Word of Mouf

Word of Mouf

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by Ludacris
     
 

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Ludacris may be one of the best punch-line rappers in the business. With raunchy lyrics such as "Smell the aroma of a ding-a-ling king," from Word of Mouf's appropriately titled "Freaky Things," it's obvious that the Atlanta rapper revels in the goofball humor of a sex-obsessed, rhyming comedian. And for the most part, the shtick works -- to club-thumping

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Ludacris may be one of the best punch-line rappers in the business. With raunchy lyrics such as "Smell the aroma of a ding-a-ling king," from Word of Mouf's appropriately titled "Freaky Things," it's obvious that the Atlanta rapper revels in the goofball humor of a sex-obsessed, rhyming comedian. And for the most part, the shtick works -- to club-thumping proportions. Unfortunately, on his latest disc, 'Cris is strong on delivery but weak on concept. He knows how to milk his charisma: Against some of the Dirty South's hottest beats, Ludacris has dropped his share of killer singles, from 2000's "What's Your Fantasy" and "Southern Hospitality" to the 2001 jams "Area Codes," featuring Nate Dogg, and "Rollout" (both appear on Word...). While he boasts with the best of them, 'Cris only shows signs of deeper convictions on "Growing Pains," a poignant reflection on growing up in the '80s. If Ludacris sticks to his bread-and-butter -- the womp-womp beats and funnyman hijinks of songs like "Cry Babies (Oh No)" -- he'll continue to seduce radio play lists and cop plenty of BET video rotations as rap's lampshade-wearing class clown. But in the rap game, being the life of the party is rarely an insult.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jason Birchmeier
Ludacris' second album for Def Jam, Word of Mouf, is a superstar affair that aims for mass appeal with a broad array of different styles. Nearly every track features some sort of collaborator, either hitmaking producers like Timbaland and Organized Noize, big-name rappers like Mystikal and Twista, hook-singing crooners like Nate Dogg and Jagged Edge, or fellow Disturbing tha Peace group members I-20, Shawnna, Lil' Fate, and Tity Boi -- and sometimes a combinations of these various ingredients. The resulting album is surely impressive, propelled by lively production, colorful guests, and an omnipresent touch of humor. More hilarious than before, Ludacris lightens his lyrical style here, leaving behind much of thuggishness that had characterized his previous album, Back for the First Time, in favor of witty puns and sly innuendoes. A particularly humorous highlight is the previously released (on the Rush Hour 2 soundtrack) single "Area Codes," a tongue-twisting, good-spirited Jazze Pha production. Less humorous though likewise standout is the lead single, "Rollout (My Business)," a rallying Timbaland production with a simple yet inescapable hook. Other highlights include the Organized Noize-produced booty-shaker "Saturday (Oooh Oooh!)," the Jagged Edge-sung "Freaky Thangs," and the Beats by the Pound-esque posse track "Move Bitch." There's also a hidden bonus track here that's likewise an explosive collaboration, the Jermaine Dupri-led "Welcome to Atlanta." There are a lot of highlights here; however, amid all of these various team-ups you do lose a little bit of the sincere, personal edge that had characterized much of Ludacris' debut. Even so, it's overall a worthy exchange, since there's something here on Word of Mouf for everyone, signaling Ludacris' leap from the Dirty South underground to the pop-rap mass market.
Entertainment Weekly - Tom Sinclair
With his fashionably foul worldview, Ludacris could be Red Foxx's bastard son, and Word often seems like an extended Dolemite routine set to hip-hop beats. [B]

Product Details

Release Date:
11/27/2001
Label:
Def Jam
UPC:
0731458644620
catalogNumber:
586446
Rank:
19366

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ludacris   Primary Artist,Vocals,Rap
Scarface   Vocals
Mimi   Vocals
Mystikal   Track Performer
Jeff Williams   Vocals
Three 6 Mafia   Track Performer
Nate Dogg   Track Performer
Twista   Track Performer
Jazze Pha   Background Vocals
Roxye Dock   Vocals
Parish Williams   Vocals
Shawty   Vocals
Marvin "Chanz" Parkman   Piano
Shondrae   Vocals
Ray Murray   Bass
Sleepy Brown   Track Performer
4-Ize   Vocals

Technical Credits

Jook   Producer
Organized Noize   Producer
Kevin Parker   Engineer
Mike "Hitman" Wilson   Engineer
Butch BelAir   Photo Illustration
Jazze Pha   Producer
Timbaland   Producer
Bill Importico   Engineer
Chris Theis   Engineer
Josh Butler   Engineer
KLC   Producer,Engineer
Sean Davis   Engineer
Jason Rome   Engineer
Swizz Beatz   Producer
Senator Jimmy D   Engineer
Paul King   Producer
Tia Johnson   Art Direction
John Butler   Engineer
Ludacris   Executive Producer
Shondrae   Producer
Chaka Zulu   Executive Producer
Ismel Ramos   Engineer
Derrick Williams   Engineer
Kasseem Dean   Composer
Christopher Bridges   Composer

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Word of Mouf 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ludacris has done it again! His lyrics never get old, this CD is bursting with creativity and imagenation. Roll Out could possibly be my favorite song that came out this year! Area Codes is awsome, it make you wanna get up and shake your thang on the dance floor!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ludacris¿s second album is pure fun and lyrical genious. Ludacris has come up with a unique style that will not be surpassed by anyone. He is both funny and clever. ¿Rollout¿ is one of the best songs of his career along with ¿Area Codes¿ and ¿Move B!!ch¿. Ludacris is different because his lyrics are hilarious. He doesn¿t just stay with the usual subjects of drugs, money, and cars. He actually makes more of an effort to inlcude things more exciting. Compared to his first album, Ludacris seems to have gained more recognition from his second album than his first. The only thing that his second album does not have is a good dance song.
Guest More than 1 year ago
HEY WAT UP I JUST WANNA SAY DAT I LUV DIS CD AND ALL THA OTHA 1'Z TOO...HE HAS DOES A TIZZIGHT JOB ON DIS CD AND HE IS DO EVEN BETTA ON CHICKEN-N-BEER
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ludacris has potential to be a good rapper, but he seems to be too busy trying to be a comedian. Maybe he should try stand up. The best thing about this album are the guest appearences by Twista, Nate Dogg, and Mystikal.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This cd is the bomb everyone should have this 1, all of his. He is soooo fine and so is his cds, holla back!
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