Joe Budden was over at ESPN and decided to stop by to talk about the revealing latest episode of Love & Hip Hop: New York with Jenny Boom Boom.
(In case you missed Episode 2 of Love & Hip Hop: New York, a few spoilers are discussed below.)
“It was a good episode,” Joe said about the new season’s second installment. Episode Two showed the world a different side of the Slaughterhouse rapper, who personally opened up to his mother on his battle with substance abuse– and his most recent relapse after being clean for fourteen years. The heart-to-heart moved him to tears.
“It was probably a combination of a bunch of different stresses,” Budden explained. “I had a rough year last year, a lot of work put in. I was probably a little overwhelmed. We toured the whole year and that can take its toll on you… and it did take its toll.”
While Budden didn’t specify what substance he had been using in the episode, he informed Jenny that he hasn’t taken a drink since 1997. He also explained that the source of his problem arose in the early days of Slaughterhouse… inside a temptation filled industry. “We were a wild rap group and we were living like a wild rap group,” he recalled. “When you are on tour for an entire year, you need to ask yourself, ‘When does it stop?’ It doesn’t. It never stops. You take it home with you.”
Budden hinted that his ongoing role on the show will feature him working through these issues. “I am away from all the ratchetness. My storyline is very personal, and deep, and emotional.”
Love & Hip Hop New York airs Monday nights at 8pm on VH1!