Drake Responds To Joe Budden & Pumps Up The Beef (Audio)
It has taken more than two weeks since Joe Budden launched a diss campaign against Drake with the release of “Making A Murderer (Part 1),” for the Toronto MC to respond. A Rap battle that started in late June is now officially two-sided. On Drake’s OVO Radio Show on Beats 1, new music hit the atmosphere including his reply to the Jersey City, New Jersey veteran and onetime friend. Premiered on OVO, Drake appears on French Montana’s “No Shopping,” and wastes no time connecting his bars to Budden and the issue at hand.
“Pump, pump, pump it up” starts the feature verse. Those exact words allegedly fired these tensions, according to Joe on his podcast earlier this month. Drake seemingly pokes fun at Joe’s single 13 years ago, quickly adding that he is not a one-hit wonder. Later in the song, Drizzy weaves in “calm down,” the name of another song from Joe’s self-titled debut. The Toronto, Ontario MC/singer adds that he has never started any of his beefs, but has a strong reputation for finishing them. Drake also alludes to the tensions starting with Budden’s criticism of Views. “You don’t really want the Views,” raps the artist of his latest #1 album.
While Joe Budden got personal, Drake does the same. At several points in the verse, he alludes to “her”and a courtship–presumably referring to Budden’s onetime girlfriend Tahiry Jose. Throughout, Drake alludes to Budden’s different place in the game—and incomparable discography and sales. The song is co-produced by Noah “40” Shebib and Murda Beatz.
Curiously, French Montana, a Bad Boy artist, hosts the song. This is after Drake seemingly took shots at Puffy on June’s “4pm In Calabasas” release. In his opening verse, the onetime Coke Boyz leader references Biggie Smalls and Tupac in the same bar, as well as DJ Khaled’s I Got The Key. On the single to that album, Jay Z is believed to have spoken to Drake—without saying his onetime collaborator’s name.
For those seeking deeper meaning, the “No Shopping” lyrics:
Budden, who released a follow-up diss (“Wake”) before this reply (taking a page from Drake’s 2015 playbook) already responded to this rebuttal:
— Joe Budden (@JoeBudden) July 16, 2016
There may be more coming in this growing beef-battle—which appears to be about more than just comments and album analysis.