Joell Ortiz, Crooked I and Royce Da 5’9″ took to the stage with noticeable gusto, but it was apparent to the crowd that something was wrong. After performing two songs, the MCs notified the crowd that Budden had been taken into custody by the NYPD before the show.
“Joey! Joey! Joey!” the crowd began to say in unison, without any prompting from the onstage rappers. Their support for the incarcerated Budden came out in between songs all throughout the night.
“We love Joey too,” Royce told the crowd. “Chanting for him ain’t gonna get him outta jail.”
Joe Budden has been released.