It all started when In April of 2016 Joe Budden released a podcast where he expressed his negative opinion about Drake’s newly released, chart-topping album, VIEWS.

“I think that that kid on that album that I heard sounds real f**kin’ uninspired. That music sounds good and I enjoy it. I played that album all the way to D.C. and all the way back multiple times. 40 you sound amazing. 40 continues to progress. Drake you do not. I said the other day on this podcast I miss the Drake that starts the waves, not hops on other waves and I’ll say it again: I miss the Drake that pushes the f**kin’ agenda, not lets the agenda push him.”


Drake responded to Joe Budden by throwing subliminal shots at him on “4PM in Calabasas”:


And Joe seemed impressed:


After that, Joe’s response comes in the form of this 6 minute scorcher in which he dismantles Drake from top to bottom with “Making A Murderer (Part 1).” The track included the following lines by Budden:

“My words ain’t ghostwritten I ain’t Drake
That’s all gimmick I’m authentic I ain’t Drake
Ain’t nothing wrong with it, only saying I ain’t fake.”

When Joe didn’t get the response fro Drake, he went to release another diss track “Wake.” While Making The Murderer diss focused more on Drake and Joe’s personal relationship, “Wake” takes aim at Drake’s fakeness —dismissing creating his own personal style in favor of leeching off the styles of those surrounding him. The title seemingly enforces two meanings of “Wake”: in one sense, Joe is waking up the public and exposing Drake. In another sense, this track serves as a funeral wake — a visitation that occurs prior to the funeral procession. The latter meaning packs on additional layers, as a funeral wake is also called a “view.”


After that, French Montana released “No Shopping,” featuring Drake, where Dreezy takes shots at Drake. He raps:

“Pump, pump, pump it up
She got a good head on her, but I pump it up
I’m not a one hit wonder, they know all my stuff
You let me turn into the ni**a that you almost was.”



Budden quickly responded with 3rd diss track “Afraid,” which samples Drake’s “The Resistance” from Drake’s debut album Thank Me Later.


Joe later tweeted that the relationship between himself and Drake in the song is father/son, insinuating that the song is a message to teach Drake rather than damage him:


One week later, Drake dissed Joe Budden on stage at Summer Sixteen Tour in Dallas, directly: 


24 Hours later Joe quickly responded to Drake with another diss track “Just Because.” Listen below: