Joe Budden On Mixtape Series "Mood" Swing, "[It] Derives From Trying To Cut The Record Label Out"

Slaughterhouse's Joe Budden recently opened up about his decision to revamp his Mood Muzik mixtape series with a forthcoming fourth edition to the underground collection.

Despite having maintained his brand through a series (which began in 2004), Budden feels the fans have ultimately fueled his motivation.

"I have a lot of fans that are real interested to hear it," Budden said about Mood Muzik 4. "It's three years in the making. The advantage that mixtapes have over
actual retail albums is that you are able to do so much more as far as
creative control. If you are inspired by another artist's beat you are
able to put your own twist on it. I've always been attracted to that.
The concept of Mood Muzik itself derives from needing an outlet
and trying to cut the record label out the middle to deliver directly
to the fans. The fans gravitate towards [that way of releasing music]." (VIBE)

Writing via Twitter, Budden recently said his project would feature singer Marsha Ambrosius.

"Very excited about featuring @marshaAmbrosius on #MM4 ... been a big fan 4 quite some time. #SheRocks," he wrote Wednesday (August

"I won't lie 2 y'all ... i just met a producer who may have just changed the ENTIRE landscape of #MM4 >>>>>
@davidpinks !! you'll see."

"& no, that doesn't mean #MM4 will be pushed back. lol." (Joe Budden's Twitter)

In 2008, Budden told SOHH he had planned on replacing the series' host, DJ On Point.

"Me and him have agreed to disagree on certain things," he revealed. "We're in the early stages, like [choosing a DJ] is one of the
furthest things from my mind. We still in to the recording process.
I've already started it and then I kinda just stopped to do some other
things like I finished Padded Room." (SOHH)

Budden began his popular mixtape run roughly six years ago.

The first Mood Muzik, Mood Muzik: The Worst Of Joe Budden, hit in 2004. The second, Mood Muzik 2: Can It Get Any Worse?, largely regarded as the best in the series, came out in 2006. Mood Muzik 3: The Album hit stores in February of 2008 after being released in 2007 as a mixtape titled Mood Muzik 3: For Better or for Worse. (All Hip Hop)

Mood Muzik 4 is scheduled to drop Tuesday, October 26th.

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