Release Date: Sep 26, 2006
Record label: Def Jam
Ludacris :: Release TherapyDisturbing Tha Peace/Def JamAuthor: Steve 'Flash' JuonChristopher Brian Bridges. Wasn't he that kid from Beverly Hills 90210 that thought he could rap? Hung out with the Pharcyde, put out an album nobody bought, all that shit? What - that's Ludacris' real name? Nah you're playin' with me. Seriously? Ludacris is Christopher Brian Bridges? Well I be damned.
Oprah Winfrey criticised Chris "Ludacris" Bridges for making derogatory references to women. She had a fair point: the cover of his 2003 album Chicken and Beer featured the Atlanta-born rapper and actor about to gnaw on a "bitch's" leg. For the first half of his fifth album, it's business as usual with "the bedroom gangster" playing to the gallery on Girls Gone Wild ("I'll put 'em in a trance till I get 'em out their pants") and calls on arse-obsessed Pharrell Williams to provide the beats and chorus for Money Maker.
Maybe it's the new haircut, maybe it's the budding acting career, or maybe it's just the inevitable step toward maturity that an artist takes after six years of making records, because there's definitely something on Ludacris' fifth release for Def Jam, that makes him move away from the funnier rhymes that made him famous and toward something that's trying to be a little more meaningful. Release Therapy, which, according to Luda, is supposed to be divided into a "release" and a "therapy" side, begins with club-friendly songs about money and getting it on (and often the two are interconnected). "End of the Night," with Bobby V.