Theater of the Mind

Theater of the Mind

by Ludacris


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.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/24/2008
Label: Def Jam
UPC: 0602517827523
catalogNumber: 001202002

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ludacris   Primary Artist
E. Jones   Keyboards
Poke & Tone   Drums
Joseph Alexander   Keyboards
Alexander "Spanador" Mosley   Bass Guitar,Keyboards
DJ Jaycee   Turntables
Dru Betts   Vocals
Kamau Georges   Vocals,Background Vocals
Mayne Zane   Vocals,Background Vocals
DJ Nabs   Turntables
E. Jones   Keyboards

Technical Credits

Ivory Joe Hunter   Composer
Smokey Robinson   Composer
S. Barnes   Composer
Johnny Bristol   Composer
DJ Premier   Composer,Score
DJ Toomp   Composer
Jeff Dixon   Executive Producer
Eric Jensen   Engineer
J. Olivier   Composer
J. Peter Robinson   Art Direction
Mike "Hitman" Wilson   Engineer
Rodney Jerkins   Composer,Score
J. Taylor   Composer
E. Jones   keyboard arrangements
Poke & Tone   Composer
Doug Joswick   Package Production
Beatrice Verdi   Composer
Shawn Carter   Composer
Giuseppe Donaggio   Composer
Swizz Beatz   Composer,Score
Chris Atlas   Marketing
Andrew Coleman   Engineer
Chris E. Martin   Composer
Vito Pallavicini   Composer
Ludacris   Composer
Chaka Zulu   Executive Producer
Clinton Sparks   Composer,Score
Wayne Allison   Engineer
Kasseem Dean   Composer
Morgan Garcia   Engineer
Inaam Haq   Engineer
Arthur Verocai   Composer
Brian Warwick   Engineer
Will Ragland   Art Direction
9th Wonder   Arranger,Composer,keyboard arrangements
Javier Valverde   Engineer
Lonnie Lynn   Composer
Alexander "Spanador" Mosley   Composer
Sean Garrett   Composer,Score
Miles Walker   Engineer
Zach Fisher   Engineer
Orlando Rashid   Engineer
Christian Baker   Engineer
Derrick Selby   Engineer
Neo Tanusakdi   Engineer
Don Cannon   Composer,Engineer,Score
Plies   Composer
Runners   Composer,Score
Wyldfyre   Score
Finis "KY" White   Engineer
Kamau Georges   Composer,Score
8TRIX   Composer,Score
Artemus Jenkins   Video Director
Aiyisha Obafemi Mitchell   Marketing
Y. Fowler   Composer
Wyldfyer...The Truth   Composer
W. Coleman   Composer
T. Epps   Composer
T. Bowen   Composer
R. Utley   Composer
E. Conyers   Composer
W. Roberts   Composer
A. Harr   Composer
Nicholas Warwar   Composer
Streetrunner   Composer
A. Davis   Composer
J. Boyd   Composer
Dwayne Carter   Composer
A. Mosley   Composer
N. Jones   Composer
W. Griffin   Composer
E. Jones   Arranger
E. Barrier   Composer
J. Jackson   Composer
Patrick Douthit   Composer
William Adams   Composer
Scott Storch   Composer,Score

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Theater of the Mind 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
NahNah25 More than 1 year ago
I love Ludacris as an artist and I loved this CD. It has a mixture of fast and slow songs and like always he's telling a story through words and he puts great imagery into his raps. I loved the CD and I loved the others as well. He's still a star++ in my book!!!
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