We started this in another thread, but fuck it, deserves its own. Now a few years ago, I wouldnt have made this discussion, but through time Budden has got better, and nas and Hov havent. Id honestly rather have the growth than a new Jigga album. To me Jay is the greatest of all time, he is my personal favorite rapper ever, so I aint no hater. Nas is top 5 dead or alive too. But right now neither can hold a candle to Budden. Budden is too real, and too passionate, maybe its cause he still hungry, I dunno...Budden crafts much better songs. Real life shit. Like Jay he can adjust his flows, tempos...everything. He is the next Jay-Z skill wise, and song writing wise. Id rather listen to Mood Musik 2, than pretty much any Nas album, and prolly Jay too (considering I played all their albums out too..). I think Jay & Nas are both over-rated at this point in time. Really, Stillmatic was dope, Gods Son was good, SD was good, Nas aint been dropping ill shit. Dunno why we give him so many props. Hov been staying consistent for the most part....but he wanna be a little faggot and not drop albums. Yeah, Budden first album was average, but he has come a long way in 3 years, and them faggot execs at Defjam, pick the songs for albums, he prolly wouldnt have put half them songs on their. Right now Joe Budden > Jay-Z and Nas If you don't agree with that, then Joe Budden > Lil Wayne, Obie Trice, DMX and all the other average fucks you people dickride for no reason. Yeah, that includes mr 5 9.