It occurred to me that Joe Budden might be the least talented rapper to be really adamant about his dedication to the craft of MCing, but then I was reminded of when Lil' Wayne was going around calling himself the best rapper alive, a few years ago, before the sizzurp got the best of him, and he started using auto tune and mumbling a buncha bullshit, and of course he became more famous than ever.

So I guess it's a toss up!

In case you haven't heard, Budden is all pissed about this list of the top 50 MCs evar or some such in the new issue of Vibe, with Eminem on the cover. He's upset that he only came in 32nd, and I guess there were some other problems with the list - like, apparently Bow Wow's on it. I've yet to see the list myself, but I don't have any problem believing it's bullshit, since it's in Vibe and all.

However, I would like to point out that, while Joe Budden was only 32nd on the list of the top 50 MCs, I was 29th on the list of the top 50 hip-hop blogs. And that's not even taking into account my contentious relationship with various members of the staff there over the years.

Also, I should point out that I didn't watch any of the videos or listen to any of the audio of the interviews and what have you. My bad. It's just that this is a Friday, and it's been a long-ass week, and all I wanna do is put myself in an alcohol induced coma for 10 hours or so, but I've got a lot of shit to do before I'll be able to. And obviously nothing involving Joe Budden is gonna be very high on my list of priorities.

So, I guess Budden put together this video response to the Vibe list, and he decided to pick Method Man, of all people, as an example of an MC he should be ranked higher than.

I'm assuming he singled out Meth because he's got such a bullshit body of work. Tical, which I haven't heard since it was relatively new was easily the worst of that first round of Wu solo albums. (Which were all killer, mind you.) And he hasn't done anything worthwhile since, album-wise, except those Blackout albums. I reviewed the new one today on my own site. It's not half that bad.

Of course, Joe Budden isn't qualified to carry around Method Man's big bag of weed. The song "Method Man" itself > Joe Budden's career. But then Budden couldn't just leave it as saying he's a better MC than Method Man, which is enough of an insult - he had to go on about how he's gonna saw his head off or some shit. (Like I said, I'm slacking on research.)

Figuratively, mind you. But I guess Method Man thought he was being serious. You know how these pot smokers get all paranoid. And you've seen that video where some douche goes to some guys house and smacks the shit out of him. These ninjas are fucking ignorant. Word to Tom Breihan. And Budden might be on PCP. Which would explain why his career hasn't gone anywhere, despite the LCD nature of his music.

Budden may have just reading verbatim from the Internet Soldiers, the cracka-ass cracka stans who post on his message board and go around dissing people on his behalf. They've made a couple of dis records about yours truly. Word on the street is that they might be writing some of his rhymes.

So, now Method Man might actually have beef with Joe Budden, and not just corny Kool Mo Dee-style beef, where one guy raps and then the other guy tries to rap even better. How lame! Fortunately, Method Man doesn't strike me as the kind of guy who would show up to Budden's and try to slap him, or try to ply Taheezo with $600, or whatever that would cost. (Don't let Obama issue another stimulus check!) Maybe Budden will get lucky - Meth will take an heroic bong hit and just forget about it.