Generational War Grounds
Let’s start from the beginning, shall we?
Back in April, Joe Budden made it very clear that he wasn’t a fan of the direction hip-hop is going in. “I don’t think that Yachty is hip-hop,” Budden said on Everyday Struggle. Citing Lil Yachty’s Teenage Emotions album cover, Budden continued, “I don’t think that Yachty’s label [Capitol Records] is hip-hop. When you’re not hip-hop and you’re trying to just troll or exploit, you get things like this album cover.”
In response to Budden’s public criticism, the “On Me” rapper listened to Lil B’s Joe Budden diss track “T Shirts and Buddens.”
Though Joey eventually apologized for his comments, when him and Yachty met in person to film an interview for Everyday Struggle, it didn’t go great. The May 2017 interview went down hill after Yachty claimed he’s happy all the time.
“Feelings are fickle,” Budden rebutted. “What that means is, they come and they go. Nobody is one thing forever. You cannot tell me […] you would be lying to tell me that as a young man in this industry, in this music industry, in the music business, you are happy 24-7. That is a lie. That is bulls–t. And I refuse to have somebody tell me bulls–t. I want to have an honest conversation.”
Regardless, Lil Boat maintained that he’s “happy every day.”
Then in June, Joey came for Boat again. “You’re not a mega star when you sell 40,000 records,” Budden said, referencing the sales of Teenage Emotions. In response, Yachty brought up the sales from Budden’s 2016 album Rage & The Machine.
The two stayed away from each other for the most part… until now. During a recent performance, Lil Yachty wore a hoodie that noticeably read: “F–k Joe Budden.”
The conversation about the generational gap hip-hop is experiencing right now can easily get heated. It seems like no one is more vocal about this topic than old school rapper Joe Budden, who has been active since 1999 — and as we all know, Joe Budden can be… blunt. So, watching Joe and Yachty fight this battle of the generations has been low-key painful.
It wasn’t funny when Joe first came for Yachty back in April, discrediting his work in hip-hop and calling him a troll. It definitely wasn’t funny when the two were way too loud with each other during their first face-to-face interview on Everyday Struggle. Even when both sides brought album sales into the argument… It wasn’t funny.
This though… This might be a little funny.
A fan shot video of a brief moment of Lil Yachty’s concert in Toronto this past Sunday (November 5) made its way to DJ Akademiks’ Instagram page. The shaky video shows Lil Boat wearing the now infamous “F–k Joe Budden” hoodie. The clip also shows the hyped up crowd loudly chanting “f–k Joe Budden.” “Ey man, these old ass ni–as need to stop f–king with these new ni–as man. For real,” Yachty said as he paced across the stage.
A Hoodie For Everyone
Afterwards, Lil Boat explained himself succinctly and simply.
“Lol a fan through on stage from the crowd and I put it on, cuz what a hater gotta say that’s why, all dese broke ni–as lucky it’s free to make a comment on someone’s post. Cus if u had to pay to make a statement.. it would be a lot less talk,” he wrote under DJ Akademiks’ post of the video.
Never one to not respond, what did Joe Budden do? He wore a “F–k Joe Budden” hoodie himself… on Everyday Struggle.
Who’s the real GOAT here… Budden, Yachty, or the fan who threw the hoodie? Tell us your thoughts in the comments SHARE this article.