Drake and Joe Budden aren't exactly buddies. Budden had a bone to pick with Drizzy's album Views, a record he thought so tepid and "uninspired" he released four diss tracks lambasting his Toronto counterpart.
But even after “Wake,” “Making a Murderer (Part 1),” “Afraid,” and “Just Because,” Drake wants Budden to keep throwing shade. In an interview with ESPN Radio’s Be Honest With Cari Champion, Budden explained that Drake offered him $10,000 to write 25 diss tracks before Drizzy plays New York's Madison Square Garden on Aug. 4. And that's not it.
According to Pitchfork, Budden received some DMs from Drake, which he thought were a bit "passive aggressive." He explained:
“He started off with, ‘I would like to formally invite you to one of my four Madison Square Garden shows, August 4, you and however many people you’d like to bring.’ And after that it said, ‘Oh, and I bet you can’t release 25 diss records between now and then.’ So then it was the laughing emoji—so I use that emoji with my friends, so I don’t know if he’s laughing or joking at this point. And then he followed that with, ‘If you can, I will give you $10,000, LOL,’ and then ‘JOEY’ and a bunch of exclamation points. I didn’t know how to take that.”
Budden told host Cari Champion that while his anti-Drake output is prolific, he'd probably fall short of 25 diss tracks by Aug. 4, but only just. He told Drizzy, “LOL, maybe not 25, but I bet you I could get close to 20.” Amid the duo's kind of friendly, but kind of hostile repartee, Drake's Views album has been quite the commercial smash.
Next up, watch an episode our digital miniseries The Drake Effect, this one detailing how Drizzy changed the mixtape game forever: