The one and only Ludacris (AKA Chris Bridge) comes back with his McFly’s strapped on, releasing his newest mixtape 1.21 Gigawatts: Back to the First Time. Showing that the flow’s still in his heart, Lucaris steps away from his rising acting career to bring his own loud, hotdoggin act to an assembly of high class beats coupled with every big name guess spot this side of Dogwood City.
From the gate the strength of this album are the beats. Unique, creative, and sharp the production compliments Ludas blustering jokes and long drawl capably. This is brought together best on the track Muthafucka Can I Buy That using a sped up Richard Pyor sample with a background trumpet line as the basis for the crucial hook.
Luda takes an odd stance on Bada Bing, bringing up allegation that a number of his flows have been stolen from some of his contemporaries. Luda rebuttals with all flows have been stolen and nothing is new, all have been recycled before. Sorry Luda but this is weak, if you use a generic flow bury it. Let your lyrics be the innovative bit. That should be your argument, not that everyone does it. You’ve sold millions of records you don’t need to acknowledge lame disses.
The number of guests on this album while big in name, leaves as a mixed bag. The song Rich and Flexin is produced by FKi to compliment Waka Flockas aggressive style and comes off very well. Big Krit’s candy coated sound sounds great on the slowed down I’m on Fire. Unfortunately, not all acommpanies comes off this well noteably with Gucci Mane, like most apparencies, mailing this one in on Shake and Fries. Mane helps to make the only certified skip worthy track on the record. On the otherhand Meek Mills verse on Say It To My Face sounds great but is dragged down by the plodding beat that goes on for just too long.
Ludas lyrics on Gigawatts are what you expect from the mainstay. Loud bragging lines of money, women, and weed but done in a always humorous way. Rapid fire machine gun flows capped off with meandering slang. Simple chorus just begging to be chanted along to, Luda holds up his end of the bargain on most tracks.
“Yo money is tied up bitch my money is the dominatrix/ Yo money’s funny, my money’s mean/ Yo money’s scummy, my money’s clean/ Yo’ money is pew pew peeew Stupid!/My money is get over here, finish him, Hadouken!
Love that last line featured in Muthafucka even if it mixes Street Fighters and Mortal Combat up a bit.
1.21 Gigawatts: Back to the First Time shows Luda is not afraid of the game with loud beats, clever flow, and shots at critics. While not a not a classic to anyone but diehard this album is worth a listen to keep the heads primed for Ludacris’s next album, Ludaversal, due out in early 2012.
Top Tracks: Save It For Another Day, Rich & Flexin, Muthafucka Can U Buy That, I’m on Fire
Direct Download : Ludacris – 1.21 Gigawatts: Back to the First Time