Where is Joe Budden from? Joe Budden is from the Spanish Harlem neighborhood of New York City, where he was born on August 31, 1980. Budden’s NYC hometown might surprise longtime fans, as he often reps Jersey City, New Jersey, in his rhymes. That’s because the rapper and “Love & Hip Hop” star was raised in Jersey City, where he first became interested in rapping. After a troubled youth that involved a stint in rehab, Budden made his name as a mixtape MC in New York City, rhyming over beats by the likes of DJ Clue and Cutmaster C.
Budden’s hometown of Harlem, NYC, holds a special place in hip-hop history, which is perhaps more than can be said for Jersey City. But Budden’s got love for the Garden State, as fans of his three studio albums well know. Budden made his debut in 2003 with a self-titled effort for Def Jam. The disc reached No. 8 on the Billboard 200 and seemed to predict a successful major-label career. Unfortunately, shakeups at Def Jam led to the ouster of those who’d signed him, and his next album, “Padded Room,” came out on Amalgam Digital. It only hit No. 42, and while his third LP, “No Love Lost,” fared better, reaching No. 15, he’s perhaps better known these days for his work in the supergroup Slaughterhouse, as well as his work on “Love & Hip Hop,” where fans are privy to the inner-workings of his relationship with Tahiry.
Due to his high-profile appearances on “Love & Hip Hop,” a major hit for Vh1, few fans ask questions about where Joe Budden is from. They know all about the Jersey City-by-way-of-Harlem rhymer and reality star, and in 2014, if his fourth album, “All Love Lost,” gains the kind of traction he’s likely hoping for, he could become an even bigger star.