Today in 2013, Ludacris is well known across several continents and audio circles as being both a creative hip-hop artist and a developing actor.
However, his iconic lifestyle and success didn't just happen because he wanted it to, he worked for it.
His 2000 major-label release "Back For The First Time" is a part of that journey, a pillar in his history if you will. We'd like to take a moment to talk about this amazing album that birthed a new star in Hip-Hop who would change the face of Southern Rap... forever.
How'd he change it? By being the best at what no one else was doing at that time, ultimately, he made us laugh. When everyone else was trying to be the hardest out, he went another route and
gave people something else to talk about. He didn't try to be something he wasn't or build some fake image that he couldn't uphold. He chose his own lane and for that his rewards were great. Don't think so? Type "Ludacris Platinum Albums" in Google and see what you find...lol
So now that we're on the same page let's take a look at 3 of the standout tracks on the album. First one we'll talk about is "U Got a Problem", this is the jump-off song, the track that blew us away from play. Next we'll discuss "What's Your Fantasy", if you haven't heard this one by now, you were probably living under a rock for a large part of the early 2000s. Finally, we must talk about "Mouthing Off", this song is our favorite, as it shows his love and appreciation for this beautiful thing we call, Hip-Hop.
From the intro of this Bangladesh-produced track, you instantly knew it was going to be a heater! Hard-hitting drums and neck snapping snares can only mean one thing to a Hip-Hop artist, "Bring the Pain". Luda came at this track like two rabid dogs were chasing him through a barb-wire fence, all out! Dropping unorthodox-comedic lines like "You all wet behind the ears, but it's a drought in your brain" , in his freestyle-esque delivery quickly showed the world his level of skill, early in his rapping career. He still has that raw edge in his music today, but it's more polished and not as flamboyant.
"What's Your Fantasy" was one of those songs that you heard at least two times any and everywhere you went in the early 2000s. This track exposed more of Luda's "freaky" side and added thousands of new female listeners to his already large male fan base. Being able to attract the ladies, while at the same time, satisfying the true grit of male listeners is not always an easy road, but Luda made it sound simple with this one. He also crafted a remix for this track bringing in top selling female artists of the time such as Trina and Foxy Brown which added that extra "spice" to the dish.
"I eat the whole pie and leave nothing but the crust so you can feel what it's like wit instinct but no guts" -Ludacris (Mouthing Off)
And finally, "Mouthing Off"...
This track needs no explanation since it is Hip-Hop at it's core, the very essence of creativity. No bells, no whistles, just lyrical content. And for that, Luda..we are grateful.
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