Joell Ortiz On Joe Budden/Saigon Beef: “I Don’t Co-Sign It, [Yet] I Don’t Disagree With It”
With the Joe Budden and Saigon beef heating up, Budden’s Slaughterhouse rhyme partner Joell Ortiz is put in an unusual position being cool with both rappers. XXLmag.com caught up with the Brooklyn MC to find out his thoughts on the situation.
In the beginning of the Budden’s diss track “Pain In My Life” he says “It’s called Slaughterhouse for a reason.” XXL asked Ortiz if being a member of the group – which also consists of Royce Da 5’ 9” and Crooked I – means that he has the New Jersey rapper’s back in a lyrical war against Sai. “Absolutely not,” he replied. “First off let me say Saigon is my man, you understand,” he continued. “This is somebody that I came up with on the underground circuit together. We’ve bumped heads at S.O.B.’s plenty of times. So first, I have no problem with Saigon. Joe Budden is Joe Budden. You know what Joe Budden do. He does that kind of stuff. But I have nothing to do with that kind of stuff. I don’t co-sign it; I don’t disagree with it; it’s just what Joe Budden does.”
Asked if he’d try to play peacemaker and bring the two feuding MCs together Ortiz “doesn’t think so.” “Its like the streets,” he explained. “You got your man and he’s fighting your other man and you come in between, a nigga could hit you, understand? I just let niggas do what they do. It’ll be what it be. Maybe they’ll shake hands after this, maybe they won’t.”
Sai-gitty released his latest track “Pushin Buddens” aimed at the Mood Muzik rapper yesterday, spitting over Wu-Tang Clan’s “Protect Your Neck” and Joey’s “Pump It Up” instrumentals. So far both rappers have released two diss songs apiece.
As XXL previously reported, Slaughterhouse will be performing for the first time together tonight at New York City’s S.O.B.’s at 8 p.m. Budden’s label, Amalgam Digital will be broadcasting the show live on their website, www.Amalgamdigital.com/tv. –Elan Mancini with reporting by Anthony Roberts