Joe Budden is an American hip hop recording artist from Jersey City, New Jersey, who, in addition to being a solo artist, is a member of the American hip hop supergroup Slaughterhouse, alongside fellow rappers Royce da 5'9", Joell Ortiz, and Crooked I.


Joe Budden was born in Harlem, New York but was raised in Jersey City, New Jersey.  Uninterested in school, and despite excelling in primary school, he began abusing drugs. After an emotional confrontation with his mother, Budden willingly went into rehab on July 3, 1997.  Budden began freestyling in high school with acquaintances against whom he claims that he always won. He eventually made appearances on several New York mixtapes with the likes of DJ Clue, DJ Kayslay, and Cutmaster C.


His most commercially successful single is the hit song "Pump It Up", from his self-titled album, which contains production from Just Blaze. He was formerly signed to major record label Def Jam, but left for personal reasons and for them pushing back his album releases. After his splitting from Def Jam, he began recording and releasing mixtapes and albums on independent labels. His most recent release being No Love Lost (2013). Budden also co-stars on the VH1 reality show "Love & Hip Hop".