We've now reached the third part of the three-part epic that is Joe Budden's response to Drake's verses on French Montana's "No Shopping," and the rapper has some frank—and fighting—words for Toronto's Very Own.
Following the same vitriolic path of "Making a Murderer Pt. 1" and "Wake," Budden lays it bare for the listener, pointing fingers at Drake and stressing how he feels betrayed. Off the bat, Budden admits that Drake struck a nerve: "I just feel like you broke a promise to me/Only hurt cause I thought you were being honest with me/So I’m gon' try and do this honorably/Without the sponsoring fee what’s most alarming to me."
The earnestness gets meaner as the track progresses, though, and soon Budden's invoking Degrassi: The Next Generation, poking fun at Drake's physique ("Yeah Aubrey that’s the one we trusted/Not this new Aubrey with his stomach sculpted") and even bringing up his feud with Meek Mill ("Thinking you misunderstood my hood, this isn’t Meek n---a"), a move he played on "Wake" before it.
It's a scorcher, and it's enough to wonder if Budden's in the process of churning out even more diss tracks. At this point, he could helm a diss EP, so watch this space for additional developments.
Listen to "Afraid" above, and check out the Back of the Class podcast episode that dissects this Budden vs. Drake debacle below.