Joe Budden - Castles Lyrics




[Verse 1:]
My castle started shrinking, something's gotta give
Ended up being the smallest place that I had ever lived
One of the reasons I would do away with fame, to say the least
Don't know who these people are, their names ain't on the lease
It's a different type of monster, entertainment is a beast
Was supposed to eat together, then I became the main feast
If you preying on my kindness, taking advantage of Joe's cool
I'd have to ask, what's your definition of soul food?
I bust my ass for my whole life, and I worked hard for my profit
And envy I know cuts like a knife, so you probably work hard to stop it
If you know me like you claim then how could you disregard my logic?
You know I cut my arm short and put my heart in my pocket
A pretty good judge of character, maybe I mistaked a few
Cut some people off, but had no choice, it's what they made me do
Why would you take advantage when it's something I'd have gave to you?
And in the long run, it doesn't take from me, it takes from you
You'll probably tell me I'm a fucked up nigga
You got it wrong, I just won't be fucked up with you
Which forces me get distant, and I never want to act a way with you
But passion and desire never blends with lackadaisical
No longer enable you, that's no longer favorable
But pride is on your sleeve so you'll just act like nothing phases you
Which can never equal good, in fact
So love can't be lost, I know exactly where I put it at

[Interlude:]
Word. Got no problem with nobody though
So have no problem with me. Figured
No beef, no malice. I got no vendetta with y'all
So I only want better for myself
Might even want better for y'all

[Verse 2:]
My castle started shrinking, I tried my best to fight it
Don't know how it happened, don't know how they got invited
Was good with cabin fever, and maybe that helped create the space
Fuck your good intentions, more concerned with what's taking place
But everyone feels entitled, made up their mind they got a right to
My peers transforming right before my eyes into my rivals
Y'all can have the cars, ya'll can have the clothes, take all that shit that I don't love
I'm learning fast that recognition is it's own drug
And what's worse than some of your actions being feminine
Is I got no way of knowing if your moves are really genuine
You there when it's bright, better be there when it's dark
You wasn't there for the ride, don't be there when I park
Figure I love niggas enough to let the world come and stay with me
And I'll stay trapped in this room to keep ya'll away from me
What's supposed to happen when I'm not hot anymore?
Your job rely on me being crazy, but what if I'm not anymore?
The funny shit, them molly's were cool when we all were doing em
But nobody recalled when I was the only one they were ruining
I learned a long time ago in life that not much is fair
So No Love Lost, but not much is there
Deja vu, this happened rapidly before
Everyday's a constant struggle and you're a casualty of war
Which could only equal good, in fact
So love isn't lost, I know exactly where I put it at





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Joe Budden Castles Comments
  1. T RED FO FIF

    This is the hardest joe song to me, definitely my favorite

  2. Awusi Bebe

    Who’s here with me in dec 2019?

  3. NASTY NAS

    * KING *

  4. king lock

    best mc dog i love all buddens shit

    Chris Iverson

    Yea, he 💯👍🏾👍🏾

  5. Brian Moore

    Favorite song . Glad it's slept on

  6. someishtrippin

    Number# 3, with the highway vid for ya head tops..DO REMEMBER

  7. Bokang Mofihli

    I know what he meant on those MNM comments, he's deep as. MOFO

  8. Milan Jackson

    Marques feat u clubbin classic 🔥

    Chris Iverson

    💯👍🏾

  9. Milan Jackson

    😘😘🔥😔🔥😭🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥

  10. Milan Jackson

    🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥

  11. T M

    These new migos boys will never understand being an mc. They could never come close in lyrics. Money and fame to overrated today if you have nothing to stand on morally

    Chris Iverson

    💯👍🏾👍🏾

  12. Toya Girl

    Damn I'm just hearing this 🔥 2019

    Chris Iverson

    You lucky then👍🏾

  13. Max Powers

    How dare joe budden says hes better than eminem. He doesnt even come close in anything . no flow . trash delivery and some okay lines thats it .

  14. Locke

    H A R D N O S E D
    V
    E
    T

  15. Britney Valldez

    This is still one of my favorite songs of all time.

    Chris Iverson

    Forever👍🏾

  16. Brave Heart

    People be trying to shit on budden ..I still fucks with the brotha for 2019 old or new music..it's still real music___

    Chris Iverson

    Real and lost👍🏾

  17. NoChillJay

    Still here in 2019

  18. John Gonzales

    This man can speak

  19. jay reese

    No beef no malice 💪🏽💪🏽💯💯💯

  20. GainzBrigadeTV

    Anyone know what album or mixtape this is from?

    don diego

    No Love Lost!

  21. Corey Chartrand

    Way too underrated!! 🔥🔥

  22. Jennifer Lewis

    Did you really have cancer I think I mett you another life a year ago

  23. blacnmiles

    I only want better for myself...might even want better for yal..💯

  24. sky blaque

    Joe fucking not joking...blowing blazing flames burning punk streets to ashes

  25. blacnmiles

    Sometimes you jus need to hear this shit..no matter how old it is 🔥🔥🔥

    Jesse Cruz

    Ive been addicted to this song for like 2 years. Every fucking lyric is relatable.

    blacnmiles

    Jesse Cruz prime example of money dont always bring happiness

    don diego

    I'm just getting into it... Joe's is too fucking underrated, It makes me sad man. If he had that media with his songs It would be able to help more people wit theirs struggles...

  26. Love Peace

    Bruh... Joe so underrated. True MC

  27. JTR VLOGS

    if u listen to the words man this guy soul is speaking to us

  28. LaToya Glenn

    Man this song got me through so much 💕

  29. Mr. AT

    #Classic

  30. Von_valentine

    He’s talking about Eminem. “Don’t know who these people are and they name ain’t on the lease” listen to his lyrics. Entertainment is a beast, he became the main feast. His “CASTLE” is the Rap game. When him and Slaughter House signed to Em that’s when their rise stopped and yeah there over now. Vultures ate up their shit smh and y’all let it happen

    Jesse Cruz

    Never thought about it like that. I like your interpretation of the lyrics though.

  31. Twine in the_Buick Buick

    Joe music is fire people just hate on Joe

  32. Chance Jolivette

    this probably was around the time he was making his best music but pains me to watch this cuz he look so unhealthy u can tell he was heavy into his drugs at this point glad he doing better as far as drugs and life in general

  33. Camero Black

    "You there when its bright,
    Better be there when its dark.
    Cause you wasn't here for the ride,
    Don't be there when I park."

  34. antuane wood

    💯%REAL RAP

  35. ALPHA

    Falling off the beat a lot there Joe 👀

  36. p col

    I wish Joe knew what this album helped me through. At the time this album dropped I was homeless, a drug addict, alcoholic. This fucking album helped me through some fucked up shit, felt like every fucking song off this album fit something going on in my life. I'll forever love Joe for this shit. He may never know, but his lyrics helped me become a better person and battle demons.

  37. Camero Black

    We love you Joey. I'm sitting here telling my girl how your music changed my life lol. Shit turned into a whole topic. I had to explain why Joe's at the top of my top 5

  38. Ameur Herkous

    30 plays in raw and i still want more

  39. Dirigo YouTube

    Wild goat

  40. Genesis Barnes

    Not since Pac!...Only Rapper that touches every emotion!

  41. Thomasine Douglas

    I love the way he expresses his rhymes and his original style. His music is captivating, Broken is one of my favorites. Some life lessons hurt like hell but when shared even through music it can change lives.

  42. CHARLIEBOY SALDIVAR XIII

    No neef no malice! Not at all!

  43. Takem Olga

    🙏🙏🙏🙏

  44. Jason Armes

    Still bumping in 2018

    Xtra Sauce

    Jason Armes i told my love ones this song needs to be in my funeral's playlist

  45. ShanNyckole 302

    *pretty good judge of character, maybe I mistaked a few. Cut some people off but had no choice, it's what they made me do!!*

  46. Jesus Christ with a Jheri Curl

    so emo rap is this guys lane.....get this sadboy loser shit the *FUCK OUTTA HERE* !

    Dave J

    Jesus Christ with a Jheri Curl what’s your lane? I’ve done way more gangsta shit then you but I’m sure you think you’re a gangsta when you listen to “hard shit”. Foh. This is for people that actually been thru something. I can tell you’re a suburban boy

  47. Monique Johnson

    I love you 💋💋

  48. Shamara Elaine

    Idgaf who sleeps on Joe bc I NEVER HAVE ! I became a fan in 2007 his music is literally a part of my growth & healing. Keep it coming 💖

  49. MoneyNix Beatz

    💯🔥

  50. Eliott Doneff

    That by any means jacket hard

  51. Little Cat

    Sour food

  52. Liam gilbey

    Will never forget this

  53. MichiganMan Brandon

    When i went to jail my castle started shrinking

  54. Isaac Sanders

    He talks too much on other people to rap so dull

    Josh Stay's Awake

    Isaac Sanders........ You are fucking retarded

    Isaac Sanders

    Why? Seriously?

    Xtra Sauce

    Isaac Sanders nah you're retarded. He's right. Budden is a legend

  55. Rolf

    Bit of joe and chill can't go wrong

  56. Gabriel Hernandez

    Budden be killing it anybody who been thru some real shit understand the angst

  57. Chance Jolivette

    my dog was doin bad at this point i look back at this video and see how skinny he was at the time, his pen still was sharp tho happy to see where he at tho but wish he still drop something

  58. kendal Lee-Coutain

    If you weren't there for the ride, don't be there when I park.. Real Talk!

  59. Jason Popp

    wow so deep

  60. Tya Lucas

    Love em

  61. Evelin G

    Came here because of Rory on ItsTheReal

  62. Wonnie Lockridge

    the best.

  63. mr roonz

    I been listening to this guy for years and I can't find something I like I don't know just can't vibe from him

  64. dieselshug

    No Love Lost was an fire ass album.

  65. Prod. by MiB.

    Definitely about Slaughterhouse turning their back on him.

    Xtra Sauce

    micahT - false

  66. King Mccorkle

    coldest flow ever

  67. Mojito Dream

    truth hurts😇

  68. BigSoundzftb

    still listening in 2017

  69. Nicco

    Very very underrated...I been following Joe since the eary 2000's!!!

  70. Katonah 87

    a million views!!! 💪 💪 get em Joe!!!!

  71. Katonah 87

    a million views!!! 💪 💪 get em Joe!!!!

  72. fran tull

    Love can be lost!

  73. Disturbed Since 2000

    true poetry

  74. David Williams

    love can't be lost... I know exactly where I put it at

    AJ Singh

    indeed i believe so !!!

  75. Ajaxxx

    Always realness. I just dropped a similar song on my channel called "Broken Dreams." Check it out if you can. #muchlove

  76. Robin Bowman

    we was pose to eat together

  77. chi city's breed

    passion and desire never blends with laxidazacial..

  78. chi city's breed

    this put me in that space... this the real

  79. s. dot

    You're a breath of fresh air joe

    Bank B

    s. dot he has been breathing life into the game for over a decade now. i believe joe has a generational mind thats so relateable it doesnt matter when you hear him..u just got to!

  80. JONATHAN W!LL!NGHAM

    Drink Champs Cigarette Man of the year nominee....JOE BUDDEN lol

    s. dot

    jonathanW!LL!NGHAM _ lmfao

  81. Miguel Hernandez

    Bout to hit a mill !

  82. Skitzo Skitzo



    Play the Joe Budden Quiz

    "Castles"

    [Verse 1:]
    My castle started shrinking, something's gotta give
    Ended up being the smallest place that I had ever lived
    One of the reasons I would do away with fame, to say the least
    Don't know who these people are, their names ain't on the lease
    It's a different type of monster, entertainment is a beast
    Was supposed to eat together, then I became the main feast
    If you preying on my kindness, taking advantage of Joe's cool
    I'd have to ask, what's your definition of soul food?
    I bust my ass for my whole life, and I worked hard for my profit
    And envy I know cuts like a knife, so you probably work hard to stop it
    If you know me like you claim then how could you disregard my logic?
    You know I cut my arm short and put my heart in my pocket
    A pretty good judge of character, maybe I mistaked a few
    Cut some people off, but had no choice, it's what they made me do
    Why would you take advantage when it's something I'd have gave to you?
    And in the long run, it doesn't take from me, it takes from you
    You'll probably tell me I'm a fucked up nigga
    You got it wrong, I just won't be fucked up with you
    Which forces me get distant, and I never want to act a way with you
    But passion and desire never blends with lackadaisical
    No longer enable you, that's no longer favorable
    But pride is on your sleeve so you'll just act like nothing phases you
    Which can never equal good, in fact
    So love can't be lost, I know exactly where I put it at

    [Interlude:]
    Word. Got no problem with nobody though
    So have no problem with me. Figured
    No beef, no malice. I got no vendetta with y'all
    So I only want better for myself
    Might even want better for y'all

    [Verse 2:]
    My castle started shrinking, I tried my best to fight it
    Don't know how it happened, don't know how they got invited
    Was good with cabin fever, and maybe that helped create the space
    Fuck your good intentions, more concerned with what's taking place
    But everyone feels entitled, made up their mind they got a right to
    My peers transforming right before my eyes into my rivals
    Y'all can have the cars, ya'll can have the clothes, take all that shit that I don't love
    I'm learning fast that recognition is it's own drug
    And what's worse than some of your actions being feminine
    Is I got no way of knowing if your moves are really genuine
    You there when it's bright, better be there when it's dark
    You wasn't there for the ride, don't be there when I park
    Figure I love niggas enough to let the world come and stay with me
    And I'll stay trapped in this room to keep ya'll away from me
    What's supposed to happen when I'm not hot anymore?
    Your job rely on me being crazy, but what if I'm not anymore?
    The funny shit, them molly's were cool when we all were doing em
    But nobody recalled when I was the only one they were ruining
    I learned a long time ago in life that not much is fair
    So No Love Lost, but not much is there
    Deja vu, this happened rapidly before
    Everyday's a constant struggle and you're a casualty of war
    Which could only equal good, in fact
    So love isn't lost, I know exactly where I put it at

    your welcome

  83. Fr3montFr3d

    Joe.... I wish you owned a college... That I could get a degree on how to put what I'm thinking on paper.
    Ive Rocked with you for the past decade.... role reversal.... just wish you actually read your fans comments not the critics but your true fans

  84. Sabih Nayyer

    always been consistent with his music so underrated and talented for sure his pen game makes the song breathe

  85. Sunni D

    Chills...song is sad and beautiful at the same time. Always loved Joe Budden.

  86. DJDIfromFLI

    One of my favorite songs ever!

  87. Frank Lewis

    Joe been a real ass nigga we fuckin wit u Joe dwn here n da n.o.

  88. Moeletse Leqela

    he sounds like Drake or Drake sounds like him.. of course he is more prolonged ... his rhymes are generally longer than those of drake.

  89. Natrix Miami

    Bless uppppppp

  90. SonnyBoi1978

    Such a great lyricist, so underrated.

  91. Mc Paparazy

    Beat drops harder than a poke-mon server.

  92. shred boii

    I swear this deserves so much more respect smh the rap of today's generation smh

    Kamikaze D

    nah i like joey like this, niggas like drake calling him a one hit wonder, this man probably saved my fucking life.. he only a one hit wonder to the mainstream sheep!

  93. Faith Leach

    I love Joe budden as a new Yorker I grew up listening to him he doesn't get credit at all n he bares his soul n life n no awards bc he ain't being a joke for the public that's y u keep going in spite of bc I like u Joe your music is real

  94. Angie Mitic

    Red Deutsch!!!!

  95. Angie Mitic

    Bleed from the pen to the Papier!!!!