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From the heat of Spanish Harlem to the spitfire of “Chill-town,” also known as Jersey City, New Jersey, hip hop artist Joe Budden answered the call of his artistic destiny at an early age. This gifted wordsmith seemed to transition effortlessly from street ciphers, rap battles, and local shows to the promising position of down-to-earth rap superstar. Using page and pen as his sounding boards, Budden has always used his gift of lyricism as therapy to push through the tough times.
In 2003, Budden released the first installment of what would become one of the premier mix tapes of all time, entitled Mood Musik: Worst of Joe Budden. With massive street notoriety, Budden signed to Def Jam Records in that same year and released major hits from his self-titled album, including the timeless 2003 Grammy-nominated hit “Pump It Up." Over the next several years, he released the next four installments in the Mood Musik series: Can It Get Any Worse? (2005), For Better or For Worse (2007), The Album (2008), and A Turn 4 the Worst (2010). Other recent releases include Padded Room and Escape Route, both out in 2009.
Budden has worked with such celebrated musical talent as hip hop comrade Busta Rhymes, Kelly Rowland, Nelly, Jennifer Lopez, Ne-Yo, and Gnarls Barkley. One of the most consistent artists to date, his matchless lyrical artistry continues to garner him worldwide respect and success in such places as Europe, Africa, and Asia. For Budden, inspiration comes daily and from any source. This transcendent, lyrical craftsman weaves real life experiences with the best of beats that conveys to any listener that “music is what feelings sound like.”