Joe Budden, or Joseph Anthony Budden II, was born in New York City in 1980. When he was just a teen, he moved to New Jersey with his mother and brother. His father, on the other hand, was largely absent from his childhood, and his fans have noticed his lyrics are often focused on that.
Like most teens, he didn’t particularly enjoy school, and he’d started rapping when he was in high school, focusing on his music rather than on his studies. At the time, he developed a drug addiction, which he now talks about openly, and was sent to rehab.
He became a father when he was 20 years old, and this is what’s encouraged him to seek a career in rapping and focus on his music.
Budden’s first mixtape came out in 2001 and he then started creating demos with Dub-B. One of their demos reached the Hot 97 radio host, and the rest is history.
Early on in his career, Joe got the opportunity to work alongside various rappers and fellow artists, including Fabulous, Kelly Rowland, and 3rd Storee. He’s appeared on DJ Kayslay’s mixtape and collaborated with many more renowned artists.
After signing with Def Jam Recordings in 2003, his career really took off. His debut album Joe Budden peaked at number 8 on the Billboard 200. His song Pump It Up was wildly successful, and even got a GRAMMY nomination.
To date, Joe’s released 8 studio albums and made quite a name for himself with his raw talent and astonishing stage persona.
In the News
Fans were ecstatic when Joe Budden proposed to his then-girlfriend, and mother of his second son, Cyn Santana in December last year. He did so during a live show of his podcast, taking fan’s breath away.
However, his fans will be disappointed to hear that the couple seems to have broken up after 4 months of engagement.
The two have unfollowed each other on social media platforms and Cyn is no longer wearing an engagement ring.
Stay tuned with the Shade Room to see how Joe Budden’s story develops!