Joe Budden: Escape Route Needed!

Despite clashing with the release of Slaughterhouse’s debut album, Joe Budden will drop his album ‘Escape Route’ tomorrow (August 11th 2009). The project will only be available in digital format and will serve as a precursor to his next solo project ‘The Great Escape.’

The rapper explained that the album is “filled with the lyricism and passion that Joe Budden fans have come to love.” ‘Escape Route’ will feature the likes of Wale, Young Chris and Slaughterhouse, alongside production from Just Blaze, 9th Wonder, J. Cardim, Streetrunner and Chad West.

In related news, Budden could have used an Escape Route when he was punched by an affiliate of the Wu-Tang rapper Raekwon backstage on Saturday at Rock The Bells. Raekwon has since apologised for the incident, stating  “On my children nobody was supposed to get touched.” Budden and Rae were talking backstage before the situation took a violent turn. Shortly after, Budden explained via a BlogTV broadcast that he was “alright,” whilst holding an ice pack to his face.




UPDATE: In a video blog from San Diego today, Budden challenged Raekwon to a one-on-one fight, claiming that the Rock The Bells incident caught him in ‘a compromised situation.’ The rapper explained that the ‘playing field levelled out within the hour’ because they ‘were in LA,’ the home of his good friend Crooked I, stating that ‘it wasn’t six on one anymore.’  He then continued to challenge Raekwon, saying that the only resolution was ‘a squaredance.’ Budden then confirmed that Rae declined his offer, before mocking his age and weight. He then called for fans to ‘urge’ Rae to fight. 


‘Escape Route’ can be bought online from

3TM October 2009 Featured Artist: Mike Streezy

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Despite his colourful past, Mike Strong is no gangster. Representing Little Rock, Arkansas, the man affectionately known as Mike Streezy to his fans hardly fits the stereotypical image of a rapper. Perhaps this is because he is far more concerned with returning to the actual music than concentrating on his image. Claiming to be ‘done with’ the gimmicks and clichés that often seem to go hand in hand with Hip Hop, Mike considers himself an author.

Conveying true human emotions and addressing real issues, the forthcoming album ‘Pleasure and Pain’ is almost as much a cinematic experience as a musical one, depicting a range of timeless characters and stories that people can really relate to. By focusing on the lyrical elements of his music, Mike is able to discuss a number of topics from dealing with loss or illness to the simple joys of falling in love.  The album, which features a diverse range of tracks including the haunting ‘Writing You a Letter’ and the light-hearted ‘She’s So fresh,’ marks the return of lyrical Hip Hop.

Good music can evoke a number of emotions and listening to Mike Streezy certainly conjures up a range of feelings from pain and despair to hope and inspiration.  A true lyricist, Mike’s music appeals to the contrary sides of our personalities and provides a cathartic insight into all aspects of our lives. Stating ‘I’m not here to be 2pac, Kud Cudi or Kanye,’ Mike Streezy is going to do things his way and if it has any sense the industry is going to take note.

‘Pleasure and Pain’ is out now!

Look out for the new mixtape single ‘Take It Back’ on


© 2009 Hannah O’Connor (3threat Media)