Sober in the sauna full of blunt smoke
Anytime weed is smoked in a tightly sealed place, those who are inside breathe virtually nothing but marijuana smoke, and as a result become extremely high. Budden says this because he’s impervious to both the negative opinions (hate) and negative influences of those around him, for as a recovering addict, he hasn’t done any illegal drugs in over a decade.
Joe recently caught a court case in NYC for, among other things, possession of controlled substances. There’s many instances in his songs from the past few years that seem to indicate he’s using prescription opiates along with benzodiazepines and muscle relaxers. He’s not exactly hiding his drug use, although I’m sure in his mind he’s justifying it with the mindset that they are just prescription pills and not illegal street drugs. Then again, the charges he caught in NY back in December would seem to indicate he DOES NOT have a prescription for those pills and is buying them off the street.
Besides that, this is most importantly a metaphor.
While Joey thinks hip hop is terrible right now (“sauna full of blunt smoke”), he’s not influenced or affected by it and remains one of the few that keep it real (“sober”).
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