Joe Budden Explains Battle With Addiction & Consequence Feud

Joe Budden says he was "high out of [his] mind" at Summer Jam last year and talks about how Eminem and others helped him sober up. Budden also says he's willing to fight Consequence again "if he would like an issue."

Drugs have certainly played a role in Joe Budden's life and career. The emcee has acknowledged that he has had to battle with addiction for years, most recently relapsing in the summer of 2012. In a recent interview, Budden opened up about being high at concerts and having people around him, like Eminem, to help guide him to recovery. 

"I started with drugs very early, maybe 12 or 13 years old," he shared with FUSE. "I checked into rehabilitation at 16, was released at 17, got a record deal at 20 and went 14 years without a drink or a drug. It was never an issue at all. Nobody ever knew anything. I spoke about it on songs like 'Calm Down' on my debut album on Def Jam, songs like 'Walk With Me' so if you were listening intently enough, you knew. I had a little issue over the past summer with a relapse. I thought it was important to share that because people out there may have been going through the very same thing."

Budden also acknowledged that his Shady Records boss Eminem and others around him really helped guide him to sobriety. 

"Em has his own struggles so he identifies. So that was great to have somebody...You're on a label with someone that identifies with those problems because we're unique people. We think a tad bit differently," Budden added. "All of the people around me were instrumental in micromanaging me to where I needed to be."

"I was definitely on stage at Summer Jam last year, being micromanaged, high out of my mind," he continued. "Definitely saw some other artists backstage that couldn't barely stand up. But the fans don't see that. You still have to go out and do your job. You still have to perform. You still have to make a living." 

In the interview, Budden also addressed his feud and fight with Consequence.

"I thought about fucking [Consequence] up everytime I saw him at one point but we have a lot to lose today so I'd rather not look like that. So I don't want any issues with anybody at all. But if I see him again and he would like an issue, I'll fuck him up again." 

The entire interview can be viewed below. 

RELATED: Joe Budden Says He Doesn't Do Drugs, Just Had "Drug-Induced Summer"

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56 Comments

  • Marilyn Burton

    Hi Mr. Budden, My name is Marilyn Burton and I am a greatful recovering addict who was very impressed that you went public about your addiction and your relapse on the last season of Love and Hip Hop. I too can identify with the disease of addiction and the horrors of it and I am here to reach out to you and others about making a difference and reaching out to the world and communities about this issue. I have emailed Ms. Debra Lee about trying to send a positive message out to men and women of all ages about the destruction of drugs and alcohol. I work for a non profit organization as a case manager and intake coordinator at a residential program for men and women ages 18 and over that suffers from this deadly disease of addiction and trying to help rebuild there lives. I am a miracle and a survivor of this disease and I have a story and a testimony and I believe if people as I and yourself could share there story then maybe we can reach some people. I'm not a star and I'm not out for money I believe that I have been blessed to help others as I was helped and I continue recieve help and give what I can. Please contact me at my email address or 917-348-3462 to come together to formulate something to give back to the community and send the message. thanks Marilyn

  • Anonymous

    Joe Budden was and is a crack head..he smoked consequence's teeth. follow at noles506

  • bevis n butt head

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  • Anonymous

    Joe Buttons is such a pansy. Consequence's shadow could take him down. Take yourself back to rehab cause hip hop don't like wack.

  • YEBO

    HE WAS JUST TRYING TO BE LIKE LIL WAYNE BUT DRUGS AIN'T FOR EVERYBODY. THAT MIGHT BE THE REASON WHY HIS HEAD LOOKS LIKE A GIANT DICK. BUT THIS YEAR, HE RELEASED HIS BEST ALBUM YET THANKS TO KIRKO, WEEZY, WIZ AND FRENCH FEATURES. THEY SHOULD REPLACE THAT OTHER DUMBHEADS FROM SLAUGHTERHOUSE. - JOE BUDDEN - KIRKO BANGZ - LIL WAYNE - FRENCH MONTANA AIN'T THAT A GOOD IDEA? WHO GIVES A FUCK ABOUT CROOKED I, ROYCE DA FAG NINE AND JOELL CLITORIS ANYWAY?

    • Anonymous

      throw in drake.... SWAG

    • Aqil

      Are u serious? You absolute cock breathed bitch. That's why the rest of the world don't have respect for the US anymore, cos of uneducated pussies like YOU. Kirko Bangz in Slaughterhouse. You dicksnot. Live from London.

  • Anonymous

    this dude acts like he's all caught up in drugs... you went fourteen years without a drink or drug??? relapse?? go fuck yourself..he just want some attention....I'll show you some real drug users round here.

    • Anonymous

      listen to his music hater... he raps about it in every other fuckin song

    • BP

      how the fuck does he act like he's caught up in drugs.. he just chose to talk about his time using them.. fall back hater

  • Anonymous

    get better my dude

  • bevis n butt head

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  • bevis n butt head

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  • bevis n butt head

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  • bevis n butt head

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  • bevis n butt head

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  • bevis n butt head

    how much is that game in the arcade bevis uhuhuh i think 50 cents butt head oh uhuhuhuhuh. hey sir any more games here huhuhuhh .yea in the front . uh? ok? uhuhuhuuhuhu. hey bevis? what butt head? whats the game 21 questions uhuhuhuhu dont know hey lets go in the other mall uhhuhuhuuh

  • da commanda

    He did not eff Consequence up....

  • Anonymous

    Inspectah Deck instead of dissing him should have just pounded him into the ground four years ago.

  • Art Brooks

    Why relapse? It's fucken gay

  • Anonymous

    i'll fuck him up again...lol

  • Anonymous

    need a new slaughter album..

  • Anonymous

    lol psy is herpes, wut?

  • dentaldamboy

    I actually am not a accountant, I gotta come clean. I'm 14 and live in my grandparents house (my mom gave me up cause she was a crack-head and never met my dad). I do this trolling thing because it makes me feel like I matter to SOMEONE at least ! Now that the jokes over, I just want to apologize for being such an troll and all my fake opinions...please don't be too mad, this site is all I have ..

  • TROLLING

    BIRD CHEST BUDDEN COULDNT FUCK SHIT UP.. DUDE WEIGHS LIKE 150LBS WET

  • bevis n butt head

    hey bevis huuhuhuhhuh look its jadakiss again uhuhuhuhuh you mean that crazy retarted kid uhuhuhhuhuhh. yeaaa haa heyyyy. woa huhuhuuhuhuh.why are those people chaseing him uhuhhuhhhuhuh. hey butt head what beavis.lets go in the other mall ok huhhhuhhhu

  • Anonymous

    joe budden is the best out of slaughter house the mood muzik tapes were the shit

    • The pig on the cover

      no i'm the best

    • KG

      ellias u not thinking royce doent rhymes alot means ur not listnening....hes not rhyming lighting with fighting or even machida swing with get ready bitch....hes breaking down the syllables so a word like definition can rhyme the def with west velcro hell envolope internally then take the in n tion part u get whip listen sting anything what that in sound to it put that alltogther in a verse royce rhymes 10 times per line....fact eminem does it like 15 to 20 times on some tracks lol its called assonance n consonance....

    • BP

      bar for bar Crooked I is the best. Joell Ortiz is the least consistent out of the four, but he still has good shit

    • Elias

      Okay let me sum it up for you guys Crooked I is without a doubt the best lyrically best in rhymes and methaphores Royce wouldhave been the second best lyrically but he really fell off the last couple of years, he has this new weird braggish flow where he talks more than he rhymes, plus he is trying to stay humerous while he isn't Joe budden has the most interesting content in his lyrics and writes songs with topics no one else has done, he also has the best discography: halfway house and mood music 4 are to classics joell ortiz like joe budden has a lot of feelings in his music, very personal lyrics if it wasn't for royces lack of lyrical effort the last couple of years joell would be the weakest link in my opinion

    • allyallstupid

      No, Joell is the best. Everyone knows that genius.

    • fuck kanye

      Yea Crooked I is the best just needs to put out few albums royce has the best discography

    • DJ Game

      you are both wrong. crooked i is the best. there is no room for debate on this one.

    • Anonymous

      no royce is the best

  • Anonymous

    i know a bunch of guys that were addicted to meth for years they never went to rehab

  • Hip Hop

    I probably used more drugs over the course of a random weekend than this clown did in his life and I didnt need a single person to help me become clean

  • Hip Hop

    how weak is this fucking cornball, so he used drugs for like 2-3 years and checked in rehab then was clean for 14 years and has the audacity to imply he was some crazy drug addict this nigga was prolly only smoking bud too at 13, WTF This cat is so full of shit it's unbelievable

  • Anonymous

    why didnt he talk about his boyfriend derrick?

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