Release Therapy

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Release Therapy
Studio album by Ludacris
Released September 26, 2006 (U.S.)
Recorded January 2006 at The Ludaplex in Atlanta, GA
Genre Hip hop
Length 62:36
Label Disturbing tha Peace, Def Jam
Producer Ludacris (exec.), Chaka Zulu (exec.), Jeff Dixon (exec.), The Neptunes, The Trak Starz, Dre & Vidal, DJ Toomp, Rich Skillz, The Runners, Cool & Dre, Polow da Don
Ludacris chronology
The Red Light District
(2004)
Release Therapy
(2006)
Theater of the Mind
(2008)
Singles from Release Therapy
  1. "Money Maker"
    Released: July 17, 2006
  2. "Grew Up a Screw Up"
    Released: September 2006
  3. "Runaway Love"
    Released: February 12, 2007
  4. "Girls Gone Wild"
    Released: February 12, 2007 (UK only)
  5. "Slap"
    Released: April 2007

Release Therapy is the sixth studio album by American hip hop recording artist Ludacris. It was released on September 26, 2006, under Disturbing tha Peace and Def Jam.[1]

Background[edit]

Release Therapy won the Best Rap Album award for the 2007 Grammy Awards.

Ludacris also shaved his cornrows off for a new "caesar" haircut. He said with a new album that was different than his other four albums, there would be a new haircut and a new personality to go with it, similar to what Busta Rhymes did with The Big Bang.

Ludacris released a mixtape called Pre-Release Therapy with DJ Green Lantern to precede the album.

Concept[edit]

Unlike the previous albums released by Ludacris, Release Therapy has a more mature and serious approach to the music (e.g. the 3rd single Runaway Love is Ludacris's first stab at socially concerned music). It is also Ludacris's darkest album to date, both in mood and subject matter. The different approach Ludacris took with Release Therapy has caused many listeners and fans to debate on whether the album is Ludacris's best or worst.

Ludacris also stated that his new album will be somewhat like a tape on CD. "The way we're going to try to format the record is you have your Release side and your Therapy side," he said. "Everybody knows the Release side would be 'War With God,' 'Tell It Like It Is.' I have a record called 'Slap.' Just getting everything off my chest. The Therapy side would be feel-good — a song like 'Woozy' with R. Kelly on it is therapeutic. Even 'Money Maker.' Some women's therapy is getting out, going to the club and shaking they ass. It's therapeutic to them."

Singles[edit]

  • The second single is "Grew Up a Screw Up", featuring Young Jeezy. The single dispels rumors that Ludacris and Young Jeezy are having beef with each other.
  • The third single is "Runaway Love", featuring Mary J. Blige. It peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Reception[edit]

Chart performance[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
About.com 3/5 stars link
Allmusic 3/5 stars link
The A.V. Club (B) link
Robert Christgau (2-star Honorable Mention) link
Entertainment Weekly B− link
Pitchfork Media (5.8/10) link
RapReviews (8.5/10) link
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars link at the Wayback Machine (archived October 17, 2006)
Stylus Magazine B− link
The Guardian 3/5 starslink
XXL Magazine 4/5 starslink

The album debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 album chart selling over 309,000 copies in the first week making it Ludacris' third number one album in a row. To date, the album has sold about 1.3 million copies.[2]

Track listing[edit]

# Title Producer(s) Samples Length Side
1 "Warning" (Intro) Vudu 2:30 Release
2 "Grew Up a Screw Up" (featuring Young Jeezy) DJ Nasty & LVM 3:59 Release
3 "Money Maker" (featuring Pharrell) The Neptunes 3:50 Therapy
4 "Girls Gone Wild" The Neptunes 3:36 Therapy
5 "Ultimate Satisfaction" (featuring Field Mob) Rich Skillz 4:20 Release
6 "Mouths to Feed" DJ Toomp 4:18 Release
7 "End of the Night" (featuring Bobby V) Happy Perez 4:37 Therapy
8 "Woozy" (featuring R. Kelly) Ken Jo 5:18 Therapy
9 "Tell It Like It Is" Omen 3:56 Release
10 "War with God" Dre & Vidal 4:30 Release
11 "Do Your Time" (featuring Beanie Sigel, Pimp C & C-Murder) The Trak Starz 5:15 Therapy
12 "Slap" The Runners 4:40 Release
13 "Runaway Love" (featuring Mary J. Blige) Polow Da Don 4:40 Therapy
14 "Freedom of Preach" (featuring Bishop Eddie Lee Long) Mr. Jonz 7:07 Therapy

Charts[edit]

Chart (2006) Peak
position
Swiss Albums Chart (Schweizer Hitparade)[3] 57
UK Albums Chart (Official Charts Company)[4] 69
US Billboard 200[5] 1
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[6] 2
US Top Rap Albums (Billboard)[7] 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Release Therapy: Ludacris: Music". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2012-03-06. 
  2. ^ "Ludacris' 'How Low' Single Goes High on the Charts". Billboard. Retrieved 2013-07-02. 
  3. ^ "Ludacris – Release Therapy". swisscharts.com (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved April 5, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Ludacris" (select "Albums" tab). Official Charts Company. Retrieved April 5, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Ludacris – Chart History: Billboard 200". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved April 5, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Ludacris – Chart History: R&B/Hip-Hop Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved April 5, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Ludacris – Chart History: Rap Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved April 5, 2013. 
Preceded by
FutureSex/LoveSounds by Justin Timberlake
U.S. Billboard 200 number-one album
October 8, 2006 - October 14, 2006
Succeeded by
The Open Door by Evanescence