Joe Budden Discusses The Weird Direct Messages Drake Has Been Sending Him (Video)
Just when it seemed the year’s biggest Rap beef could not get any more bizarre, it does…The Joe Budden/Drake feud began with a scathing review by Budden of Drake’s recent VIEWS album, followed by what Budden perceived to be Drake taking subliminal shots at him, both in his “4pm In Calabasas” song, and a leaked clip of what would become French Montana’s “No Shopping,” featuring Drake. The events would lead Budden to go on a rampage against Drake that includes 4 diss tracks, 2 podcasts, and a host of interviews about the Toronto, MC, with a reported 16 more tracks at the ready. However, once “No Shopping” was released, French Montana denied that Drake’s verse on the song had anything to do with Budden.
As things started to simmer down a bit, the controversy was reignited when some Drake fans decided to go to Budden’s house and harass him by calling him names and shouting Drake lyrics. After several hours of the behavior, Budden literally chased them away, first on foot and then in his car, catching them at a red light and issuing a stern warning, armed with rocks in his hand. To let them know how serious he was, Budden found the address of the perpetrators and went to their house the next day to confront them and their parents.
While all this was happening, there seemingly was no direct response from Drake, save for a moment at his July 21 concert in Dallas, where he said, on stage, “I should have brought Joe Budden up here and let him do ‘Pump It Up‘ one time tonight,” a reference to Budden’s hit that Drake quotes on “No Shopping.” “Pump, pump, pump it up. Fuck them niggas,” Drake continued. Now, however, Budden reveals that Drake actually has been responding to Budden via cryptic direct messages.
Appearing as a guest on Charlamagne Tha God’s MTV show, Uncommon Sense, Joe spoke in detail about both his encounter with the overzealous fans, as well as Drake’s communications with him. During the conversation, Budden reveals that, while the incident with the fans looked relatively brief online, they were actually at his house from 7:30 in the morning until about 8pm at night. Charlamagne commends Budden for how he handled the matter, saying “I think you handled the situation perfectly…You cannot let someone violate your space like that, especially your house and your yard. And, whatever you would have done to them kids, to me, would have been justified.”
After looking at some of the hilarious memes that have been spawned by Budden chasing the fans away, the conversation shifts to Drake, who followed the fans on Instagram. Charlamagne says he believes it was “lame” that Drake did that, asserting that it suggests Drake condones that type of behavior. The host also discloses that he as seen direct messages that Drake has been sending to Budden, and encourages Budden to release them to the public, because it would burnish Budden’s image. “Why are you allowing yourself to look nuts when you have evidence and information that proves everything that you’re saying?,” Charlamagne asks the MC. “I’m just from a generation that doesn’t behave like that. I just expect, if I’m rapping at somebody, for them to not DM me a bunch of soft stuff,” Budden explains.
While Budden doesn’t detail the direct messages on the show, Charlamagne reveals some of the contents he saw, saying that Drake sent Budden a picture of Budden’s own face, as well as invited Budden to one of his shows, telling him to bring as many people he wanted. Drake also reportedly told Budden he was going to pray for him. Charlamagne’s descriptions align with some of Budden’s own words about the direct messages earlier this week. In speaking with HipHopDX, Budden said “He started off with ‘I would like to formally invite you to one of my four Madison Square Garden shows August 4, you and however many people you would like to bring.’ Then after that it says: ‘And I bet you can’t release 25 diss records between now and then.’ Then it was the laughing emoji. I use that emoji with my friends so I don’t know if he’s laughing or joking at this point. And then he followed that with ‘If you can I will give you $10,000 lol’ and then it said ‘Joey’ with a bunch of exclamation points. I didn’t know how to take it.”
Given that Drake waited nearly 18 months to address his differences with Puff Daddy, after their physical altercation in Miami in December of 2014, only time will tell as to whether he decides to give Joe some more direct answers.