Budden didn’t feel it was an appropriate time to give his energy to something so trivial given the current state of the world. “That’s not really where the focus is right now,” he continued. “That’s not where our concern is, or where it should be. It’s way too much important shit going on right now. Even if I was going to come in here and start screaming, I’m not rapping so that’s not fun. Nothing about this is fun.”
He went on to call for unity while applauding Em’s verse. “It’s more power in the unity. I’m going to assume we were taking some baby steps to try to reach unity with some of the behind-the-scenes conversations that were taking place. So, nah, this is not 35-year-old Joe that’s going to come and f**k everything up ’cause I’m mad about some old shit. I’m going to be mature–I’m 40. Great verse!”
The two have had their issues in the past. Earlier this year, Eminem dissed Budden on “Lock It Up” off his latest album Music To Be Murdered By. But Joe said he was done with the beef. “We had our exchange and it’s over. In 2020, I can’t harbor negativity toward not only one of the best rappers but somebody who I’m not angry at. That’s what we gotta stop doing,” he said.
Elsewhere on the leaked version of “Bang,” Em shouted out the late Mac Miller while once again dissing Machine Gun Kelly: “And f**k that little blonde bitch too / RIP Mac Miller.”