April 19, 2023

Episode 1: The Ballad of Joe Budden


  1. “What Up Gangsta” – 50 Cent (2003)
  2. “Pump it Up” – Joe Budden (2003)
  3. “Focus” – Joe Budden (2003)
  4. “The One – Remix” – Jennifer Lopez feat. Joe Budden (2003)
  5. “Hot & Wet” – 112 feat. Ludacris (2003)
  6. “Beanie (Mack Bitch)” – Beanie Sigel (2003)


When he’s signed to Def Jam, Joe Budden is positioned to be the next big rapper to win, following in the footsteps of Jay-Z, DMX and Ja Rule. Except right as he’s finding success, the big label machine falls apart. At the same time, Eskay, a lowly IT specialist from Yonkers, New York, starts a small website that will eventually change the world – when he buys a domain name for $10.


  1. Deconstructing Biggie: UPS is Hiring 
  2. How Music Streaming Service SoundCloud Ended up on the Brink of Extinction
  3. A (Not At All Definitive) History of Hip Hop Mixtapes – Red Bull Music Academy Daily
  4. 50 Cent Worth A Million To Dr. Dre And Eminem
  5. Joe Budden’s Billboard chart history
  6.  10 Years Ago Today, YouTube Launched as a Dating Website
  7. The Secret History Of ‘Def Jam Vendetta,’ The First Hip-Hop Video Game