After getting booed onstage during his battle against Hollow Da Don on Saturday (July 12), Joe Budden spoke with AngryfansRadio yesterday (July 14) about the experience and explained his view of the performance.
“To be honest, I don’t know what happened,” he said of the crowd reaction. “I don’t know what happened then. It just seemed like they were ready to boo.
“It didn’t get to me mentally at all, which is the thing,” he added. “In my profession, you don’t rap over boos. It’s like Rapper 101 to know that if you at a show and niggas is booing, ‘Ya’ll, go ahead and boo. I got paid already.’ I’m either gonna wait for ya’ll to stop or I’m getting the fuck outta here. But in battle rap it’s very different. You gotta deal with it. You gotta rap over it. You can’t let it look like it is affecting you. It wasn’t that I was mad they was booing. I don’t give a fuck about boos. But my thing in my head was, ‘My mic is already bad and I really do have some shit in this third if I could just get it out.’ I can’t fight a bad mic and a million people booing. But once you threaten people that are booing, they’re just gonna boo more. That’s exactly what happened.”
Addressing the battle more generally, Budden admitted that he is “a little disappointed.”
“I thought that him and I both underwhelmed,” he said. “I know that he feels the same. There were major microphone issues which left us both with a decision to make. Hollow, his voice is higher pitched than mine, so he went with the hands-free mic which enabled him to have an amazing performance even if we couldn’t really hear what he was saying. But, I felt my words were really important so I went with the mic that you had to hold in your hand which threw everything else off. Horrible performance which went to a horrible delivery. It went to everything. Really the only thing that was good were my words and that was it.”
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