The Deal: After his last CD release in 2008, Theater of the Mind, Ludacris is back with the release of his seventh studio album, Battle of the Sexes.
The Good: The first two songs on the CD, "Intro" and "How Low," make you want to pop it and drop it. While the CD starts off on a good foot, Ludacris unfortunately loses his footing through the rest of the album until track 10, "B.O.T.S. Radio," which is humorous and speaks the dirty truth about men and women. Ludacris was in good company on the album, with guests such as Monica, Eve and Trey Songz.
The Bad: Let's face it, Ludacris' rap abilities can't compare to rappers like Lil Wayne and Snoop Dogg. Most tracks on the CD lack originality, flavor and meaning. The background beats fail to make me want bounce around. I hear what Ludacris is saying and honestly don't care because I can't feel his rhymes. The consistent repetition of words in "Everybody Drunk" and "Feelin' So Sexy" made it seem as if he couldn't come up with anything else to say, so he just decided to repeat one verse six times in a row.
The Verdict: The whole CD is a sweaty orgy of sloppy words and sex. I miss the days when rap songs had depth and meaning, lately it seems uninspired rappers divert to talking about sex and "hoes" just to produce CDs. "Feelin' So Sexy" and "Sex Room" lacked significant meaning besides "let's get it on" – and nobody can sing it like Barry White. Overall, the CD's message conveys why so many 12-year-olds are poppin' out kids like Pez, and it makes me scared for generations to come. Bonus track "Sexting" was a downright rip on the Tiger Woods scandal and clearly had no reason for being on the CD; let's leave the celebrity jabs to TMZ and Talk Soup, shall we.