Today in Hip Hop History: February 5, 2013
Joe Budden (of Slaughterhouse) released his third studio album, No Love Lost, through E1 Music and Mood Muzik in 2013. The album completes a four part album series of his, which included Halfway House, Padded Room, and Escape Route, all of which combined tell a conceptual story of Joe finding a sense of freedom and salvation through his music.
No Love Lost hoped to introduce the world to a whole new Joe Budden. After his long life journey and musical career thus far, Joe strove to wipe his slate clean and have “no malice toward anyone…just being in a real pain-free type of state.” The album sought out to display the artist’s maturity and growth as an individual.
No Love Lost contained production from SLV, Cardiak, Frequency, Darknight, T-Minus and several others. Joe pushed No Love Lost towards a more jazzy hip-hop feel, as opposed to his more aggressive sound that most became accustomed to beforehand.
Additionally, No Love Lost featured outside help from Kirko Bangz, Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa, Juicy J, his Slaughterhouse fam and several other well-known faces in hip hop. The album contained several more features than Joe has ever had on an album before.
No Love Lost received fairly mixed reviews despite its commercial success. It debuted at #15 on the U.S. Billboard 200 and has since sold over 86,000 copies in the U.S., which is monumental for an underground artist such as Joe.