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Release Therapy

Ludacris

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A quick glance at the cover of Release Therapy, Ludacris’ fourth full-length for Def Jam, might leave the casual Ludacris fan wondering if they haven’t picked up the wrong album. Ludacris appears, with eyes closed and hands folded in a contemplative prayer-like posture, strikingly at odds with the cartoonish blowout afros and wolfish grins of Word of Mouf, and Chicken and Beer. Fortunately Release Therapy provides abundant evidence that Ludacris has not lost sight of the fact that party music, in the grand tradition of James Brown’s “Cold Sweat”, The Sugarhill Gang’s “Rapper’s Delight”, and Redman’s “Time 4 Sum Aksion” is very serious business indeed. Ludacris’ shines when applying his boisterous roar to the shimmering, club friendly thump of “Shake Your Money Maker” and the low-slung southern bounce of “Grew Up A Screw Up.” He falters a bit on some of the album's more ambitious numbers, which occasionally feel forced and underwritten, but ultimately Ludacris’ considerable talents are enough to make Release Therapy one of the strongest releases of his career.

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Ludacris - Release Therapy (Track 4 Track Review)

1. Warning (Intro): Great opening to the album. Great opening verse from Luda. 2. Grew Up A Screw Up ft. Young Jeezy Straight crazy.... Luda & Jeezy kill it on this. Key verse from Luda "I'm a heavy weight, ya'll are lighter then my complection." Jeezy reppin' nicely for Luda's peeps too. He rhymes "A coporate thug I run with a Playa's Circle, got a Field Mob that will Disturb Ya Peace". 5/5 stars. 3. Money Maker ft. Pharrel This song is a great club banger. Great choice for a 1st single. Production is top notch. Flow and delivery are superb, everything works in sync. 5/5 Stars. 4. Girls Gone Wild Well... this track is a lil' odd. It's pretty hott but at the same time, feels like something MC Hammer should be doing. Haha no hate though, it's just a weird track. Great production, flow is amazing on here. Another 5/5 Stars. 5. Ultimate Satisfaction Ft. Field Mob This song seems like it sould actually be called "Blow Me A Shot Gun" since they say it so much. Not the best of songs, but it's good. Has a great punchline - "So catch me on more 24's then Kiefer Sutherland". Field Mob is on here... Hmm... Not the best of rappers but some good lines and ok delivery too. The last guy on the track kind of sounds like Lil' Wayne too though it's not, just similar voice. 4/5 stars. 6. Mouths To Feed Probably my favorite track on the album. Production is spectacular and Luda's delivery is great. Basically he's talking about he has to support his family and his crew. Another great line: "Even Hogan knows best, I'm all about the muscle" and "My guns will be like gang signs, ALWAYS GETTIN' THROWN UP". Luda's just crazy! 5/5 Stars. 7. End of the Night Basically Luda's talkin' about tryin' to sleep with a chick again. It's a slow track, probably one I'll skip over most of the time. Great line though, "Hey mommy let's get it poppin' like Orval & Red Bocker" (For those that don't get it, it's a popcorn company reference.) He also calls the chick "Sweeter than Betty Crocker" 3/5 stars. 8. Woozy ft. R. Kelly The song is smooth. Another slow track though which I'm sure I'll skip. Again it's about Luda sleepin' with the chicks. The course is kind of creepy though, R. Kelly says "He's always wanted to go down on a girl that reminded him of him"... Just seemed weird to me... Production is so so. 2/5 stars. 9. Tell It Like It Is Ahh back to the good stuff. All ya'll wanna-be rappers runnin' around out there need to listen to this track. Luda given ya'll some real tight advice when it comes to this music industry rap business. Speaks on Chingy saying, "We never took no money from Chingy, thought I was cool with him. I wish him well but I don't want nothin' to do with him!" (Gotta say Chingy's latest album was a suicide attempt, must of been crazy droppin' that crap a week before Luda. He'll be lucky if he even goes Gold.) 10. War With God I don't like this song. But it's strong. However that dang chorus talkin' to the devil has gotta freakin' go though... Song I'm sure I'll skip. And I don't buy for a second that he's just beefin' with himself. Still a strong song. 4/5 stars 11. Do Your Time This is a good one, he's holdin' it down for all his boys locked in the pen (Jail). He opens the song with a great line, "You lookin' at a man that would die for his daughter just to let her breathe, and I'd definently die for Jesus cause he died for me" that right there takes a real man to say. The other artists on this track are talkin' some real talk too. Deep song with alot of meaning. 5/5 stars. 12. Slap Again my boy Luda gettin' on that real talk again. Speakin' on the issues most the ppl that grow up survivin' in the ghetto deal with. This song is a real deep one, these are the thoughts most ppl in the hood have had atleast one time or another. It's like Luda is speakin' from his soul on this track. IMO this song rates higher then 5 stars, it's incredible how he connects with the listener on this track. 8/5 Stars, haha i'm breakin' the ratings rules. 13. Runaway Love ft. Mary J. Blige Man... yet again Luda speaks that truth. 1st verse is about a 9 yr old girl named Lisa who's going through a struggle with her mother's boyfriend seeming to of been raping her so she run's away She also's never met her dad and her mom's a drug addict. 2nd verse is about a girl named nicole who's only 10yrs old. She has a abusive step dad, and she feels alone until she meets stacie who understands and becomes her bestfriend, but then stacie gets shot and killed by a stray bullet. 3rd verse is about 11yr old erica and she's having sex with a boy thats 16yrs old plus she's on drugs. She ends up getting pregnant and the father bails, and she can't afford a abortion. So she runs away to never come back. Mary J. perfects the chorus and says she understands, and that she's been in those same situations herself. 5/5 stars. 14. Freedom of Preach I know ya'll probably gonna hate on this track. But it's really a beautiful thing. Luda's talkin' to God on here. Kind of like DMX's "Lord Give Me A Sign" except this song sounds like it belonged in "Fighting Temptations". You can almost see Cuba Gooding Jr. as the Choir director haha. He says Oprah must be getting to old in so many words cause she criticizes the youth haha. Then come in Bishop Eddie L. Long (50 Cent thanked him at the end of God Gave Me Style.) The Bishop is keepin' it so real, bringin' in scripture and preachin'. If your parents got a problem with rap music cause they are christian's or whatever, then this is the song you need to let them hear. Trust me, they'll get off your back. Its the perfect ending to a perfect cd. 10/5 stars haha. My final thoughts on the cd: I gotta say it's easily one of the best rap album of the year so far. Beat production is darn near perfect. Every song is darn near perfect. Don't sleep this album, buy it. I just bought it last night. Luda never fails to impress. By far his best album to date.

Ludacris Does It Again

Ludacris is one of they best rappers out there today. All though Luda is very pop oriented he still hits us up with the fun beats and there is no denying that he doesnt get the girls shaking their monkey makers when they hear that song. I highly recomend getting this cd its going to end up being one of the best of the year. Songs to get are: Money Maker Girls Gone Wild Woozy Tell It Like It Is War With God

Runaway Love

This song is one of the saddest ones I have ever heard. But it is so true. I heard this and was like WOW, I can't believe this. So many girls ages 9- 15 are going through the same things. One gets raped, one beaten, and another having sex and doing drugs. I mean everything is so true, girls try to cover up so many thing by making up lies, or putting make-up over their bruises, or not telling their mom they are pregnant, but they should really be telling someone so they can get taken care of instead of running away. I guess running away to them is like handeling the situation, but it won't solve anything, they willl just be on the streets. The only way to help themselves, is to tell someone. But in the end, the song thells how they run away, and that is how they handle it, which is better for them to not be around so mant bad people.

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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