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Birth nameStephen Anderson
Born (1972-05-15) May 15, 1972 (age 50)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.
OriginLos Angeles, California, U.S.
GenresWest Coast hip hop
Occupation(s)Record producer, songwriter, composer, rapper
  • Turntables
  • electronics
  • vocals
Years active1995–present

Stephen Anderson, better known as Bud'da, is an American producer, songwriter, composer and rapper[1] for artists such as Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, Xzibit and Aaliyah. Through the successful Westside Connection stint, and the mutual acquaintance of fellow Pittsburgh producer Sam Sneed, Dr. Dre wanted to feature snippets of a Bud’da-produced track in the beginning and end of the 2pac & Dr. Dre video for “California Love,” off Tupac Shakur’s All Eyez on Me.[2] Soon after Dr. Dre’s historic departure from Death Row Records, Bud’da was once again recruited by Dr. Dre to co-produce the lead single "Been There, Done That" off the Dr. Dre Presents the Aftermath album.[3]

Early life[edit]

Bud'da was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and began his career with production for Da Lench Mob Records' group Kausion.[4] He went on to work with a wide range of artists including Xzibit, Nas, Timbaland, Shanice, Lenny Kravitz, Tank, Dawn Robinson of En Vogue, King T, Dr. Dre, Aaliyah, and Ice Cube. It was with Ice Cube that Bud'da came into more prominence. Producing five tracks on the Ice Cube-led Westside Connection album “Bow Down”, along with WC and Mack 10, including the title track “Bow Down”.


Bud'da started briefly with Death Row Records, then in 1996 he joined Aftermath records to work with Dr. Dre and others.[5] Bud'da met Dre while playing different beats including "California Love". As Bud'da mentioned in a HipHopDX interview, "that was my introduction into working with him. A couple of months started passing, and once he was gonna make that transition [away from Death Row Records] he asked if I wanted to be down with the transition." His musical style was influenced by "California Love", "Been There, Done That", and the East Coast–West Coast rivalry.[6] Eventually, Dr. Dre signed Bud'da as a producer and as an artist. Dr Dre Presents...The Aftermath was released on November 26, 1996. In spite of Dr. Dre's name being on the album, and it being certified platinum,[7] it received mixed reviews and was not amongst the year's more commercially successful releases.

At the end of his tenure with Aftermath, Bud'da reminisced about Dre: "I learned everything that I know from him. I think that those years that I was at Aftermath if anything, to me, I consider it like I went to college. ‘Cause the knowledge I got during that time, it’s priceless."[8]


Bud’da was introduced into Blackground Records in 1999, which acquired artists such as Aaliyah, Tank, Static Major, and Timbaland. One of the first projects Bud’da worked on was Aaliyah’s third and final studio album: Aaliyah. The approach of the project was to expand the boundaries of R and B. Aaliyah was wanted to go in a new direction, and Bud’da provided that new sound. As project was breaking new ground Bud’da said in an interview

“But if you create your own sound, your own path then you’re going to be a trendsetter and people are going to do what you want to do and then you’re going to be able to change and make some kind of a movement versus just doing something that everybody else is doing. Aaliyah didn’t want to do that and nobody involved with the project wanted to do that.”

With the darkness of Rock, the undertones of UK Garage, hard hitting drums of Hip-hop, and the live percussions of latin music, Bud’da mark on the “Aaliyah” project where felt. On songs such as “Never No More” and “I Can Be” was his presence was felt most along with Static Major and Tank as well as other songs (See Discography). Aaliyah was released in July 2001. In the United States, it debuted at number two on the Billboard 200 albums chart, selling 187,000 copies in the week of August 4.[9] She eventually sold 2,600,000 million albums and 13 million world wide. Additionally, Aaliyah was met with highly positive reviews from most critics.[10] Unfortunately, On August 25, 2001, Aaliyah and the members of the record company, died in a plane crash after “filming rock the boat” music video.[11]



Year Artist Release Tracks Produced Additional Notes
1995 Kausion South Central Los Skanless "Land Of The Skanless", "Supersperm"
1996 Dr. Dre The Aftermath "Been There, Done That", "Got Me Open", "Str-8 Gone", "Do 4 Love", "Sexy Dance", "Nationowl" Dr. Dre
Westside Connection Bow Down "Bow Down", "Do You Like Criminals?", "The Gangsta, the Killa and the Dope Dealer", "Cross 'Em Out and Put a 'K", "3 Time Felons" K-Dee
1997 D'Meka Coast To Coast/Gotta Get My Groove On LP "Coast To Coast"
1998 Xzibit 40 Dayz & 40 Nightz "3 Card Molly", "Deeper"
Onyx Shut 'Em Down "React", "Ghetto Starz"
Ice Cube War & Peace Vol. 1 (The War Disc) "War & Peace", "Ghetto Vet", "Extradition" Ice Cube
Various Artist The Players Club (soundtrack) "You Know I'm a Ho", "Dreamin'"
1999 Snoop Dogg No Limit Top Dogg "Trust Me"
2000 Ice Cube War & Peace Vol. 2 (The Peace Disc) "Record Company Pimpin'"
2001 Tank Force Of Nature "Throw Your Hands Up", "What What What", "Let It Go", "I Don't Wanna Be Lovin' You" and "Maybe I Deserve (Remix)"
Aaliyah Aaliyah Never No More", "Read Between The Lines", "I Can Be"
Nas Exit Wounds Soundtrack "Gangsta Tears"
2002 Knoc-turn'al L.A. Confidential Presents: Knoc-turn'al "Cash Sniffin' Noses"
King T The Kingdom Come "Stay Down", "Shake Da Spot", "Nuthin Has Changed"
2006 Ice Cube Laugh Now, Cry Later "Smoke Some Weed" and "Chrome & Paint"
Shanice Every Woman Dreams "Things In The Movies"


  • "Georgy Porgy (The Bud'da Sauce Remix)" on the single "Georgy Porgy" (1999) by Eric Benét
  • "How Long" on the album Dawn(2002) by Dawn Robinson
  • "Got To Give It Up (Remix)" on the album I Care 4 U (2002) by Aaliyah
  • "Those Were The Days (Bud'da Remix)" (2001) by Aaliyah - unreleased

Film and television composing[edit]

Year Title Network Additional Notes
2004 Da Boom Crew Kids' WB Additional music
2005 Miracle's Boys The N (Teen Nick)
The Proud Family Disney Channel
2006 That's What I'm Talking About[12] TV Land Composed the first episode
2007 As the Bell Rings Disney Channel List of composed episodes—Slacker Girl (2007) - Ladder, Dudes! (2007) - Bad Boys (2007) - To Go or Not to Go (2007) - The Dance (2007) - Talent Show (2007) - Flower Day (2007)
2008 Studio DC: Almost Live! Disney Channel
2019 Raven's Home Disney Channel
2022 Mecha Builders Cartoon Network Composed the Theme Song
Year Title Director Studio Additional Notes
1996 Been there, Done that (short) Kia B. Puriefoy Music Television (MTV)
2007 Walk by Faith[13] Jill Maxcy Grubb Productions

Nu-Lite Entertainment

2008 Color of the Cross 2: The Resurrection Jean-Claude La Marre Nu-Lite Entertainment

Blackwood Films (co-production)

Say You Say Me (Short)[14] DeForest Mapp Brownstone Entertainment (I)

SunFace Entertainment

2009 See Dick Run Dwayne Alexander Smith Damn Good Idea Productions
2010 Trapped: Haitian Nights Jean-Claude La Marre Haitian Nights Productions

Nu-Lite Entertainment

2011 The Lying Truth Reggie Gaskins One II Grow On Films Inc.
Dance Fu Cedric the Entertainer Bird and a Bear Entertainment
2019 Substance (Short) Jamaal Bradley PopWilly Productions


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  2. ^ "dubcnn.com // Bud'da Interview (May 2011) // West Coast News Network //". www.dubcnn.com. Retrieved 2019-06-10.
  3. ^ "Bud'da Talks "Detox," Dr. Dre's Death Row Split And Recording Process". HipHopDX. 2011-05-11. Retrieved 2019-06-10.
  4. ^ "Bud'da Discusses His History With Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, & Pittsburgh's Role In West Coast Gangsta Rap". HipHopDX. 2011-05-06. Retrieved 2019-06-10.
  5. ^ "Bud'da Talks "Detox," Dr. Dre's Death Row Split And Recording Process". HipHopDX. 2011-05-11. Retrieved 2019-06-13.
  6. ^ Bandini (2015-08-06). "Dr. Dre, Nas, KRS-One, B-Real, Scarface & RBX Came Together In The Aftermath Of Coastal Conflict (Video)". Ambrosia For Heads. Retrieved 2019-06-13.
  7. ^ "Gold & Platinum". RIAA. Retrieved 2019-06-13.
  8. ^ "Bud'da Discusses His History With Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, & Pittsburgh's Role In West Coast Gangsta Rap". HipHopDX. 2011-05-06. Retrieved 2019-06-13.
  9. ^ Brown 2001; Mayfield 2001a, p. 69.
  10. ^ Brown 2001; Huey n.d.
  11. ^ Schumacher-Rasmussen, Eric (August 26, 2001). "Aaliyah Killed in Plane Crash". MTV News. Archived from the original on April 18, 2009. Retrieved April 9, 2009.
  12. ^ That's What I'm Talking About, retrieved 2019-06-08
  13. ^ Walk by Faith, retrieved 2019-06-08
  14. ^ Say You Say Me, retrieved 2019-06-08

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