which I donít. I sat down for like a day, a day and a half. I thought about what I should do. I talked to Jimmy [The Game's manager, Jimmy Henchman] about it. Everybody agreed that he took a shot. In that, there was no defending the fact that I had to come back at him. Thatís what I did."
The Game fires back at Joe Buddens on the song "Buddens" from DJ Kay Slay's mixtape, Addicted To Beef Pt. 2, a mixtape also hosted by The Game. He also takes shots at DJ Clue, for allowing Joe Budden to record such lyrics on a track with his own vocals on without him even knwoing about it.
The rappers continued to release mixtape based diss tracks aimed at one another, including The Game's "200 Bars", in which he also disses memphis bleek. The Game then dropped the notorious diss track "Budden invented ADIS", which used the instrumental from "Colors", a track by Ice T, and also "I got a mill on it", and "Murder Budden". Budden then replied with "Game Over", a song that used the instrumental from "It's Funky Enough" by The D.O.C.. On the track Budden called Game just "a replacement [for G-Unit] until Tony Yayo gets home". Budden then later release a diss aimed at the whole of G-Unit titled "Big Shot", which samples "Big Shot" by Billy Joel. You can download most of these tracks and see lyrics from them below!
The Game made many death threats towards Joe Budden, and even flew out to New York to "sort things out". Budden also said that The Game was on the TV show "Change Of Heart" and had a tongue ring (see pic). The Game admitted to both allegations on his website. Budden and Game got a chance to talk out their differences ó on air. The two were guests on Sway's "Renegade Radio" morning show on Hot 97, and sources within both camps confirmed the beef was being diffused. And apparantly they also mutually decided to stop making diss records towards each other at a party in New York, and focus on their upcoming projects instead.
TALE OF THE MIXTAPES: An oral history of The Game and Buddenís lyrical feud
The Game On Joe Budden on "200 Bars": ďTell 'em to roll red carpet when he come in New York / Hip-hop police on me think they runnin New York / Till I lace my and1 show 'em how to run in New York
They tryin to take me downtown put me under the court / Cuz Joe Buddens told 'em I carry a gun in New York / And homey that's strictly fact he got ripped on wax / So he snitched just to get me back / No matter what you say dog your shit be whack / You better watch what you say it might get you clapped / Here's a little advice homey switch your raps / Cuz that shit on your last album ain't get you plat's / Industry niggaz I'll admit to that / But I don't even want your chain I'll let the Crips do that / 12 bars for that bitch he won't live through that / Even a nigga with a ten-year bid knew that / Put a gun in his mouth yeah, yeah do that / He a pussy (sniff, sniff) his own kid knew that / I'm Ready To Die B.I.G knew that / He ain't eatin look at his white tee you could see his ribs through that / You cocksucker let your ears do that / Or ride later do me ooh wee now back to rap / 2 Lincoln continentals sittin back to back / Leavin Jersey City naw nigga Hackensack / Where's that somewhere where the crackers at / Real far from where the roaches and rats is at / Come to Compton I'll show you where the racquet's at / Down the street from the staples centers where they hack-a-shack / Give the advance money back I am not have to rap / Break Harry-O out tell him crack is back / That's nine five a bird take half of that / Import it, export it in cracker jacks / When you get to the projects ask for Black / You know what you started with give him half of that / He gon give you 50 g's in a plastic sack / And I'mma gives you 3500 cash for that / Gotta keep your mouth closed or I'mma blast the Mack / They won't believe you the whole world know that bastard rap / Once you outta the throne you can't have it back / Retirement home and ain't nothing after that / Except you layin in a casket blackĒ
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Budden on The Game "Big Shot": ďFar as the kid Game he's Lame to Say the Least / he's mad he's from the West so he Converted to The East / all they talk about him & his man that they Blast Pounds / but when u see him he's just Dancing in the Background / I tore Game Apart / thought by now this Asshole would have a Change Of Heart / Especially when i got the Tape of this GANGSTA on Change Of Heart / Teary Eyed cause his Shorty had a Change OF Heart / but i smell something fishy theres a Con in the Air / Slacks, his tongue pierced, Streaks Blonde in His Hair / who's he Playin Wit, keep Sayin Shit / and your body will take the same tour Reagans DidĒ
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Joe Budden vs Jay-Z
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Joe raised eyebrows on a remix of "Pump it Up" featuring Jay-Z where the rappers appeared to be dissing each other (see lyrics below). This has led to speculations of bad blood between the two being a factor in the constant delays Budden's sophomore album has suffered, since Jay Z is now the President of Joe's parent label - Def Jam. However, both men have denied this, and according to Jay-Z, Budden's as yet untitled sophomore album is still in the making. When asked about Buddens alum Jay-Z has been quoted as saying ďI donít have Joe Buddenís album in my hand. I try to be diplomatic about it. Youíre trying to make the best product. Iím an artist, I understand. I donít have Joe Buddenís album. It doesnít make sense, why would I not put it out if itís ready?Ē. The album is scheduled to come out sometime after Budden's Mood Muzik 3 mixtape and many anxious Hip-Hop fans anticipate its long delayed release.