Joe Budden is a $6 million dollar hip-hop musician from the United States. He rose to prominence after the release of his single “Pump It Up” in 2003 and as a member of the hip hop ensemble Slaughterhouse. He was dubbed the “Howard Stern of Hip Hop” and left rap in 2018 to pursue a career as a broadcaster and presenter of The Joe Budden Podcast.
Joe Budden was born on August 31, 1980, in Harlem, New York, and relocated to Jersey City, New Jersey, with his mother and elder brother when he was 13 years old. He was a troublesome adolescent who attended Lincoln High School. Budden’s father was missing from his life as a youngster, a problem that he subsequently addressed in his songs. He was sent to Laurinburg Institute, a boarding school in North Carolina, for his disobedience. It was there that he began honing his rapping abilities.
When he returned to Jersey City, he began experimenting with narcotics and acquired an addiction to angel dust. Budden entered rehab willingly when he was 17 years old after an intense conflict, and he quickly got interested in freestyling. Budden did not complete his graduation and had fathered a kid with an older lady by the age of 20. Budden began taking his music seriously after the birth of his baby, and in 2001 he linked up with producer Dub-B, better known as White Boy, and began releasing mixtapes and demos.
A Career in Music
DJ Clue of Hot 97 radio and the Desert Storm Records label received one of the demos. Budden rose to prominence in the mixtape culture swiftly, and by 2002, he had signed a significant record deal with Def Jam Recordings. Budden rose to prominence after marketing his hit “Focus.” The song lasted 17 weeks at No. 43 on the Billboard Hot R&B chart in the United States. Budden’s first song, “Pump It Up,” was an instant commercial hit when it was released on May 8, 2003.
In 2003, he launched his self-titled debut album, which went to #1 on the US Rap charts and #2 on the US R&B charts, and “Pump It Up” rapidly became a hit. The song reached No. 38 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 10 on the Hot Rap Songs chart in the United States. The song was featured in “2 Fast 2 Furious,” “Def Jam Vendetta,” and “Madden NFL 2004,” and was nominated for a Grammy for Best Male Rap Solo Performance. “Joe Budden,” his debut studio album, was released on June 10, 2003.
It debuted at No. 8 on the Billboard 200 in the United States, selling 95,000 copies in its first week. In the United States, it went on to sell over 420,000 copies. “Fire (Yes, Yes Y’all),” the album’s second single, reached No. 18 on the Billboard Hot R&B chart in the United States.
He released two mixtapes during his time with Def Jam. He intended to release a second album, but there were several delays and arguments between him and Def Jam about the record’s direction. Budden’s second album was finally shelved, and he signed with Def Jam Records. Joe secured a multi-album contract with Amalgam Digital in December 2007.
Following his departure from Def Jam, he released “The Album Before The Album” in 2007, “Mood Muzik 3: The Album” in 2008, and “Halfway House” in 2009. His album “Padded Room,” released in 2009, peaked at #6 on the US Rap chart. Budden’s albums “Escape Route” and “Mood Muzik 4: A Turn 4 the Worst” were released in 2009 and 2010, respectively. Budden’s album No Love Lost debuted at number one on the US Rap and R&B charts in 2013. His album “All Love Lost” was a hit in 2015, while his 2016 album “Rage & The Machine” debuted at #1 on the US R&B chart. That was his final record as a solo artist.
Budden was also a member of the hip hop ensemble Slaughterhouse, which released the albums “Slaughterhouse” in 2009 and “Welcome To: Our House” in 2012, both of which went to #1 on the US Rap and R&B charts and #2 on the Billboard 200 list. Royce da 5’9′′, Crooked I, and Joell Ortiz are also members of the supergroup. Budden has worked with a wide range of musicians, including Cee Lo Green, Eminem, and Busta Rhymes, to name a few. He’s also on Marques Houston’s popular tune “Clubbin,” which features Pied Piper, and Christina Milian’s “Whatever U Want.”
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Joseph Budden III was born in 2001, and Lexington was born in December 2017 to his then-fiance, model Cyn Santana. Their engagement has subsequently been called off.