5 Other Rappers That Would Anger Joe Budden

One-time Def Jam Vendetta character and also a non-fictional (forgotten) rapper irl, Joe Budden is really angry with Lil Yachty, not knowing such disproportionate fury would only lead to him becoming a meme. You can watch him shouting throughout Lil Boat’s appearance on Complex’s Everyday Struggle here, seemingly fuming with so much rage that steam comes out of his ears like an old timey Looney Tunes cartoon, that is if you’re into being condescended by your out-of-touch uncle. Assuming you’re not though, you could do better by checking out these 5 other internet-famous rappers that would give ol’ Budden a heartattack.

Lil Peep

Longtime hip hop fans would remember that just at the turn of the 21st century, backpack rap was a derisive term slightly above emo rap; an umbrella insult hurled at rappers who dared show some semblance of emotions. Ironically, some of them are now considered true school champions (i.e. Atmosphere, El-P). However, Gustav Åhr aka Lil Peep belongs in the current generation of post-genre hip hop acts who actually not only identify with the emo descriptor, but grew from it as well.

This is after all the rapper Pitchfork deemed “the future of emo,” and he’s embraced it wholeheartedly. With an appearance that sits somewhere between caucasoid Lil Uzi Vert and the frontman of any emo band under Fueled by Ramen, subject matters that include suicide and substance abuse, plus a music video that showcase female diversity, you bet ol’ Uncle Budden is going to froth at the mouth accusing Peep of being manufactured by a label for daring to be different.

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More songs from Lil Peep here.


Wisconsin ‘gothic’ rapper Syringe is born out of all the wildly different offshoots of hip hop in recent years; the thrash core, punk, and noise of ho99o9 and Death Grips; the so-called ‘mumble rap’ and trap beats of Weird ATL; headbanging, nu metal-influenced 808s of the likes of Bones and Suicide Boys; and hell, even SpaceGhostPurrp, the lo-fi rapper who started it all.

When not channelling all these disparate influences into a more gripping and identifiable modern version of horrorcore, Syringe is quite adept at satire – ‘A’ pokes fun at critics and hip hop elitists by only repeating the oft-used adlib “Ay!” Elsewhere, tracks like ‘3’ would rival ho99o9 in pure guttural noises and ‘Welp (feat. Eric North)’ is a clearer cut track that sees Syringe’s songwriting at its most accessible in concept.

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More from Syringe and clan here.

Slug Christ

It’s a mystery why Slugga isn’t Awful Records’ breakout star – not only is he the sole white dude in the collective-label, but he’s got the whole trailer trash, drug-addled trope made famous by Eminem’s early persona down to a pat. He’s even collaborated with Keith Ape at the height of the latter’s virality that went down underappreciated (‘Honja’ was really one of Keith’s better moments in the States).

Perhaps our Misanthropic Messiah is too extreme in his embracement of Dada, religious imageries, and bizarro philosophy; in a crew proud of their weirdness, Slug Christ is still an oddball among them. Unlike other xanny-referencing young rappers out there though, Yung Manic Depression’s pained voice and vacant stare do suggest a genuine expression of the self as opposed to a newfangled (depressed) human suit his peers put on, not unlike their predecessors’ blinged out pimp human suit.

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Be a believer here.

Danger Incorporated

Be it in Majid Jordan’s revival of the Yamaha DX7 – a staple in ‘80s pop – or Danny Brown’s and Kanye West’s overt references to Joy Division in their respective works, hip hop has a strange reverential relationship with the ‘80s (and specifically, not of that decade’s hip hop). This blooms into one of the two’s more interesting pairings; Atlanta duo Danger Incorporated.

There may be some parallels between the gloom and doom of ‘80s London and current day Atlanta that similarly gave birth to ennui-filled youths who endlessly dawdle their lives away with alcohol, pills, fringe fashion, and depressive missives – just replace goths and new wave with Hypebeasts and hip hop. Louie Duffelbags and Boothlord – whose influences don’t really include ‘80s acts – come off as if these two eras are layered on top of each other, creating a warped alternate history where new wave shared ties with hip hop instead of punk.

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Dangerous music here.

Yung Jake

A lot of internet age rappers can brag about their being of the digital world, but none can grab the same headlines as the OG Yung Jake (est. 2008):

“Is Yung Jake The Internet’s Artist? – HUMAN, UPROXX
“Yung Jake’s Life as an Internet Art Star” – Like Art, Creators
“Meet Yung Jake, The Art World’s Favourite Rapper” – Huffington Post

Yung Jake’s Larry David emoji portrait, incidentally also the subject of a song.

Sure, others have co-opted hip hop into the internet culture and vice versa (thank you Based God) too, but that only extends as far as adopting its aesthetics. Adult Swim Creative Advisor and artist in his own right, Yung Jake revolves his art – and hip hop – around the internet and digital world, and does say something of them, though you’d be hard-pressed to find its meaning from the man himself. From the still criminally underseen ‘Datamosh’, to his interactive browser-based music video ‘e.m-bed.de/d/’, to the once viral celebrity emoji portraits, not to mention his art exhibitions, there’s a case to be made that Yung Jake is less a ‘rapper’ than he’s a digital pop artist using hip hop as another means of expressing himself.

“I make rap music. I make sculptures. Clothing. Awkward situations. Videos. For me and other people,” Jake tells UPROXX. “I just try to have fun with everything,” he continues. To Creators, Jake says he’s more of a jester, “Trying to make [people] laugh, and trying to show people how ridiculous stuff is.” And that is the same sentiment the younger generation of hip hop adopters subscribe too – the sort of sentiment that got Budden really angry at Yachty for simply wanting to have fun and be happy.

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More from Yung Jake here.