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Theater of the Mind

Ludacris

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The introspective turn Ludacris took on Release Therapy helped win him his first Grammy, but for anyone who thought mainstream acceptance would soften him Theater of the Mind returns the Atlanta rapper to the attack mode of his early years, when his rhymes impacted with the force of ax to an oak tree. “Wish You Would” and “Everybody Hates Chris” find Ludacris responding to his detractors with his old fire-breathing intensity: “I cross the finish line twice, they still tryin’ to start / But my infrared beam will make ‘em shine in the dark.” On “Last of a Dying Breed” and the DJ Premier-produced “MVP” Ludacris explodes with the hunger of a rookie rather than a pop star content to coast. At its heart, Theater of the Mind is a brilliant and unrepentantly basic rap record, but “Do the Right Thang” slips in some wisdom without sacrificing the album’s unruly attitude: “They say my folks'll do whatever for the fortune and the fame / And it'll take a fortune to get rid of all the pain, but I'm sayin’ / Use your brain baby, do the right thang.”

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After the Grammy award winning Release Therapy, Ludacris is back with his sixth solo album, Theater Of The Mind. Using a conceptual theme of each song explaining a movie scene, Luda tries to get into the list of GOAT. Undisputed: After a brief introductory verse, Luda brings in star boxer, Floyd Mayweather to play as Luda’s trainer. Don Cannon’s soulful horns create a solid backdrop for Luda’s punchlines, as he goes hard in each line of the song. Luda starts it with “back up on that a**, back to put rappers on one knee like they about to run a hundred meter dash, bow down to greatness before I get pist-on and run up in the stands like the Indiana Pacers”. 4/5 Wish You Would: Haunting synths shriek, while horns delivering popping blows, as T.I. & Luda drop solid rhymes. Luda delivers some worthy punchlines and T.I. does a solid guest verse, as this signified the end of their beef. 3.5/5 One More Drink: Luda uses his comical lyricism to talk about a night of taking any lady, as long as he takes a drink. Lush rising and falling keyboards work nicely, while T-Pain autocroons smoothly on the hook and a bridge. Solid club single. 4/5 Call Up The Homies: Clinton Sparks creates a low thumping beat that has a hood mood of riding in the streets. The Game invites Luda to the west, while new DTP signee, Willy Northpole invites him to Phoenix. Solid track that has each emcee trading rhymes and speaking about their respective hoods and calling up the homies if a problem occurs. 3.5/5 Southern Gangsta: Plays as a TV show similar to BET’s American Gangster, Ving Rhames narrates and describes three popular gangsters. Ludacris by far has the best verse, while Ross and Playaz Circle do decent jobs. Luda spits “I got gangstas that’ll rearrange your whole face, and put your casket on ice, now that’s a cold case!” 3/5 Everybody Hates Chris: Hilarious comedian Chris Rock comically contributes to the intro and outro of this track, as Don Cannon’s soulful horns are back. Luda uses his comedic lines and creates a decent track. 3/5 What Them Girls Like: Lead single that was supposed to blow up in the clubs. Chris Brown & Sean Garrett both croon on this Darkchild club production of claps and unique flute line. Decent track but a little cliche. 3/5 Nasty Girl: Swizz uses some piano keys and glossy synths, while Luda and Plies speak about their ladies. While the track goes for a lavish and big city effect, the concept is a bit cliched and doesn’t quite work. 2.5/5 Contagious: Scott Storch’s lush production work is excellent, sounding like a jazz club on a Saturday night. Jamie Foxx’s soulful hook sounds nice and definitely grown up, as Luda sounds much better on this than the previous track. It’s a smooth track that has Luda sweet talking his lady and fitting the scenery well. 3/5 Last Of A Dying Breed: Wyldfyer provides some epic horns and bumpin bass, as Luda absolutely murders this track. “six albums later you’ll deposit every word, till your memory bank gives me the credit I deserve” Luda spits, a reference to his underrated status as a top emcee. Lil’ Wayne brings a psychopathic flow to describe hip hop’s status as “having a heart attack” and that he’s “little carter or little cardiac”. Excellent track that finishes with Luda getting at all those that disapprove of his controversial lyrics of other celebrities. 4.5/5 MVP: DJ scratches and solid production by DJ Premier, Luda spits his punchlines well and the old school flow works. 3.5/5 
I Do It For Hip Hop: Relaxed and pondering production, it has a nice smooth flow. Luda spits about why he raps and how he doesn’t do it for the fame or money but for the fans and his love for hip hop. Hip Hop heavyweights Nas and Jay-Z join in on the reasoning, with the latter dropping a weaker verse. The beat switchup is cool at Jay’s part, but lyrically Jay comes weak. 4/5 Do The Right Thang: It was only right Luda get move maker Spike Lee, as he introduces the track. Common joins Luda to bring positivity and knowledge to the youth. It’s a worthy ender that has a positive end. 3.5/5 Let’s Stay Together: Solid bonus produced by DJ Paul, as Luda spits about hip hop breakups regarding relationships and groups. Comical track by Luda that is a worthy bonus. 3.5/5 Ludacris’ Theater Of The Mind is a solid release and possibly his best. Lyrically he delivers his bombastic flow of punchlines, while also adapting well to the slower tracks and incorporates spurts of his humor he had back in the day. Luda comes out firing on all cylinders with the epic “Last Of A Dying Breed”, as Weezy joins him in representing the south’s lyricists with a sampled hook by Rakim of “MC means move the crowd”. Other heaters are the soulful and boxing ring “Undisputed” as Luda fires back at all that doubt his position in hip hop, while “I Do It For Hip Hop” is a reflective moment of why Luda does the craft of hip hop, in which he is joined by Nas and Jay-Z. While the album had some solid tracks, there were two missteps in “Nasty Girl” a cliche topic but otherwise solid production and “What Them Girls Like”, while it goes for a club banging style the production was not up to par. Conceptually Luda does a nice and job, as the TV show influenced “Southern Gangsta”, drive by violence of “Call Up The Homies” and Saturday night lounge dinner of “Contagious” work nicely. Solid album that is one of the top of ’08, Ludacris balances bangers, humor and slow cuts at fairly good accuracy. Rating: 8.5 out of 10

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this is amazing album bettter then 808 & heartbreak

Ludacris Theater of The Mind is Way Better Than Kanye's 808's Heartbreak

This Album for Luda is a really good 1 he's in his prime rite now lyricaly every song on the album has the potential to be a hit and kanye singin the whole CD auto-tune get off T-Pain swagg man get your own but ludacris most album is killin kanye's i listended to kanye's CD weak when you compare it to ludacris so if your decidin on which one to get Kanye or Ludacris......LUDACRIS YA"LL lol

Biography

Born: September 11, 1977 in Champaign, IL

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

When the Dirty South movement broke nationwide at the turn of the century, Ludacris rode it to immediate widespread popularity, becoming arguably the most commercially successful Southern rapper of the time. In 2000 the Atlanta-based rapper signed to Def Jam's newly established Southern rap subsidiary, Def Jam South, and became the label's flagship Dirty South artist. Def Jam repackaged his underground album Incognegro (2000) as Back for the First Time (2000) and issued "What's Your Fantasy?" as...
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