Joe Budden’s ‘SlaughterMouse’ Is Actually Tribute And Admiration Letter To Eminem


Joe Budden sits down with Genius to discuss the lyrics this open letter to Eminem, “SlaughterMouse,” off of his new album, All Love Lost. The lyrics shows how much admiration Joe Budden has to his mentor, Eminem. In the lyrics we read: 

“Look, it was around ’99, baby comin’ while I was at rock bottom
Ironic shit, I was listenin’ to “Rock Bottom” “

Joe explains: 

” “Rock Bottom” helped me immensely. I can’t explain what that record did. I couldn’t even understand who was this man putting these words together this way, going through this, feeling like this. This is how I feel, I just can’t rap this good.

It’s crazy how small the world is and how stars align and 360 degrees of separation. Just thinking back to being in Jersey City with a child coming, unemployed not knowing where my check was coming from, not knowing how I was going to be able to provide for this kid and this kid’s mom and myself even. Now go to today and working with somebody who was very instrumental in getting me through that time.”

Lyrics continue: 

“Listen, I’m writin’ to you now cause we don’t get to talk much
‘Cept for in the stu’ when we be passin’ through the halls and such
I wonder if you catch me stare at you in awe much
And we be busy workin’ so I never share my thoughts much”

Joe explains: 

“The interactions between me and Eminem have been great, just far and few. Em is like a hip-hop encyclopedia and he’s extremely passionate. He’s one of the more meticulous men that I ever met. Talking to him about hip-hop, you just learn so much.

Those conversations are good and him and I have had some more personal conversation that will remain confidential. But outside of our interactions musically, that may be the extent of his knowledge of me. I don’t know that to be a fact, but it may be.

So when we talk, I’m forced to wonder: “I wonder if this guy knows that are paths are very similar.” “

Also notable lyrics are: 

“When Bad met Evil, nigga who was happier than me?
Think back, the way that I was on that shit
You woulda thought it was my album and I was on that shit
Like fuck rap, happy to see a friendship get mended
Cemented and any frivolous tension get ended
Joell you my G, Weapon Waist you my OG cuz
Nickel you know I look at you like it’s blood”


“And to Em, one of the illest ever on the mic
We’re less different than we are alike
This ain’t about star power, I ain’t on the hype
Never mind skin color, I see beyond the white
My whole life I fought trauma like you
Had ups and downs with my baby mama like you
I had my fair share of transgressions like you
Had a bad temper once and fought aggression like you
Did drugs, popped pills, fought depression like you”


“Fuck this record deal, you (Em) inspired me as a man
I’ll cut it short, before I start feelin’ like a Stan
HouseGang for life, word to the pig on Royce’s hand”

Read full lyrics on Rap Genius

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