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Ludacris new album, “Battle of the Sexes” just doesn’t compare to his previous albums.

This follow up is already on the right track to surpass the impressive sales from the multi- platinum rapper’s previous album.

“Battle of the Sexes” has already sold 137,300 units in just its first week in stores.

This is Ludacris’s fifth album to hit number one on the Billboard Hip-Hop/R&B charts.

In “Battle of the Sexes,” Ludacris boasts a new rapping style that emphasizes up-tempo songs best suited for partying and dancing.

This style is a major change from “Theatre of the Mind”, which centered around saving and preserving hip-hop.

“Battle of the Sexes” is full of “club bangers” that are good for blasting when looking to get amped.

Songs like “My Chick Bad” and “How Low” are sure to get the crowd moving with enticing lyrics and ground shaking bass.

However, when you’re in the mood to sit back and mellow out, this album doesn’t make the cut.

While the rest of Ludacris’s albums offer versatility, this album remains constant with the same sound all the way through.

True Ludacris fans might be disappointed with “Battle of the Sexes,” his seventh album.

Other Ludacris albums such as 2001’s “Word of Mouf” and 2000’s “Back for the First Time” are in a different league compared to “Battle of the Sexes.”

Smooth lyrics over top-notch production distinguished those albums from other hip-hop albums before them.

Those earlier Ludacris albums are arguably hip-hop classics, and “Battle of the Sexes” finds Ludacris taking on a totally new approach to his music.

While some hip-hop fans might still be searching for the classic sound of Ludacris, other listeners might like the album for its other dimensions.

Some highlights on this album includes noteworthy guest appearances from Trey Songz, Flo Rida, and Monica.

And songs like “Everybody Drunk” and “Tell Me a Secret” are good songs that have a fun beat, making it difficult not to dance and move.

Overall this album is full of fun songs known to get the listeners amped, and is great while on your way to a club or when hanging out with friends.

However, this album needs Ludacris to employ more of his different rapping styles.


By: Troye Waldron, Clarion Staff Writer

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