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article imageJoe Budden explains battle with addiction and Consequence feud

By Layne Weiss     May 11, 2013 in Entertainment
New Jersey Rapper Joe Budden says he was "high out of his mind" at Hot 97's Summer Jam last year. He says his Shady Records boss and friend Eminem, among others, helped him sober up.
Budden has struggled with drug addiction for years. The most recent relapse came in 2012 when the Slaughterhouse rapper used the popular drug Molly excessively, AllHipHop reports.
"I started with drugs very early maybe 12 or 13 years old," he recently shared. "I checked into rehab at 16, was released at 17, got a record deal at 20, and went 14 years without a drink or a drug. It was never an issue at all. It was never an issue. Nobody ever knew anything. I spoke about it on songs like "Calm Down" on my debut album Def Jam. Songs like "Walk With Me," so if you were listening intently enough, you knew. I had a little issue over the past summer with a relapse. I thought it was important enough to share that because people out there may have been going through the very the same thing."
The rapper also said that Eminem and others were very instrumental in helping him get sober, HipHopDX reports. He explained that Em really got him because he's dealt with his own struggles, so being able to relate was very helpful to Joe. It was a unique and special situation that his boss could actually understand what he was going through. He also acknowledged that he was fortunate that everyone around him helped "micromanage" him to get him "where he needed to be."
Budden also came clean and admitted that he was "high out of his mind" at Hot 97's Summer Jam last year.
In addition to discussing his struggles with addiction, Joe recently commented on his feud with rapper Consequence.
I thought about "f*cking Consequence up every time I saw him at one point, but we have a lot lose today, so I'd rather not look like that," he said according to AllHipHop. So, I don't want any issues with anybody at all. But if I see him again, and he would like an issue, I'll f*ck him up again."
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