Area Codes (song)
|Single by Ludacris featuring Nate Dogg|
|from the album Rush Hour 2 Soundtrack and Word of Mouf|
|Released||June 26, 2001|
|Label||Disturbing tha Peace, Def Jam|
|Writer(s)||D. Davis, K. Hilson, J. Jones, R. Walters, C. Bridges, Fred Tatlow|
|Ludacris singles chronology|
"Area Codes" is a song by American hip hop recording artist Ludacris, released as the lead single from his third album, Word of Mouf (2001). It features Nate Dogg. The song's lyrics focus on U.S. telephone area codes that denote the location of women with whom the rapper has had sexual relations in cities across the United States.
At five minutes and three seconds, it is the fifth-longest track on the album. The song was originally released on the soundtrack to Rush Hour 2.
It debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 84 on July 14, 2001 and peaked at No. 24 on September 8, 2001.
The song was also included briefly in a scene from The Fast and the Furious.
|Australian ARIA Singles Chart||97|
|French Singles Chart||43|
|New Zealand Singles Chart||40|
|US Billboard Hot 100||24|
|US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs||10|
|US Billboard Rap Songs||7|
Because telephone area codes are increasingly becoming less constrained to particular geographic areas, scholars and cultural critics have noted that "Area Codes" may be incomprehensible to future generations of listeners.
Area codes mentioned
These are the area codes listed in the song, in order.
|Position||Area Code||City or General Area||State|
|3||718||New York City (exc. Manhattan)||New York|
|17||201||North Jersey||New Jersey|
- Urbina, Ian (October 1, 2004). "Area Codes, Now Divorced From Their Areas". New York Times. Retrieved November 23, 2010.
And as area codes lose their foothold, certain cultural references may also drop their meaning. "How long before Ludacris's 'Area Code' ceases to make sense?" asked Mr. Rojas, referring to a song in which the rapper uses only area codes to refer to locations where he has had sexual encounters. "That song only works if people know where each area code is located."
- "Word of Mouf:Composers". Archived from the original on 2007-03-09. Retrieved 2006-12-06.
- "Word of Mouf:Song Listings". Archived from the original on 10 December 2006. Retrieved 2006-12-06.
- "Pandora Archive" (PDF). Pandora.nla.gov.au. 2006-08-23. Retrieved 2012-01-14.
- "LUDACRIS IN NEW ZEALAND CHARTS". Charts.org.nz. Hung Medien. Retrieved 12 January 2014.
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