is the Joe Budden eponymous debut studio album by American rapper Joe Budden. It was released on June 10, 2003, by On Top Entertainment, distributed by Def Jam Recordings. Recording sessions took place from 2002 to 2003, with production by Whiteboyz Noize (Dub B and Elementary), along with the other high-profile producers such as Just Blaze and Lofey. The album features guest appearances from Lil' Mo, Busta Rhymes and 112. Upon the album's release, it was met with the favorable reviews from music critics. The album debuted at number 8 on the US , selling 97,000 units in its first week, which was less than expected, Billboard 200 although, the album sold 420,000+ copies in the United States. The album entered at number 55 on the  UK Albums Chart.
The album was supported by two
singles – the Just Blaze-produced club anthems " Pump It Up" and " Fire (Yes Yes Y'all)" featuring Busta Rhymes, and two promotional singles – "Focus" and "Drop Drop". Its hit single "Pump It Up" was featured in , 2 Fast 2 Furious and You Got Served , and reached at number 38 in the Madden NFL 2004 United States and number 13 in the United Kingdom. "Focus" was featured in . The album's second single, "Fire (Yes, Yes Y'all)" was released on July 15, 2003, and the song was featured in the movie Def Jam Vendetta . "Walk With Me" was featured as the ending song for Mean Girls . Budden was a playable character in both games. Def Jam: Fight for NY
Singles [ edit ]
Pump It Up", produced by Just Blaze, was released as the album's lead single on May 8, 2003 and was a commercial success. The song charted at number 16 on the US  Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, as well as its Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart at number 18.  The song peaked at number 38 on the US  chart, Billboard Hot 100 number ten on the  Hot Rap Songs chart, and number 39 on the  Radio Songs chart. "Pump It Up" entered the  UK Singles chart at number 13. The song's accompanying music video, directed by  Erik White, premiered on April 16, 2003 to MTV. "Pump It Up" was also featured on soundtracks for hit movies like  (2003) and 2 Fast 2 Furious (2004), as well as the You Got Served American football video game . The song received one Madden NFL 2004 Grammy Award nomination for the Best Male Rap Solo Performance at the 46th Annual Grammy Awards, and was nominated for Best Original or Adapted Song at the 2004 Black Reel Awards for its appearance in the 2 Fast 2 Furious movie.
Fire (Yes, Yes Y'all)", which features guest vocals by American rapper Busta Rhymes, was released as the second single from the album on July 15, 2003. The song peaked at number 18 on the US  Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart and number 48 on the  Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, as well as entering the  UK Singles chart at number 128. Joe Budden has made a remix with fellow with rappers Paul Cain and  Fabolous, which appeared on the latter's mixtape, titled . "Fire" was featured in More Street Dreams, Pt. 2: The Mixtape Tina Fey's 2004 movie , which starred Mean Girls Lindsay Lohan. It was also featured in the pilot episode of American comedy-drama television series . Entourage
Promotional singles [ edit ]
"Focus" was released as the album's first promotional single in 2002. The song spent seventeen weeks on the US
Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart on which it peaked at number 43. Its official remix, featuring American hip hop recording artist  LL Cool J, was also released for promotional purposes in 2002. "Focus" was featured on the soundtrack for the 2003 professional wrestling video game . No music video was shot for the song, but instead its intro appeared at the end of the music video of "Pump It Up". "Drop Drop" was released as the second Def Jam Vendetta promotional single in 2002. The song was featured on the soundtrack for the 2003 action film , which starred Cradle 2 the Grave Jet Li and rapper DMX, as well as the Platinum certified-soundtrack for the basketball video game . The song does not appear on the album. NBA Live 2003
Critical reception [ edit ]
Upon its release,
Joe Budden received generally favorable reviews from music critics. Jason Birchmeier of AllMusic gave the album four stars out of five, saying "Budden's debut isn't quite an instant classic, as he's still better at freestyling verses than crafting hooks, and the album could use a couple more non-Elementary productions, if only for the sake of variety, but it's nonetheless promising, an omen of a greater things to come, for Budden as well as for listeners." Chris Ryan of  gave the album an eight out of ten, saying "This tension between bragging and insecurity, between the night out and the morning after, gives Joe Budden a singular spark. If the album falters, it's when Budden guns for crossover appeal; cameos by Lil' Mo and 112 reek of boardroom tampering. But even a bit of lab-tested R&B can't ruin this bold debut." SPIN  HipHopDX reviewer K.B. Tindal gave the album a four and a half out of five, saying "The joy in this CD is that Joe did it without shiny suits, without a lot of ice and without an over needed amount of featured guests. He did it with love for Hip-Hop and real lyrics and a dedication to himself to succeed at what he knows he's good at. Now if that's not inspiration then call me crazy. […] He's destined to be one of the best." gave the album three stars out of five, saying "Joe Budden's rhymes have two things many round-the-way rappers could use: wit and pathos." Rolling Stone 
Track listing [ edit ]
"Real Life in Rap"
"Breathe on 'Em
"#1" features additional vocals from Elementary
"Pusha Man" features additional vocals from Maisha Parker and Mike Gainous.
"Walk With Me" features additional from Kiyamma Griffin and Mike Gainous.
"Survivor" features additional from Kiyamma Griffin.
"Fire" features additional from Envyi.
"Calm Down" features additional and background arrangements from Mike Gainous.
"Real Life in Rap" features additional from Mike Gainous.
"Intro" contains a sample of "Lock and Key" performed by
Rush. "#1" contains a sample of "I'm Still #1" and "
The Bridge Is Over" performed by Boogie Down Productions, " Sound of da Police" by KRS-One, "Blues and Pants" performed by James Brown, and an interpolation of " Baby Let Me Take You (In My Arms)", written by Abrim Timon. "Pump It Up" contains a sample of "Soul Vibrations" performed by
Kool & the Gang, and " The Payback" performed by James Brown. "She Wanna Know" contains a sample of "I Love You So / Never Wanna Let You Go" performed by
Love Unlimited Orchestra. "Fire" contains an interpolation of "Superrappin'", written by
Melvin Gover, and "Whores In This House", written by Frank Ski and Al McLaran, Jr. "Ma Ma Ma" contains an interpolation of "
Hail Mary", written by Rufus Cooper III, Katari Cox, Yafeu Fula, Joseph Paquette, Tupac Shakur, Bruce Washington and Tyrone Wrice. "Real Life in Rap" contains a sample of "Right On Brother" performed by
The Four Tops.
Credits and personnel [ edit ]
Joe Budden adapted from AllMusic and from the album liner notes.  
112 – guest artist, primary artist, vocals Geoff Allen – engineer
Chris Athens – mastering
Hector "Rick Boogie" Aviles – A&R
Robert "Kool" Bell – composer
Ronald Bell – composer George "Funky" Brown – composer
Joseph "Joe Budden" Budden – composer, primary artist
Eric Burdon – composer Terrence Cash – engineer
Bryan James Chandler – composer
Rufus Cooper III – composer Terry Corley – executive producer
Katari Cox – composer
Tyson Davis – A&R coordination
Envyi – vocals [additional]
Yafeu Fula – composer Mike Gainous – vocals [additional]
James Genus – bass
Melvin Glover – composer Kiyamma Griffin – vocals [additional]
Bob Iadeluca – engineer, guitar
Ken "Duro" Ifill – mixing
Tia Johnson – art direction, design
Terese Joseph – recording administration
Joseph "Elementary" Constantino – co-executive producer, composer, engineer, producer, vocals [additional]
Dennis Lambert – composer
Scott La Rock – composer
Geddy Lee – composer
Rodney Lemay – composer Ken Lewis – mixing
Alex Lifeson – composer
Lil' Mo – guest artist, vocals
Alan Lomax – composer Robert "Spike" Mickens – composer
Nitti – executive producer
Joseph Paquette – composer Lawrence Krisna Parker – composer
Maisha Parker – vocals [additional]
Brian Potter – composer
Michael "Lofey" Sandlofer – arranger, composer, conductor, drums, engineer, keyboards, percussion, strings
Tupac Shakur – composer Skane – A&R, co-executive producer
Frank Ski – composer
Claydes "E.X." Smith – composer
Justin "Just Blaze" Smith – composer, producer
Trevor "Busta Rhymes" Smith – composer, guest artist Billy Jay Stein – keyboards [additional], string arrangements, strings [additional], string writing
Dennis "D.T." Thomas – composer
Patrick Viala – mixing
Webb – executive producer
Bruce Washington – composer Ryan West – engineer
Barry White – composer Tyrone Wrice – composer
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References [ edit ]