Exclusive: Buckshot Clarifies Beef Statement, "I Was Not Implying Raekwon Doesn't Sell Records"
Wednesday, Aug 12, 2009 5:52PM
Boot Camp Clik's Buckshot has clarified statements he recently made about Joe Budden and Raekwon's current dispute and said he never intended to say either rapper was incapable of selling albums.
After speaking with SOHH about rappers using beef to push units, Buckshot sent a written statement and said he was not signaling any particular artist.
"I was not trying to imply that Raekwon doesn't sell records," Buck wrote via a statement from a Duck Down Records rep. "That's my N*gger. I have the utmost respect for him as an artist and what he's done as a member of Wu-Tang. I personally worked closely with Rae when he was featured on Smif N Wessun's "Black Trump" track over ten years ago. My true point was that artists in general may feel like a beef can help push units because overall sales numbers are so low today. People generally flock to controversy whether it may be manufactured or real." (Statement)
Claiming he has spoken with both emcees on the nationwide Rock the Bells 2009 tour, Buck originally weighed in on the publicized beef.
"It's f*cking crazy like now because it ain't necessary," Buckshot explained. "Motherf*ckers is beefing and ain't selling records. Beefing used to work to sell records for one motherf*cker named 50 Cent and LL [Cool J] and certain people back in the day. 50 Cent is really the first one that came like 'F*ck that, I'll murder a n*gga' besides Pac. And Pac would still make good music but he was beefing in interviews. And 50 would make good music and beef with his music. Joe Buddens and the rest of them dudes, they just making music. They beefing, I think, not because they selling records and Joe Budden know that the only way to stir sh*t up is -- the only way to let people know smoke is around is to start a fire. A publicity stunt means to take advantage of the publicity. So I think it is a publicity stunt to say 'F*ck it, while I got the public's ear, I'ma say sh*t to keep 'em coming back.' And the f*cked up thing is that that sh*t don't do nothing no more. It used to do something -- it was worth something a few years ago." (SOHH)
Buckshot was featured on Rock the Bells 2009 alongside other mainstream and underground artists.
Rock the Bells 2009 performances by KRS-One, House of Pain, Reflection Eternal, Damian Marley, Tech N9ne, K'Naan, RZA, Big Boi, La Coka Nostra, Slaughterhouse, M.O.P., Slum Village, Buckshot, Evidence, Alchemist and more. It will be hosted by KRS-One, Supernatural, Murs and Pete Rock. Additional artists to be announced. The North American portion of the tour will run from June 27 to August 9. (Guerilla Union)
Budden claimed he was assaulted by Raekwon's camp last Saturday (August 8) after a Rock the Bells performance in Los Angeles.
"It was such a sucker punch," Budden said in a live broadcast. "Rae didn't punch me. For the people just joining us that would like to know what happened...I'm trying to figure out how this could happen...Just need to let n*ggas know, that I'm all right. I know how the Internet is. It moves 20 times faster than real life...It's gonna look like some other crazy sh*t that didn't take place, I must really love you guys...Them n*ggas came in here like Storm Troopers and sh*t. They made a grand entrance...They asked me a whole bunch of questions that they didn't want to know the answers to...it was like an interview gone wrong. My whole thing is, I would have had the most utmost respect for that n*gga if he would have been like, 'Eh, take a walk with me.' I just don't really know how these guys think they can do a show right after. How you gonna perform after that?...Now it's not Slaughterhouse versus Wu-Tang, it's definitely not that. It takes that leverage away. I'm definitely sexy still." (Blog TV)
Check out Buckshot's SOHH interview below: