Joe Budden has been on the radar as an emcee for a decade, producing successful hits and critically-acclaimed mixtapes, along with working with legends and some of the brightest lyricists and producers in the game. First gaining notoriety as a sought-out underground mixtape artist, Budden’s 2003 Def Jam self-titled debut ripped on the scenes and solidified his presence as an artist to look out for. Since then, the then “budding” rapper’s resume has grown; he left Def Jam and released four albums independently, along with forming the group Slaughterhouse with members Crooked I, Royce da 5’9″ Joell Ortiz and Nino Bless.
Now, the Jersey City emcee is prepping a new album called No Love Lost out on February 5th, and a tenure on season 3 on the popular VH1 reality show Love & Hip-Hop. Budden chatted with Rappersroom about living life on reality TV, his legacy as an emcee, his way with the ladies, and more.
Rappersroom: You’re a newbie cast member for the upcoming third season of Love & Hip-Hop. How does it feel to know that your life is going to be so heavily exposed to the public?
Joe Budden: My life has been exposed through my music since I came on the scene so for me, that part anyway, is not anything new. The outlet is what’s new, being on television once a week. It’s interesting, but I welcome it.
Rappersroom: You’ve dropped classic mixtapes, collaborated with some of the best lyricist of today and given us great upbeat music. What do you want to contribute to Hip Hop when it is all said and done?
Budden: We’ll that’s up to God and the fans. I just wanna be respected amongst my peers at being pretty good at what I do, and that’s all. We all wanna be recognized for our talents. That’s really all I could ask for.
Rappersroom: What’s your creative process like?
Budden: My music is based off emotion. Very, very introspective. It’s as easy as waiting for life to happen and writing about it, almost as simple as keeping a journal about your day to day experiences. And when you do that, you avoid things like writer’s block, and some of the struggles that go along with creating music just for the sake of creating it.
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