If you had to list them, what are your top 5 albums from Ludacris? After listing my top 5 albums from another Atlanta legend, T.I. we turn to Ludacris. Ludacris began his career back in 1999. Incognegro was his first album and it was independent. The last album he released was Ludaversal back in 2015. Ludacris have done his fair share of acting as he’s been a part of the Fast and the Furious franchise. Twenty years later, Ludacris has been teasing new music as he’s clocking in studio time with Timbaland. Throughout the years, Ludacris is either loved or hated by fans and critics. For one, Ludacris is very playful, but his storytelling and lyrics are amazing. I’ve been the one that’ll always defend him, and I will continue to do that. Let’s take a look at my top 5 albums from Ludacris.
Word of Mouf
Word of Mouf was the 2nd major label album from Luda. Word of Mouf released four singles off the album. Area Codes with Nate Dogg, Rollout, Saturday and Move Bitch with Mystikal were the singles. Word of Mouf sold almost four million copies. The album was nominated for Best Rap album but lost to Eminem and the Eminem Show. The album was full of bangers and had its fair share of features. Three 6 Mafia, Twista, Jagged Edge, Sleepy Brown, Jazze Pha, His DTP crew and those mentioned were on the project. Coming 2 America, Go 2 Sleep, Growing Pains, Keep It On the Hush, Freaky Thangs, Block Lockdown and the four singles are my favorite tracks. Check out the Word of Mouf below.
Chicken N Beer
Chicken N Beer was his 3rd album and the follow up to his Word of Mouf project. With this album, Ludacris released a total of five singles. This was a time when Ludacris was beefing with Bill O’Reilly, but he kept it fun also. Honestly, Chicken N Beer felt like a continuation of the Word of Mouf project. P-Poppin was the single, but it really didn’t take off and honestly it was one of my least favorite songs. Stand Up followed and this was typical Ludacris especially with the video. Blow It Out was the third single and if you were into mixtapes then, you know he did a remix with 50 Cent. The last two singles were soulful with Splash Waterfalls and Diamond in the Back. For the video, Ludacris recruited Babyface to remix it and I absolutely love it. Check out the Chicken N Beer album below.
Back for the First Time
Back for the First Time was his 2nd album, but major label, debut joint. Back for the First Time produced two singles and they were smash hits. What’s Your Fantasy was the first one and it was also featured on the Incognegro album. When the single first dropped, people wanted to know who the hell this was? Ludacris was playful, but all his music has a message. What’s Your Fantasy speaks for itself and it was a straight banger. Southern Hospitality was the other single and it was just as good as What’s Your Fantasy. The Neptunes handled the production and the video was also crazy. Back for the First Time sold a little over 3 million records making Ludacris a star. UGK, Pastor Troy, Trina, Foxy Brown and his DTP crew were featured on the album. Peep Back for the First Time below.
Theater of the Mind
Theater of the Mind and the album cover speaks for itself. Ludacris called the album theatrical and he had so many features on this one. Floyd Mayweather, Nas, Jay-Z, Lil Wayne, Rick Ross, The Game, Common, Spike Lee, Plies, Jamie Foxx, Chris Rock, Chris Brown and T-Pain appeared. The biggest collaboration came on Wish You Would, and it features T.I. If you remember back then, Ludacris and T.I. were throwing shots each other for years. Despite having all the features, this was one of his lowest selling albums. Ludacris built anticipation for the album by releasing the Preview mixtape with DJ Drama. While the album didn’t chart well, this is my fourth favorite album from Ludacris. If I’m not mistaken, Theater of the Mind didn’t even go platinum which was crazy. Listen to Theater of the Mind below and tell me what you think.
Red Light District
The Red Light District was the album that followed the Chicken N Beer project. While I thought Chicken N Beer was a continuation of Word of Mouf, Red Light District went in a totally different direction. Red Light District was his fifth overall album. Nas, DMX, Trick Daddy, Doug E. Fresh, DJ Quik, Nate Dogg, Bobby Valentino and Sleepy Brown appeared on the album. Get Back was the first single from the album and it sounded like Stand Up a little bit. Number One Spot was the second single and it’s clear what his intentions were. While Ludacris almost never appears on anyone’s list of greats, he’s one of my favorite rappers ever. It was hard to pick between Red Light District and Release Therapy. Either way, peep the album below and hope you enjoy my top 5 albums from Ludacris.
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