December 16, 2004 |
Atlanta rapper Ludacris entered the national sales chart at No. 1 with his new "Red Light District" album, which sold 322,000 copies during its first week in stores. That figure was significantly shy of the 430,000 copies his "Chicken-N-Beer" sold during its first week of release in October of last year but was more than enough to nail down the top slot. U2 held on to the No.
December 15, 2004 |
Ludacris "Red Light District" (Def Jam South) *** This ingenious Atlanta rapper is best known for his wit and his exaggerated delivery, but earning respect as a top-tier lyricist seems to be the main goal of his fourth major-label album. On the abbreviated, punch-line-laden "Intro," he fires off one dazzling one-liner after another, and his devilish boasts on the hilarious "Number One Spot" display his distinctive brand of hip-hop humor in song form.
March 23, 2004 |
"Take it back," Ludacris shouted to DJ Jaycee about 10 minutes into his concert Sunday at the Wiltern LG. With a devilish grin, the nimble-fingered DJ then cued up the frantic "Southern Hospitality," Ludacris' spasmodic 2000 hit. The Neptunes-produced cut's pulsating keyboards and pounding drums gave Ludacris a seemingly unnecessary shot of adrenaline, as the Atlanta rapper kicked an already energetic stage show into an overdrive that lasted through the remainder of his 65-minute set.
October 16, 2003 |
Atlanta hip-hop rules the nation's pop album sales chart for the third consecutive week, but it's now Ludacris at No. 1, not OutKast, the duo that led the sales parade for the last two weeks. Ludacris' "Chicken-N-Beer" sold 430,000 copies last week, easily surpassing the 187,000 registered by the runner-up, OutKast's "Speakerboxxx/The Love Below."
October 12, 2003 |
Ludacris "Chicken-N-Beer" (Def Jam South) *** 1/2 This Atlanta artist earned a high-profile adversary last year when conservative TV-radio commentator Bill O'Reilly chastised Pepsi for using the R-rated rapper to push its soda. Ludacris subsequently lost his endorsement and he strikes back at O'Reilly on his third major-label album. But as is typically the case with Ludacris' intense yet lighthearted music, there's more humor than rage in his disdain for his TV foe.
October 6, 2003 |
The most popular themes of the day between songs at Saturday's P3 event: smoking weed, and alcohol and sex (although that was not the term used by artists on stage). Power 106's day-long celebration of music, cars and sports at the Hyundai Pavilion at Glen Helen in Devore was, for better or worse, all about the party.
February 14, 2003 |
PepsiCo Inc.'s on-again, off-again plan to ward off a hip-hop boycott with charity dollars is on again. Sort of. The soft-drink giant signed a $3-million agreement Thursday with hip-hop activists who denounced the company for dumping a commercial by controversial rapper Ludacris.
August 27, 2001 |
When you have a dozen of the hottest acts from a particular pop genre, as was the case with Saturday's sold-out "Powerhouse" concert at Arrowhead Pond in Anaheim, the temptation is to take advantage of the event to look for deeper meaning in the pop style. Looking for insight into the world of hip-hop from the "Powerhouse" show, however, is like going to an "American Pie" double feature to study cinema.
March 22, 2001 |
Def Jam Records was a major force in rap in the 1980s, releasing music by such genre-defining acts as LL Cool J, Public Enemy, Slick Rick and the Beastie Boys. Its current roster includes DMX, Jay-Z and Ja Rule. Def Jam is a New York label with a focus in New York acts, but that didn't stop an Atlanta kid named Christopher Bridges from imagining himself being signed to the company as he grew up listening to its artists. "Def Jam meant hip-hop to me," he says.