Call Joe Budden the rap Mary J. Blige, cause there’s no more drama in his life. Budden might even say it himself in a rhyme. The quick-witted lyricist has always had a knack for introspection, taking a life that he makes so public and twisting lines around it with humor and biting observation.
But the New Jersey MC, known for his Mood Muzik mixtapes, his dalliances with dime pieces and a dark side, has really matured beyond his years. Not since the days prior to his formidable Def Jam debut has Joe been as focused, from his career to his love life and all in between. The result is No Love Lost (eOne Music), his proper follow up to 2009’s Padded Room and the first solo album offering since social media’s favorite hip-hop star broke ground with Slaughterhouse and the collective’s emergence into the spotlight.
The result is classic Joe Budden, the sprightly lyrical recording artist, mixed with the measured thoughts of a man, who has finally found himself once he hit the other side of 30.