The retirement of Maryland rapper Logic was just the latest in a line of high-profile artists handing up their microphones. Hey, if Jay-Z could do it, why not Logic? The problem was that no one really believed he would be gone for too long, and sure enough, he returned to music after spending roughly a year away. The idea that Logic wanted to focus on being a father was nice, but no one was believing him when he said he was retiring for good.
Probably the biggest doubter was Joe Budden, former rapper and current podcast host. Budden has been one of the major adversaries against Logic in recent years, taking nearly every opportunity to drag the rapper on his show, The Joe Budden Podcast. This week was no different, as Budden reacted to hearing Logic’s recent cover of Ice Cube’s iconic 1993 single ‘It Was a Good Day’.
“Logic, I hate to continue to make a career at your expense,” Budden said. “I don’t hate it, actually. I’m glad that I have a little list of you that I get to — [laughs] that’s horrible to say. One day I’m gonna grow up.”
“Logic, I beg of you, I’m pleading with you: please join me in retirement,” Budden added. “Never step near a recording device again! Throw your phone in the ocean! Be allergic to microphones! Promise your fans nothing! Don’t go to the studio ever again! You are the worst, yo! You are really, really bad! And then when we think he can’t get any worse, you have the bright idea of doing an Ice Cube flip. This is the un-sauce-iest band I’ve ever seen. Look at this band. Who asked for this folk version of this song? Oh my God.”
Budden’s problems came up when Logic uses the n-word. Logic comes from a biracial household, with his father being black. Still, it wasn’t good enough for Budden. “Logic says that he’s half-Black, [in a lot of his records] and in a lot of his interviews, and anywhere that he gets the chance,” Budden claimed “Logic says that his dad is Black. He hasn’t seen his dad. He has no idea, he just saw a couple pictures, heard at the family reunion, ‘You know your dad Black, right?’ He heard that from the ni**as in the hood.”
“But listen, I don’t want them to think that I’m race-baiting here. I am not. Let me make my problem with Logic very clear, because people be confused,” Budden said. “Logic is just not himself. I just think that Logic should be himself. He panders to the Black community every other second. Well, that’s the problem with panders, is that they always gotta find something new to pander to.”
“I had a beef with him since he did that 1-800 mental health number shit,” Budden continued. “I thought that was disgusting, but I could have been wrong. But ever since then, all of that Martin Luther King, ‘We Have a Dream,’ freedom fighter speech shit he be trying to do, I don’t buy it. Now, I can be wrong in that.”
“I don’t know where to begin with why I don’t buy it. I think that if you have to do so much pandering to make someone believe it, then I think you’re trying to make yourself believe it,” he said. “And if you’re trying to make yourself believe it, then I think that maybe you had trouble with identification growing up. And if you had trouble with identification growing up, then I think that stems from somewhere like a lack of a parent presence, or somewhere else. But you weren’t born with that, you got that from somewhere. So him telling me his dad is Black, that doesn’t really say nothing to me.”