Joe Budden’s battle with drugs is well-documented. Not only has the Slaughterhouse MC rhymed about it during the duration of his career, he put his struggles to get clean on front street as a star of VH1’s reality series “Love & Hip Hop: New York.”
In the show, Joe had the support of his mom, girlfriend Kailyn and ex-girl Tahiry, but that’s not all. On his quest for sobriety, Budden also had Eminem to lean on. Em, of course, has had his own public battles with drugs, which he rhymed about on his 2009 LP Relapse and the follow-up Recovery.
“Those conversations are confidential between us, but we definitely spoke about it,” the “Pump It Up” MC said when he appeared on Wednesday’s (April 3) “RapFix Live.” “He shared some of his experiences; I’ve shared some of mine. It’s a real unique situation, because we’re signed there and he’s one of the greatest rappers ever in my opinion, but as just a person, it’s really like family.”
On “Castles,” a track from his latest album No Love Lost, Joe raps about the detrimental effect the party drug molly had on his life. “The funny sh–, them mollys were cool when we all were doing ’em/ But nobody recalled when I was the only one they were ruining,” he spits.
“It helped with sex. People should’ve been doing that without molly,” Budden said of the supposed pros of the drug. “For me, it really was just all bad. I never had time to have sex. It was doing too much to my brain. Once it starts doing that, a bad string of events start to happen with life. Life started to become unmanageable at that point, so it was time.”
The rapper recalled a run-in he had with the police as a result of taking the drug. After a neighbor called the cops because Joe was playing his music too loud, Budden almost made the situation worse. “A routine noise complaint turned into me arguing with the cop. I ended up resisting arrest, I was about to jump off a balcony and go hide through bushes,” he said, telling the story.
In retrospect, that was the moment that made the well-tuned lyricist understand the severity of his problem. Lucky for him, he had a great support system, which included his closest friends and, of course, his label, Shady Records. “When it comes to the TV show, when it comes to being clean and sober and just living correctly, they’re there,” he said.