Joseph Anthony Budden II (born August 31, 1980) is an American broadcaster, songwriter, and former rapper.
Budden began rapping in 1999 and his eponymous debut studio album was released in 2003, debuting at number 8 on the Billboard 200, selling 95,000 copies within its first week.
The album featured the hit single "Pump It Up", Budden's most commercially successful solo single.
From then on, he was signed to major record label Def Jam Recordings, until 2007 when he signed to Entertainment One Music.After separating from Def Jam, he began recording and releasing solo mixtapes and albums on independent labels.
In 2013, he released No Love Lost; followed by "Some Love Lost" on November 4, 2014 and "All Love Lost" on October 16, 2015.
Budden's final album "Rage & The Machine" was released on October 21, 2016.
In addition to his solo work, Budden was a member of the American hip hop supergroup Slaughterhouse, alongside fellow rappers Royce da 5'9", Joell Ortiz, and Crooked I.Budden currently hosts The Joe Budden Podcast along with Jamil "Mal" Clay, Rory Farrell and Parks Vallely, released bi-weekly through Spotify and YouTube.
He also hosts State of the Culture on Revolt with Remy Ma, Brandon "Jinx" Jenkins and Eboni K.
He was previously one of three hosts of Complex’s Everyday Struggle along with DJ Akademiks and Nadeska Alexis, before leaving the show in January 2018.