Born In Spanish Harlem, Joe Budden lived in Queens till he was 11 and from there moved to Jersey City, which he still calls home.
Ask Joe Budden what was the rap record that changed his life and he laughs. “All of them. I’ve been doing hip-hop since I was 10. I was raised with hip-hop. This is my destiny.”
Joe has been a fixture on the highly competitive mix tape circuit, appearing on compilations of nearly every major DJ including street slingers DJ Clue, Kay-Slay, Cutmaster Cee and Green Lantern. In fact it was the buzz from those mixtapes, chiefly a sizzling freestyle on a Lil Mo/Fabolous cut, that helped Joe nab his deal with Def Jam. He's got out (I'm Back) and on 26th of July he'll release (The Growth)