After Bobby Tarantino announced he was retiring from rap after No Pressure was released, the former Everyday Struggle co-host said he should’ve retired “a long time ago.” But, in a rare break from form, Budden issued an apology for his remarks during a recent episode of The Joe Budden Podcast.
With rap in his rearview, Logic sat down with Hot 97 host Peter Rosenberg who asked if Budden’s “attacks” have been “annoying” and whether he’d seen Budden’s apology. The Maryland native admitted he didn’t catch it because he doesn’t watch Budden’s show and insisted he has nothing against the ex-Slaughterhouse MC.
“I’ve never watched Joe,” he said. “I just don’t because I don’t want to subject myself to that shit personally. For him to say whatever he’s gonna say, no problem. Whatever. Do your thing. So I didn’t see the apology. I also didn’t see his review of the album or any of this. But yeah, I was talking to [Rob] Markman about this and I literally have no issue with Joe Budden. I never met him, I don’t know him, I’ve never shaked his hand, I’ve never had a conversation with this man.
But as Logic continued to open up, he did confess Budden’s harsh words did, at one point, have a profound effect on him.
“This is what he does,” he added. “He doesn’t rap anymore. He talks about the culture, this and that, and that’s cool. I’m not in control of this guy. This dude doesn’t like me for whatever reason. He wants to say I’m not Black enough, I’m not good enough — he’s a person who’s led to part of my depression and some of my darkest spaces.
“He can take that however he wants. Bro, your words make people want to kill themselves and that’s a real thing. But, to be strong enough to also understand that’s not the end all, be all and other people aren’t the end all, be all … and I’m not up at night like, ‘Oh, I can’t sleep.'”
Logic has been open about his struggles with mental health, which is presumably partly why his fanbase can connect with him. His 2017 magnum opus “1-800-273-8255” was named after the number for the National Suicide Prevention hotline and its accompanying video detailed the turmoil teenagers often go through.
The song peaked at No. 3 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and received nominations for Song of the Year and Best Music Video at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards.
“There’s some people on Twitch that like to do giveaways,” he said. “I wanna make beats for up-and-coming rappers on the spot and give it to them for free and if they take it, don’t charge them and don’t even take publishing.”