Joe Budden Applauds Future for Breaking up 'Monetized Friendships' Following Kendrick Lamar's "Like That" Verse

The media personality credits "Like That" for exposing superficial connections in hip-hop.

Joe Budden in a black suit with a lapel pin, standing before a wooden backdrop with '40/40 Club' etched in it
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Joe Budden in a black suit with a lapel pin, standing before a wooden backdrop with '40/40 Club' etched in it

Joe Budden thinks Kendrick Lamar’s verse on “Like That” exposed “phony friendships.”

On an episode of the Joe Budden Podcast posted on Sunday, the media personality, 43, talked about what he sees as superficial friendships between rappers in the music industry.

“I’m so sick of the [DJ] Khaled All-Stars and [J. Cole] with this shit. Cole don’t wanna do that shit. You gotta do it because it’s fucking ‘Drake and the Barettes,’” Budden said.

Joe Budden Critiques Kendrick Lamar’s diss at J. Cole and Drake

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“It’s Drake in a stupid muscular astronaut outfit," he said. "You gotta do it, but nobody wants to do that shit. I love that Future is the one to break up all of these fucking monetized friendships … All of the Drake All Stars that n***as be too scared to press Drake about because now that’s … [Rick] Ross, that’s Khaled, that’s Young Thug, that’s the whole crop. [They] can’t do that with Future.”

Budden also called Travis Scott a “phony ass n***a” in response to the rapper asking Future and Metro Boomin to play “Like That” at Rolling Loud California in spite of his relationship with Drake. You can watch that moment here at the 10:15 mark of the video.

“Not you hopping around on a stage like a fuckity fuck saying, ‘Play the Drake diss.’ I hate these phony friendships. Enough of this,” said Budden.

This all comes after Future and Metro Boomin’s new album We Don’t Trust You officially dropped on Friday. The track “Like That” featured a scathing verse from Lamar that seemingly took aim at Drake and J. Cole.

K Dot’s disses appear to make reference to specific lines on “First Person Shooter” off of Drake’s For All the Dogs.

On “First Person Shooter,” Cole raps, "Love when they argue the hardest MC/Is it K-Dot? Is it Aubrey? Or me?/We the big three like we started a league, but right now, I feel like Muhammad Ali."

Further into the song, Drizzy erases Kung Fu Kenny out of the picture completely when he raps, "Who the GOAT? Who you bitches really rooting for?/Like a kid that act bad from January to November, n***a, it's just you and Cole." Later he makes a nod to Michael Jackson, adding, "What the fuck, bro? I'm one away from Michael/ N***a, beat it."

The 17-time Grammy winner addressed these bars on Friday, rapping, “Think I won't drop the location? I still got PTSD / Motherfuck the Big 3, n***a, it's just big me / N***a, bum, what? I'm really like that / And your best work is a light pack / N***a, Prince outlived Mike Jack' / N***a, bum, 'fore all your dogs gettin' buried / That's a K with all these nines, he gon' see Pet Sematary.”

Time will tell if Drake and J. Cole will issue a response.

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