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Ludacris doesn’t get his due, probably because he’s an undisguised pop star and as much an actor as he is a rapper. Also, he has few albums good albums to his name despite many big singles. But Luda is a genuine talent. He puts a face on every syllable, usually a scowl or a grimace, and he has an instantly recognizable presence on a song. He’s animated, but still controlled and methodical as evidenced by his careful enunciation. Luda excels when he lets his character shine through and when the beat doesn’t suck.

“I’m On Fire” is smokey and soulful and appropriately features Big K.R.I.T., but the warm and toasty beat actually belongs to Mike Will. Ludacris is the Ace Ventura of rap, stretching his words to comical effect. An otherwise solid K.R.I.T. verse sounds lifeless by comparison. “Shake N Fries” has a funny Gucci Mane hook complete with a t-shirt-worthy ass pun. The beat is a little too monotonous and lacks the requisite bite for the club. I just hope Luda’s 1.21 Gigawatts mixtape will get the 2 Chainz adlib out of my head (“2 Chaaaainz”).

Download:
MP3: Ludacris ft. Big K.R.I.T.-“I’m On Fire”

MP3: Ludacris ft. Gucci Mane-“Shake N Fries”