Review: Joe Budden live in London – March 13

In Hip Hop by Nick Russell

Guest writer Wesey was sent down to Budden’s recent show in London, to review it for us – check it out!

One quarter of the Slaughterhouse regime graced the streets of London this past week by performing a one-off gig at XOYO, in Shoreditch. As a fan of Slaughterhouse, I was anticipating what would be a chance for Joe Budden to show fans he is more than the character seen on VH1’s ‘Love N Hip-Hop’ TV show.

However, after five warm up acts (including BBC Radio 1Xtra’s CJ Beatz, Dot Rotten and Black The Ripper), Budden walked on to stage at 11:30pm, much to the disappointment of travelling Londoners who had to catch that last train home. Budden ran through verses from his latest album ‘No Love Lost’ including the smash ‘MVP’ yet this was short lived, as the majority of his album includes features so for newer fans of Budden, this was hardly a decent portrayal of Budden’s overall pretty impressive catalogue of music.

However the audience were treated to some of Budden’s older material including a few unreleased tracks that got them hyped. Yet I couldn’t help but feel the tension from the fans as Budden seemed more focused on the pink light brightening up the stage than his overall performance. Upon leaving the venue (along with others due to travel), fans seemed disappointed in the late arrival and lack of relevant material from the night. He may have performed fan favourites like ‘Focus’, ‘Clash of the Titans’, ‘Gangsta Party’ or ‘Fire’ yet many could not afford to stay long enough to find out.

I’m not hating on Budden because I’m a fan of his music and the whole Slaughterhouse but I feel let down and I’m sure I am not the only one who shares this opinion. (these opinions are my own and not those of Blatantly Blunt).