After four long years, rapper Ludacris is back with a new album and he's using every weapon in his arsenal. Fittingly titled Ludaversal, the animated wordsmith has produced a project with something for everyone. Whether it be his ability to hit you with rapid-fire cadences or gut-checking punchlines, Luda is out to prove his hunger for music never subsided despite his absence.
The 14-track collection (18 if you pick up the deluxe edition) boasts songs that run the gambit of Ludacris's personality. On songs such as "Grass Is Always Greener" we find a more introspective man trying to leave his wild partying days behind him yet finding it hard to do so over a synth-heavy Da Internz production.
Luda continues to show his growth and maturity on the Miguel-assisted "Good Lovin'." The song details some of the drama he's faced in his past relationships and how his exes are green with envy about his new marriage. "Pay for your mistakes and your exes take a commission," raps an impassioned Luda.
While Ludacris has grown, he hasn't left the club completely. "Get Lit" is a banger which will result in the listener doing as the title suggests. "Come and See Me," which features Mississippi rapper/producer Big K.R.I.T., is a trunk rattling cut that begs for an aimless drive through the city with the windows down and the volume cranked to its highest decibel.
Ludacris adds some aggressive flavor to the mix with "Call Ya Bluff." Only this time he's not dissing anyone in particular. Luda's just reminding rappers if they want to bring him beef, he'll grill them like steak.
There's something for every type of Ludacris fan on his eighth album, due to hit stores on March 31. Though he may have been busy cashing checks in Hollywood, Ludaversal underlines the fact Luda will still get furious on the mic.
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