Ludacris- Word Of Mouf (20 years later)

Ludacris drops Word of Mouf 11/6.2001

Ludacris has made history marking his name as an ATL DJ to the most respected MC that has ever stepped on the mic. Before the days where he worked for Hollywood, Ludacris was signed to Def Jam South courtesy of Brad Jordan AKA Scarface. Being a top tier rapper means more than rhymes and bars. Luda captured an audience during the Nelly and Eminem times. Those rappers were big in 2000’s.

Ludacris owned the 2000's

Making his debut with Incognegro, Ludacris dropped his debut single “Whats your Fantasy" Feat. Shawna about having sex in the most random spots you can think of. Ludacris solidified himself as an MC with his musical start as Chris Lova Lova, through the radio, he already had stage presence which made Ludacris monumental in the ATL scene. Outside of artist like Outkast, Goodie Mob, Jeezy, & T.I, Luda managed to do things other MC’s didn’t want to do and that was step outside of their box to reach higher level’s to their musical journey.

Ludacris & Jay-Z, Circa 2001

Ludacris dropped his second album, Back For The First Time where he used his imagination to use. I think all artist should have an imagination because the artist who put their music out should always have a theme and concept. With Back For The First Time, this was a remark from his debut Incognegro where he signed his first contract with Def Jam South. For those who are not familiar with Incognegro, 85% of the songs are on Back For The First Time so if you bought the album; you already caught on.

The test is always at the second album and on November 6, 2001, Luda dropped his third album, Word Of Mouf. To the fans, it is his second because of the labels and marketing. The album is a spin off from Back From The First Time where it had more raps about bountiful items and cars along with fast woman and money. Ludacris never needed to talk about selling dope because he never wanted that direction. He wanted old Hip Hop back with the freedom, party songs, and effusive delivery on every song. No wonder why he had beef with Bill O’Reily because he could not understand figure of speech, especially coming from a man who can’t understand him. Dropping off singles like “Roll Out”, “Area Codes”, & many more, Ludacris could actually use this album in a Verzuz battle against Nelly back recently and still win. Ludacris was the most feared rapper in the game back then and he did not carry himself in a thug persona. He just knew how to release good music on the right timing.

Luda flexing on them in 2001

As we go into the album, we will dig track by track to see why each song mattered and how it has impacted the rap game. Not just that, even though this was not my favorite Luda album, this album made his name super solid when it comes to the hits that were dropped and the choreography and coordination on how this album was organized and crafted to perfection.



Ludacris made a name of this album because of the hits that people remember from this classic. Ludacris is a versatile rapper who can write and freestyle. He makes hits for real and them records are incredible. 20 years later and many of those still remember this album. Not making a comparison to a tragedy but remembering this album is like remembering where you were on 9/11. People knew the location they were and what they were doing.

November 6th, 2001; the fans of Chris “Ludacris” Bridges got a classic delivered to the world and record sales mattered back then. The best comes from Luda and he managed to top the charts with other big names. Things were different back then and if they had streams, Luda would break internet with this masterpiece. Each song was a party anthem and it brought something special back to Atlanta. Ludacris never had flaw’s and that is what gave him his confidence to rap on songs. This album was also being heard in the school hallways with those walking by you with their Sony Walkman singing Move Bitch when those are in your way. One of the best Sophomore albums to drop in Hip Hop!

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