Joe Budden made good on his promise Thursday tonight, dropping the Drake diss track "Making A Murderer (Part 1)." Budden comes at Drake hard on the track with lines like "Kids got no respect/All because you call me for the whole check on every hoe you check," and "all of this just because I wasn't in love with his VIEWS." As Genius points out, it also includes a clip of a 2009 Drake interview on Joe Budden's webseries JoeBuddenTV where Drake claims he wants to stay away from rap's beef culture.
Despite all this, Budden tells Pitchfork that the track isn't meant to ignite a beef, but rather to reignite Drake's flame and "show Drake what competitive hip-hop is really about." He previewed the song earlier this week on Periscope, adding the caption "Budden Vs. Drake Round 1." It's expected to be included on his upcoming Rage & the Machine project in collaboration with araabMUZIK.
The diss track comes on the heels of Drake's "4PM in Calabasas," which had several lines on it that Budden took as shots at him. He broke the song down in detail on one of his recent podcasts, explaining line by line how he thought Drake was dissing him. Budden had previously been critical of Drake's latest album VIEWS and called him "uninspired," which he believed led to the subliminal shots on "4PM in Calabasas."
Interestingly, Budden also has a beef brewing with Drake's nemesis Meek Mill. The two exchanged words on Twitter last week, and on Wednesday Meek previewed the lyrics to a track on Instagram that many believed to be taking shots at Budden. Meek later denied it, claiming that he couldn't be bothered to diss Budden. Despite this, Budden continued to taunt him on Twitter. "Don't speak my name to a fan... Say it to me nigga. Stand behind your ability to rap," he wrote.
Clearly there's all sorts of drama heating up here. While you stay tuned for more developments, you can check out Joe Budden's "Making A Murderer (Part 1)" below.
Following Budden's diss, Drake's engineer Noel Cadastre posted this image on Instagram, hinting that he was working on something in the studio.
Budden seems to think that what he's working on is Drake's response track, as he sent out this tweet shortly after.
We'll have to wait and see if a Drake response actually materializes. Budden also released the latest edition of his podcast, where he addressed the diss track. "I don't want any attention, I don't want to be famous, I just want to rap," he said. "Everybody that thinks Joe Budden is fishing for attention: I understand. Everyone that says Joe Budden is wack: I understand. Everyone that says Joe Budden is irrelevant: I'm not irrelevant if you keep talking about me."
"Weeks ago, Instagram clip went up, Drake said 'Pump, pump, pump it up.' As soon as I heard that clip, I ran straight to the studio," he said. "That's called being proactive." He also explained what he thinks is about to happen next. "I think that Meek is about to fire at everybody... I think that HOV is still firing at people. He's beating Drake the fuck up with perspective." You can listen to his podcast below.
Not one to be left out, Meek Mill also posted an Instagram that may have been referencing Joe Budden. Budden's biggest hit "Pump It Up" came out that year, along with his debut album.
Only moments later, Budden launched a Periscope responding, and tweeted that Meek was about to "die twice." You can tune in below.