Thursday, March 18, 2010

Ludacris - Battle Of The Sexes

So Battle Of The Sexes has been rumored to be dropping for some time now. Originally the record was going to be a split release with Shawnna, but when she bailed on DTP, the record morphed into a quasi-concept record with a gang of guests. Say what you want, but you can't dispute that Luda can rhyme his ass off. He also grinds seriously. He is everywhere, from commercials to movies to mix tapes. He's kind of like Heavy D was back in the day, in that he had skills, but was well-liked by serious rap heads and pop fans of all ages. I'm sure his radio background didn't hurt either.

So, the record. The first couple singles were pretty decent, especially My Chick Bad with Nicki Minaj. The tweaked vocals on How Low are pretty cool for a normally played-out concept and Hey Ho actually sounds pretty decent for having Lil Kim's Jocelyn Wildenstein looking ass on it. Check Hey Ho on Jimmy Fallon with ?uest on harmonized vocals. All this bodes well, especially as I can name on one hand hip hop records that actually have three solid tracks on them. I'd say that Battle Of The Sexes actually scores a lot higher than that. I'm not sure what they were thinking with that Sex Room song, but all in all this is a pretty solid record. For a commercial hip-hop release it's fucking exceptional. You might actually think that Def Jam has some life in them.


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