"If somebody decides to, they really want to get out in the street, I’ll meet them in the street"
The rap veteran and podcast host was among the many figures that Marshall Mathers took aim at on the record via a number of ‘diss tracks‘. Budden came under fire on ‘The Ringer’ and ‘Fall’ after previously slammed his track ‘Untouchable’ as “trash” and “once of the worst songs he’s ever heard”.
While not responding to Eminem’s latest attack through a song, he did take to the air to say that he’s “been better than him for the last decade“ – before later suggesting that the rapper had ‘nothing to say’.
Now in an interview with Hip-Hop-DX, Budden says that he’s unlikely to be heading back into the studio to hit back with a verse.
“Yeah, no. I don’t think it contradicts my retirement,” said Budden. “I wouldn’t do it. I wouldn’t do it. I wouldn’t want to dust off the microphone and get in the studio strictly to respond to two bars.
“I think that would contradict my retirement and all the work that I’ve done up to this point.”
He continued: “I don’t feel like anybody really deserves that. When Joe Budden was ‘relevant’ he just had that passion. Nobody said anything to Joe Budden.
“So today, those same rules apply. When I am under attack now because we are not so irrelevant. I have to seek what the motives are to do that. I’m not just going to the studio to give somebody else the benefit of saying ‘Yeah, Joe responded. I’m retired, I mean it.”
He added: “And not for two bars is what I’m saying. I’m an MC at heart still. If somebody decides to, they really want to get out in the street, I’ll meet them in the street. Would have to inspire me to, it would have to think that in retirement somebody with a passion to actually record music has dwindled. My focus is elsewhere. But if I hear something that gets me out of the bed, inspires me to you know, push the pen harder than I have than I’m all for that. I’m down to be inspired!”
This comes after Budden came under fire from Remy Ma for his response to Eminem last month.
“Is that because he actually dissed you and you have yet to respond yet ‘cause you mad pussy and you’re scared to death and you know he will flame you if you even try it?” Remy asked Budden, before he laughed and responded: “No, Remy. I like rap where people are saying things. That’s all. Machine Gun Kelly, regardless of what you think of his actual skillset, he had a lot to say.”
Ma added: “No one really gives a fuck about what MGK has to say. We wanna know what are you gonna say?”
50 Cent then also mocked Budden, claiming that he was upset at “young rappers enjoying themselves” before adding :“Get the fuck outta here Joe Butt Head. We ain’t trying to hear that bullshit you kicking fool.”