Drake Re-Ignites His Feud With Joe Budden On A Song Filled With Shots (Audio)

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Drake and Joe Budden have history. In 2016, the former friends turned foes waged a war of words, on record and via social media, that lasted the entire Summer. Even Drake’s fans got involved, stalking Budden at his house, before being chased by him in a car (and caught). Budden even paid a visit to the fans’ home days later to speak with their parents about their behavior. Although the beef between Drake and Budden was never officially squashed, it had slowed to a simmer, until now. Last night, the Toronto MC, singer and actor released a two-sided single, titled Scary Hours, featuring the songs “God’s Plan” and “Diplomatic Immunity.”

The latter, a reference to law the protects foreign diplomats against prosecution for crimes they commit in their host country, finds Drake on a shooting spree where some of his shots are veiled more thinly than others. He has lines about “Black Excellence,” that may refer to Diddy, Kanye West and/or JAY-Z. He also makes a passing reference to his alleged fleeting romance with Jennifer Lopez last year. However, when it comes to Budden, Drake’s lines are a bit more transparent.

As a co-host to the 2017 breakout show Everyday Struggle on Complex, Joe Budden and his co-host DJ Akademiks often discussed the ins and outs of Drake and his music. Apparently, Drake was listening, as he rapped “Shit is complex like short niggas ’round tall ladies / I gotta watch who I’m talkin’ to like it’s all ages / I’ve seen buddin’ (Budden) careers turn to sit around and talk about other careers/ Judgin’ their peers / Knowledge from ni**as who did not contribute to none of this here.” The lines are clear shots at Budden and Akademiks.

Throughout his tenure on Everyday Struggle, Budden insisted that he is in retirement as a rapper. Recently, however, while discussing lines by Eminem that were deemed Budden disses by D12’s Bizarre, Budden did hint that there was one MC for whom he would pick back up the mic, if that person jumped. It will be curious to see if Drake elicits that response.

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