Theater of the Mind [Clean Lyrics]

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All Music Guide - David Jeffries
Calling its guest vocalist co-stars and kicking-off with a "the movie's about to begin" intro, Ludacris' Theater of the Mind is dressed-up as some conceptual piece but this hodgepodge of high-gloss tracks just barely sticks together. While his previous effort, 2006's Release Therapy, was much more the thematically tight album and deserved a concept, this loose set of tunes is all-together more entertaining, thanks in no small part to a highly inspired Luda and all the punch lines he lands. Most are unquotable jokes that sound nothing but filthy when taken out of context -- especially the one about rappers so full of something they end up "rhyming in farts" -- but the ...
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All Music Guide - David Jeffries
Calling its guest vocalist co-stars and kicking-off with a "the movie's about to begin" intro, Ludacris' Theater of the Mind is dressed-up as some conceptual piece but this hodgepodge of high-gloss tracks just barely sticks together. While his previous effort, 2006's Release Therapy, was much more the thematically tight album and deserved a concept, this loose set of tunes is all-together more entertaining, thanks in no small part to a highly inspired Luda and all the punch lines he lands. Most are unquotable jokes that sound nothing but filthy when taken out of context -- especially the one about rappers so full of something they end up "rhyming in farts" -- but the superstar team-up with T.I. called "Wish You Would" boasts about "So many shoes that my closet look like Finish Line" and brings other reminders of "Pimpin' All Over the World" and its unashamed vision that wealth equals victory. Speaking of reminders, "Call Up the Homies" is a slower version of "the gather up the crew" number with Luda and special guest the Game trading lines in the style of 50 Cent and Eminem's "Gattman and Robbin'," or Snoop Dogg and B Real's "Vato." The only innovation on the track is the working in of Willy Northpole, a new hire at Luda's DTP label who has his international debut ushered in by giants. The whole Luda universe -- a place where albums are now just part of the picture -- gets involved as Hollywood weaves in and out, and a Chris Rock routine that questions the rapper's appearance at the Oscar's is brilliantly flipped into the self-deprecating "Everybody Hates Chris." Ving Rhames doing the James Earl Jones thing, the Floyd Mayweather appearance, and Don Cannon's Edwin Starr meets karate film production on "Undisputed" are other amazing moments, and while the Lil Wayne, T-Pain, and Chris Brown collaborations are all completely unsurprising, they all come with rock-solid hooks. Tacked on the end is a genuine and moving wake-up call where Luda, Common, and Spike Lee ask the urban youth to leave the 40s and the cocaine game behind. "I see the sunshine/Gazing through the windowpane/Blazing like indo flame" is how Luda sells a better life to the kids, proving this very smart, smart aleck may not be as hungry as six albums back, he's hardly a sellout on autopilot. [Theater of the Mind was also made available in a clean version with all explicit material removed.]
Rolling Stone - Christian Hoard
...Luda's thundering cadence and pop-wise club jams are strong on "One More Drink," where he raps that Hennessy plus Buddha "equals you mixed with ... Luda." Dude's still a fine horn-dog comedian. 1/2
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/24/2008
  • Label: Def Jam
  • UPC: 602517827530
  • Catalog Number: 001202102

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Intro (1:54)
  2. 2 Undisputed - Floyd "Money" Mayweather (4:32)
  3. 3 Wish You Would - T.I. (4:47)
  4. 4 One More Drink - T-Pain (3:40)
  5. 5 Call Up the Homies - Willy Northpole (4:03)
  6. 6 Southern Gangsta - Ving Rhames (4:33)
  7. 7 Everybody Hates Chris (4:53)
  8. 8 What Them Girls Like - Chris Brown (4:01)
  9. 9 Nasty Girl - Plies (4:32)
  10. 10 Contagious (4:45)
  11. 11 Last of a Dying Breed (4:09)
  12. 12 MVP (3:49)
  13. 13 I Do It for Hip Hop (5:22)
  14. 14 Do the Right Thang (7:45)
  15. 15 [CD-Rom Track]
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ludacris Primary Artist
E. Jones Keyboards
Poke & Tone Drums
Joseph Alexander Keyboards
Dru Betts Vocals
Kamau Georges Background Vocals
Mayne Zane Background Vocals
Technical Credits
DJ Premier Score
Jeff Dixon Executive Producer
Eric Jensen Engineer
J. Peter Robinson Art Direction
Scott Spencer Storch Score
Mike "Hitman" Wilson Engineer
Rodney Jerkins Score
E. Jones keyboard arrangements
Doug Joswick Package Production
Swizz Beatz Score
Glenn Schick Mastering
Chris Atlas Marketing
Andrew Coleman Engineer
Chaka Zulu Executive Producer
Clinton Sparks Score
Wayne Allison Engineer
Morgan Garcia Engineer
Inaam Haq Engineer
Brian Warwick Engineer
Will Ragland Art Direction
9th Wonder keyboard arrangements
Javier Valverde Engineer
Sean Garrett Score
Miles Walker Engineer
Zach Fisher Engineer
Orlando Rashid Engineer
Christian Baker Engineer
Derrick Selby Engineer
Neo Tanusakdi Engineer
Don Cannon Engineer, Score
The Runners Score
Wyldfyre Score
Finis "KY" White Engineer
Kamau Georges Score
8TRIX Score
Artemus Jenkins Video Director
Aiyisha Obafemi Mitchell Marketing
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