Drake Vs. Joe Budden: A History Of Their Feud
Since Joe Budden publicly criticised Drake's fourth studio album 'Views', the pair's rap feud has slowly grown into an all-out war. This is the history of their beef so far.
1. It all started when Joe Budden voiced his opinion about Drake's latest album 'Views'...
Joe Budden is rumoured to have started the feud in April 2016 when he called out Drake's fourth album 'Views' as sounding "uninspired". While speaking on his podcast 'I'll Name This Podcast Later', he said: "That kid on that album that I heard sounds real f*ckin’ uninspired. That’s what I think. I think that that music is real good. You can’t fool a real n*gga. That music sounds good and I enjoyed it 40, you sound amazing. 40 continues to progress. Drake, you do not." Picture: Instagram
2. And Drake responded through a cryptic Snapchat post.
Drake appeared to fire back at Joe Budden through a Snapchat video posted online by French Montana in May 2016. In a short song snippet, Drizzy could be heard rapping the line "pump, pump it up", appearing to reference Joe Budden's 2003 hit 'Pump It Up'. Rumours began to surface about Drake preparing a diss track. Picture: Instagram
3. Before sending indirect shots at Budden on a freestyle.
Amid rumours that Drake was preparing a Joe Budden diss track with French Montana, the Canadian rapper dropped a song called '4PM In Calabasas', which contained a few subliminal shots at Joe Budden - referencing his ex-girlfriend Tahiry among other things. In return Budden showed appreciation: "He snapped just now, even if he dissed me & Puff the whole time….. He ain’t sound that inspired in a minute," he said on Twitter. Picture: Instagram
4. Joe Budden then called Drake "fake" on a vicious diss track.
Budden wasted no time in firing off a direct diss track at Drake - calling the Canadian rapper "fake", among a number of other harsh lines. On 'Making A Murderer Pt. 1', he rapped: "My words ain’t ghostwritten I ain’t Drake/ That’s all gimmick I’m authentic I ain’t Drake/ Ain’t nothing wrong with it, only saying I ain’t fake". He then warned Drizzy: "Aubrey when you sub real MCs, you get murdered." Picture: Instagram
5. And after no response, he went back to back on Drake with two more diss tracks.
Not content with Drizzy's silence, Budden attempted to get a Drake response by remixing the lyrics he famously used against Meek Mill on 'Back To Back'. "I waited five days n*gga, where y'all at," Joe rapped on 'Wake'. Before describing Drizzy as "afraid" on another diss track. Picture: Instagram
6. Drake then described Joe Budden as a "one-hit wonder"...
After what seemed like an age, French Montana's 'No Shopping' collaboration with Drake finally dropped in July 2016 - revealing the rest of his lyrics. The 6 God clearly had some bars for Budden: "I'm not a one-hit wonder, they know all my stuff/ You let me turn into the n*gga that you almost was." Picture: Instagram
7. And finally addressed Joe Budden by name on stage.
After speaking through subliminal disses, Drake directly addressed the feud on stage during a show in Dallas. During his Summer Sixteen tour, he said: "I should’ve brought Joe Budden up here and let him do ‘Pump It Up’ one time tonight. Pump, pump, pump it up. F*ck them n*ggas, man." Picture: Rick Kern/WireImage
8. But Budden urged Drake to release a direct diss track.
Budden's response to Drake's acknowledgement was to fire more bars at the 'Views' rapper. This time he really wanted Drizzy to release a direct diss track about him. On 'Just Because', Budden rapped: "He just gotta bar up now / I’m still on ‘Energy,’ let’s see if he ‘Charged Up’ now.” Picture: Instagram
9. Will Drake finally hit back with his own direct Budden diss?
With some fans starting to question Drake's ability to compete with Joe Budden, will he finally drop a diss track similar to 'Back To Back' - which ended his feud with Meek Mill in 2015? Picture: Instagram