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Picks and Pans Review: Ludacris

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Release Therapy

“Money Maker,” the hit first single from Ludacris’s fifth solo disc, has the kind of bumping groove that will cause serious rump-shaking in the club. The rapper-actor keeps the party rocking with “Girls Gone Wild,” a beat-crazy uptempo jam that is sure to be on the playlist at every wet T-shirt contest come next spring break. As the pensive pose he strikes on the CD cover suggests, though, Luda has more on his mind than just being rowdy and raunchy. Unfortunately his attempts to get deep—like the gospel-infused introspection of “Freedom of Preach”—mostly come up hollow.

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