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  • Summary: The first studio release for the rapper/actor since 2010 features guest appearances from Jason Aldean, Big K.R.I.T., CeeLo Green, John Legend, Miguel, Monica, Rick Ross, and Usher.
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Good Lovin
I keep dwellin' on the past, babe Know what I need, yeah I need some real good lovin' Cause I'm troubled by the things that I see I need some real... See the rest of the song lyrics
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  1. Positive: 2 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Apr 9, 2015
    80
    While Ludacris’ name may miss several Best Rapper Alive lists, he never fails to deliver on each album. If Ludaversal is a reminder that he hasn’t fallen off lyrically, the game should pay attention.
  2. Mar 31, 2015
    70
    This is a welcome, snarling, and satisfying return.
  3. Mar 31, 2015
    60
    There's a thin line between owning up to the voracious hunger needed to reach a new level of fulfillment and being trapped by the desperation to regain a title that is no longer his. Ludaversal finds itself somewhere in between.
  4. Mar 31, 2015
    60
    On his first album since 2010, he's still the same elastically flowing shout-rap dirty bird.... At 37, Luda also indulges in some dad-rap introspect.
  5. Apr 2, 2015
    60
    His seemingly unshakeable integrity and forthright spirit in music making shrouds Ludaversal in serious tones, marking a stark departure from the Georgia emcee’s status quo, making this one a novel and welcome addition to his catalog.
  6. Apr 22, 2015
    60
    The problem Ludacris faces is that both sides of him are great to listen to but it inevitably restricts him from making the cohesive magnum opus his career deserves.
  7. Apr 3, 2015
    53
    Despite production from current-day heavy hitters like Da Internz and Mike WiLL Made It, he still comes off like a relic from the past, the class clown who never quite grew up.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Apr 4, 2015
    10
    Most music publications are letting the lack of buzz for this album overshadow the fact that Ludacris just dropped his most CONSISTENT albumMost music publications are letting the lack of buzz for this album overshadow the fact that Ludacris just dropped his most CONSISTENT album since CHICKEN N BEER. This album is better than TRLD, RL, TOTM and BOTS (his worst album).

    His production, flow range, subject matter and overall execution is CONSISTENT from beginning to end. The only thing missing from this album are hit singles (which you don't always need to make a quality LP).

    This album is an easy 4 out of 5, or in Metacritic's case, should be damn near a 70.
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  2. Apr 22, 2015
    8
    The long awaited Ludaversal proves to be worth the wait. Another really solid album by Ludacris who adapted his style for the 5 years heThe long awaited Ludaversal proves to be worth the wait. Another really solid album by Ludacris who adapted his style for the 5 years he skipped, but still keeps up with his native Atlanta sound. Expand
  3. Apr 6, 2015
    8
    A completely critically underrated album. Ludacris is rapping like he means it, and this album shows that he is a necessary addition to theA completely critically underrated album. Ludacris is rapping like he means it, and this album shows that he is a necessary addition to the rap game. He raps about various topics over the course of this whole album, and the beats are great too. This album isn't necessarily a perfect album (see "Not Long"), but it deserves way more than a 62 as a Metascore. Grade: B+. Highlights: "Beast Mode", "Come and See Me", "This Has Been My World", "Call Ya Bluff". Worst song: "Not Long" Expand
  4. Apr 29, 2015
    7
    The latest Fast & Furious films were thrilling, Ludaversal a little less. It sounds unfair but one of this album’s best tracks actually bringsThe latest Fast & Furious films were thrilling, Ludaversal a little less. It sounds unfair but one of this album’s best tracks actually brings it up…
    Make no mistake, the Atlanta based rapper-actor is blessed with a gift for puns and flow speed variations. His often imitated, never duplicated style makes this album another good track list to his discography. I didn't feel lifted by the usual southern hip hop vibe but the album managed to bring some surprises with a fewer guests than on his previous records. Ludaversal offers more than decent music and tries to keep what made his past success something worth listening to carefully. The main weakness its way of staying in a safe zone trying to please a crowd that grew faster than him. Nostalgia? Maybe, the album could have cut deeper for sure but Ludacris has maintained his humor and his rap skills are undeniable.

    Best track: Grass Is Always Greener
    Exact Score: 7
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  5. Apr 3, 2015
    7
    Despite the lack of originality and overall cohesion on this project, Ludacris cements his longevity in the game with Ludaversal. There is aDespite the lack of originality and overall cohesion on this project, Ludacris cements his longevity in the game with Ludaversal. There is a good variety of beats on this album complimented by Ludacris' infamous flow. He also provides a peak behind closed doors and touches on some personal aspects fans may not have known before. In reality, I would give this a 7.5 but lets be honest...this man is a vet and has always stayed true to himself and the game, most importantly. Expand
  6. Apr 11, 2015
    5
    It's true that Ludacris is a great rapper, but this is not his best album. "Come And See Me" & "Good Lovin" are the best, "Not Long" is theIt's true that Ludacris is a great rapper, but this is not his best album. "Come And See Me" & "Good Lovin" are the best, "Not Long" is the worst, while others are too mediocre.

    So, basically, it's an album that has its ups, but also its downs.
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  7. Apr 6, 2015
    4
    Ludacris is a good rapper, but this just isn't a great album. Ludaversal isn't a horrible album, i'm not sure I would even call it "bad", andLudacris is a good rapper, but this just isn't a great album. Ludaversal isn't a horrible album, i'm not sure I would even call it "bad", and it did have its moments, it had a great into, and a couple of the songs were re-listenable, but most of the time, Ludaversal feels very generic and falls flat. I recommend the EP counterpart of this, Burning Bridges (which is on the Deluxe Edition of Ludaversal) , but Ludaversal is just to generic and unoriginal to recommend. Expand

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