The Underrated: Ludacris- Word Of Mouf

By @TrueGodImmortal 

1. Coming To America 
2. Rollout(My Business)
3. Go To Sleep 
4. Crybabies(Oh No)
5. She Said
6. Howhere(Skit)
7. Area Codes
8. Growing Pains 
9. Greatest Hits(Skit)
10. Move Bitch 
11. Stop Lying(Skit)
12. Saturday(Oooh! Oooh!)
13. Keep It On The Hush
14. Word of Mouf(Freestyle)
15. Get The Fuck Back 
16. Freaky Thangs
17. Cold Outside 
18. Block Lockdown 
19. Welcome to Atlanta 

In November 2001, Ludacris released an album that truly catapulted his name and career. The Atlanta native(by way of Chicago) saw success with his triple platinum debut "Back For The First Time", spawning some major hits, but it would be the release of his second album "Word Of Mouf" that truly cemented him as a force to reckoned with. From the opening intro of "Coming To America", where Luda spits some heat and balances his eclectic lyricism with his comedic side as always. The first single "Rollout", produced by Timbaland, was an instant hit on radio, as well as in the clubs. While making radio and club hits, Luda would still provide us with a knocker for the street in "Go To Sleep", which features Three 6 Mafia and some of his Disturbing The Peace crew.

While I wasn't a fan of the Swizz Beatz produced "Crybabies", the classic Luda element on "She Said" was too much to ignore. On his first album, Luda gave us an anthem about hoes and here he revisits the theme with talking about hoes in denial. That's right. We all know that one woman who claims she has never done this or that, but when it comes down to it, she's definitely a pro at what she claims she wasn't. One of my favorite songs on this album, just for the accuracy and hilarity. On the mega hit "Area Codes", Luda gets blessed with some Nate Dogg hook magic as he runs off damn near every area code there is to drive home his point of having "hoes in different area codes".

The soulful "Growing Pains" brings a more serious tone to the album, as Luda and DTP member Lil' Fate talk their upbringing and the things they went through growing up. I have to take a moment to address the comedic skit "Greatest Hits", which is still one of my favorite skits ever on any album. Luda has a skit about white people singing all his hits and releasing these as a Greatest Hits album. It's Luda's greatest hits, sung by random white people and it is hilarious still. The comedy was strong here and brought a fun vibe back after the serious "Growing Pains". The mood slightly changes as we arrive at "Move Bitch", the Mystikal and I-20 assisted mega hit that could still get a party lit (depending on the age of the folks there at least). "Move Bitch" is aggression personified and yet another dimension to Ludacris and his music. Luda gets some ATL production love from Organized Noize on the Sleepy Brown assisted "Saturday", another hit from the album that still knocks in any car or speakers. My personal favorite song from the album has to be "Keep It On The Hush", which is completely a song of hilarity yet extremely smooth and soulful due to the Jazze Pha hook. Jazze Pha handled the production here as well, which is organ heavy, adding the right touch of funk to it.

As the album begins to near the end, Luda goes back to the essence with a freestyle, spitting random bars mostly acapella, then makes another aggressive track with his DTP squad "Get The Fuck Back", before arriving at one of the best tracks here in the smooth "Freaky Thangs", which features Twista and Jagged Edge. The beat is very slow and melodic, while the hook is just right to entice the ladies as Luda and Twista spit rapid fire verses to the women they are going after. Faizon Love started off the song with an intro about how he loves hoes, but he just doesn't pay them, something I think we all could understand and relate to. As Luda closes the album with "Cold Outside"and "Block Lockdown", two dope tracks, we are left with a solid album in general that has virtually no skips and showcases different elements of Ludacris, the man and artist.

With such creativity and diverse ability with his music, Luda managed to solidify himself as one of the top players in the game during this period, as Word of Mouf sold nearly 4 million copies and was nominated for a Grammy. It remains Luda's highest selling album and it is his best to me, and I would almost be willing to give it the distinction of a classic, as it has barely any skips and the music is still dope almost 15 years later. Revisit this album and enjoy!



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