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From his first moments on the airwaves -- with the rump-shaking club jam "Focus" -- Joe Budden earned the fandom of urban radio enthusiasts with his distinctive voice and comical rap style. After lending his idiosyncratic baritone and lyrical skills to several mix tapes and collaborations, Budden makes his album debut with a disc jam-packed with hip-hop's most essential ingredients: banging beats sprinkled with a little R&B flavor and quotable, tongue-in-cheek rhymes. Released in advance of the album, the club-friendly "Pump It Up" has immediate radio appeal, as does the Ja Rule–esque "She Wanna Know," featuring hip-hop hook-queen Lil' Mo. On the infectious "Fire," featuring the ever-energetic Busta Rhymes, ...
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From his first moments on the airwaves -- with the rump-shaking club jam "Focus" -- Joe Budden earned the fandom of urban radio enthusiasts with his distinctive voice and comical rap style. After lending his idiosyncratic baritone and lyrical skills to several mix tapes and collaborations, Budden makes his album debut with a disc jam-packed with hip-hop's most essential ingredients: banging beats sprinkled with a little R&B flavor and quotable, tongue-in-cheek rhymes. Released in advance of the album, the club-friendly "Pump It Up" has immediate radio appeal, as does the Ja Rule–esque "She Wanna Know," featuring hip-hop hook-queen Lil' Mo. On the infectious "Fire," featuring the ever-energetic Busta Rhymes, Budden dabbles in house music, but he then takes things down a notch with "Calm Down," a poignant track about his mother and his troubled past. From start to finish, Joe Budden is filled with hot club bangers -- so hip-hop fans best buckle up for an exhilarating ride. LaShieka Purvis
All Music Guide - Jason Birchmeier
A well-known veteran of the New York mixtape scene, Joe Budden was no rookie when he recorded his self-titled debut album. The Jersey City rapper had worked the mixtape circuit relentlessly, freestyling over all kinds of beats, everything from Timbaland ("Work It") to the Neptunes ("Grindin'") to the usual East Coast fare. His workmanlike presence earned him quite a reputation, among the leading mixtape DJs like Kayslay and Cutmaster C as well as among the scene itself, and led to his eventual signing by Def Jam, an increasingly conservative label that generally only deals with long-established artists. But all of this fanfare belies the fact that Budden is far from your typical East Coast rap sensation and is actually quite noncommercial. Unlike, for instance, 50 Cent, another rapper who initially made his name on the mixtape scene before debuting in 2003 with much fanfare, Budden doesn't rap about guns, drugs, or violence; furthermore, he's not anyone's protégé, he's not particularly fashionable, and he's not into beefing. Yet while he's not gangsta, he's nowhere near backpack either. He raps about himself and is good-natured and often humorous, and he raps in a fluctuating, conversational flow over beats by an unknown producer who bills himself as White Boy. In sum, Budden is one of those very few major-label rappers who is truly an anomaly, and that itself makes him noteworthy. His 75-minute debut album is wonderfully all-encompassing: there are a pair of radio-ready Just Blaze productions ("Pump It Up," "Fire"), a pair of urban-crossover duets ("She Wanna Know," "Ma Ma Ma"), a couple deep tracks that showcase his heart ("Walk with Me," "Stand Up Nucca," "10 Mins."), a BDP-sampling ode to the old school ("#1"), a roof-raising club-banger ("Focus"), and more. Budden's debut isn't quite an instant classic, as he's still better at freestyling verses that crafting hooks, and the album could use a couple more non-White Boy productions, if only for the sake of variety, but it's nonetheless promising, an omen of a greater things to come, for Budden as well as for listeners. [The standard edition includes two bonus tracks, "Real Life in Rap" and "Porno Star," that are rather profane and thus excluded from the clean edition.]
Blender - Alan Light
At his best, he's a throwback to the days when MCs were neighborhood truth tellers, not blinged-out heads of multinational corporations.

At his best, he's a throwback to the days when MCs were neighborhood truth tellers, not blinged-out heads of multinational corporations.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/10/2003
  • Label: Def Jam
  • UPC: 044007737521
  • Catalog Number: 000050502
  • Sales rank: 100,967

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Intro (2:03)
  2. 2 No. 1 (4:04)
  3. 3 Pump It Up (3:44)
  4. 4 Pusha Man (4:18)
  5. 5 U Ain't Gotta Go Home (4:54)
  6. 6 Walk With Me (5:34)
  7. 7 She Wanna Know (4:24)
  8. 8 Survivor (4:32)
  9. 9 Fire (4:21)
  10. 10 Ma Ma Ma (4:24)
  11. 11 Calm Down (5:16)
  12. 12 Focus (4:02)
  13. 13 Give Me Reason (3:07)
  14. 14 Stand Up Nucca (3:18)
  15. 15 10 Mins. (10:04)
  16. 16 Real Life in Rap (4:23)
  17. 17 Porno Star (3:13)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Joe Budden Primary Artist
James Genus Bass
Kiyamma Griffin Vocals
Billy Jay Stein Strings, Keyboards
112 Vocals, Guest Appearance
Lil' Mo Vocals, Guest Appearance
Mike Gainous Vocals
Bob Iadeluca Guitar
Lofey Percussion, Strings, Drums, Keyboards
Technical Credits
Barry White Composer
Alan Lomax Composer
Geoff Allen Engineer
Robert "Kool" Bell Composer
Ronald Bell Composer
George "Funky" Brown Composer
Bryan James Chandler Composer
Scott La Rock Composer
Dennis Lambert Composer
Geddy Lee Composer
Alex Lifeson Composer
Robert "Spike" Mickens Composer
Brian Potter Composer
Frank-Ski Composer
Trevor Smith Composer
Billy Jay Stein String Arrangements, String Writing
Dennis "D.T." Thomas Composer
Melvin Glover Composer
Chris Athens Mastering
Claydes E.X. Smith Composer
Justin Smith Composer
Rodney Lemay Composer
Just Blaze Producer
Tia Johnson Art Direction
Ryan West Engineer
Joe Budden Composer
Tupac Shakur Composer
Terrence Cash Engineer
White Boy Producer, Engineer, Executive Producer
Terry Corley Executive Producer
Terese Joseph Administration
Bob Iadeluca Engineer
Lofey Engineer
Skane Executive Producer
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 3.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    this is a god album

    Joe Budden is superior to alot of artist when it comes to lyrical skills that's why this album is automatically a 4 star album songs like Focused get alot of street credibility. the 10 min. song also whent hard joe is really a different style of rapper who is much needed in the game and i feel his cd alot. It might have been lacking mabey one more commercial track to released to make it a more successful album. But all in all yeah it's tight.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Joe Budden debut album

    Joe Budden really showed us that he is going to be in the rap game for a while and not just be a one hit wonder. He showcased his talent on a song rappin for ten minutes.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    words can't describe

    Joe Budden’s self titled album has created a lot of noise in the hip-hop community. The hit single “Pump It Up”, the first off his album has received tremendous radio play and can be heard at virtually every club across the nation. The release, off of Def Jam Records, features the likes of Lil Mo’, 112, and Busta Rhymes. Joe’s label has called him “the future” and this is coming from a label that boasts such artists as hip-hop juggernaut Jay-Z, DMX, and Ja Rule. Fans recognize the talent he possesses and know that he has the potential to remain a force in hip-hop for years to come. All that remains to be seen if he can remain consistent and continue to rock the crowd like he did on this album.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    THIS ALBUM IS HOTT

    joe budden has lyracil skills and beats to back him up he's an incredible rap artist

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    joe budden the album is garbage

    i dont see whats the hype he only has two tracks thats decent of his album that is focus and pump it up.his name should be joe butt, cause that is what this album is ,straight butt, he got no rhymes and beats,its sad that poeple have to settle for this kind of material. where is the state of hiphop going,thats why the sells of rap are dropping there are no good albums out anymore.if you like hiphop i suggest u pick up the gangstarr album,finally somethin is dope in this hiphop crisis. -duke

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    so so

    In a time where average rappers sell millions because of excellent marketing scemes, Joe Budden is here to be the next in line. Productions on this album are thight. Boombastic hiphop with a sense of what the oldscool was about (a sense... hence the sample flashbacks...) The main concern is Joe Buddens's and his listen-how-i-can-take-it-easy-too flow. After a few tracks you even tend to start appreciating rappers like DMX for his energy... Def Jam decided layback will be the next big thing and you might be the one who's going to fall for that. Uhmm, I won't...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Jumpoff Is Dat Nucca

    For His First Album I Think This Is One Of The Best, Joe Budden Continues To Stand Out And Suprise Even Me Someone Who Has Been Fellowing Him Since His First Freestyle Over Nas's Nastradamus. Those Who Got A Chance To Listen To A Joe Budden Freestyle On One Of The Many Mixtapes He Featured On You're Going to Enjoy This Album, Because It's What We've Come to Expect From Him. Those New To Joe Well You're In For A Treat, Buy This Ablum You Won't Be Disappointed It's Hot And WILL BE THE JUMPOFF OF THE SUMMER. Just Blaze And the Other Producers That Worked On This Ablum Did A Great Job. Keep It Up Joe Can't Wait For The 2nd Joint.. All Hail the Brand New Saver Of East Coast Rap..... Thank You For Reminding People That Jersey's Not To Be Forgotten.

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