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No Love Lost

Joe Budden

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Album Review

With his hard-hitting crew Slaughterhouse acting as an outlet for his inner thug, rapper Joe Budden uses this 2013 solo effort as an opportunity to get introspective, capping off a quadrilogy of concept albums that began with 2008's Halfway House. Padded Room and Escape Route (both 2009 releases) are the other albums that comprise Budden's epic memoir on wax, and now that he's come to the enlightened and reflective point of the story, he's gone a bit Drake. No Love Lost is filled with long, personal stories of struggle and alienation, delivered over beats that are midtempo, R&B-flavored, and packed with organic elements. The Roots come to mind on cuts like "You and I" or "Skeletons," with basses popping and drums beating in a way that’s all the way live, while late album highlight "My Time" is a cross between Coldplay and B.o.B.'s "Airplanes," and gives way to the title track/outro where guitars wail. Things change when Juicy J and Lloyd Banks join in for the worthy beat-'em-up number "Last Day," while "She Don't Put It Down" ("Ass so mean, I'm always on its bad side") with Lil Wayne and Tank is great strip club stuff, matched in energy and swagger by the weed, money, Wiz Khalifa, and French Montana number "NBA" ("Never Broke Again"). So many highlights make the album trophy-case worthy, but the best party numbers sit right next to one another, and long stretches of emo and midtempo threaten to alienate newcomers. At 17 tracks, the last being a remix of "She Don't Put It Down" with Twista adding the fury, it's a long haul as well, even with all the pop touches and crossover appeal. The casual listener might think it drifts too much, but fans who wrap it up in the Slaughterhouse universe will find it's a somewhat jumbled effort with plenty of literate, thoughtful writing to explore.

Customer Reviews

Yo...this is not Pump It Up.

The greatness we've known from the underground is about to be unleashed on the masses. Y'all ain't ready.

Finally They Realize

Joe Budden has always been that dude. You guys are late.

Worth the purchase

This album has been hyped by him for a while. I have been on his blogtv feed, and have gotten extensive previews of each song. I can say from the looks of the album, it is as good as it gets. Each song packs a punch; The juicy track is incredibly hard, All in my head is touching and brilliant, Skeletons is dark, and all of the rest sound nice too.

Biography

Born: August 31, 1980 in New York, NY

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '00s, '10s

The ridiculous 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,...
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