Joe Budden is an American rapper from Jersey City,
Born in Harlem, Budden lived in Queens until he was 12 and from there
moved to Jersey City. He still resides in New Jersey. He is one of
five boys (one older brother and three younger brothers - two are twin
brothers). Budden heard music in his home (his father is a multi-instrumentalist)
and on the streets while he grew up.
In the year 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 and the video games Def Jam Vendetta & Def Jam
Fight for NY. The song "Focus" was also featured in the game
and Joe 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. Joe has hinted in many songs that he was a recovering drug addict.
Joe has reaffirmed his position as a recovering addict several times
through multiple outlets.
After his debut album, Budden's sophomore release titled ‘The
Growth’ was hampered due to the label's problems with Joe and
his Def Jam seniors not happy with the direction of his music. The
production of the album appeared to end up in a development hell and
was ultimately not released. Continued disagreements between Budden
and Def Jam forced the two sides to part ways.  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
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.
Joe 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. 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. They released numerous
songs throughout early 2009, leading up to their self-titled album,
which was released through E1 on August 11, 2009. The album features
production from Alchemist, DJ Khalil, Mr. Porter, Streetrunner, plus
guest appearances from Pharoahe Monch, K. Young, and The New Royales.
The group signed with Shady Records on January 12th, 2011.
 Personal life
Many of Joe Budden's relationships with women have been in the spotlight,
most notably his 5 year relationship with model Tahiry. He was,
until recently, dating model Esther Baxter. 
Budden has a son from a previous relationship. In 2010, he was
wanted by New Jersey police in relation to unpaid child support payments.
Budden has also been in the spotlight for his numerous controversies
with other rappers including Ransom, Game, Saigon, and an incident
involving several members of the Wu-Tang Clan.
Main article: Joe Budden discography
Joe Budden (2003)
Padded Room (2009)
The Great Escape (2011)
Mood Muzik 3.5 (2007)
Halfway House (2008)
Escape Route (2009)
Mood Muzik 4.5 (2011)
2011: "Slaughterhouse EP"
2004: Mood Muzik: The Worst Of Joe Budden
2005: Mood Muzik 2: Can It Get Any Worse?
2007: Mood Muzik 3: For Better or for Worse
2010: Mood Muzik 4: A Turn 4 The Worst
 Awards and nominations
2004, Best Male Rap Solo Performance: "Pump It Up" (nominated).
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
2004 Black Reel Award for Best Song from a Movie for "Pump It Up" in
2 Fast 2 Furious (nominated).