Best of Joe Budden v.2: #20 If I Die Tomorrow


Song: If I Die Tomorrow

Album: Mood Muzik 2

Year: 2005

Previous: #15

Best thing about dying tomorrow, I won’t see anybody I love leave, so if the Lord take me, don’t re-incarnate me, I don’t wanna come back, and please don’t make me


One of the guarantees in this thing called life. Joe speaks on it, reflecting on his life if he would indeed end up dying tomorrow.

He talks about his accomplishments, musically and non-musically. He won awards and was nominated for a Grammy award for “Pump It Up.” He exceeded his expectations in his personal life as well by driving fancy cars and having sex with women he thought he could never get.

He doesn’t just reflect on the superficial things. He gets deep. He’s thankful he met some interesting people, while touching people’s heart along the way (and many more after this mixtape and the rest of his catalog were released).

He knows he was blessed with a life others would love to have. He was able to turn a hobby into a career, helping those who helped him and loved him in the process.

He made his mother and father proud, which is all anyone wants to do—including me.

He continued and thanked his friends for helping him along the way, either with music or just in life, those people who believed in Joe. Those who loved him especially when Joe was at his worse and didn’t love himself.

Overall, he wouldn’t be upset if he would pass tomorrow. He lived his life. He makes it clear in the song that he doesn’t want to grow old and gray. Reaching an older age means you begin to be dependent on others, you start losing your memory, and your physical attributes change drastically. Its like you’re a newborn once again, which is an analogy Joe makes.

Plus, he’d be able to finally escape the demons he faced in the past and those currently present. He’s left a legacy with his music and his name will never die especially after his son Trey was born.

If Joe would end up passing in the near future, his death wouldn’t go unnoticed. His legacy would live on through his fans—fans like me—that would tell the younger generations and their children about this legendary rapper who wasn’t afraid to put his life out there


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