During the latest episode of the Million Dollaz Worth of Game podcast, Charlamagne and DJ Envy were asked about their previous beefs, and Charlamagne’s quarrel with Busta Bus in July 2012 came up. According to the Radio Hall of Famer, he was being disrespectful which led the Brooklyn rap legend to confront him at Steve Rifkind’s Pre-BET Awards Party Honoring Melanie Fiona in Los Angeles.
“Who ran down on me? Busta. Yeah, Busta ran down on me,” Charlamagne began. “I was being disrespectful. But you know what it was, though, I’ll say this: I wanted to win so bad when we got The Breakfast Club, anybody could get it.”
The Moncks Corner native revealed the friction was a result of him ridiculing Busta Rhymes and DMX’s freestyle over Kanye West and Jay-Z’s “Otis” off their joint album, Watch The Throne.
“It was that freezer shit, man. I used to put rappers in a freezer back in the day. I put Busta in the freezer ’cause Busta had did a freestyle over [Jay-Z and Kanye West’s] ‘Otis’ beat,” he recalled. “And the crazy shit is, the shit is actually hard, but I was just being an asshole. So it was Busta Rhymes and DMX — God bless the dead — on the ‘Otis’ beat, but I gave him ‘Donkey of the Day’ for no reason. It really was for no reason.”
He further explained how drunk he was at the party and felt he needed to stand his ground with the buzz The BreakfastClub was getting at the time. Things picked up when Akon’s brother told Charlamagne that Busta wanted to have a conversation.
“Busta said, ‘You know me?! I said, ‘Yeah, I know you. You a dude who used to be hot but your shit wack now.’ Busta said, ‘You better stop this tough guy shit before I fuck you up in here!’ I’m drunk as shit, I’m like, ‘I’m a fuck you up.’ I said, ‘We gonna fight in this muthafucker or something. Then Busta’s people came, my people came, and they just broke us up.”
Thankfully, cooler heads prevailed, and the two were able to patch things up and bury the hatchet. Charlamagne also made a note to say he consistently apologizes for his disrespectful actions because “If we don’t respect our OGs, then nobody will.”