A warrant has been issued for the arrest of Jersey City rapper Joe Budden on charges he's in arrears nearly $13,000 in child support and Hudson County officials are on the lookout for him during the yearly sweep of "deadbeat dads," officials said. The warrant for failure to pay the $12,983 in child support and failure to appear at a hearing was issued in May, Sheriff's Department Chief John Bartucci said today. It's not the first time Budden has been in trouble for failure to pay child support. He was arrested on the charge on Aug. 5, 2009, Bartucci said . Born in Spanish Harlem, Budden moved to Jersey City with his family when he was 11 and grew up on the West Side. His addresses now are on Bentley Avenue in Jersey City and River Road in North Bergen. As a child, he began spinning his own raps as a hobby and learning from the music of old school rappers like LL Cool J and Run-DMC. At the age of 16, Budden decided to take his skills and love for hip-hop to a higher level. Budden's success in the underground world of mix tapes, on which he went under the name "Regular Joe," attracted the attention of record executives at Def Jam Records. His first big hit was "Focus," a club hit in 2002. His most recent releases include "Halfway House" in 2008 and "Padded Room" in 2009, according to his website, www.joebuddentv.com. The website says Budden is not one to forget where he comes from and is the product of two generations of musical and lyrical talent: his father and grandfather. "Holding his love of family, friends and community close, Joe lends himself to causes that uplift, encourage and inspire youth, the incarcerated and the less fortunate by mentoring young people in detention centers and schools across the country," the website says. In 2004, while giving away turkeys at a Jersey City housing complex, Budden told The Jersey Journal "There are people who on many days don't know what they're going to eat or where their next meal is going to come from. It's important for me to give back." Budden could not be reached for comment yesterday. He is one of numerous "deadbeat dads" being sought by the sheriffs office in Hudson County.