News: N.O.R.E. Defends Joe Budden's Comments, "He's Entitled To His Opinion" [Video]

Monday, May 25, 2009 10:30AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

CNN's Nore has come to the defense of Joe Budden after the rapper took heat for his recent comments, wherein he challenged Method Man's rap skills upon viewing the results of Vibe's "Best Raper Alive" list.

The Queens, New York-bred emcee said Joey's comments were clearly opinionated, however, once shown online became a public issue.

"He's entitled to his opinion," Nore explained in an interview. "Everybody's entitled to their opinion but when you make your opinion public, it sometimes comes across as disrespect. And a lot of people could feel that way but what it is, is you're entitled to your opinion as long as it's not public because once it becomes public, it can become the wrong thing. I wasn't mad at his opinion at all but when he made it public and when it comes across that's why people really blew it up. He didn't really say nothing disrespectful. But the fact that it's in the public eye, the public now has the decision to whether to co-sign it or disregard it but you know, you see what happened with it. It got thrown a little out of proportion. I heard what Busta [Rhymes] said, I heard what Method [Man] said, Red[man] said. I honestly don't think Joe meant it that way, in a disrespectful manner." (On The Air Idiots)

Busta voiced his opinions on Budden's statements last week.

"I think it was a great disrespect and he might want to get slapped in his face for it," Busta told radio personality Ed Lover. "That's just how I feel about it. I'm not saying that to be on no pro-violence thing because that's not where I'm at with it. I still think that there is a fine line between entertainment and being morally and principally disrespectful." (Ed Lover In The Morning)

Wu-Tang Clan's Raekwon recently backed Method Man in the dispute.

"I was hurt by Joe's comment," Rae explained in an interview. "He seems like a cool dude, but I don't appreciate him going at Meth like that. [Joe Budden] must've been feeling himself. You don't play a legend who, like Method Man, did a lot for hip-hop...Joe bit off him anyway. When you listen to 'Pump It Up,' real n*ggas know where that flow came from. I'm not a battle rapper, but I will skin a n*gga, anybody. And, in my opinion, he isn't better than Meth, never. You gotta watch what your mouth. Joe was out of character." (Billboard)

Upon the vast attention his remarks generated, Budden clarified the decision to include Mef in his initial rant.

"I will say it was in bad taste to single him out," Budden said in an interview. "There was a large group of people I was talking about, it just so happens that he was the best fit because he was at the top. I could have went on and on and the world would have been mad at Joe Budden not just Method Man and the Wu-Tang Clan. I reached out to him and tried to apologize for the bad taste not for what I said. I stand behind what I said wholeheartedly." (Forbes DVD)

Check out Nore's interview below:

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