Song: Rest in Peace
Off of: Mood Muzik: The Worst of Joe Budden
First off, dope idea to use the Phil Collins sample, props to the producer. Absolutely love the “In the Air Tonight” sample.
Back to the song, the title is fitting as Joe pays homage to his dead homies. He goes on to say how it was all good just a few days ago, chillin’ on the block. Joe knows that one of his dead homies is still here, watching over him and he knows this after he saw him in a cloud.
Another dark track from Joe where he talks about his death and how his death might occur. This time Joe seems sort-of paranoid thinking that one of his close friends, who is now burnt out, addicted to a hard drug, might be his potential killer. He goes on to say that there are some people that don’t like him and would like to see him stop breathing and placed in a hearse, that’s fucked up.
Joe gets very personal when he decides to share Uncle Mike’s troubles. Uncle Mike was diagnosed with cancer and was giving a short time to live but Uncle Mike was able to live longer and eventually got a cure that helped him survive. However, since he became cured he went back to drugs causing the cancer to reemerge. Poor Uncle Mike, he couldn’t fight those demons off.
This leads Joe to reiterate the gift of life where someone shouldn’t throw it away by being addicted to drugs because if God comes knocking on the metaphoric door, you will wish you didn’t throw away your life.
“You can’t throw away the gift of life, nigga you take it or leave it, nigga play it to keep it,” said Joe. You must play it (aka live your life) in order to keep your life and either you could take it and live a beautiful life or leave it.
“Disease so cunning when you tripping high, you can’t throw away the gift of life, nigga you take it or leave it, nigga play it to keep it, nigga safe retreated cuz if the Lord come take it you heed it”