Joe Budden

Joe Budden

Joe Budden in 2012
Background information
Birth name Joseph Anthony Budden II
Born (1980-08-31) August 31, 1980
West Side Harlem, New York
Origin Jersey City, New Jersey
Genres Hip hop
Years active 2003present
Associated acts Slaughterhouse, Fabolous, SLV, Emanny

Joe Budden (born August 31, 1980)[1] is an American rapper who, in addition to being a solo artist, is a member of the American hip hop supergroup Slaughterhouse, alongside fellow rappers Royce da 5'9", Joell Ortiz, and Crooked I.

His most commercially successful single is the 2003 hit song "Pump It Up", from his self-titled album, which contains production from Just Blaze. He was formerly signed to major record label Def Jam, but left for his personal reasons and for them pushing back his album releases. After his splitting from Def Jam, he began recording and releasing mixtapes and albums on independent labels. In 2013, he released No Love Lost; his follow-up album, "Some Love Lost," was released November 4, 2014. Most recently, he released "All Love Lost" on October 16, 2015. Budden also co-stars on the VH1 reality show Love & Hip Hop: New York.

Life and career

Early life

Budden was born in Harlem, New York[2] and raised in Jersey City, New Jersey. Uninterested in school, he began abusing drugs.[3] After an emotional confrontation with his mother, Budden willingly went into rehab on July 3, 1997.[3] Budden began freestyling, first at his high school with acquaintances against whom he claims that he always won battles.[3] He eventually made appearances on several New York mixtapes with the likes of DJ Clue, DJ Kayslay, and Cutmaster C.

20032007: 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 [4] and the video games Def Jam Vendetta,[5] 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's sophomore 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.[6] However, Budden 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.[7]

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.[8]

2008–present: Slaughterhouse and controversies

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.[9] 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.[9] Budden released his second album titled "Padded Room" on February 24, 2009, and debuted at number 42 on the Billboard 200. 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.[10] The album features production from The Alchemist, DJ Khalil, Mr. Porter, Streetrunner, plus guest appearances from Pharoahe Monch, K. Young, The New Royales, and many others.[11] The group signed with Shady Records on January 12, 2011.[12] 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 will release a mixtape named "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, StreetRunner, No I.D., AraabMuzik, Mr. Porter, and others.

On November 9, 2012, announced that A Loose Quarter would be released on November 23, 2012, at Midnight which was released three days early.[13][14]

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 #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 music video was released featuring Tank, Fabolous, and Lil Wayne, Twista did not appear in the video. The second single from the album is "N.B.A. (Never Broke Again)" which features Wiz Khalifa and French Montana.[15] Budden released music videos for "She Don't Put It Down" with Tank, Fabolous, and Lil Wayne, "Castles", and N.B.A. (Never Broke Again) with Wiz Khalifa and French Montana The album No Love Lost would debut at #15 on the Billboard 200 selling 30,000 copies its first week. As of March 20, 2013, the album has sold 60,000 copies. The album featured additional guest appearances from Kirko Bangz, Slaughterhouse, Emanny, Juicy J, Lloyd Banks, Omarion among others, production from T-Minus, Boi-1da, Cardiak, Frequency, and many others.

On August 26, 2013, Budden announced through Twitter that he's already begun working on his next solo album which is titled All Love Lost. In anticipation of the album, Budden released an EP titled Some Love Lost on November 4, 2014, which has received generally positive reviews from critics.[16][17] On July 1, 2015, Budden tweeted the release date of All Love Lost to be September 25, 2015 and also released a new song on SoundCloud titled "F'em All".[18]

On July 12, 2014, Budden participated in a Total Slaughter rap battle event against Hollow Da Don. The judges gave the victory to Hollow in a unanimous decision.[19]

Budden hosts his own podcast called I’ll Name This Podcast Later with much success.[20] He is preparing to release a new project with araabMUZIK called Rage and The Machine and another Slaughterhouse.[20] He announced his last tour dates on May 16, 2016.[20]

On July 2, 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 wasn't personal and that he has no gripe with either artist, but moreso for the competition and sport.[21]

On July 6, 2016, Budden released a second diss track aimed again at Canadian rapper Drake called "Wake". The diss track included references about Drake's 2016 album Views where he criticized characteristics about Drake and his image. "Wake" was released on July 6, 2016 at 2:31 AM EST which is a reference to the time that Drake was born.[22]

Personal life

Budden has a son from a previous relationship.[23]

In 2010, a warrant for Budden was issued by the Hudson County, New Jersey Sheriff's Office for unpaid child support.[24] On March 30, 2012, Budden spent a night in jail and missed a Slaughterhouse concert in his home town over a $75 parking ticket.[25] In 2014, Budden was briefly wanted by the New York Police Department after allegedly stealing his girlfriend's cell phone. He later turned himself in.[26]

Budden has used MDMA or "Molly," but has been off the drug and has publicly spoken out against its use.[27]


Studio Albums
Collaboration albums
Digital albums
Extended plays


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
2013–2014 Love & Hip Hop: New York Himself Recurring Cast
2015 Couples Therapy Himself Main Cast, Season 6
Video Games
Year Title Role Notes
2003 Def Jam Vendetta Himself Voice
2004 Def Jam: Fight for NY

Awards and nominations


  1. Jason Birchmeier. "Joe Budden - Music Biography, Streaming Radio and Discography - AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved March 11, 2015.
  2. Birchmeier, Jason. "Joe Budden Biography & Awards". allmusic. Rovi Corp. Retrieved July 18, 2012.
  3. 1 2 3 Bottomley, C. (May 5, 2003). "Joe Budden: Pump up the Volume". VH1. Viacom International Inc. Retrieved July 19, 2012.
  4. Bush, John. "Original Soundtrack 2 Fast 2 Furious". allmusic. Rovi Corp. Retrieved July 21, 2012.
  5. "Def Jam Vendetta Original Soundtrack". Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd. Retrieved July 21, 2012.
  6. "Joe Budden leaves Def Jam". October 10, 2007. Retrieved February 27, 2011.
  7. "New CD's". The New York Times. January 16, 2006.
  8. "Joe Budden Signs with Amalgam Digital, Preps Retail Release of Mood Muzik 3 - XXL". December 26, 2007. Retrieved February 15, 2013.
  9. 1 2 "FEATURE: Crooked I, The Freestyler[Definitive Dozen] | Hip Hop On A Higher Level". Xxlmag.Com. Retrieved February 27, 2011.
  10. "Slaughterhouse". Allmusic. Retrieved March 30, 2012.
  11. Kuperstein, Slava (August 10, 2009). "Slaughterhouse - self-titled | Read Hip Hop Reviews, Rap Reviews & Hip Hop Album Reviews". HipHopDX. Retrieved February 27, 2011.
  12. RealTalkNY (January 12, 2011). "Eminem Officially Signs Slaughterhouse & Yelawolf To Shady Records | RealTalkNY". Retrieved February 27, 2011.
  13. "Mixtape Release Dates: Joe Budden, Wale, Pusha T, Young Jeezy". HipHop DX. Retrieved November 19, 2012.
  14. "Joe Budden - A Loose Quarter Hosted by Mood Muzik Ent // Free Mixtape @". November 20, 2012. Retrieved February 15, 2013.
  15. Ryon, Sean (November 28, 2012). "Joe Budden Announces New Single With Wiz Khalifa & French Montana "N.B.A. (Never Broke Again)" | Get The Latest Hip Hop News, Rap News & Hip Hop Album Sales". HipHop DX. Retrieved February 15, 2013.
  16. Edwin Ortiz. "Joe Budden Plans to Release New EP & Album This Year". Complex. Retrieved March 11, 2015.
  17. "Joe Budden opens his depressing diary on 'Some Love Lost' (album review)". Retrieved March 11, 2015.
  18. Schwartz, Danny (2015-07-01). "Joe Budden Announces Release Date For "All Love Lost"". Retrieved 2016-04-07.
  19. Trevor Smith. "Joe Budden Loses "Total Slaughter" Battle Against Hollow Da Don [Update: Watch The Battle]". HotNewHipHop. Retrieved March 11, 2015.
  20. 1 2 3 NavJosh (May 16, 2016). "Budden announces last tour dates". hiphop-n-more. Retrieved May 16, 2016.
  21. "I'll Name This Podcast Later Episode 71".
  22. Retrieved July 7, 2016
  23. "XclusivetraX presents - Joe Budden - At Home w/ Girlfriend and Son". Retrieved March 30, 2012.
  24. Conte, Michelangelo. "Jersey City rapper owes $13K in child support, sheriff's office says". NJ.Com. NJ Advance Medai. Retrieved June 27, 2016.
  25. "22. Joe Budden Misses Concert Because of $75 Parking Ticket — The 25 Biggest Hip-Hop Fails of 2012". Complex. Retrieved February 15, 2013.
  26. "Wanted rapper, Joe Budden lashes out at NYPD". Fox News. Retrieved March 11, 2015.
  27. "Video: Joe Budden Speaks On Molly Addiction". RealTalk NY. Retrieved March 11, 2015.

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