Joe Budden - Updated Apr 2024

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Harlem, USA
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Harlem, USA

Joe Budden


Joe Budden is an American former rapper, broadcaster, singer, cultural critic, and media personality. Joe Budden currently hosts The Joe Budden Podcast which is released twice a week. Likewise, Joe Budden has been often described as the “Howard Stern of Hip-hop”.

Early Life

Joe Budden was born in the year 1980 and celebrates his birthday on the 31st of August every year. Likewise, the American broadcaster is 43 years old at the moment. Joe was born in Harlem, New York, USA. Moreover, Joe belongs to American nationality and was born under the star sign Virgo.

Moving on to Joe’s family, Budden was born to Joseph Budden and Fay Southerland. Likewise, Joe has an elder brother as well. However, Joe’s father was absent from his life during his childhood. Joe later addressed the topic in his music as well. Moreover, Joe grew up with his mother and brother in Harlem, USA.


Talking about Joe’s education, he moved to Jersey City, New Jersey at the age of thirteen with his mother and older brother. Likewise, Joe attended Lincoln High School. Moreover, Joe was a troubled youth and was sent to Laurinburg Institute. It is a boarding school in North Carolina. During his stay at the boarding school, he began to hone his skills as a rapper.

Joe Budden – Net Worth 2024

Moreover, Joe has earned a decent sum of wealth throughout his career. As of now, Joe enjoys a net worth of $10 million.

Career and Professional Life

Joe is an American broadcaster and rapper. After he dropped out of school, he started to take music more seriously and in 2001 he released his first mixtape. Likewise, Joe and his local producer friend Dub-B started creating demos, one of which landed in the hands of Hot 97 radio host and Desert Storm Records label head DJ Clue.

Furthermore, Joe’s freestyle over the instrumental to Grindin’ by Clipse and his original song Focus attracted attention. This further led to further mixtape appearances by the likes of DJ Kayslay and Cutmaster C. After two years on the mixtape circuit, Budden secured a deal with Def Jam Recordings in 2003. Likewise, he then began working on his major-label debut.

Joe Budden

Caption: Joe during a podcast session(source: Instagram)

Moreover, The rapper made several guest appearances before the release of his debut album after signing his major deal. Joe started working early on his contract with Kelly Rowland and the 3rd Store. Later on June 10, 2003, Joe Budden released his eponymous debut album, Joe Budden, by Def Jam Recordings. His debut album debuted at number 8 on the US Billboard 200, in its first week. The album sold 95,000 units and in the United States selling 420,000 + copies. Moreover, the album also entered the UK Albums Chart at number 55.

Furthermore, In May of 2016, together with Rory Farrell and Marisa Mendez, Budden started to release a weekly podcast. It was known as “I’ll Name This Podcast Later. Shortly after, His friend Mendez left and was replaced for episode 77 by Jamil “Mal” Clay. The podcast was named “The Joe Budden Podcast.”


When it comes to awards, Joe has not received a 2003 Vibe Next Award. Likewise, he has been nominated for  2004, Best Male Rap Solo Performance: “Pump It Up” (nominated).

Relationship Status

Joe is currently in a relationship with Shadee Monique. Likewise, the pair started seeing each other in 2019. Previously, Joe was engaged to Cyn Santana. Likewise, Joe and Cyn have a son named Lexington Budden. Moreover, Joe also has a son named Trey Budden from a previous relationship.

Joe Budden

Caption: Joe posing with his son(source: Instagram)


In the year 2014, Joe was arrested for Domestic Abuse and robbery charges. His girlfriend at that time had reported the charges.

Body Measurements

Joe stands tall at 5 feet 9 inches and weighs 70 kg. Likewise, the American broadcaster has black-colored eyes and a bald head.

Joe Budden

Caption: Joe posing for a picture(source: Instagram)

Joe Budden – Social Media

Joe is active on social media. The American broadcaster has over 1.7 million followers on Instagram. Joe has over 907k subscribers on his YouTube.