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Joe Budden Net Worth: $6M

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Who is Joe Budden?

Joe Budden is an American hip hop musician and has a net worth of $6M.

His major successes were for the single Pump It Up and as one of the members of the hip hop group Slaughterhouse.

He is often likened to be the ‘Howard Stern of Hip Hop’. He retired from performing in 2018 and has now found more fame with his podcast, The Joe Budden Podcast.

The Early Years

Joe Bubben was born on August 31, 1980 in Harlem, New York. At the age of 13, Budden moved to New Jersey with his mother and older brother where he went to Lincoln High School.

Budden had a troubled up-bringing, his father absent. The absence of his father is often found in the lyrics of the music he produced.

Due to his bad behaviour as a youngster, he was put in the Laurinburg Institute, a boarding school in North Carolina. It’s here that he began to find his love of rap and started to hone his skills.

When Budden finished boarding school and returned to New Jersey, he went down the slippery path of drugs and formed an addiction to angel dust.

At 17 years old he voluntarily took himself to rehab following an emotional confrontation with his mother. This was in exchange for him being allowed to go to his senior prom.

Budden did not complete his diploma and by the age of 20 had fathered a child with an older woman.

It’s at this point he started to take his music seriously. In 2001 he joined up with producer Dub-B, also known as White Boy, and began to release mixtapes and demos.

One of them ended up in the hands of Hot 97 host radio host and Desert Storm records label head DJ Clue.


His career began to take off after DJ Clue listened to his mixtape. Joe Budden started to become extremely popular in the mixtape scene and by 2002 had secured a significant deal with Def Jam Recordings.

Budden was first properly noticed when he promoted his first single Focus. It spent 17 weeks on the US Billboard Hot R&B and got to No.43

Following this, Budden released his lead single Pump It Up on May 8th, 2003. It was an instant success.

Also in 2003, Budden released his debut album which hit No. 1 on the US Rap and No. 2 on the US R&B charts. Along with his single Pump It Up, Budden was quickly increasing in popularity.

Pump It Up hit No. 38 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart and No. 10 on the Hot Rap Songs Chart. It was nominated for a Grammy for Best Male Rap Solo Performance and was used in 2 Fast 2 Furious, Def Jam Vendetta, and Madden NFL 2004.

By June 10, 2003 he had released his debut studio album Joe Budden. It went straight in at No. 8 on the US Billboard 200 and sold 95,000 copies in it’s first week.

It ended up selling over 420,000 copies in the US alone. The second single of the album, Fire (Yes, Yes Y’all) peaked at No. 18 on the US Billboard Hot R&B chart.

Whilst Joe Budden was with Def Jam Recordings he released two mix tapes. There were plans for a second album, however, he had numerous delays and disagreements about the direction of the album.

Eventually, the album was shelved and Budden left Def Jam. In 2007 he signed a multi-album deal with Amalgam Digital.

After he left Def Jam he released several more albums including, The Album Before The Album in 2007, Mood Muzik 3: The Album in 2008, and Halfway House in 2008.

His album Padded Room, released in 2009, hit No. 6 on the US Rap Chart. He also released Escape Route in 2009, and Mood Muzik 4: A Turn 4 The Worst in 2010.

In 2013, his album No Love Lost reached No. 1 on both the US Rap and US R&B charts. He also had success in 2015 with the album, All Love Lost, and in 2016 Rage & The Machine hot No. 1 on the US R&B chart.

Whilst with hip hop group Slaughterhouse, Budden was part of two more albums, Slaughterhouse in 2009 and Welcome To: Our House in 2012, which hit No. 1 on the US Rap and US R&B charts and No. 2 on the Billboard 200 chart.

Slaughterhouse also includes Royce da 5’9″, Crooked I, and Joell Ortiz.

Throughout his career, Budden has collaborated with multiple artists, including Cee Lo Green, Eminem and Busta Rhymes.

Budden was also featured on Marques Houston’s hit single Clubbin, and Christina Milian’s single Whatever U Want.

Studio albums:

  • Joe Budden (2003)
  • Mood Muzik 3: The Album (2008)
  • Halfway House (2008)
  • Padded Room (2009)
  • Escape Route (2009)
  • No Love Lost (2013)
  • All Love Lost (2015)
  • Rage & The Machine (2016)

Collaboration albums:

  • Slaughterhouse (with Slaughterhouse) (2009)
  • Welcome To: Our House (with Slaughterhouse) (2012)

Personal Life

Joe Budden has two children, Joseph Budden and Lexington.

In 2010, there was a warrant out for Budden’s arrest for unpaid child support.

He had his second son with urban model Cyn Santana. The couple got engaged in 2018 after Budden proposed live on his podcast. The pair have since called it off.

Joe Budden Top 5 Quotes

“I came up in battling and just wanting to compete. Even if you had no real problem with someone, you just wanted to compete.” – Joe Budden

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“Life is like a beach chair when you can afford one” – Joe Budden

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“Leave the past in the past, tomorrows not promised and Todays just a gift I guess that’s why its the present” – Joe Budden

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“Whatever you goin’ through, could always be much worse, Don’t make a mistake, mistakin’ your blessings for a curse.” – Joe Budden

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“In my world, even sure bets are not certain; ‘Cause you’ll get the picture, then find out it’s the cropped version.” – Joe Budden

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Joe Budden is an internationally renowned hip hop star whose net worth stands at $6M.

He has released eight of his own albums and a further two in collabortation with Slaughterhouse.

He is now retired from performing and is the host of his own podcast, The Joe Budden Podcast.

As of 2021, Joe Budden’s net worth is $6M.

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