In a clash that set social media ablaze, Joe Budden, the former rapper turned media personality, and Drake, the chart-topping hip-hop sensation, found themselves at odds once again on the latest episode of the “Joe Budden Podcast.” This feud, sparked by Joe Budden’s critiques of Drake’s music, shed light on age, success, and the evolving landscape of hip-hop.
The tension between these two giants of the music industry has been simmering for years, but it came to a head with Drake’s latest album, For All The Dogs. On the podcast, Budden didn’t mince words, stating, “[Drake is] rapping for the children.” He questioned why a 37-year-old billionaire like Drake was still engaging with 25-year-olds, suggesting it was time to move on.
“I had to look up how old this n**ga was when I finished listening to the album… You’re going to be 37 years old at the end of the month. Get the f**k away from some of these younger n**gas, and stop f**king these 25-year-olds… Why are you still f**king the 25-year-olds? You’re a 37-year-old billionaire.”
Drake swiftly fired back, not holding back on his disdain for Budden. He accused Budden of quitting the music game to pursue a career in media because it paid the bills. Drake’s message to aspiring artists was clear: don’t take advice from a “quitter” who gave up on his own dreams.
“I never want anybody in the generations to think that the whole ‘everybody’s entitled to their opinion’ is a real thing. This is a man projecting his self-hate and the fact I did and continue to do everything he wanted to do for himself. If you need it put in simpler terms, I own a 767… he owns a modest house in the 973 and flies first class on special occasions.”
In a not-so-subtle jab at Budden, Drake highlighted his own success, mentioning his private plane compared to Budden’s “modest house in the 973,” a reference to a New Jersey area code. It was a clash of lifestyles and ambitions that resonated with fans across social media.
“You left it behind to do what you are doing in this clip ’cause this is what actually pays your bills. For any artist watching this, just remember you are watching a failure give their opinion on his idea of a recipe for success… a quitter give their opinion on how to achieve longevity…”
As expected, fans had mixed reactions to the heated exchange. Some found humor in the clash, noting that while Budden criticized Drake’s music, the rapper’s response focused on his lavish lifestyle, including owning a private plane. Others saw the conflict differently, criticizing Budden’s advice to Drake as shortsighted and misguided.
One thing is for sure: this feud brought the generational gap within hip-hop to the forefront. Drake, a global superstar, represents the newer generation of artists who have leveraged their fame into multiple ventures. In contrast, Budden, once a prominent rapper, now navigates the media landscape.
Beyond the personal feud, this clash serves as a microcosm of the broader changes occurring within the hip-hop industry. With the genre’s continued evolution, newer artists like Drake have redefined success, embracing entrepreneurship and diverse revenue streams.
While hip-hop remains a youthful genre, the success of artists like Drake challenges the traditional narrative that one must “grow up” in their music. Drake’s ability to remain relevant across generations showcases the genre’s adaptability and its capacity to transcend age boundaries.
In conclusion, the Joe Budden-Drake feud is more than just a celebrity spat; it reflects the changing face of hip-hop, where age, success, and ambition intersect in unexpected ways. As fans continue to dissect their clash, it’s a reminder that hip-hop, like its artists, constantly evolves, keeping the culture alive for new generations to come.