Things got very uncomfortable at the BET Awards when the Migos paid a visit to Complex News‘ “Everyday Struggle” cast yesterday.
After Joe Budden interrupted his co-host, DJ Akademiks, to say that they needed to wrap up the interview, the ‘Pump It Up’ rapper was apparently fed up with Akademiks giving praise to the Migos, who called the ATL trio, “one of (his) favorite groups.”
At that point, the one-hit-wonder shook his head, got up and left. To no surprise, Migos didn’t take kindly to the disrespect and got up to confront Joe Budden. As tensions began to rise, things were eventually broken up. This is already the second time this month that the Everyday Struggle cast struggled to keep their guests cool. Days ago, Vic Mensa and DJ Akademiks had a heated discussion over Akademik’s disrespect to Chicago and the city’s violence.
Watch things get tense between Joe Budden and the Migos below.
Wow. Just had to get that out of the way at the beginning here, it’ll make more sense by the end. Anyway, most fans will remember at least two things for certain. The classic, four-part, Mood Muzik series that trademarked Budden’s style which was rooted in his tenacity to create soul-baring music that revealed more about life than most artists can experience by the time their ‘greatest hits’ lands on the shelves — and then there was the incredibly underwhelming No Love Lost in 2013. Occupying opposite sides of the quality spectrum, these projects seemed to represent two different artists. One, an honest, intelligent craftsman of the english vernacular and the other, a byproduct of a saturated industry built on expectations.
Joe Budden is a sort of anomaly within hip-hop. He is looked up to by nearly every established or aspiring lyricist out there, his life seems to be stuck in a constant state of eclipse that produces nothing but darkness and sadness around him. He is revered yet has little resentment for his own self-destructive tendencies; and he tells his story like a modern day poet laureate. All of this unequivocally creates the ideal situation for a rap artist to flourish. While commercially he has been strained by the lack of an audience for his often disquieting material, he has found footing in underground crowds as a legend.
Time and time again he has taken his addictions, insecurities, and instability and created poetic afterthoughts that can serve as cautionary tales to the rest of us. This process is most evident on a string of mixtapes known as the Mood Muzik series. There are four tapes in total, each gaining notoriety from those before it, culminating in the fourth installment released in 2010. Very few musical series have extended for four outings and been able to maintain such a consistent mood through and through.
The fourth installment, Mood Muzik 4: A Turn 4 The Worst, is another trip down memory lane. Before the project dropped, Budden had gone on record and said that this would be the lightest of the four projects in term of its mood. In reality, trying to hear its lighter tone is like trying to pinpoint the differences between two apples from the same tree, few exist. If anything, the lighter weight is established by the two humorous skits (‘Mop Salad’ and ‘The Shoes’) that consist of R&B laced fillacio explanations and punchlines about rappers crying from onions and bunions causing shoe problems.
Don’t be mistaken the rest of the album is classic Budden, lyrical dominance asserts itself over every other aspect. Storytelling is prevalent in plenty of forms, like Budden rapping from the perspective of someone who witnesses the life of someone with crippling family problems as well as a woman who objectifies herself for a taste of the glamorous life on ‘Welcome To Real Life’. It’s hard to pluck songs from Joe and decide which one are most capable of expressing just how good he is. There is no doubt that Budden is one of the top lyricists in the game. His ability to carry a rhyme scheme non-stop for the entirety of his lengthy and complexly structured verses is amazing. On ‘Black Clouds’, a song about Budden finally starting to overcome his struggles and escape the metaphorical storm that looms overhead he beautifully describes his old drug habits and how he hid beneath a doped-up shell.
“Been medicated, meditated
Character assassinated, all theses years I masqueraded
Hard headed, if it was on my mind I had to say it
Tongue on the devil’s pitchfork to see how disaster tasted.”
The articulation and conviction that Joe puts into each word makes every sentence sound like a release from the pain contained within it. The structure of the songs is perhaps another way in which it could all be interpreted as the least dark entry in the series. They periodically begin with Joe pouring out his inner darkness, or that of his past and then they lift up into a chorus that has the weight of a feather, flipping the mood on its head. The albums all winds down to its carelessly optimistic ending that seems fitting for a guy like Joe Budden who has seemingly been through it all. ‘If All Else Fails’, Joe will envy all the things he currently despises as he reverts back to his hood antics in his studio apartment dealing with the same lowly problems of everyone else on his block – and he is confident that he would be fine doing that after looking through the glass from the other side of fame. Joe’s life may be strides, oceans or even worlds away from beautiful, but the music he has turned it all into is something so much more.
Forget about ghosts, demons, spiders and your grandma’s feet; there is something else to be afraid of now. That something is the “Based God’s Curse”. The curse is said to have originated deep within the Amazon Forest and was used by native tribes to…okay not really. It is a curse placed by Lil B (“The Based God”), and it is meant to ruin that person’s fortune, success and in extreme cases, even causing foot fractures.