Joe Budden & Styles P Still Hold BARS Sacred. It Shows On Their New Collabo (Audio)

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Sometimes less is more, and that is precisely the approach Joe Budden and Styles P have taken on “Freestyle,” a track whose title belies the varsity-level bars with which it’s laden. The two have worked together before, not least on Budden’s 2010 mixtape Mood Muzik 4, where the two eviscerated “Dessert for Thought” alongside Pusha T. They reunited for a Slaughterhouse’s “Put Some Money On It (Remix)” in 2011, and as Heads will likely recall, the two shared their fair time embroiled in beef, back in 2013.

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Luckily, the two sussed out their differences long ago and now the two prolific MCs have joined forces on “Freestyle,” which could very well also be titled “Rap on Steroids, Pt. 2.” With references to Game and Meek Mill in Budden’s verse, P uses his verse to reference his and Budden’s past issues, rapping “told my nigga Budden we don’t always get along but one thing’s for sure, we can have a Rap discussion/You know we got bars and these little niggas don’t, let’s lock ’em up.” The track ends with Budden voicing his desire to keep bars a sacred skill and shouting out the late rapper, Shawty Lo, who recently passed away.

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Budden is set to release his new album, Rage & the Machine, on October 21. “Freestyle” doesn’t appear on the official tracklist, but if its first single “By Law” is any indicator, there will be more than enough bars on the LP.