ccfresh | Alabama | 04/23/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"great album no doubt... maybe not quite as good as his last one but definitely worth goin out and buyin"
Luda is back!
ccfresh | 11/27/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I thought this album wuz pretty cool when I bought it. It had good songs with a great intro. A few of my personal favorites were get back, number 1 spot, the potion, pimpin all over the world, and 2 miles an hour. Spur of the moment was pretty good, too. But the album had a little room for improvement. Number 11, Large Amounts, has to be one of the worst tracks he has ever made. The one he did with DMX kinda disappointed me. I expected more from that single when I read it off the back of the CD as a track. But overall, it is a good album. I didn't regret buying it."
"It's not the universe, it's the Ludaverse" (3.5 stars)
ccfresh | 07/18/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)
"After the lackluster album "Chicken -N- Beer", one would wonder - where does Luda go with his next album? The answer is simple - back to basics. On "Red Light District", Luda does what he does best: boast, pimp, tell people to "Get Back", you know, the usual Luda-stuff. Punchline after punchline, it's obvious we're listening to a rejuvenated Luda.
What better place to start proving your worth than on the Intro. Produced by Timbaland, Luda spits hot line after hot line for about 1:20, making one of the best intros I've ever heard. The next track, "Number One Spot" is equally as impressive, with DJ Green Lantern sampling the Austin Powers them to create the backdrop of a driving bassline - and it works wonders. Not to mention Luda cleverly dropping Austin Powers references. The album starts to slip a bit at "Put Your Money", an uninspired cut about gambling. The tired bells and DMX on the hook (sorta) doesn't cut it. Ludacris tries something different on "Blueberry Yum Yum" with mixed results. Produced by Organized Noize, Luda's ode to pot is certainly interesting, and it's not for everyone.
"Child of the Night" with Nate Dogg on the hook is a gem, but "Potion" produced by Timbo is skip-material. "Pass Out" is an alright cut for the clubs, followed by the lone "Skit" on the album - and it's a hilarious one. "Spur The Moment" featuring DJ Quik is a great track with Luda and Quik trading lines over a nice west-coast beat, surprisingly enough NOT produced by Quik. Luda then introduces the newest members of DTP on "Who Not Me", not really feeling this one. "Large Amounts" has some of the goofiest sampling I've ever heard, but Luda rebounds on the last 4 tracks. The smooth cut "Pimpin' All Over the World" is a winner and Luda slows down the tempo appropriately for "Two Miles an Hour". Trick Daddy jumps on board and reminisces with Luda on "Hopeless", and the album ends on a very, very high note with "Virgo". Featuring Nas and beatbox legend Doug E. Fresh on the beat, Virgo has the sound of an instant classic.
While it has it's share of filler for sure, "Red Light District" remains a very entertaining album. "Get Back" was a sign of good things to come before the album, now it's time to put any doubts about Luda to rest."