By Biko N. Poindexter-Hodge
Hip-hop is not dead! It’s alive and well, thanks in part to a man named Christopher Bridges, aka Ludacris.
Ludacris has been in the hip-hop game for about 12 years (1998 to present) and keeps on making hits – from his first album, “Incognegro,” to his newest album, “Battle of the Sexes.” And from hit songs such as “Southern Hospitality,” “Call Up The Homies” with The Game and Willy Northpole, to his recent hits such as “How Low,” “My Chick Bad,” and “Everybody Drunk.”
The album was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America in June, the latest date available on the association’s website. The rapper sold more than 510,000 copies.
“Battle of the Sexes” entered the charts at No.1, with 137,000 sales in the first week. This makes it Ludacris’ fourth No. 1 album.
This album alone has spent six straight weeks at the top of the Top Rap Albums chart. His albums always seem to get better and better.
Ludacris stated that he still wanted the album to highlight different view points from males and females, so he recorded tracks with Nicki Minaj, Lil’ Kim, Eve, Ne-Yo, Flo Rida and Gucci Mane.
Pharrell also recorded with Ludacris and contributed production and vocals. It was confirmed in mid-2009 and early 2010 that Bangladesh, Swizz Beatz and J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League had all contributed production to the album.
Some of the best songs on the CD include “My Chick Bad” featuring Nicki Minaj; “My Chick Bad” (remix), featuring Diamond, Trina and Eve and, “How Low” (remix), featuring Ciara and Pitbull.
Overall, the beats and lyrics are good. For example, in Luda’s track “My Chick Bad,” he raps, “My chick bad; tell me if you seen her. She always brings the racket like Venus and Serena.”
In the same song, Minaj raps, “Friday the 13th, guess who’s playin’
Jason? Tuck yourself in, you better hold on to your teddy. It’s Nightmare and on Elm Street and guess who’s playin’ Freddy?”
If you want something that is going to have your head moving and your speakers blasting for everybody to hear, then you need to go out and get Ludacris’ new CD.
Title of CD: Battle of the Sexes
Label: DTP (Disturbing The Peace), Def Jam
Producers: T-Minus, Bangladash, Swizz Beatz, The Neptunes, The Runners, Xcel, The Legendary Traxstar, DJ Montay, B Crucial and Tony Dinero, Kajun, Infinity, Khao and Gaggie.