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Back in the early to mid-'00s, New Jersey emcee Joe Budden burst onto the scene, riding a wave of success with his party-rocking debut single, "Pump It Up." Padded Room is his third full-length (following the download-only Halfway House), and it follows his usual style of highly personal songs dealing with family drama, mental illness, and his ongoing struggles both inside and outside of the industry. The production is strong throughout, provided by midtier beatmakers like Blastah Beats, The Klassix, and MoSS, who give us appropriately hard-knocking tracks to support Joe's rugged verses. Despite the Hannibal Lector–esque album cover, he tones down the "me so crazy" routine a bit. He instead gets more sensitive and introspective, especially on "Happy Holidays," "Exxxes," and "I Couldn't Help It." Big-name guest spots come courtesy of Game ("The Future") and Fabolous ("Family Reunion Remix"), letting Joe's autobiographical verses remain the star of the show. Whether you're a longtime fan or just got into Joe via the Slaughterhouse crew, this is a strong release from an underrated cult favorite.

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The Future

An exceptional album from an exceptional artist. It is painfully apparent in current hip-hop trends that lyrics appear to be applied almost as an afterthought, with over polished uniform beats and ridiculous R'n'B hooks tending to be the current popular replacements. In stark contrast to this depressing truth it would appear Joe Budden has gone the opposite way, focusing his impressivly dexterous flow on both narrative & storytelling concept, as opposed to the standard club talk & bravado. Although repeat listens are almost essential what is uncovered is a surprisingly intimate album, from possibly one of the single most underrated rappers of the last decade. How Joe Budden cannot obtain a major label record deal is almost as fascinating as his lyrics.


Good album from Joe Budden, with some exceptional tracks such as 'Exxes' 'Angel in My Life' 'Pray For Me' and 'In My Sleep'. However there are tracks which could have been left out such as the dissapointing 'The Future' with Game and 'Adrenaline'. Despite these misteps, 'Padded Room' does deliver, and its an album any fan of introspective, thought provoking Hip Hop will enjoy.

absolutely incredible!

its worth buying it just for In My Sleep, The Future feat The Game and Pray For Me but all the songs are good, its an absolute Must Have album of 2009! :)


Born: 31 August 1980 in New York, NY

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '00s, '10s

The success of 50 Cent in early 2003 opened the floodgates for other street-level, mixtape-bred rappers, one of whom was Joe Budden, a Jersey City rapper with a distinct loose-cannon style molded from years of freestyling. Born in Spanish Harlem and raised in Queens, Budden came of age across the Hudson River in Jersey City, which he proudly continued to rep in his rhymes despite its somewhat unsavory reputation relative to more traditional hip-hop breeding grounds like Harlem, Brooklyn, the South...
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