Ludacris - Release Therapy

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The truth of the matter is, Release Therapy is a product of timing. You may hate me for holding this higher than his first two major releases, but Ludacris reached a new plateau and opened up a whole new dimension with this project. It's timing.

With
particular emphasis on the "current state of Hip Hop," there's a lot to be said
about cocky motherfuckers. I don't think anyone can argue that today's
overwhelming dominance of the braggadocios emcee is simultaneously the genre's
most loved and hated attribute. Everything from the legacy of BIG and the empire of 50, to the invasion of "the South," has
been built on how cool rappers are. Don't even get me started on "Hov swagger" big enough eat up a small
country. It's gotten to the point where the best way to convince people how
good of a musician you are is to tell them, over and over and over again (see: Kanye West). It's the truth. Accept it.

That being
said, I have always found something peculiar about Chris "Ludacris" Bridges. He's arguably the most arrogant bastard
in the music industry. He fucking spray painted a midget silver and hung him
from his damn neck. Yet, he's never really talked about his status too
seriously. There's a ridiculous amount of people who believe that this man
should be seen as one of today's greats. Yet, they all agree that he just
hasn't been able to put out that one big record to solidify his rank.

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