“Enough Of Us Have Died”: Joe Budden Breaks Down While Speaking On Depression Battle, Mental Illness In Rap
While appearing on The Breakfast Club recently with wife Adjua, rapper Styles P opened up about his stepdaughter, Tai, committing suicide at 19 in 2015. They spoke about the need to check on loved ones and making sure you know what’s going on with the people around you.
“People often ask if she was depressed. If we knew she was depressed she would have been home, or with us,” he said. “Some things you can’t see because some people won’t tell you or you won’t ever get to know. We all deal with a depression on some sort of level on some sort of issue, but with suicide it’s often that the person is depressed.”
Earlier this week, rapper Joe Budden and the co-hosts of the Complex show Everyday Struggle talked about Styles P speaking openly and honestly about mental health and the importance of that. For Budden, he broke down in tears as video of the interview was played because of the fact that the 36-year-old has struggled off and on with depression for years.
“That was difficult,” Budden said about the interview. “This is something that probably will not ever be addressed, so you need people like Styles to speak out…I’m always going to react this way to that as somebody who has experience with that, as someone who has been suicidal, as someone who has battled depression. When he says ‘We didn’t know,’ when do you know? You just don’t know. Which is why I always get really excited on Twitter when a stranger just says, ‘Hey, how you doing?’ That one little line is so important. ‘Hey, did you eat today?’ Just the little things we do to take care of ourselves. They say never get too hungry, lonely, angry or tired. And I try to keep that just so I don’t — you can easily revert back to that.”
The rapper said he would like to see more rappers speak honestly about mental health issues based on the fact that so many are dealing with it both privately and publicly.
“I would love to see more people speak out on mental health issues the way that Styles is,” he said. “I would like to see Hip-Hop address it more. We’re so powerful as a culture. Like Hov said in that interview, we move things. Enough of us have died from mental health issues for us to look into it. Most of our favorite artists suffer from mental illness.”
“Most of these n—as are telling us how sick they are and what they’re going through, so I try to listen to for it,” he continued. “I can’t just jam. Chris Brown, you’re talented but let’s get some help. All of these people. It’s a lot of f–king people. Cudi, B.o.B who we’re about to talk about, Kanye. You want to talk about all the artists that need help with mental health, that’s a long f–king show.”
Budden completed his thoughts by addressing the reality that while people like to think that fame and money should keep one from being unhappy, such trappings make things worse, especially if you were already struggling with your mental health before stepping into the limelight.
“You take you with you everywhere you go,” he said. “You can be as rich and famous as you want to be, solves nothing. Fame puts a microscope on s–t. So if you’re sick when you get it, you probably will be a lot sicker after it comes.”