"A lot of rap cds these days are thick in production, but thin on content. Well, Ludacris is the opposite, but not in terms of music. Luda's attributes are primarily length, while thickness isn't something he's known for. But who cares? Most rappers are neither long, nor thick. The fact that Ludacris is so long (we're talking a foot, buddy) more than makes up for his Sharpie marker thinness. Yeah, we cut (and I do mean cut, at least from my end), but I'm not about to put my man down because I never got paid; I never expected money. In fact, aside from some internal bleeding and an upset stomach a la George Michael, I'm quite satisfied with the experience I had. Luda is truly a man of the 21st century: he doesn't discriminate. That you can get with girls and guys alike just shows that you are open-minded, so I'll never put Luda down."
Not up to potential
K. G. Borek | 12/13/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Ludacris is the best lyricist in the game who has never released a great record. There are two reasons why: 1. He cares too much about making club bangers. 2. He releases LPs to fast, one a year is too much. If he would take his time he could write something amazing, but he didn't on this record and I don't know if he ever will take his time. Red Light District has it's moments(like all of his previous LPs) and is perfect if you want to get hyped going to the club. If you want something deep and meaningful this is not the CD for you. If you want a completely solid effort from Luda you'll have to take the 3-5 tracks from each of his records and burn them on to one disc, because Luda may never accomplish this himself."
Get Back MF! You Don't Know Me Like Dat!!!
Enlightened | Atlanta Georgia | 12/09/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
""If your spinnin rims spin counterclockwise...you are not pimpin!!!!"
Ludacris returns ( did he ever leave?!?) for his fifth studio album. Yes, fifth album, in four years as well as a group album and numerous guest appearances. It seems as if we should be Ludacris'd out by now but we aren't amazingly. He seems to reinvent his flow on guest appearances and they indeed increase anticipation for his albums ( Lovers & Friends, Sugar, Stomp, Oh, Whole City Behind Us...etc). So does this album deliver even with the onslaught of Ludacris? You bet it does. Ludacris steps his game up lyrically on this one. Instead of constant braggadocio and game spitting he talks about life a little on this album. He still gets down with his flow and with rewind worthy lyrics. The beats are tight too but kinda chill, for Ludacris standards, but I guess that was part of the goal for this album.
The album, at first, is kinda hard to listen to; unlike his others that you could just jump right into. If you just scanned the album you would think it was wack, as I did at first. But give it some time..it'll grow on you. Luda delivers on tracks like the Nate Dogg collaboration Child Of The Night, and gets down with Trick Daddy on Hopeless. Spur Of The Moment is pimped out west coast beat perfect for sippin on lemonade chillin on the porch. It's a very nice feel good track...arguably the best song on the album. It features the smooth DJ Quik on the track; although he doesn't produce the track, it sure sounds as if he did. Very smooth track. Pimpin All Over The World is another great track with a great beat and pimpin lyrics. To me, the best song on the album would have to be The Potion, a Timbaland beat. Luda's flow on this joint is flawless and the beat is bananas. You might not like it at first but man...joint iz banging. Virgo with Nas is a throwback song with beatbox beat by Dougie Fresh...classic. And Two Miles An Hour, a DJ Toomp production, is straight up ridin. He samples Austin Powers on Number One Spot and it actually works.
However all the songs are not good; for example, Blueberry Yum Yum with Sleepy Brown is surprisingly terrible, The song with DMX is subpar, Who Not Me is underwhelming, a worthless skit crowds the album, Pass Out is just plain out wack, and Large Amounts is just goofy (even though he rips the last verse) as he talks about gold diggers and wut not. The beat is aight and the chorus, although catchy, is stupid. In This Life, One Thing counts, In the bank, Large Amounts.
Nonetheless, Ludacris has delivered with this album. The majority of the album is rewind worthy while some songs are borderline unlistenable. But that's how Ludacris albums go. They usually have two extremes. Whatever though. 4 Stars."
Starting all over again
Longinus | Boston, MA | 12/17/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Its hard to dispute that Chicken N Beer was not his worst album. So with that said, Red Light District is much better. For better or worse, less skits and more music. Basically Luda is starting all over again. Back for the 1st time and Word of Mouf can be argued as his best, all depends on opinion. This one is not as solid as those 2 but not a disappointment like Chicken N Beer. There's no regular guests spots on this album all new faces. They do a good job, but I wonder what a Luda album with no guest spots would sound like. For the most part there are no songs that you just cant listen to but there is some filler, maybe 2 or 3 songs. He's not really rappin' bout the south all that much anymore, its more about how much money he has. Which is a lil' surprising because usually an artist starts rappin' about all his $, he loses all hunger and makes no good music. This album is an exception to the rule. All in all a solid album, worth the buy."
Zany Ludacris Strikes Gold Again!!
M. J. Moore | Chicago, Illinois United States | 01/25/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Ludacris is one of my favorite Hip-Hop stars for several reasons. All four of his releases have gone multiplatinum netting sales of 2 million of more. Ludacris has been able to crossover into mainstream/Pop America while still retaining his Hip-Hop roots. He's a character rapper like Missy Elliott with a larger-than-life persona and he does not try to act like he's this hard rapper who's only rapping about the hard life. Also, each of his CDs have spawned at least 2 or more sizable hits, which is encouraging for other rappers.
Number One Spot-Produced by DJ Green Lantern and containing elements of Bossa Nova as performed by Quincy Jones, this was Luda's second single which unfortunately did not perform as well as some of his other hits nor as well as the title sets forth. The Austin Powers-sounding cut has a lot of energy to it and would incite anyone to dance and get-to-moving. It is narcisstic, but what rapper isn't? And Luda makes a joke out of it somewhat. A+
Get Back-Produced by The Medicine Man and Tic Toc, first single off the release, which did really well on the singles chart. The song requires no explanation because ALMOST everyone and their grandma knows this song. A-
Put your Money-Produced by Icedrake and featuring DMX, here's one of those hard-cutting, energetic DTP sounding song where Ludacris does his shout-outs for the chorus. Couple the natural energy of the song and Luda with DMX and you have an out-of-there song, which is good, but it wouldn't work on radio. B
Blueberry Yum Yum-Produced by Organized Noise (Outkast) and featuring Sleepy Brown, this sounds like a cross between a horror movie theme and some freaky scientific music, which fits the overall mood of the song: getting high. Whoever crafted this insane beat was probably getting high when making it. I don't like the theme for younger peeps to listen to, but you can't deny its creativity and its appeal. B+
Child of the Night-Produced DK All Day and featuring Nate Dogg and elements of Portuguese Love performed by Teena Marie, this slow, introspective cut is very inspirational as Ludacris admits his past and the past of so many people from lower-class living. However, it's a song that could be used in so many ways to inspire those "children of the night." I like the song because it does what Hip-Hop is so supposed to, which is to be self-reflective, but also motivational. A+
The Potion-Produced by Timbaland. I feel that Timbaland and Ludacris make a good match with their similar eccentric styles. Luda's wacky persona and Tim's mad beats: they should craft a whole CD together. Unfortunately, this song was never officially released and it competed with Number One Spot for radio spins, it never garnered the attention it deserved. It's a tight club joint with the right production and Luda's trademark spittin'. A+
Pass Out-Produced by Needlz, sounds like a DTP song. It sounds like the obligatory rap song that so many rappers have to do, but just in Luda's style. It has a similar sound to Put your Money with DMX. The song is alright, but for a rapper like Luda with songs like The Potion, Number One Spot, Get Back, Child of the Night before it, it does not sound right, simple as that. C
Spur of the Moment-Produced by L.T. Moe and featuring DJ Quik and Kimmi J, it sounds like that Snoop Dogg/West Coast, early 90s West Coast sound. It's about doing things "spur of the moment" and simply living the edict to "carpe diem" or seize the day. This cut has a nice throwback appeal and really does feature DJ Quik with a straight rap. B
Who Not Me-Produced by Craig King and featuring Small Boy and Dolla Boy and containing interpolations from Stick Em, this is a featurette for the new members of DTP, Small Boy and Dolla Boy, and it has that hard, DTP sound to it, but it works better than the other couple of songs that I bemoaned before. The chorus is catchy and energetic. B-
Large Amounts-Containing elements of You've Got to Pick a Pocket or Two, this eccentric, wacky song about the hard knocks of those like Luda who make it big and make that chedda only to have family members and friends all around trying to see what they can get, those large amounts. The song tells the truth with a good rap and a weird but tight beat. It's a nice song and is better than the 3 that precede it which resurrects the CD. A-
Pimpin' All Over the World-Produced by Polow Da Don and Donnie Scantz and featuring Bobby Valentino, this was the third single which to my surprise formed way better than I expected on the CD and enabled the CD to experience a sales surge and resurrection. It's kind of popish, but its global element is tight and allows "children of the night" to experience Hip-Hop differently which of late has been about living in one small world or community, but Luda allows his rap to transcend the ghetto to experience and appreciate the culture or in this case, the women all over the world. A-
Two Miles an Hour-Produced by DJ Toomp and containing elements of Little Child Runnin' Wild performed by Curtis Mayfield, this slow, DTP sounding jam is all about those who idolize their cars. I'm sure Luda was inspired by "2 Fast 2 Furious" and even his role in the ground-breaking "Crash." The song is aight, but I can't get into really. B
Hopeless-Produced by Heazy and featuring Trick Daddy, this slow rap song is all about being at the very "rock bottom" with no subsequent way to go but up. It's in the vein of Child of the Night in exposing the hard knocks of life in a way that despite the title still provides hope. Trick Daddy's rap fits the style of this song, and he spits some encouraging stuff. A
Virgo-Produced by Salaam Remi and featuring Nas & Doug E. Fresh is a throwback cut that features rappers who are WHAT CAN IT BE? Virgos. It's a nice relief after the hard realities set forth in the latter song, but what's the point? A waste of talent with Nas and Doug. B-
Overall, this CD is great especially compared to the lackluster 2003 Chicken & Beer, which only contained a few actual good songs on Ludacris' level. With this CD, it seems as if Luda refocused and experienced a creative renaissance as the songs are tight. It seems that Luda is slowly matriculating into status of being a rap legend, which he deserves in another 10 years. The CD has sold 2 million copies, and it's nice to look forward to what Luda will offer next."