Word of Mouf

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Word of Mouf
Studio album by Ludacris
Released November 27, 2001 (US)
Recorded 2000 – 2001
Genre Southern hip hop, dirty rap
Length 78:54
Label Disturbing tha Peace, Def Jam South
Producer Ludacris, Swizz Beatz, Paul King, Bangladesh, Timbaland, Organized Noize, KLC, Jook, Jazze Pha
Ludacris chronology
Back for the First Time
(2000)
Word of Mouf
(2001)
Chicken-n-Beer
(2003)
Singles from Word of Mouf
  1. "Area Codes"
    Released: July 3, 2001
  2. "Rollout (My Business)"
    Released: October 16, 2001
  3. "Saturday (Oooh! Ooooh!)"
    Released: December 11, 2001
  4. "Move Bitch"
    Released: May 21, 2002

Word of Mouf is the third studio album by American rapper Ludacris. It was released on November 27, 2001 by Disturbing tha Peace and Def Jam South.[1] Def Jam South decided to release the album early when pirated copies of the album's tracks were leaked onto popular peer-to-peer file sharing networks such as LimeWire.

The album debuted at number three US Billboard 200 chart, and sold over 281,000 copies in its first-week of sales,[2] The album has become a certified three-times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The album is Ludacris' best-selling album to date with sales of over 3,674,000 copies in the US as of July 2014.[3] It contains the singles, "Rollout (My Business)", "Area Codes", "Move Bitch", and "Saturday (Oooh Oooh!)". It was nominated at the Grammy Awards of 2003 for Best Rap Album, but lost to The Eminem Show.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[4]
Robert Christgau B–[5]
Entertainment Weekly (B)[6]
Los Angeles Times 3/4 stars[7]
HipHopDX 3.5/5 stars[8]
RapReviews (8/10)[9]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[10][11]
USA Today 2.5/4 stars[12]

Jason Birchmeier of Allmusic called Word of Mouf a "superstar affair that aims for mass appeal with a broad array of different styles" and enjoyed "witty puns and sly innuendoes" displayed in songs such as "Area Codes".[4] However, he felt that "amid all of these various team-ups you do lose a little bit of the sincere, personal edge that had characterized much of Ludacris' debut."[4] Soren Baker of the Chicago Tribune also praised the album's comedic nature, commenting that "Whether he's delivering a punchy one-liner, exaggerating his rhyme flow to a silly extreme or cleverly deploying pop culture references, Ludacris keeps the mood light and festive. Even his skits are funny enough that they could serve as the foundation for a top-tier comedy album."[13]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Coming 2 America"     Bangladesh 3:21
2. "Rollout (My Business)"     Timbaland 4:58
3. "Go 2 Sleep" (featuring I-20, Fate Wilson & Three 6 Mafia)   Bangladesh 5:12
4. "Cry Babies (Oh No)"     Swizz Beatz 5:58
5. "She Said" (featuring Fate Wilson)   Organized Noise 4:35
6. "Howhere" (skit)     1:13
7. "Area Codes" (featuring Nate Dogg)   Jazze Pha 5:03
8. "Growing Pains" (featuring Fate Wilson & Keon Bryce)   P. King 4:51
9. "Greatest Hits" (skit)   Mike Johnson 1:18
10. "Move Bitch" (featuring Mystikal & I-20)   KLC 4:30
11. "Stop Lying" (skit)     1:38
12. "Saturday (Oooh! Ooooh!)" (featuring Sleepy Brown)   Organized Noise 3:52
13. "Keep It on the Hush" (featuring Jazze Pha)   Jazze Pha 4:48
14. "Word of Mouf (Freestyle)" (featuring 4-Ize)     2:13
15. "Get the Fuck Back" (featuring Shawnna, I-20 & Fate Wilson)   Bangladesh 5:21
16. "Freaky Thangs" (featuring Twista & Jagged Edge)   Bangladesh 5:34
17. "Cold Outside" (featuring Chimere)   Jook for Playas Circle 6:05
18. "Block Lockdown" (featuring I-20)   Bangladesh 4:26
19. "Welcome to Atlanta" (featuring Jermaine Dupri) (hidden bonus track)   Jermaine Dupri 3:22

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2000) Peak
position
US Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums 1
US Billboard 200 3

Samples and interpolations[edit]

"Coming 2 America"

"Rollout (My Business)"

"Area Codes"

"Growing Pains"

"Welcome to Atlanta"

References[edit]

  1. ^ Amazon.com: Word of Mouf: Ludacris: Music
  2. ^ D'Angelo, Joe (December 5, 2001). "Creed Won't 'Sacrifice' Pole Position On Billboard Chart". MTV.com. Retrieved June 17, 2011. 
  3. ^ Grein, Paul (June 24, 2014). "USA: Top 20 New Acts Since 2000". Yahoo! Music. 
  4. ^ a b c Birchmeier, Jason. "Word of Mouf - Review". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved February 3, 2011. 
  5. ^ Christgau, Robert (April 22, 2003). "Not Hop, Stomp". The Village Voice (New York). Archived from the original on February 9, 2013. Retrieved February 9, 2013. 
  6. ^ Entertainment Weekly review
  7. ^ Los Angeles Times review
  8. ^ HipHopDX review
  9. ^ RapReviews review
  10. ^ Rolling Stone review at the Wayback Machine (archived October 16, 2007)
  11. ^ Rolling Stone review on CD Universe
  12. ^ USA Today review
  13. ^ Soren, Baker (February 3, 2002). "Ludacris "Word of Mouf" (Def Jam South) - Review". The Chicago Tribune. Tony W. Hunter. Retrieved July 10, 2011.