Joe Budden has some intriguing thoughts about Drake’s recent work. Chatting on his podcast, Budden expressed surprise that Drake didn’t use his famous ‘timestamp’ style in any of his recent diss tracks aimed at Kendrick Lamar. You know, like the iconic ‘4 PM in Calabasas’ or ‘7 AM on Bridle Path’? Budden thinks there might be a good reason for this.

Budden speculated that someone crucial from Drake’s team might be missing. ‘I still think that I haven’t heard timestamp Drake in quite a long time. It does beg the question, why is that now?’ Budden said. He pondered why Drake would skip this style when going up against Kendrick Lamar, suggesting it could be due to the absence of an important collaborator.

This theory arises amid a slew of alleged reference tracks for Drake’s songs leaking online. It made Budden wonder about the impact these leaks might have on the quality of Drake’s music.

Budden also commented on the shift in Drake’s fanbase, observing that it seems to be moving from a predominantly female audience to ‘these red pill n****s.’

Straying off-topic for a moment, Budden expressed disappointment that Drake’s first song back was with Sexyy Red. However, he did give Drake props for his work on Metro Boomin’s ‘BBL Drizzy’ beat, even though he wasn’t impressed with Sexyy Red’s performance on ‘U My Everything’.

Drake’s last ‘timestamp’ song, ‘8am in Charlotte,’ was released in October 2023 as the second single from his album ‘For All The Dogs’. This got Budden thinking about how long it’s been since we’ve heard that side of Drake.

It seems Joe Budden has quite a few questions about the current direction of Drake’s music. With key collaborators potentially missing and a shift in his fanbase, Budden’s insights offer an interesting angle on what might be happening behind the scenes.

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