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Joe Budden

Joe Budden
Budden in 2012
Background information
Joseph Anthony Budden II
Born (1980-08-31) August 31, 1980 (age 38)
New York, New York
OriginJersey City, New Jersey
GenresHip hop
  • Rapper
  • songwriter
  • broadcaster
  • journalist
  • media personality

Joseph Anthony Budden II[1] (born August 31, 1980)[2] is an American broadcaster, former rapper, and songwriter. Budden's eponymous debut studio album was released in 2003 and debuted at number 8 on the Billboard 200, selling 95,000 copies within its first week. The album featured the hit single "Pump It Up", Budden's most commercially successful solo single. He was formerly signed to major record label Def Jam, but left the label in 2007 and is currently signed to Empire Distribution.

After separating from Def Jam, he began recording and releasing solo mixtapes and albums on independent labels. In 2013, he released No Love Lost; his follow-up EP, "Some Love Lost" was released November 4, 2014. He released "All Love Lost" on October 16, 2015. Most recently, he released "Rage & The Machine" on October 21, 2016. In addition to his solo work, Budden was a member of the American hip hop supergroup Slaughterhouse, alongside fellow rappers Royce da 5'9", Joell Ortiz, and Crooked I.[3]

Budden formerly worked as a broadcaster, at Complex's Everyday Struggle, alongside Nadeska Alexis and DJ Akademiks in 2017, before leaving the show in January 2018. He currently hosts his own self-titled podcast, which since September 2018 is released twice a week through Spotify.

Life and career

Early life

Budden was born in Harlem, NY[4] and raised in Jersey City, New Jersey. Uninterested in school, he began abusing drugs.[5] After an emotional confrontation with his mother, Budden willingly went into rehab on July 3, 1997.[5] Budden began freestyling, first at his high school with acquaintances against whom he claims that he always won battles.[5] He eventually made appearances on several New York mixtapes with the likes of DJ Clue, DJ Kayslay, and Cutmaster C.[]

2003–2007: Debut album, Mood Muzik, release from Def Jam

In 2003, Budden released his debut solo studio album, Joe Budden. It included Budden's 2003 Grammy-nominated summer hit "Pump It Up", and was also featured in the soundtrack for the movie 2 Fast 2 Furious [6] and the video games Def Jam Vendetta,[7]Def Jam Fight for NY, and Madden NFL 2004.

The song "Focus" was also featured in the game and Budden was also a character. Its second single was "Fire" featuring Busta Rhymes, which was in the movie Mean Girls. The song "Drop Drop" was featured on the soundtrack for the movie Cradle 2 the Grave, and the video game NBA Live 2003. Budden has hinted in many songs that he was a recovering drug addict and has reaffirmed his position several times through multiple outlets.[] Budden featured on the R. Kelly produced song, "Clubbin" by Marques Houston, peaking at 39 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and at 15 on the UK BPI charts.[8]

Budden's second release, titled The Growth, was hampered due to the label's problems with Budden, which included his Def Jam seniors not agreeing with the direction of his music. The album was not released, and continued disagreements between Budden and Def Jam forced the two sides to part ways.[9] He managed to release the first and second installments of his Mood Muzik mixtape series while on Def Jam, and the series has been met with critical acclaim.[10]

In December 2007, Budden signed a multi-album deal with Amalgam Digital and released his independent debut Padded Room as well as Mood Muzik 3: The Album, Halfway House, and Escape Route.[11]

2008-2017: Slaughterhouse, controversies, Everyday Struggle and Rage & The Machine

Budden reached out to Crooked I, Royce da 5'9", Joell Ortiz and Nino Bless for a track titled "Slaughterhouse" on one of his Amalgam Digital releases, Halfway House.[12] Based on the reception of the track, they decided to form a group, minus Nino Bless, and named it after the first song they made together.[12] The group released numerous songs throughout early 2009, leading up to their self-titled album Slaughterhouse, which was released through E1 on August 11, 2009.[13] The album features production from, among other bands, The Alchemist, DJ Khalil, and Mr. Porter, plus guest appearances from Pharoahe Monch, among others.[14] The group signed with Shady Records on January 12, 2011.[15]

Budden released his third album titled "Padded Room" on February 24, 2009, with the album debuting at number 42 on the Billboard 200.

In early 2012, Budden and Emanny teamed up with a few producers to form the group SLV (Summer Leather Vest). Budden and Emanny are the only two vocalists. On August 24, 2012, Budden announced he would release a mixtape, "A Loose Quarter", via Twitter.[]

Joe Budden performing in 2010.

Slaughterhouse released a mixtape titled On The House in promotion for their second album. The group released their second studio album under Shady Records which was titled welcome to: Our House on August 28, 2012, the album debuted on the Billboard 200 at No.2 and No.1 on the Billboard Top Rap Albums selling 52,000 copies its first week. The album features many guest appearances from Eminem, Skylar Grey, Busta Rhymes, Cee Lo Green, Swizz Beats, and B.o.B, and production by Alex da Kid, No I.D., AraabMuzik, Mr. Porter, and others.[]

On November 9, 2012, announced that A Loose Quarter would be released at midnight on November 23, 2012, but the album was released three days early.[16][17]

The first official single from No Love Lost was "She Don't Put It Down" which features fellow rapper Lil Wayne and singer Tank. The song debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 at number 96 returning to the charts since his hit single "Pump It Up" back in 2003. Budden released a remix for "She Don't Put It Down" which features Tank, Fabolous, and Twista. The second single from the album was "N.B.A. (Never Broke Again)" featuring Wiz Khalifa and French Montana.[18]

Budden released music videos for "She Don't Put It Down", "Castles", and "N.B.A. (Never Broke Again)". The album No Love Lost would debut at number 15 on the Billboard 200 selling 30,000 copies its first week. By March 20, 2013, the album had sold 60,000 copies.[] Budden co-starred on Seasons 3-4 of the VH1 reality show Love & Hip Hop: New York in 2013-2014.[]

Budden released an EP titled Some Love Lost on November 4, 2014, which received generally positive reviews from critics. The EP contained songs from a larger project to be called All Love Lost.[19][20] On July 1, 2015, Budden released a new song on SoundCloud titled "F'em All".[21]

On July 12, 2014, he participated in a Total Slaughter rap battle event against Hollow Da Don. The judges gave the victory to Hollow in a unanimous decision.[22]

Budden hosts his own podcast.[23] He created and co-hosted a show on Complex called Everyday Struggle with DJ Akademiks and broadcaster Nadeska Alexis in 2017. On July 2, 2016, Budden aimed a diss track at Canadian rapper Drake entitled "Making A Murderer Part I" as well as taking a swipe at Meek Mill. He then went on to explain in his podcast that the diss was not personal, done for the competition and sport, and that he has no gripe with either artist.[24]

Budden has been accused by Uproxx's Aaron Williams and Billboard's Michael Arceneaux of homophobia by criticizing Lil Yachty's album cover, "which features a number of colorfully attired young people, many of whom do not look stereo-typically "hip-hop", especially a pair of young men in the upper-left corner kissing" and by satirizing ILoveMakonnen's decision to publicly come out as gay on Twitter.[25][26]

Budden announced his last solo tour dates on May 16, 2016.[23] He released his sixth solo album, produced entirely by AraabMUZIK entitled Rage & The Machine on October 21, 2016. The second studio album with Slaughterhouse is pending.[]

On June 25, 2017, during the BET Awards pre-show, Budden walked off set of an interview conducted with his Everyday Struggle colleagues DJ Akademiks and Nadeska Alexis for the hip hop trio Migos, causing a conflict that was momentarily caught on tape.[27] On December 19, 2017, Joe announced that he was leaving Everyday Struggle.[28]

As of 2017, Budden has stated that he is retired as a solo artist, but will remain a member of Slaughterhouse.[] In 2018, he stated he was retired entirely from rapping.[29]

2018-present: Revolt and Spotify

On May 14, 2018, Budden announced a partnership with Sean Combs and his media company, Revolt. Budden will produce a show titled State of the Culture, slated for a summer 2018 release.[30]

During the summer of 2018, Budden's podcast began touring, with live performances throughout the U.S.[31] In August 2018, Budden inked a deal to bring his podcast to Spotify and expand the show to twice-weekly.[32]

Budden returned to Love & Hip Hop: New York for season 9.[33]

Personal life

Budden has two children.[34]

In 2010, a warrant for Budden was issued by the Hudson County, New Jersey, Sheriff's Office for unpaid child support.[35]

On March 30, 2012, Budden spent a night in jail and missed a Slaughterhouse concert in his home town over a $75 parking ticket.[36]

In 2014, Budden was briefly wanted by the New York Police Department after allegedly assaulting his girlfriend and stealing her cell phone. He later turned himself in[37] and appeared in Manhattan Criminal Court on charges of assault, grand larceny and robbery.[38]

Budden has used MDMA or "Molly", but has been off the drug and has publicly spoken out against its use.[39]

Budden became engaged to Cyn Santana in December 2018. He proposed during a "live podcast" show[40] in New York.[41]


Studio albums

Compilation albums

  • 2007: The Album Before The Album

Collaboration albums



Year Title Role Notes
2003 Hip Hop Babylon Himself Documentary
2012 Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap
2013 Can't Forget New Jersey Documentary; Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
Love & Hip Hop: New York Himself Recurring Cast (Seasons 3-4)
Main Cast (Season 9)
2015 Couples Therapy Himself Main Cast, Season 6
2018 State of the Culture Himself Host, Creator and Executive producer
2019 Boomerang Director Episode: "Game Night"

Video games

Year Title Role Notes
2003 Def Jam Vendetta Himself Voice
2004 Def Jam: Fight for NY

Awards and nominations

  • Grammy Awards
    • 2004, Best Male Rap Solo Performance: "Pump It Up" (nominated)
  • Other awards
    • 2003 Vibe Next Award (winner)
    • United Kingdom, MOBO (Music of Black Origin) Award for "Clubbin" with Marques Houston (nominated)
    • United Kingdom, MOBO (Music of Black Origin) Award for Best Rap Performance (nominated)
    • 2004 Black Reel Award for Best Song from a Movie for "Pump It Up" in 2 Fast 2 Furious (nominated)


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  12. ^ a b "FEATURE: Crooked I, The Freestyler". Archived from the original on December 23, 2009. Retrieved 2011.
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  38. ^ "Rapper Joe Budden surrenders to police to face charges that he allegedly beat and robbed his ex-girlfriend". Daily Mail. Retrieved 2017.
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