It's a long story, and it’s lazy Friday, so instead of writing it out, we'll have the participants explain what happened. (Thank youuuu, Twitter:)
Fast forward a couple of hours later...
Then, of course, a video was released, just in case you needed more evidence. (Thank youuuuu, WorldStar:)
True Joe Budden fans know that beef is nothing new to the New Jersey representative. Since Budden started making noise in the industry, more than 10 years ago, the rapper has been in numerous beefs and altercations with other rappers.
For your viewing pleasure we’ve listed them all for you.
Scroll down to see what’s up.
Joe Budden vs. The Game and G-Unit
Let's go back to 2004 for a sec: one of the more exciting developments was the Desert Storm vs. G-Unit beef. It started on a song on a DJ Clue tape called "Cross Country (Freestyle)." The freestyle was supposed to be with just Joe Budden and Stack Bundles (RIP to the God) but Clue, who was premiering the track, decided to add a verse from The Game, who was making a name for himself on the mixtape scene. The song became controversial because of this line that Joey spit:
“He should be in the G-Unit video with all the gangster actors.”
Joey said the line wasn't a diss, and he was talking about the "Poppin Them Tangs" video (which features a number of actors who have played gangstas in movies). The Game took offense to this and released a track firing shots called "Buddens":
From there Budden went off, not only going after The Game but also going after the entire G-Unit, including 50 Cent, Lloyd Banks and Young Buck. Over the years Budden has rained much lyrical fury on the crew, here are some of the most notable examples:
Even though this beef got quite heated (on wax, anyway), the tension eventually cooled down, and Budden became cool with most of the members of G-Unit. (He would do songs with The Game and Lloyd Banks):
Joe Budden vs. Jay-Z
This beef was funny because, well, Jay-Z never actually even uttered Budden’s name. But you better believe this thing was real, folks. It started in 2004 when Jay-Z, on his S.Carter mixtape, rapped over Joe Budden's smash hit "Pump It Up."
People speculated that Jay was sending shots Joey's way (even though, listening now, we can't hear it). Not one to be out rapped, Joe came back with an extended remix to Jay's remix of his song. Eh, did you get that?
Things got more complicated when Jay-Z became president of Def Jam records, Joe Budden's label. The Growth, Budden's follow up to his self-titled debut, sat on the shelves for years and Budden sent out numerous shots, cumulating with the vicious "Talk To Me," which dropped after he finally got released from Def Jam:
Joe Budden vs. Ransom
Ransom is a rapper from Jersey City who was part of the duo A-Team, a group that Budden introduced to the world. The A-Team eventually split and Ransom went solo — which is why he was furious when, in 2007, Budden put him and Hitchcock on a track together called “Family Reunion.” Ransom decided to unleash shortly after:
Things then got very bad for Ransom. Joe Budden proceeded to lyrically light his ass up, first with a freestyle over Jay-Z's “Heart of the City,” then on "Ransom Note," which is 10 minutes of flame:
From there the beef went to the streets. Budden and Ransom had a fistfight in Jersey City, and, days later, Ransom and his crew went to the house of a friend of Budden’s and assaulted him on camera:
That footage was sort of the beginning of the end for Ransom who would get locked up for a short bid a couple of months later:
Joe Budden vs. Royce Da 5'9
Before forming Slaughterhouse, Joe and Royce were kind of mini-enemies. The two started beefing after Budden sent a shot at Royce on a track called "Thou Shall Not Fall:"
Royce sent his own shots, but whatever they had between them was insignificant: Joe Budden called up Royce and they appeared on a song called “Slaughterhouse” togther, along with Joell Ortiz, Nino Bless and Crooked I and the rest is history. The exception is Nino Bless, who knows what the eff happened with that dude.
Joe Budden vs. Prodigy
Back in 2008, Mobb Deep's Prodigy went to jail for three years for a gun charge. Before he went in, however, the rapper went out swinging, releasing this video where he verbally attacked everyone from Jay-Z to Fat Joe to Joe Budden, who he called "the worst rapper on the planet:"
On Padded Room, Budden's long delayed sophomore album, the Jersey rapper completely blacked out on Prodigy on "Blood on the Wall:"
Again, time heals a lot of old wounds, and this beef seems to be dead. A couple of months ago Budden posted the pic you see above with the caption "Spoke like men...#NoLoveLost."
Joe Budden vs. Saigon
The Joe Budden vs. Saigon beef might be the only time where Joe took the L (on wax, anyway). It started in 2007 when Budden said a slick line about Saigon (“hit and run like Saigon.” Click this if you don't understand.) Saigon started talking badly about Budden on various DVDs.
Budden officially popped things off with "Letter to Saigon" and Saigon responded with "Underachiever." Saigon kinda ended the beef, however, with the brutal "Pushing Buddens:"
Whatever bad blood the two had seems to be gone. Budden appeared on the remix to "Bring Me Down."
Joe Budden vs. Raekwon
Back in 2009, Joe Budden threw a fit when VIBE magazine released a best rappers bracket. He felt like he wasn't high enough and he used Method Man as an example of a rapper he felt like he was better than.
Method Man took offense, and even though they were able to squash their beef, not everyone got the memo. Raekwon and his crew approached Budden and someone from Rae's crew punched Budden in the face. Budden explained what went down during a livestream:
After that went down Budden demanded that the two have a one-on-one fight, but that never happened. The two sort of went their separate ways without ever really resolving their beef. In a recent interview with VladTV Rae said he would still like to discus things out with Budden.