News: Raekwon's Associate Comes Forward, "I Punched [Joe Budden] In The Face Cause He Was Wrong" [Video]

Wednesday, Sep 16, 2009 2:00PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Raekwon associate Hanz has come forward to confess to assaulting Joe Budden last month during a Rock the Bells tour date and explain why he sparked a publicized dispute between the two emcees.

Hanz said he did not appreciate Budden speaking disrespectfully about Inspectah Deck and Method Man in interviews over the summer.

"The situation with Joe Buddens and all that, he got beat up, it's a lot of controversy surrounding it because nobody seen the tape yet. I'm the dude that did it, I punched him in the face because he was outta line -- I look at him like, not the school yard bully, but the motherf*cking school that's always picking on a motherf*cker that don't f*ck with nobody -- to say something about a n*gga like Mef is crazy, Mef don't f*ck with nobody and that's my big brother...He got punched in his face because he tried to throw it off on Mef, throw it off on Deck...he tried to make it seem like a n*gga was 6'5, 400 pounds, sh*t like that, 18 year-old n*gga. I'm 30 plus, I'm a fat n*gga...I'm not gonna sit here and say Rae made me do it, that was a spontaneous decision on my own...I ain't gonna let nobody disrespect my big brother...I'm glad I did it, 'cause he got a big mouth...It wasn't actually planned, he could have actually changed that whole situation as it unfolded as it went on..." (Vlad TV)

Rap pioneer MC Shan recently clowned Budden for being attacked by Raekwon's camp.

"If you see Joe Buddens in the street, just slap him in the back of the neck 'cause he's so full of it," Shan said in an interview. "He's trying to use the Internet, there's nothing wrong with it, but when somebody punches you in your eye and puts it on film and makes you apologize, quit. Quit -- most of the time you outnumbered. I would have took the punch in the eye, right, but forget about me apologizing. You already punched me in my eye, picture me apologizing. I better not catch one of y'all by yourself -- Joe Buddens does a show on BlogTV, I used to do shows on BlogTV. You can go on there and watch his videos and see how corny he is. Joe Buddens, I don't care, I'ma see you and if you wanna pop off, that's what it is. But I'ma be by myself, so it's gonna be a one-on-one. So if either one of us get an eye jammie we ain't gonna say the crew did it, n*gga. Understand me? 'Cause I don't like you anyway -- Joe, from your man MC Shan, the battle n*gga, you ain't nobody, relax bro. You made one record." (Street Disciplez Radio)

Budden originally claimed he was assaulted by Raekwon's camp last month backstage at a Rock The Bells concert.

"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?" (Blog TV)

Despite their confrontation, Raekwon later promised Budden's safety.

"First and foremost, what I would like to say, about that Joe Budden sh*t, we got the tape n*gga," Raekwon told a Toronto crowd. "Other than that, Raekwon loves you...I am a hundred percent street n*gga still, we don't get on camera and do that. Now my thing is this, I got love for Slaughterhouse. I like Slaughterhouse, them n*ggas already made it clear they have a lot of respect for Wu-Tang, for myself, this has never ever been a Wu-Tang versus Slaughterhouse thing -- This is about a kid who gets off on doing blogs. My thing is this, I'm a business man, I'm here to make money, take care of my family and keep as many people safe and sound as possible. We not gonna take it there 'cause that's little sh*t, we are grown men. I will never jump out the window to sacrifice the situation with my family for something that ain't worth it. I don't want nobody to hurt that man or do anything to him because I'm so known in so many different places, that's the easiest sh*t in the world." (YouTube)

Check out Hanz's interview below:

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