Last week, Eminem surprise dropped his new diss track-laden album, Music to Be Murdered By, in which few people emerged unscathed. Now, shortly after Joe Budden took to his podcast to discuss the lyrics that may have been aimed at him, Lord Jamar has also delivered his two cents.
Jamar addressed the diss tracks during an interview on Flip Da Script. Specifically, he spoke about lyrics on Eminem’s track “I Will,” which Budden also commented on earlier this week. On the track, Em raps, “If it was anyone’s house G Rap and Rakim would be havin’ you mop floors / Run-DMC would be havin’ you cleanin’ sinks / Yeah, your group was off the chain, but you were the weakest link.”
For context, Budden previously said, “In a song featuring [three-fourths of Budden’s collective] Slaughterhouse. I could see how that looked like it was about Joe. Joe says it was not. Joe thinks that’s about Lord Jamar, obviously, if you listen to the eight bars coming before it. You guys get your panties out the bunch.”
It turns out, Jamar also thinks the track is about him, but he doesn’t seem to care. “To the people who’d like to control and dominate the narrative of hip-hop — it’s considered hate to them. To me, it’s self-preservation of my culture,” he said. “He’s a good rapper but he’s not my cup of tea.”
He adds, “I’m just saying if black people, [who] are the creators of hip-hop, don’t crown you the GOAT, you not the GOAT. That’s it. If it sounds hateful to you, that’s your fuckin’ interpretation. But I’m tellin’ you, that’s my only thing.
“They only callin’ him the GOAT because he’s white… He brought pride to white people in hip-hop because before that, white people were looked at as super corny.”
Watch the interview below and keep scrolling for Budden’s commentary.
“Lock It Up”
Budden was also a potential target on the track “Lock it Up.” Eminem rapped, “Tryna save at Kroger / So why would I give a fuck about backstabbin’ Trader Joe for?” Those bars, Budden revealed, caught him off guard. “That’s offensive, man. Trader Joe? I’m Joe. You’re telling me Joe is a traitor?
On the topic of “traitors,” Budden went onto reference their various business disputes (while Slaughterhouse was signed to Shady Records). “The only problem or issue that I had was how our business was set up,” he said. “Does that make me a bad guy? For having a different perspective on how the business should go or how we should be treated, or how we should be handled, especially when it’s our shit? Like, I know now, ownership is cool and all, but some of us were fighting for it then. I don’t think that should make me, like, a traitor.”
He added, “I have no beef with Em, I have no problem with Em. I’ve been very consistent in my message. The only problem or issue that I had was how our business was set up. The end.”
As for Eminem’s beef with him? “The same way I feel like he should stop dissing Lord Jamar, he should stop dissing me.”
Budden wrapped up by explaining that his new decade attitude doesn’t allow for bad vibes. “In 2020, I can’t harbor negativity toward, not only one of the best rappers, but somebody I’m not angry at. That’s what I gotta stop doing. I don’t be mad at the people I come in and kill … There’s no hostility after that.”
Check out Joe Budden’s full response in the video below.