Ludacris is the best rapper that will NOT be on anyone’s top 10 list. At least anyone with any sense. I’m not going in like this to bash Luda. He’s cool with me. He has been making consistent hit singles over the past decade plus. He’s a highly regarded actor when Hollywood wants to attract the ‘hip-Hop’ demographic. To people all around the world who know very little about rap or Hip-Hop Ludacris is their entre.
Maybe that is why he will never be on my top 10 list. Ludacris has TOO much appeal and not enough real. I always felt like Ludacris was a Redman clone minus the grit and funk. Luda is a lyrical machine but I still feel like he’s on some rap version of paint-by-the-numbers. Still and all, Ludacris makes hits. He makes weak songs sound sassy. The Lil’ Jon x Luda x Ersher triumvirate is ladykillers. Then Luda makes a song to save runaway girls from becoming the chicks in the strip clubs that he frequents which earns him a Nobel Peace prize and a date with the President.
Ludacris should be my favorite rapper, but I don’t even care what he is up to. I just started listening to the radio again for this job so I hear that Ludacris is cycling a new project across the airwaves. Which album is this anyway? Ludacris shit is formulaic like Similac. This might as well be his first album. Not that I don’t appreciate the artist that flashes his hunger for the game after several albums and awards and acclaim, but Ludacris hasn’t changed his content or his delivery since day number one.
This is a recession we are in and I can’t afford to hang at the strip club right now. Ludacris albums are filled with strip club anthems. That was fine and well when Bill Clinton was still in office but we are in a new day and age. Rappers need to spit about universal healthcare (get well Guru) and other trends like pet activism, or environmentalism. Rappers still think that ‘going green’ is switching up their cannabis from chocolate to kush. Why isn’t Ludacris leading this new movement? Maybe he’s simply content with being uber-wealthy.
Ludacris even more than Scarface is responsible for placing southern style rapping on the front of national radio playlists. I wouldn’t say that he was better than 3 Stacks, but he definitely has more hits. So why does Anfre 3K make everyone’s top 10 and Ludacris rarely gets a shoutout? At the end of the day Ludacris could give less than two fux about my list. Luda is making Will.I.Am money so what does a broke-ass blogger and his list mean?