The Red Light District

The Red Light District

by Ludacris


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Ludacris' never-ending run of guest verses rolled on through 2004 (for better or worse), as did the hit singles from 2003's Chicken -n- Beer. He still managed to find the time to come out with The Red Light District, an album with content that rarely reflects the illicit-sounding title. There's nothing as squalid as "Splash Waterfalls," for instance -- the low point of the MC's career, regardless of chart success -- and yet, at the same time, there's nothing as immense as "Stand Up," and there isn't anything quite as ferocious as "Southern Fried Intro/Blow It Out." Bragging, boasting, clowning around, getting high, dispersing words of wisdom -- these are the overriding themes. Ludacris is more relaxed than ever, his mix of off-the-wall wisecracks and lofty proclamations established immediately after the intro. No other MC could rattle off a stream of Austin Powers riffs without sounding corny, which he duly proves over Green Lantern's apt spin-cycle treatment of Quincy Jones' "Soul Bossa Nova": "Causin' lyrical disasters, it's the master/Make music for Mini-Mes, models, and Fat Bastards/These women trying to get me out my Pelle Pelles/They strip off my clothes and tell me, 'Get in my belly!'/Stay on the track, hit the ground running like Flo Jo/Sit back in time and never lost my mojo." Luda hasn't slipped into the complacent lap of luxury as deeply as some of his fellow platinum contemporaries, but it's evident that he's not as hungry as he once was. A handful of top-level productions help make up for this, such as the Medicine Men's sufficiently rowdy work on "Get Back," Timbaland's tribal/safari-like backdrop on "The Potion" (one of his most radical productions since Ms. Jade's "Big Head," with owl hoots and wild-bird caws in place of synth notes and percussion accents), and L.T. Moe's squirting/jingling loose-booty funk on "Spur of the Moment" (which could be mistaken for a DJ Quik track, especially since he MCs on it).

Product Details

Release Date: 12/07/2004
Label: Def Jam
UPC: 0602498638019
catalogNumber: 000348302
Rank: 37298

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ludacris   Primary Artist,Rap
Doug E. Fresh   Beat Box
Dave Robbins   Keyboards
Marqueze Etheridge   Background Vocals
Sleepy Brown   Keyboards
Melinda Johnson   Background Vocals
Tity Boi   Vocals
Keri Hilson   Background Vocals
Katt Williams   Vocals
Brolic D   Vocals
DJ Jaycee   scratching
Dolla Boy   Vocals
Kimmi   Track Performer
Small World   Track Performer
Raybezzie   Track Performer
Rockell Minor   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Quincy Jones   Composer
DJ Quik   Engineer
DJ Toomp   Producer,Audio Production
Jimmy Douglass   Engineer
Brian Frye   Engineer
Charnessa Jones   Engineer
Craig King   Producer,Engineer
T. Moore   Composer
Organized Noize   Programming,Producer
Salaam Remi   Producer,Audio Production
TicToc   Producer
M. Morales   Composer
Timbaland   Producer,Audio Production
Kevin Crouse   Engineer
Scott Kieklak   Engineer
Deborah Mannis-Gardner   Sample Clearance
Sean Davis   Engineer
James M. Wisner   Engineer
P. Brown   Composer
Tim Mosley   Composer
Medicine Men   Producer,Engineer
D. Blake   Composer
Tia Johnson   Art Direction
Joey P.   Engineer
DJ Green Lantern   Producer,Audio Production
Ludacris   Executive Producer
Mark Valentine   Engineer
Chaka Zulu   Executive Producer
Donnie Scantz   Producer
David Jimenez Lopez   Engineer
Nathaniel Hale   Composer
Demacio Castellon   Engineer
Needlz   Producer,Engineer
Michael Fox   Marketing
Icedrake   Producer
Bryan "B" Baldwin   Engineer
Josh Monroy   Engineer
Dale "Rambro" Ramsey   Engineer
Noah McDonough   Logo Illustration
Erica Bowen   Recording Producer
DK All Day   Producer
Portia Kirkland   Marketing
L.T. Moe   Producer
Wonder Arillo   Engineer
Christopher Bridges   Composer
Heazy   Audio Production
Polow da Don   Producer

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