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  • Summary: The sixth album for the rapper features such diverse guests as Ving Rhames, Rick Ross, Chris Rock, Spike Lee, T.I., T-Pain, Jay-Z, Nas, Chris Brown, and Jamie Foxx.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 17
  2. Negative: 1 out of 17
  1. While Ludacris may be professing loudly to do it for hip-hop on his latest album, it's refreshing to know he can do it for hip-hop and still do it for the mainstream who may not realize just how artful he really is.
  2. This one's stuffed with massive, flamboyant beats; overloud dirty-comic vocals; and all the usual lyrical stops.
  3. We've watched this movie more than a few times, but it's always fun to see this many talented pals cutting loose together.
  4. If the cred-grabbing lyrics feel rote alongside guests like Jay-Z and Lil Wayne, Luda's thundering cadence and pop-wise club jams are strong.
  5. His sixth album, proves that the rapper-actor-restaurateur has mastered Hollywood's most abiding lesson: Stick to formula. Each song plays like a scene in a movie, a motif that makes for richly visual storytelling but many a familiar situation.
  6. Luda has suggested he wanted this album to have a cinematic through line, maybe in order to consolidate his diversified media representations, but Theater doesn't cohere in a manner that would satisfy anyone short of Paul Haggis, or anyone who has listened to an album by Prince Paul or Madvillain, for that matter.
  7. Theater of the Mind is a disappointment and more--snickering through both high-minded social consciousness and insipid cash cows, the album, so flat and fucking boring, serves absolutely no one but Ludacris himself.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. DanaW
    Nov 27, 2008
    10
    Amazing album! Ludacris is the best in rap. His lyrics are superb and continues his streak of amazing albums.
  2. travism.
    Nov 26, 2008
    10
    Great Album!
  3. JamesJ.
    Aug 30, 2009
    10
    Underrated album.
  4. AnthonyB
    Nov 30, 2008
    10
    Thank you Luda.
  5. FrankS
    Dec 17, 2008
    10
    Excellent beats, great list of co-stars, how could you not like Luda?!
  6. robbiek.
    Feb 26, 2009
    10
    Perfect album title and sublime lyrics to go with it.He aint got no competition. Luda's the best.
  7. Feb 25, 2012
    0
    Luda is getting worse by the album. Battle of the exes was an ok Album but this album sucked. Luda rushed this album and it had no good songs on it...

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