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Red Light District

The Red Light District

4.9 8
by Ludacris

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Ludacris' never-ending run of guest verses rolled on through 2004 (for better or worse), as did the hit singles from 2003's Chicken -n- Beer. He still managed to find the time to come out with The Red Light District, an album with content that rarely reflects the illicit-sounding


Ludacris' never-ending run of guest verses rolled on through 2004 (for better or worse), as did the hit singles from 2003's Chicken -n- Beer. He still managed to find the time to come out with The Red Light District, an album with content that rarely reflects the illicit-sounding title. There's nothing as squalid as "Splash Waterfalls," for instance -- the low point of the MC's career, regardless of chart success -- and yet, at the same time, there's nothing as immense as "Stand Up," and there isn't anything quite as ferocious as "Southern Fried Intro/Blow It Out." Bragging, boasting, clowning around, getting high, dispersing words of wisdom -- these are the overriding themes. Ludacris is more relaxed than ever, his mix of off-the-wall wisecracks and lofty proclamations established immediately after the intro. No other MC could rattle off a stream of Austin Powers riffs without sounding corny, which he duly proves over Green Lantern's apt spin-cycle treatment of Quincy Jones' "Soul Bossa Nova": "Causin' lyrical disasters, it's the master/Make music for Mini-Mes, models, and Fat Bastards/These women trying to get me out my Pelle Pelles/They strip off my clothes and tell me, 'Get in my belly!'/Stay on the track, hit the ground running like Flo Jo/Sit back in time and never lost my mojo." Luda hasn't slipped into the complacent lap of luxury as deeply as some of his fellow platinum contemporaries, but it's evident that he's not as hungry as he once was. A handful of top-level productions help make up for this, such as the Medicine Men's sufficiently rowdy work on "Get Back," Timbaland's tribal/safari-like backdrop on "The Potion" (one of his most radical productions since Ms. Jade's "Big Head," with owl hoots and wild-bird caws in place of synth notes and percussion accents), and L.T. Moe's squirting/jingling loose-booty funk on "Spur of the Moment" (which could be mistaken for a DJ Quik track, especially since he MCs on it).

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Def Jam

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ludacris   Primary Artist,Rap
Doug E. Fresh   Beat Box
Dave Robbins   Keyboards
Marqueze Etheridge   Background Vocals
Sleepy Brown   Keyboards
Melinda Johnson   Background Vocals
Tity Boi   Vocals
Keri Hilson   Background Vocals
Katt Williams   Vocals
Brolic D   Vocals
DJ Jaycee   scratching
Dolla Boy   Vocals
Kimmi   Track Performer
Small World   Track Performer
Raybezzie   Track Performer
Rockell Minor   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Quincy Jones   Composer
DJ Quik   Engineer
DJ Toomp   Producer,Audio Production
Jimmy Douglass   Engineer
Brian Frye   Engineer
Charnessa Jones   Engineer
Craig King   Producer,Engineer
T. Moore   Composer
Organized Noize   Programming,Producer
Salaam Remi   Producer,Audio Production
TicToc   Producer
M. Morales   Composer
Timbaland   Producer,Audio Production
Kevin Crouse   Engineer
Scott Kieklak   Engineer
Deborah Mannis-Gardner   Sample Clearance
Sean Davis   Engineer
James M. Wisner   Engineer
P. Brown   Composer
Tim Mosley   Composer
Medicine Men   Producer,Engineer
N. Hale   Composer
D. Blake   Composer
Tia Johnson   Art Direction
Joey P.   Engineer
DJ Green Lantern   Producer,Audio Production
Ludacris   Executive Producer
Mark Valentine   Engineer
Chaka Zulu   Executive Producer
Donnie Scantz   Producer
David Jimenez Lopez   Engineer
Demacio Castellon   Engineer
Needlz   Producer,Engineer
Michael Fox   Marketing
Icedrake   Producer
Bryan "B" Baldwin   Engineer
Josh Monroy   Engineer
Dale "Rambro" Ramsey   Engineer
Noah McDonough   Logo Illustration
Erica Bowen   Recording Producer
DK All Day   Producer
Portia Kirkland   Marketing
L.T. Moe   Producer
Wonder Arillo   Engineer
Christopher Bridges   Composer
Heazy   Audio Production
Polow da Don   Producer

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The Red Light District 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As Luda said on Chickin N Beer. Im just one disc away from fillin your disc changer. Hes been on everyone whos anyones record, but after the last 3 tracks with Usher I was a little sceptical of how this album might sound, but I love it. Not that "Yeah", "Red Light" and "Lovers And Friends" werent hot, lets just say Im glad there is no Ursh on this album. The single Get Back is soooo hot. Other favs are Child of the night(It sounds like a kanye beat, Might Be I dont have the liner notes) "Pass Out" is killa and "Who Not Me" with the sweet backtalk chorus will be a Sing Along Song of this album like "Screwed Up" was for chicken n beer. I also love the Austin Powers Inspired "Number One Spot". I love this album, my only complaint is the beat on #10 "Spur Of The Moment", it just feels too old school. Anyways buy this album and lets hope Luda will fill my 25disc changer. Peace
Guest More than 1 year ago
tight beats, tight lyrics, luda has no end in sight, he's probably the best collabo man in the game right now next to lil jon'. this album is bangin', the potion , spur of the moment, and get back will get the party crunk fo sure. large amounts speaks about how his friends and family want doe now cause he's a big rap star, number one spot has that hot sample from the austin powers movie. i'm really feeling that one, even the intro is hot. if def jam loses this man to another label, it'll be their loss. keep doing ya thing luda
Guest More than 1 year ago
when i bought this album, i had some high expectations. i listened to it like 5 times and i couldnt get enough. its the only cd ive heard that has a good intro. the good songs are 1,2,3,5,6,7,13. get back and the potion are some of the best songs i have heard all year. if u liked any of ludas older cds, then pick up this one. a classic
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is my favorite Ludacris album (but I say that everytime one comes out...). I just saw him live last week (thanks Auburn for getting such an awesome artist to play for us~) Ludacris is a genious! Pure and utter Genious.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best albums just like word of mauf and back for the very first time. Hes got some great beats and guest apearences. DMX gotta make another album. I cant wait for the next ludacris album.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
all i have to say is that luda does it again, my fav track is number one spot...on this track he has a lil austin powers beat that he rips. "Who not me" is also another hott track, to be honest i dont see a weak spot on this cd. Go and cop it!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've never been so entertained by a skit in my life (No. 9). I fell out laughing during that and the skit at the end of "Pimpin' all over the world" with the "Beat It phenomenon." Ludacris has the right touch of humor, hardcore, and dance that I love in an artist. I adore any artist that is versatile enough to offer me all three and this is it. I can listen to this cd all the way through without skipping a song, although "Intro" (he is the only artist I listen to whose first song is the BEST song), "Number One Spot", "Get Back", and the beatboxing and Nas' part on "Virgo". I wasn't feeling Doug E. Fresh's part of the song, but it's all good cause I could hear that man beatbox all day. I wish Ludacris' verse on Young Buck's cd was on here because that was off the chain but then again...this cd was off the chain regardless. Ironically, right next to T.I., Ludacris is my Number One favorite hip hop artist.