Joe Budden Bio
Joseph Anthony Budden II, better known simply as Joe Budden, is a well-known media personality and former rapper from the United States. He rose to fame in the early 2000s as a rapper, releasing the hit single “Pump It Up” and becoming a member of the popular hip hop group Slaughterhouse. However, in 2018, he decided to retire from rap and focus on other pursuits.
One of these pursuits has been his successful career as a broadcaster, including a high-profile stint as a co-host on the show Everyday Struggle for Complex. Currently, he hosts two popular podcasts – The Joe Budden Podcast, which is released twice a week on Patreon and YouTube, and State of the Culture on Revolt.
He has been hailed as the “Howard Stern of hip-hop” due to his honesty and candid approach in discussing various topics within the hip hop industry.
Joe Budden Age and Early Life
Joe Budden was born on August 31, 1980 in East Harlem, New York City, to Joseph Budden and Fay Southerland. When he was 13 years old, he and his mother and older brother moved to Jersey City, New Jersey, where he attended Lincoln High School.
Despite having a difficult childhood, Budden showed an early talent for rap music and was sent to Laurinburg Institute, a boarding school in North Carolina, to hone his skills. However, upon returning to Jersey, Budden developed an addiction to drugs, specifically angel dust.
In 1997, he had a confrontation with his mother and voluntarily entered rehab in order to attend his senior prom. He did not graduate from high school and fathered a child with an older woman by the age of 20.
Determined to turn his life around for the sake of his child, Budden began taking music more seriously and teamed up with producer Dub-B, also known as White Boy, in 2001.
Together, they released mixtapes and demos, one of which caught the attention of DJ Clue, a radio host and label head at Hot 97 and Desert Storm Records. This marked the beginning of Budden’s professional music career.
Joe Budden Salary 2023
Joe Budden’s salary is $0.249 million every year and gets a monthly salary of $13,456, he is an American media personality and former rapper.
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Joe Budden Net Worth
Joe Budden has a net worth of $6 Million as of 2023. He has accumulated his net worth with the versatility he has shown in each field he has worked in. His main source of earnings is from his music career.
Joe Budden quickly gained popularity in the mixtape scene and signed with Def Jam Recordings in 2002. He gained widespread attention through the release of the single “Focus”, which reached the No. 43 spot on the US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.
On May 8, 2003, Budden released “Pump It Up” as the lead single for his upcoming album. The song, produced by Just Blaze, was a commercial success, charting at No. 16 on the US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, No. 18 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart, No. 38 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, No. 10 on the Hot Rap Songs chart, and No. 39 on the Radio Songs chart. It was also included on the soundtracks for the movies 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003) and You Got Served (2004), as well as the video games Madden NFL 2004, Def Jam Vendetta, and Def Jam Fight for NY.
“Pump It Up” received a Grammy Award nomination for the Best Male Rap Solo Performance at the 46th Annual Grammy Awards. On June 10, 2003, Budden released his debut studio album, also titled Joe Budden. It debuted at No. 8 on the US Billboard 200 and sold 95,000 units in its first week.
It went on to sell over 420,000 copies in the United States. The album’s second single, “Fire (Yes, Yes Y’all)”, featuring guest vocals by American rapper Busta Rhymes, reached No. 18 on the US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart and No. 48 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.
Budden also released a remix featuring Paul Cain and Fabolous, which appeared on Fabolous’ mixtape More Street Dreams, Pt. 2: The Mixtape. In late 2003, Budden was featured on the R. Kelly produced song “Clubbin” by Marques Houston, which reached No. 39 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and No. 15 on the UK BPI charts.
Joe Budden Wife and Kids
Budden has two kids. His eldest son, Joseph Budden III (nicknamed Trey), was born on May 11, 2001, when Budden was 20 years old. The Hudson County Sheriff’s Office issued a warrant for Budden in 2010 for unpaid child support. Lexington, his second child, was born on December 15, 2017, to Budden and model and video vixen Cyn Santana.
Budden proposed to the couple during a live episode of The Joe Budden Podcast in New York in December 2018. The couple’s engagement has since been called off. Budden spent the night in jail on March 30, 2012, and missed a Slaughterhouse concert in his hometown because of a $75 parking ticket.