When Joe Budden announced that his new album, The Padded Room, would be pushed back to next year, he also announced that he would be releasing a prequel and a mixtape, while adding that he would be "having a conversation" with Royce Da 5'9" on wax.
"I will be releasing a prequel of sorts (prequel to The Padded Room) in late October featuring about 14 new records. I then will do my best to get this Big Mike tape out in December, and somewhere in between I’m gonna have a conversation with Royce, on wax, just to ask a few questions to the guy," Budden said via statement.
Royce heard that and didn't appreciate it. In a Loud interview with Royce, he replied to the statement.
"I don't have conversations on wax... I'ma say this and I'm not gonna keep saying it but I'ma say it cause that's the mood I'm in right now. Joe Budden is someone who I respect tremendously. Like, lyrically . I got a lot of respect for Joe Budden. I think he's real ill. I reached out to Joe Budden to do a song. He turned around and dissed me out of nowhere."
He also added that he has no interest in beefing.
"I don't want to have a problem with Joe Budden," he said. "The only way [we] are gonna have a problem, is if he brings a problem. If he asks for a problem, then I'll give him the most serious one he's ever had. But, that's not what I want to do."
Royce reaches out, saying that there is no reason whatever they have brewing could not be handled outside of rap.
"Listen, man. If you want to ask me some questions...He ain't got my number, but he can find me. He do have my e-mail."
While keeping it peaceful, he did say he wouldn't tolerate disrespect.
"I'm not gon' let him disrespect me. I never let that happen before. Why would I start now?"
Finally, he reaches out to him personally, through the video, with his own message.
"My thing to Joe Budden...If you got a question for me, ask me. Don't say it on a track for the whole world to hear. Cause, then you're gonna piss me off. I'm not in the business to piss you off so you shouldn't be in the business to piss me off. We should keep it like that. I'm being a gentleman about it, for the moment."
Even though Royce says he is keeping it off wax, he throws a shot at Budden on the new Bar Exam 2 mixtape.
"Listen to Joe Budden say I fell the fuck off, but he ain't ever fell on. I'm just gonna ignore him," he says on "I'm Nice."