Joe Budden

Joe Budden

by Joe Budden


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 clean version edits the few moments of profanity and excludes the harsh bonus tracks found on the standard edition.]

Product Details

Release Date: 06/10/2003
Label: Def Jam
UPC: 0044007737828
catalogNumber: 000051302

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Joe Budden   Primary Artist
James Genus   Bass
Kiyamma Griffin   Vocals
Billy Jay Stein   Strings,Keyboards
Mike Gainous   Vocals
Bob Iadeluca   Guitar
Lofey   Percussion,Strings,Conductor,Drums,Keyboards

Technical Credits

Barry White   Composer
Geoff Allen   Engineer
Robert "Kool" Bell   Composer
Ronald Bell   Composer
George "Funky" Brown   Composer
Bryan James Chandler   Composer
Scott La Rock   Composer
Geddy Lee   Composer
Alex Lifeson   Composer
Robert "Spike" Mickens   Composer
Neil Peart   Composer
Frank-Ski   Composer
Billy Jay Stein   String Arrangements,String Writing
Dennis "D.T." Thomas   Composer
Melvin Glover   Composer
J. Smith   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
Bob Iadeluca   Engineer
Lofey   Arranger,Producer,Engineer
Skane   Executive Producer
Justin Smith   Composer
Claydes Smith   Composer
Trevor Smith   Composer

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