Jersey lyricist Joe Budden is striking back at his critics over the fallout of his recent lyrical critique of former Def Jam colleague Method Man.
Last month, Budden drew the ire of veterans Busta Rhymes, Redman, Melle Mel, and Method Man after ridiculing the placement of the latter two above him on Vibes Greatest Emcees of All Time list.
After weeks of silence, Budden sat down with Miss Info to address the attacks against him.
Everybody took offense you name it, they took offense to it, Budden began. Number one Im entitled to my opinion. If a n*gga get offended at me having an opinion, suck a d*ck. Number two, what world are we in? [Are] we not rappers? We all rappers, some bigger than others. But we rap. Lets rap. I want to rap, I want to always rap.
While many cited Buddens previous Method Man comments as disrespectful, the Jersey City native argued his declarations are in line with the main tenets of being a legit emcee in Hip-Hop culture.
"Im dead-ass when I talk. I have faith in my pen game, Budden exclaimed. And thats how it should be. If youre a rapper, I cant see how you wouldnt have the same attitude. If a n*gga said, yo Joe Budden, you versus Eminem, whose gonna win? Im going to say Joe Budden. Im supposed to say it. Even if its the furthest thing from reality, youre supposed to have utmost confidence in yourself and your craft. And if you dont something is wrong with you.
In a recent interview on New Yorks Power 105.1FM, Method Man accused Budden of using him to gain publicity after being benched (dropped) by Def Jam several years ago.
Budden retorted to the claim by questioning what he could gain from dissing a Wu-Tang founding member in 2009.
I have a problem with that. Get my foot in what door? an incredulous Budden inquired. They keep talking about a door that Im running away from, and all my actions say Im running away from. Ive had offers from major labels; I dont want it If anything, youre on the bench, too. You in the door you want to be in, on the bench. This Blackout 2 sh*t, he says Im attacking him because he has an album coming out. ..If anything it would be reversed; Id should be attacking him when I have an album coming out Im attacking you?! Theres nobody else thats popping on a higher plateau and more relevant than you if I want to get my name out there? Huh? I could go diss Kanye West like all these other rap n***as be trying to do. I can go diss Jim Jones, Rick Ross; n***as who are very active and relevant today. They throwing these n***as off a diving board, something I wouldnt let them do to me.
Former collaborator Busta Rhymes weighed in on the situation in his own Power 105.1 interview, stating the controversial Mood Muzik creator should be slapped from his comments.
After labeling that statement hypocritical, Budden again brought the argument back to his original point of who can prove they are the better emcee.
Im talking about music he should be smacked for that, by who exactly? Budden questioned.
I rap better than n***as! [Its] my opinion. Because I heard him say that too, about how can he say no disrespect to Method Man and say that dumb sh*t? Say what dumb sh*t? Its my opinion and Ill back it up. But not [just] to him, to whoever.
Joe Buddens latest LP, Padded Room, was released in February.
Albums from Busta Rhymes [Back on My B.S.], Method Man and Redman [Blackout 2] both hit stores on May 19, with the latter scoring a top 10 debut on Billboards 200 chart.
At press time, Method Man nor Busta Rhymes could be reached for comment.