Vic Mensa Says His Freestyle Has No Shots At Joe Budden. You Be The Judge. (Audio)
Last week, Drake released a two-song project known as Scary Hours that spawned a very exciting week in music. “God’s Plan” set a new record for single-day streams. Meanwhile, “Diplomatic Immunity” reignited year-and-a-half old beef with Joe Budden. It’s been an especially busy month for Joe, who some past Shady Records insiders believe was the target of Eminem’s “Chloraseptic (Remix)” verse, had shots fired at him in a Quavo (of Migos) song and video, and abruptly parted ways with The Everyday Struggle show.
Vic Mensa was a memorable guest on EDS in its first season. Many have speculated that the Chicago, Illinois rapper’s own take on “Diplomatic Immunity” is taking shots at Budden. Lyrics like “Shout my ni**a Bada$$ for telling them who’s the new Joe in town,” and later with “Fake like it’s all Love And Hip-Hop shows till they push the Joe button / And you get punched in your face as a consequence / And jump right back on Live capping with confidence / Famous for putting your hands on women, you can’t be proud of it.” The lines were taken to allude to Joe’s Love & Hip-Hop past, which included a physical confrontation with rapper Consequence. Additionally, in 2014, an ex-girlfriend accused Budden of brutally beating her.
Vic released the song on Soundcloud yesterday (January 25) and later deleted the cut. Ahead of the track, he tweeted directly to the Slaughterhouse MC, and said “No shots.” The tweet included a video with Mensa rhyming the closing portion of the song.
Joe did not respond directly to Vic’s precursor to the song. In other tweets in the last 24 hours, the MC stated that he “likes Vic,” but retweeted criticism of artists (not mentioned by name) dissing him during his current hiatus from music-making.
While there may be “no shots” at Joe Budden, that is not the case for retired NFL quarter Michael Vick, whom Mensa calls an “Uncle Tom.” The verse makes clear that the remark is for Mike’s 2017 advice for Colin Kaepernick to change his appearance in hopes of playing pro football again. The former Atlanta Falcon star later clarified those comments.
While Joe Budden believes Eminem did not diss him, time will tell what he thinks of Vic Mensa’s latest lyrics.