Kenyon Martin was mistaken for Joe Budden in a NJ shopping mall


A decade ago, Joe Budden’s “Pump It Up” was a hit and Kenyon Martin was on a New Jersey Nets team that dominated the NBA’s Eastern Conference.

The two would be confused for the other, in the Garden State, according to Martin.

“Everywhere,” laughed Martin on the Scoop B Radio Podcast.

“Everywhere, you name it!”

Martin says that during his Nets playing days, he’d shop frequently in the downtown Newark business district at places like Jimmy Jazz and V.I.M.

Accroding to the 6’9 forward, folks would speak to him in the store as if he was the 6-foot, Budden. “It would be at a distance,” he said. “Then they would get up on me and see the height differential and say: ‘Oh hey! It’s K-Mart.’

Kenyon Martin tells Scoop B Radio about the time he and Alonzo Mourning argued in practice.

Martin was the man in the Garden State during the Nets’ championship runs.

Fast forward to 2018,  Joe Budden is basking in his successses with the New York Times recently dubbing him the “Howard Stern of Hip Hop”. 

The Jersey City, NJ native’s “The Joe Budden Podcast With Rory and Mal” is the No. 1 podcast on iTunes’ music podcast chart — five slots ahead of the NPR standard-bearer “All Songs Considered.”



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