This whole somewhat messy affair started right around the time that Drake dropped his chart-topping (til present day) album VIEWS. The Slaughterhouse rapper took to his podcast series, 'I’ll Name This Podcast Later,' to opine on Drake’s then-new release. He actually teased the episode with a few Instagram video clips, speaking quite passionately about Drake’s career and the album (he did write in one of the video captions "I love Drake, I'm a fan...") — so Budden obviously knew he was gearing up for a potentially-viral, and potentially-pot-stirring episode. The comments that circulated the most contained praise for Drake’s production partner, 40, and put the blame for what Budden called an “uninspired” album squarely on Drizzy.
Budden said, "I think that that kid on that album that I heard sounds real fucking uninspired. That music sounds good and I enjoy it... 40 you sound amazing. 40 continues to progress; Drake, you do not... I miss the Drake that starts the waves, not hops on other waves. I miss the drake that pushes the fucking agenda."
Basically a week after Joe Budden laid out his feelings concerning Drake’s new album on his podcast, a snippet from what would become French Montana’s Mac & Cheese 4 “No Shopping” single made its way online. Lo and behold, users picked it apart for what sounded like a Joe Budden jab although it was only a couple of words—“pump, pump it up.” Many assumed it to be a reference to Budden’s biggest record, 2003’s “Pump It Up.” While we’re still a couple months away from hearing Drizzy’s full verse, it certainly fuelled the fire (even if Budden wasn’t sure at first whether or not to take it as a diss either).
French Montana got him the Drake stimulus package. Oh and drake might. Keyword might. Be ending Joe Budden career pic.twitter.com/vMwZNDlaAk— DJ Akademiks (@IamAkademiks) May 11, 2016
Let’s not jump to conclusions Sir. https://t.co/j6pXeLmajE— Joe Budden (@JoeBudden) May 11, 2016