Joseph Budden (born August 31, 1980) is an American rapper, originally from East Harlem, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA but represents Jersey City, New Jersey, USA. He has released one album, the self named Joe Budden. He has worked with artists such as LL Cool J, Busta Rhymes, Christina Milian, Angela Via and Fabolous and has been involved in feuds with rapper The Game and The Game's former group,G-Unit.
His music initially gained popularity on New York City's famous mixtape circuit in 2002. Although his biggest mainstream hit to-date is 2003's up-tempo "Pump It Up", Budden is known for his reflective and often insecure lyrics. He is widely known for his work on mixtapes by such DJ's as DJ Clue, Clinton Sparks, DJ On Point, DJ Big Mike and DJ Envy.
On one particular mixtape song, called "Crosscountry Connection", a feud was started between Joe and the G-Unit camp. The Game took offense to a line where Joe claims that gangsta rappers should "be in a G-Unit video with all the gangsta actors", and the Game and G-Unit felt that Joe was obviously claiming G-Unit are fake gangstas but in an interview with DJ Envy, he confessed that the line was just a punch line that he had wanted to use for a while and was pointing out the fact that there were obviously gangsta actors on the video. The Game and G-Unit fired a few diss songs Budden's way; he replied in kind.
Joe is currently working on his sophomore album titled The Growth, however it has suffered numerous delays, leading some to speculate that the album is in some sort of music equivalent of development hell, though he denies this, his sophomore album The Growth is expected to be released in the first quarter of 2007.
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