Joe Budden Turned Down Nicki Minaj’s Invitation to Perform ‘Pump It Up’ at NJ Tour Stop: ‘I Ain’t Hype No More’

Despite trying to laugh it off as a joke, Minaj apparently told Budden she was “deadass” to which Budden said he’s “retired.”

Budden said on the podcast that he feels “pussy” about iti but not as much as his co-hosts suggest. While he admitted that he did give the opportunity some thought and that he still remembers the words to his 2003 hit single, Budden implied it’s about the physical nature of the performance that gave him doubts.

“It ain’t the words, it’s my body. I gotta go out there and act hype, and I don’t know, I ain’t hype … I ain’t hype no more,” said Joe.

Despite Budden not making it to Gag City Newark, Minaj brought out surprise guests Fivio Foreign and Jadakiss. Monica, who appears nightly on the Pink Friday 2 Tour, also performed as scheduled.