Joe Budden isn't backing down. After he challenged Method Man then later regreted it, Budden says no rappers have sent him any battle rehymes since he called out Vibe's "Best Rapper Alive" list last month. Although he says he has respect fo the pioneers in hip hop, Joe says there is a difference between paying tribute and challenging someone. "Method Man, Redman, Wu-Tang, they happened to be some of the people who paved the way for Joe Budden to get here," he explains in a new interview.
Joe goes on to say, "Which is why I get it, I understand what the uproar is about. I still didn't think me saying it would cause such an uproar…My statement still stands, I still out-rap 90 percent of the n*ggas that rap and I'm mad it turned into a Joe Budden versus Method Man thing because like I said, it was not directed towards Method Man. It was a comment but I said his name and I shouldn't have because I was talking to a large amount of people that were on that list…And furthermore, I wasn't just talking, I said I could prove it and nobody has sent a bar my way yet…Anybody can say what they want in an interview, I don't pay interviews no mind. And again, I have the utmost respect for Method Man, Redman, Wu-Tang, Raekwon, Busta Rhymes, everybody involved that felt they had to chime in on my opinion…But today, in 2009, you send a bar my way…kiss the baby."