Joe Budden has been known to wear many hats, with “conspiracy theory Joe” being a favorite recurring character. Though the game has been notably light on Joe since his year-long stint on Everyday Struggle, fans can still catch up with the rapper turned pundit on his eponymous Podcast.
Though Budden has previously spent time cocking the blunderbuss in Drake’s general direction, Joe has since retained a respectable sense objectivity. Pressing himself a proud Drake fan, Joe’s consistently been firm yet fair on the topic Aubrey’s musical output.
Joe reflects on how “The Story Of Adidon” clearly rattled the OVO camp to an extent, and upon marathoning Scorpion a few times, Joe since managed to weave together a close reading depicting Drake’s perspective. In fact, his theory is so powerful, it apparently has him “receiving the album differently” than most people. He proceeds to break it down like so:
Budden proceeds to acknowledge that he’s merely providing guesswork, but the gumshoe work doesn’t stop there. He seems to think that his narrative explains the Kanye West shade on “Duppy,” as well as the rumored animosity and “career-ending” nature the shelved “Adidon” response. Joe claims that the evidence is all there, lying dormant on Scorpion. Case in point, Joe affirmed his ideas by sliding into Drake’s DMs for a confirmation.
Citing “8 Out Of 10” as the main source information, Joe breaks it down. He believes that the second verse “8 Out Of 10” matches perfectly with the first verse “Emotionless,” leading Joe to believe it was originally “that song,” broken up. In the following clip, Joe proceeds to go line by line, providing analysis into why every line may actually be directed at Kanye and or Push.
Peep the entire video below, and sound f. Love him or hate him, Joe Budden remains articulate in his analysis, and it’s hard to argue with some his points.