|Appears in||Def Jam Control|
|Blazin' Move (s)||Pump It Up|
|Default Fight Song 1|
|Default Fight Song 2|
- "13 years ago you were barely a challenge now, you're nothing"
- —Jay Z to Budden at Def Jam Control's finale
Joe Budden is a featured fighter in the Def Jam series and a playable character in Def Jam Vendetta, Def Jam Fight For NY, Def Jam Fight For NY: The Takeover and Def Jam Control.
Role In Def Jam Control Edit
Although not having much relevance to the overall plot, Budden has his own story branch relating to a beef with Drake of the Maybach Crew. Depending on Playa's actions and use of Budden up until the point determines the outcome of the beef. He is good allies with Eminem and Joel Ortiz whom he supports in his journey to try and defeat the Chairmen of Control.
Overtime Mode Edit
During the overtime mode, Joe is seen fighting alongside Playa and his crew to stop Jay Z's plan to kill Busta Rhymes and Joell Ortiz. During his first fight Joe ends up finding his old Def Jam hoodie before putting it on and showing up to confront his old rival, Jay Z whom he lost to in a critical match 13 years ago, which almost ended his career and greatly injured him.