It’s been about two years since you’ve heard anything from the lyrical genius and Southern hospitality specialist Ludacris, but expect to have your airwaves bumping his musical prowess in heavy rotation in the coming months, with the release of his sixth studio album, Theater of the Mind (Disturbing Tha Peace, 2008), later this year.
In fact, the Luda-buzz already started hitting the Internet, after creating quite some controversy with his politically charged freestyle track “Politics (Obama Is Here)” in which he fires his thoughts on Clinton, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, President Bush and McCain in support of Democratic presidential candidate Barak Obama. But, the laid back Luda is no stranger to causing a lyrical stir, having had some run-ins with the likes of Bill O’Reilly and Oprah on grounds of his street-centered lyrics. By now, he’s used to having his songs blown out of proportion by the media. “[The media] usually attacks more visible artists and since I’m one of them, it comes with the territory,” he says in a smooth voice, distinctive of Luda. “I’m no stranger to adversity, and I will continue to do what I do.”
And, with his latest release, he’s continuing to make the music we’ve all come to love and expect from him—but in a more mature way. “I’ve been broadening my subject matter over the years,” he says. Don’t start getting scared, though, thinking that his latest release won’t provide you with banging music you can break your neck to like his bass-blasted “Stand Up” and “Move Bitch” (which have become instant hip-hop classics). “This album is more like all of my albums put together in one,” he says. “You get a little bit of every Luda album in this one.” A bit of everything is always a good thing, especially in terms of good music, but Luda wants you to go beyond just listening to the music—he wants you to visualize the sounds.
“Fans can expect a movie,” Luda replies with a laugh. “It’s like listening to a movie and they have to use their imagination on each song to picture what the Hell is going on. It’s cinematic, its theatrical…it’s beautiful.” That’s why he titled it Theater of the Mind, since Luda feels that music should take you to a place mentally. “The album is geared toward putting people in a very imaginative state…that’s how powerful music is.”