Ludacris
The Red Light District


4.0
excellent

Review

by LambsBread USER (18 Reviews)
February 3rd, 2014 | 18 replies | 1,002 views


Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Inconsistent, but primarily quality and nostalgic hip hop, that has excellent replay value a decade after it was released.

1 of 1 thought this review was well written

There is something in Hip Hop known as 'The Ice Cube Effect', where artist’s past work can no longer be taken as seriously in light of their recent corniness. While falling short of the corniness of being the leading role in a family comedy, the Ice Cube Effect nevertheless occurred with Ludacris after he suffered a critical blow to his image for his God-awful acting in the horrible Fast and Furious series. Yet, some may recall that in 2004 Ludacris was perhaps the best mainstream rapper of the 21st century. His breakthrough sophomore album Word of Mouf sold 3.6 million copies, while his next album Chicken N Beer sold over 2 million copies and was nominated for The Grammy’s Best Rap Album in 2003.

His fourth LP, The Red Light District is considered by many to be Ludacris’ last album before he fell off. While this may or may not be true, what certainly did fall was his relevance in both hip hop and pop culture, and his records sales. Of course, massive commercial success doesn't guarantee quality music. I mean, if 62 million people reelected George W Bush in 2004, it’s not a stretch to assume millions of people were just stupid and bought bad music, but that isn’t the case here. This album had commercial success for a reason. Despite being a hit-or-miss album - where some tracks have virtually no flaws and are very well done both lyrically and instrumentally, with others tracks that are just plain bad and not worth listening to - The Red Light District is still among the best albums mainstream rap has to offer in the early 21st century and a fitting sequel to Ludacris' two previous works.

The album starts off fast with one of the singles and best tracks, Number One Spot, featuring an instrumental that samples The Austin Powers Theme Song with lyrics that skillfully make countless references to the movie series. The Red Light District hits its first major bump with the strange gambling addiction theme song Put Your Money, which features a hook by DMX essentially calling you a pussy if you don’t gamble MORE money. The albums high points come on the immensely relaxing tracks like Child of the Night and Spur of the Moment, the former featuring surprisingly introspective lyrics from Luda and a hook from Nate Dogg, perhaps the best rap/R&B hook creator of all time. This same relaxing atmosphere, created by the excellent selection of beats with magnificent flow by Ludacris, is recaptured on the 420 track Blueberry Yum Yum, while another dose of surprisingly intelligent lyrics reappears on the track Large Amounts, where Ludacris reflects how, in many ways, his life has changed for the worse since he became rich.

The album starts up, and instantly goes from 0-60 in about a second before slowing down in the middle for a more relaxing ride, but by the end of the album there is no gas left in the tank for the listener to want to hear what are the more depressing and/or boring songs. Not even the legendary beat boxer Doug E. Fresh and legendary emcee Nas could figure out how to get this album working again on the track Virgo, the listener just can’t digest this song after such a drawn-out experience, and ends up wishing the track had come much earlier in the album. This same late-but-great sentiment is felt on other tracks such as 2 Miles an Hour and (one of the album’s three singles) Pimpin All Over the World, which also features a hilarious outro from comedian Katt Williams. The album’s last single Get Back is much less mainstream than the poppier Pimpin All Over the World, and is probably the best song to start with for a listener not familiar with Ludacris.

Many of the tracks are good by themselves, but they seem repetitive when paired with the rest of the tracks. For instance, Pass Out doesn’t do or say anything that the single Get Back didn’t already accomplish.Thankfully there are only a couple of outright terrible/filler tracks. Who Not Me isn’t notable in any aspect and could have (should have) been left off the album entirely, it’s only possible use is in a Music 101 class to demonstrate the definition of a filler song. The Potion features an annoying bitch yelping for a beat, a bad hook, and tired bragger raps that went stale in 1989. And don’t even get me started on that “Jump down turn around, pick a bale of cotton” bull***. Any artist or producer letting that corny trash of a ‘song’ stay on an album is inexcusable. Yet while the album is flawed by a long run time and a decent number of average-bad tracks, when the tracks hit they HIT and still have replay value a decade later in 2014.



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LambsBread
February 3rd 2014



3325 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Ranking (Top= Best; Bottom= Worst) /Rating(1=awful; 5=Classic) of Tracklist:

5 Numba One Spot
5 Child of The Night (ft. Nate Dogg)
5 BlueBerry Yum Yum
5 Spur of the Moment
4.5 Large Amounts
4 Get Back
4 Hopeless
3.5 Virgo (Ft. Nas)
3.5 Pimpin All Over the World
3 Put Your Money
3 Pass Out
2 The Potion
1.5 Who Not Me
1 Get Back Sum (Sum 41 Remix)


SnoopDoggReborn
February 3rd 2014



19 Comments


Now I got nothin but love for the nigga Luda nahmean. I jus wanna make that shit very clear yo. Son is a genius n he a muthafuckin animal when he get in the studio namsayin. That nigga will bite the head off a dove when he in the booth son. He got a lot of heart n charisma namsayin. I love this niggas music son.

LambsBread
February 3rd 2014



3325 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah damn I actually have never even heard his newest album but everything up to here is really good

FromDaHood
Contributing Reviewer
February 3rd 2014



9033 Comments


First half of this album is really damn good

Poet
February 3rd 2014



5922 Comments


Get Back was my jam in 2004

psyched3D
February 3rd 2014



17 Comments


that yum yum though

Calc
February 3rd 2014



12133 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I saw this didn't have a review last year and was flabbergasted. GJ

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LambsBread
February 4th 2014



3325 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thanks, yeah I couldnt believe this wasnt reviewed either this is top quality mainstream rap for the most part

Anyone like an new Luda albums? I haven't heard a full one after this.

Calc
February 4th 2014



12133 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

theater of the mind is pre good. I haven't heard anything after that though

LambsBread
February 4th 2014



3325 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Ok I'll listen to that then- was debating checking that out while writing this when I saw his next album is called "battle of the sexes" lol

Calc
February 4th 2014



12133 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah he made that wit nikki minaj before she got really famous

LambsBread
February 4th 2014



3325 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Oh I thought it was like a soundtrack to that old MTV show. Not sure which is worse tbh haha

Calc
February 4th 2014



12133 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

its weird, she wasn't really hated until she got really famous. she was doing some pre good features like on Monster by Kanye, I'm not sure about battle of the sexes though she could totally suck.

joesmoe4000
February 4th 2014



369 Comments


this is the beginning of the decline of luda and this is coming from a big fan.

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LambsBread
February 4th 2014



3325 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

To tell you the truth I haven't listened to her. If I ever do it'll be on that album.


"this is the beginning of the decline of luda and this is coming from a big fan. "

do you mean this album is the beginning of the decline? or after this album?



ethos
March 19th 2014



1769 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

why is this below a 3 in average lmao

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joesmoe4000
March 19th 2014



369 Comments


this album is the beginning of the decline

LambsBread
April 5th 2014



3325 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah wow i didnt notice how low the average rating is, that is ridiculous.

@joe yea theres a few tracks on here worst than anything hes ever done but still a lot of classic tracks



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