Ludacris, Release Therapy (Def Jam, 2006)
As I've mentioned before on this site, Ludacris seems especially desperate upon the release of this, his fifth album in about as many years. His schtick was already wearing pretty thin back in the days of the Red Light District, and that was still a bit before the age of crack rap uber alles. In an attempt to rejuventate his career, he went and got a haircut and is also trying his hand at a little "conscious" rap. Hence the neo soul-esque album cover.
Yet another one of these Dynasty-style intros. I suppose the foul mouthed child is a nice touch.
GREW UP A SCREW UP
A cynical attempt at creating a crack rap record. Features Young Jeezy and a screwed and chopped Biggie on the chorus.
The mediocre lead single. It's much better in video form, accompanied by images of, um, hoes shaking their asses. Otherwise I don't have much use for this.
GIRLS GONE WILD
Kinda teh ghey in a "bizarre ecstasy-fueled sex crime" sort of way. The chorus is sort of amusing though.
A real shite sandwich. The beat doesn't sound like nails on a chalkboard per se, but the effect is more or less the same. And did I mention Field Mob raps on this?
MOUTHS TO FEED
Another Jeezy-ish number about how Luda has gotta get that paper.
END OF THE NIGHT
A song about how good Luda is at fucking. Why would I want to hear some shit like that? No homo.
The same song, but with a shittier beat and R. Kelly on the chorus. Impossible to listen without getting some awful mental pictures. No homo.
TELL IT LIKE IT IS
A song about how most rappers are broke, as well as Luda's advice on how not to be a broke rapper. The key? Getting yourself a bank account(?).
WAR WITH GOD
A half-assed dis record aimed at, presumably, T.I. Really anticlimactic.
DO YOUR TIME
A song about how hard it is to be in jail, featuring Beanie Sigel and Pimp C, who should know. Not as interesting as you'd think though.
An Isley Brothers song (complete with ridonkulous guitar-synth) about having to slap a nigga. It's actually pretty much the same concept as Limp Bizkit's "Break Stuff," the soundtrack to many a rape scene at Woodstock '99, as I recall. No 2Pac prison incident.
Ludacris to 11-year-old black girls: "I feel your pain." Ironic, given that he also has a song with R. Kelly here.
FREEDOM OF PREACH
Really, really shitty gospel rap record with an extended preaching bit at the end courtesy of one of these celebrity jig preachers.
COMMENTS: The several requisite shitty pop records are somewhat worse than his past attempts at that sort of thing, if only for the fact that we've already heard that from him so many times before. Meanwhile, his attempts at "conscious" rap just don't work as well in general, and sound especially silly juxtaposed with so many songs about fucking and taking E and what have you. Pretty pathetic.
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