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LUDACRIS: 'Release Therapy'
(1) Warning (Intro)
(2) Grew Up a Screw Up Lyrics
(3) Money Maker Lyrics
(4) Girls Gone Wild Lyrics
(5) Ultimate Satisfaction Lyrics
(6) Mouths to Feed Lyrics
(7) End of the Night Lyrics
(8) Woozy Lyrics
(9) Tell It Like It Is Lyrics
(10) War with God Lyrics
(11) Do Your Time Lyrics
(12) Slap Lyrics
(13) Runaway Love Lyrics
(14) Freedom of Preach Lyrics



In an issue of hip-hop based magazine "XXL", Ludacris was placed in the 9th spot for the most anticipated albums of 2006, for Ludacris' "Release Therapy" album. Release Therapy was released on September 26, 2006 and the album debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 album chart selling 309,800 copies in the first week making it Ludacris' third number one album in a row. As of now, the album has sold over 2 million copies in the U.S. alone.

   Unlike the previous albums released by Ludacris, Release Therapy has a more mature and serious approach to the music (e.g. the 2nd single Runaway Love is Ludacris's first stab at socially concerned music). It is also Ludacris's darkest album to date, both in mood and subject matter. The different approach Ludacris took with Release Therapy has caused many listeners and fans to debate on whether the album is Ludacris's best, or his worst. Ludacris formatted the CD to have two sides: a Release side and a Therapy side on a single CD. With the Release side having songs that allow him to get everything off his chest and the Therapy side being just feel-good music, on the flip side it's extremely dark in mood. Luda also shaved his cornrows off for now a "fade" haircut. He said with a new album that was different than his other five albums, there would be a new haircut to go with it, similar to what Busta Rhymes did his The Big Bang album.

   Ludacris also stated that his new album will be somewhat like a tape on CD. "The way we're going to try to format the record is you have your Release side and your Therapy side," he said. "Everybody knows the Release side would be 'War With God,' 'Tell It Like It Is.' I have a record called 'Slap.' Just getting everything off my chest. The Therapy side would be feel-good a song like 'Woozy' with R. Kelly on it is therapeutic. Even 'Money Maker.' Some women's therapy is getting out, going to the club and shaking they ass. It's therapeutic to them."

   Guest appearances on the album include Pharrell, R. Kelly, Young Jeezy, Mary J. Blige, Field Mob, Bobby Valentino, Pimp C, C-Murder, & Beanie Sigel. The first single, "Money Maker", which features Pharrell Williams, was released to U.S. radio outlets on July 17th, 2006. The single became the number 1 single on radio in the United States on October 19th, 2006, and it went to become the rapper's third number one single making number 1 on various charts through the U.S., including the Billboard Hot 100, the Hot R&B;/Hip-Hop Songs, Hot Rap Tracks and the Hot 100 Airplay. Ludacris shot a video for the first single, "Money Maker" which premiered on MTV's show Making the Video, on August 17, 2006. The music video managed to enter BET's 106 & Park and peak at number 1, where it remained for several days. The song was performed on the 2006 MTV Video Music Awards, and "Money Maker" also won Ludacris a Grammy Award for Best Rap Song in 2007.

   "Grew Up a Screw Up" is the second single off of Ludacris' Release Therapy. The song features Young Jeezy, who Ludacris was previously thought to have beef with and a sample of the late The Notorious B.I.G. who raps the hook "I grew up a fucking screw up," taken from Biggie's verse on Tupac's 1995 song, "Runnin' (From tha Police)" (itself sampled and released as "Runnin' (Dying to Live)" on the 2003 album Tupac Resurrection). Ludacris does the first and third verse with Young Jeezy on the second verse where he also raps about how he grew up and how he dropped out of school at grade 8. Curiously, in the video, Young Jeezy raps a verse different from the one which appeared on the Release Therapy Disc and references songs and artists from Disturbing tha Peace, Ludacris' record label. The song describes how Ludacris grew up in a bad environment. He says that he knew he had to do something in his life to be successful. The video for the single premiered on BET's 106 & Park as a New Joint on Friday October 13, 2006. The video has already been released on MTV Jams. The video was produced by DJ Nasty & LVM, and was directed by Chaka Zulu.

   His third single was in the form of "Runaway Love" which features Mary J. Blige on the vocals, was produced by Polow da Don. The track soon peaked at #1 on the U.S. Rap Billboard, reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart and won Best Collaboration in the 2007 BET Awards. The song was performed at the 2007 Grammy Awards show by Ludacris, Mary J. Blige and Earth, Wind & Fire. In the UK "Runaway Love" was the first single from Release Therapy and was released as a double A-side with "Girls Gone Wild" included. Each one of the three verses of the song are a fictional account telling the troubles in the lives of three runaway female adolescents; a nine-year-old named Lisa, a ten-year-old named Nicole, and an eleven-year-old named Erica each ending up running away to escape each of her own problems.

   "Slap" was the albums forth single, released in April 2007. The song is an account of poverty on Bush America. Its narrator explains that he is feeling tired about working a lot on a low wage, and because of this, he has thoughts about beating his boss. His frustration is then explained to be bigger than that: his best friend was murdered just a day before. He also explains that he has thoughts about robbing a bank to have enough money to feed his newborn baby. Later, at the end of the song, his car is robbed and he expresses an ever bigger disappointment at the government. The music video was released early in 2007 and is based on Martin Scorsese's Taxi Driver, with many references to the movie, including Ludacris kicking over his TV while watching President Bush and doing the iconic "You talkin' to me?". "Slap" first gained media attention after Fox News commentator Bill O'Reilly criticized the lyrics of the song (which uses the word "nigga" forty times, and also has anti-Bush lyrical content) in his TV program. He stated that Ludacris should have not won the Grammy Award for Best Rap Album in the 49th ceremony that had took place a day earlier, because of this song.



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