Full Name: Joseph Anthony Budden
Date of Birth: August 31, 1980
Profession: Rapper, television personality
Height: 6ft 0in
Net Worth: $4.5 million
Joe Budden may not be one of the richest rappers in the game but he has secured a net worth of $4.5 million. Budden got his start in NYC in the early ’00s, when he began rapping on mixtapes by local DJs including DJ Clue and Cutmaster C. A deal with Def Jam followed and his self titled debut album landed at No. 8 on the Billboard 200. The 2003 album’s track “Pump It Up” earned a Grammy nomination and many deemed it the song of the summer. It was featured in the film Fast and The Furious 2 as well as the video game Madden NFL 2004.
Budden butted heads with Def Jam execs on the direction of his music and ultimately left the label. He went on to release Padded Room as well as Mood Muzik 3: The Album, Halfway House, and Escape Route independently.
Budden also formed a group with rappers Royce da 5’9″, Joell Ortiz, and Crooked I called Slaughterhouse. Their second album, “Welcome to: Our House,” climbed all the way to No. 2 on the Billboard 200.
Though Budden has struggled with drug use, he has remained clean for the last few years. He’s earned his biggest check from staring in Seasons 3-4 of the VH1 reality show Love & Hip Hop: New York where he met his current girlfriend and the mother of his second child, Cyn Santana.
Budden’s current full time job as a host of Complex’s Everyday Struggle, alongside Nadeska Alexis and DJ Akademiks, has kept his name in the game. Although he’s retired as a solo artist, Budden often shares harsh criticisms of current rappers on the show. These comments have incited beefs with artists including Lil Yachty, Drake and Migos.
All the talk about Budden just fuels his pockets and increases his show’s visibility making him laugh all the way to the bank with his $4.5 million net worth.