Exclusive: Joe Budden Talks Mood Muzik 4, Split W/ DJ & Newly Renovated "Padded Room"

Sunday, Aug 17, 2008 6:00AM

Published by SOHH.com

Written By Cyrus Langhorne

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Hip-Hop's underdog Joe Budden is prepping the follow-up release to his self-titled 2003 debut and gave SOHH the exclusive on album details, DJ On Point's absence from Mood Muzik 4, and why he says, "I owe my hip-hop life right this second to the Internet."

The Jersey City, New Jersey rapper is on the verge of releasing his sophomore offering The Padded Room this fall and explained the project's intentions while breaking down the title's origin. "Well, ‘cause I'm crazy, number one and that's the place for crazy people," he said. "I really wanted to go somewhere differently, creatively, and musically. Somewhere I haven't been going with Mood Muzik and my debut album. I just wanted to explore and try some different sh*t."

Promising the album will be "all Joe Budden ideas," Joe moved on to confirm a Mood Muzik 4 to add to his popular collection and said it's unlikely to feature the series' DJ, On Point. "Me and him have agreed to disagree on certain things," he revealed. "We're in the early stages, like [choosing a DJ] is one of the furthest things from my mind. We still in to the recording process. I've already started it and then I kinda just stopped to do some other things like I finished Padded Room."

With artists logging on to promote their own music, as evidenced with the emergence of sites like ThisIs50.com and KanyeUniversity.com, Joe explained his own dependency on the web to remain relevant. "I've been online prior to my debut album dropping. I'mma say as far back as 2000," he said. "I think it's actually helped me to this day. I used to always express to the label how important that new media presence was. They just saw things a lil' differently, but me, I was always intrigued by it, amazed by it. It kept me well-informed. Better informed than people in the streets and at the labels, actually. I would never abandon the Internet, ever. I owe my hip-hop life right this second to the Internet."

Joe also went on record to explain the main lesson he's learned from the music industry. "If I have learned anything from the music business it is that timelines are pieces of sh*t and that's regarding anything," he said. "Because at the drop of a dime, blink of an eye, anything can change." While promising he is not currently in any active beefs because "sh*t is corny," Budden also explained his inability to ignore challenges saying "I don't bite my tongue for no one."

With recent disses aimed at rappers like Mobb Deep's Prodigy and past songs targeted at Jay-Z, Joe explained his side of the story. "The diss records, I don't really listen to them. I do ‘em to respond or to express my point of view and I leave it alone," he explained. "Sometimes I will go back and put on a [G-Unit diss] ‘Big Shot' or ‘Ransom Note', and I'll be like, ‘Holy sh*t' that was all right."

The Padded Room
is scheduled to hit all retail stores on October 28 via Amalgam Digital.

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