During a recent interview with ESPN’s The Life, Joe Budden spoke on a variety of topics including his impression of younger emcees. Budden took the opportunity to praise Kendrick Lamar. Joey also recalled a time when Jay-Z showed him support and emphasized the importance of consistency.
“Kendrick Lamar is impressive,” Budden said when asked about his impression of younger emcees. “I guess there are a few guys out there that are impressive. But when I was coming up, I bumped into Jay-Z at the Def Jam offices and I was at the height of my success and he said, ‘You’re doing great out there. Now go keep it up.’ And that stuck with me. Anybody can go out there and score 30 on any given night and never do it again. But the talent is being able to do it on a consistent basis. So that’s what I’m trying to see from the younger guys. That’s what I’m doing now.”
He also went on to say that he’s seen emcees come and go in his time within the industry.
“With some of the newer guys that are a little less accomplished and experienced, I’ve seen it so many times: They come out, they’re hot and they fall off.”
Earlier this year, Budden spoke on collaborating with various emcees, including Kendrick Lamar, Big K.R.I.T., Brother Ali and Slug.