Y'all can run from the past, I'm a make my way towards it
Like (ta ha), nigga I remember stage fright
Back when I ain't know if I could rock the stage right
Who knew I'd end up being the nicest?

from Joe Budden (Ft. Emanny) – Stuck In The Moment Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Most people will want to never talk about there past again. Due to embarrassing, or frightful events that may have happened. But he learned a lot from his past, and his past made him who he is today (As it does to everyone).

Stage fright is the feeling of nervousness before or during an appearance before an audience. Obviously, rapping is performing in front of an audience. When he first started out rapping, he was nervous, and didn’t know if he could pursue this career, due to his condition.

None the less, Joe is a very successful rapper nowadays, he is a very nice emcee.

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