I remember watching some of the Joe Budden TV episodes (side note: Joey is one of the most entertaining cats in the industry, hands down) when Drake put out So Far Gone and I always thought it was interesting how open Joe was in praising Drizzy’s work. Take this one, for example, where Joe spazzes over “A Night Off”…and rightly so, it’s a phenomenal record. A year or so later, he had the same reaction for Frank Ocean’s “Novacane,” which later led to this (Internet) classic.
Another year later, and it’s not surprising to see Joe release music with that same vibe, though he’s doing it fairly coyly as part of a side project with Emanny, jokingly called Summer Leather Vest (you’ll see the inspiration in the video hahaha). It’s a shrewd, smart move, because it allows Joe to try something new without fully committing to it. I’d expect to see some of this sound permeate his upcoming solo releases, but I doubt he’ll bring much of it to the Slaughterhouse project so fans of the rappity rapp rap shouldn’t fear. I’m glad to see him diversifying his sound though, especially because joking or not, “Unison” came out fresh.