Album Review: Ludacris “Ludaversal” by Blade Brown
Its been a little over 5 years to the date since Christopher “Ludacris” Bridges released his last album, “Battle Of The Sexes“. While the album was successful, it never felt quite like a Ludacris album. Probably because it was originally planned as a joint album with his then DTP artist Shawnna, who left the label for unknown reasons. Five years and two Fast and Furious movies later, Luda is back with a new album, “Ludaversal“.
I’ve always been a Ludacris fan, and I always felt he doesn’t get the credit he deserves. But with some of his visuals and his at times animated flow, I can see why some would overlook him. The album opens with the David Banner produced title track that has Luda firing a lyrical onslaught right out of the gate. On “Grass Is Always Greener” Luda raps about making changes to his life, only to yearn for the things he used to do. Something almost everyone can identify with. The gritty “Call Ya Bluff” is a hard hitting open invitation to his naysayers. After a unnecessary single verse song, the Marshawn Lynch inspired “Beast Mode” tries to keep the album rocking, then a unfunny skit, the radio aimed “Get Lit” and another single verse song brings the album’s vibe down. Luckily the album picks back up with the Big K.R.I.T featured “Come and See Me” and never looses steam again.
The Miguel featured “Good Lovin” is just a great song. “Ocean Skies” has Luda talking about the loss of his father, and how great a man he was despite being an alcoholic. The album’s last three songs are all personal. “Not Long” details the road he travelled to be where he is. On “Charge It To The Rap Game” he raps about the hardships that comes with a professional rapper. The album’s closing song, the Just Blaze produced “This Has Been My World” is a tune where he rejoices on having a great life and enjoying the fruits of his labor.
After a five year hiatus, Ludacris has come back with a vengeance. Although it has a few minor slips, Ludaversal is a great way to step back into the game, and an even better way to welcome the next generation of listeners who just wanna hear good music.
“Come and See Me”
“This Has Been My World”