Joe Budden Talks Slaughterhouse Show, Close Relationship With Fans

After tearing down New York club S.O.B.’s last night along with his Slaughterhouse co-horts, chopped it up with New Jersey native Joe Budden to find out what went down and why he thinks his fans are different than other rappers’.

Slaughterhouse – the newly-formed, rap supergroup consisting of JB, Crooked I, Joell Ortiz and Royce Da 5’9” – took to the stage for the first time together last night and according to a hoarse-voiced Budden the show went “great.” “I mean those guys are phenomenal in their own right,” he said of his group mates. “For us to come together and do that last night, there was a couple of technical difficulties with the sound and shit like that, but I think we made the best of it and put a good show [for the people] that came out and paid their hard earned money.”

Fans that couldn’t make it out last night were excited over the news that the show would be streamed live online, but things didn’t go as planned. “I didn’t even find that out until this morning,” he explained. “Apparently the problem with the internet connection in the venue that I had them check on prior to the show, and for some reason last night through everybody’s efforts it still didn’t work.”

Despite his ongoing beef with Saigon, Budden doesn’t believe the hype had anything to do with yesterday’s turnout. “I didn’t benefit from that all,” he said. “I think all of them same people would have showed without any of that back and forth on wax.”

Joey has a point. He is known for having some of the most die-hard fans. XXL asked him what’s the science behind his following. “I think over the years I just developed a friendship of sorts with my fans and a relationship more so then just fan/artist, artist/fan,” he shared. “I really think that the artwork and feeling and the emotion and devotion that I put into it resonates and rubs off on them and is therapeutic for them also.”

In related news, an alleged truce between him and Budden sparked by a message left by Just Blaze in his Twitter account arose on Wednesday. Budden also told hip-hop personality Miss Info that they got on the phone, yet when XXL spoke to Sai, he vehemently denied it, saying the beef is still on. Asked to speak on the controversy JB laughed and said “No comment.”

Budden’s upcoming album Padded Room is scheduled to hit stores on February 24th on Amalgam Digital.- Jesse Gissen

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  • tony grand$

    Swag is out, bravado is in.

    Hip hops pickin up some nice momentum for 09!

    • tony grand$


    • Jamal7Mile

      Hey Tony G$!!!

      A toast to the Greatest Show I Never Saw!! Somebody at AmalgamDigital forgot to take the cap off the camera lens!! No video/audio in Detroit for me!

      If you find out where the replay is (YouTube, Vlad (ha), Eskay, anywhere) please reply here and let me know. I’ll check back because I really, really wanted to see that show. I even e-mailed a dozen of my peeps beforehand to let them know where the place to be would be. They must think I’m a fking fool now. THANKS AnalgamDickital!!

    • Jamal7Mile

      Greetings TonyG$!!

      I propose a toast to The Greatest Show I Never Saw!! Somebody at AnalgamDickital forgot to take the cap off the camera lens! I got no audio/video for 2 straight hours.

      If you find a link to the show, please reply here and let me know.


      • Jamal7Mile

        Uhh, ignore one of the above. XXL is some slow pokes, um, posts.

        • tony grand$

          Don’t trip Mally Mall, it’s just glitches in the matrix………

        • Jamal7Mile

          Naaass!! Stillmatic, my man, you still at it! Nice blogsite btw. Need one, myself.

  • dan99

    Internet Soldiers Rep., Saigon ego is so huge that he wouldn’t even admit to talking over the phone w/ joey.

  • tra9iCX3


    • Jamal7Mile

      Can you/feel a/brand new daaaay
      Can you/feel a/brand new daaaay!!
      (The Wiz, after the wicket bitch melted..)

      This concert is the dawn of Hip Hop 2009 for me. If only I could’ve seen it live…


      • $ykotic

        The sound was doodoo(some sound difficulty) but worldstarhiphop got some footage.

        It was a good look. It kinda took me back to Harlem World. U just wanna hear dudes spit.

        You could kinda feel the sai/joey beef in the air but once they got busy, it was love. Crooked did him. I can say I was satisfied being @ a hiphop show.

        • Jamal7Mile

          That’s some great news to hear $ykotic! I’ll be sure to check WSHH later on tonight after I get back from the bowling alley… gotta make this $$$…

          Me, being stuck in Detroit, I can only read and daydream about the Hip-Hop scene in NY. I’m JEALOUS OF YALL!! And no, I can’t just jump onna plane like that for a great concert in NY. I got too many REAL bills here in the unemployment capitol of the country (well, at least we ain’t murda cap no more).

          Again, thanks for the link… and thanks for saying “get em, J” when I had to go at SolderBoy for a chapter or two. (I remember that ish, too).


        • tony grand$

          Lol @ Mally Mal! Makin ay way up the ranks!

          But, its still a lil travel ahead until u get a shout out from Billy Sunday!!! Lol!

          & ur welcome for the “cheers” line.

          Don’t forget about ya boy Grand$ when u make it to the top!

        • Jamal7Mile

          Heh heh, THANK YOU FOR THEM “CHEERS” LINES TONY GRAND$!! Put it that way, I guess I’m a freshman and you guys are Upper-classmen. Don’t dunk my head in no toilet, though. I don’t play that shit!!!

          (Truth be told, my alcoholic ass been hearing “Cheers” since I hit 17.. what’s up Obie Trice, you owe me a pitcher of Budweiser man).

          I hit these here Nets/blogs in the middle of 2008. But I’ve been reading the XXLmag since right before the bug-eyed Eminem cover shot/beef.

          Awww, wow! One paragraph in a 100 chapter book!! Smell me later!


  • Mutada al sader the king

    Man Joe I don’t know about you music being therapeutic. But its most certainly appreciated. You do put tremendous effort into nearly everything you do. I don’t understand why people down you, or why you down yourself for being an artists that is good at dissing other MC’s. Its you lane. Most MC are corny, using gimmicks or are clones. At least you HAVE A LANE be proud of it and keep smashing these MC’s on the mic. The 5 heart beats (braw strap) stuff was classic. Own YOUR LANE. Then again I can totally appreciate the intricate word play, (and your analysis of hip hop). So kill Sai one more time, its nothing. I’ve never got a Budden album. Its easier to bit torrent music now a days. But out of respect for the effort, I’ll buy a copy of Padded Room. Niggaz got mortgages to pay too. Peace

  • 519forlifeordie

    cant believe sai wouldnt admit to talking to budden like come on man thats pathletic but it keeps us wanting more from both of em.PADDED ROOM feb 24 cop it whoever reads this story and is a fan of joey.

  • King B

    Why would sai lie about the phone convo that didn’t happen???? Niggas be trippin

    • Jamal7Mile

      Hmm… maybe he had a glitch in his Matrix, like Tony G$ said, LOL!

      He probably wish he could take it back, like Young Buck wishing he could take back that phone call to 50. That’s probably the case so.. give the man a min to respond.


  • dusty boy

    What it do?

    Maan Hol’ Up!!!