The Internet has always been a cesspool of rumors, misinformation, and innuendo.
But the rapid rise of the blogosphere, the Facebook boom, and the viral proliferation of Twitter have cranked up the online noise to about a billion decibels.
And the latest debunked bit of web bullshit: Some hearsay that Jersey City spitter Joe Budden was set to score a solo record deal with Eminem's Shady Records.
Now it's true that Budden's supercrew Slaughterhouse -- Crooked I, Joell Ortiz, and Royce da 5'9" -- has been signed to Slim's imprint since the beginning of this year. So the chatter wasn't totally scattershot.
But as Jumpoff Joey told rap scene reporter Mr. Peter Parker: "I heard the rumors. People tweeted me all day long," he said. "I'm not being signed as a solo artist."
In other words, Joe Budden isn't headed for Shadyville. But it ain't no web bullshit that he'll be hitting the 305 this Friday. That's been verified.
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Joe Budden with Sin, J. Nics, and DJ Keen One. Friday, June 10. Eve, 1306 N. Miami Ave., Miami. The show starts at 8 p.m. and tickets cost $20 via joebuddenmia.eventbrite.com. Ages 18 and up. Call 305-995-5050 or visit miamieve.com.