Area Codes (song)

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"Area Codes"
Single by Ludacris featuring Nate Dogg
from the album Rush Hour 2 Soundtrack and Word of Mouf
Released June 26, 2001
Recorded 2000-2001
Genre Hip hop
Length 5:03
Label Disturbing tha Peace, Def Jam
Writer(s) D. Davis, K. Hilson, J. Jones, R. Walters, C. Bridges, Fred Tatlow
Producer(s) Jazze Pha
Ludacris singles chronology
"Southern Hospitality"
(2000)
"Area Codes"
(2001)
"Rollout (My Business)"
(2001)

"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.[1]

The song was written by D. Davis, K. Hilson, J. Jones, R. Walters, and C. Bridges[2] and was produced by Jazze Pha.[3]

Overview[edit]

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.

Chart (2001) Peak
position
Australian ARIA Singles Chart[4] 97
French Singles Chart 43
New Zealand Singles Chart[5] 40
US Billboard Hot 100 24
US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs 10
US Billboard Rap Songs 7

Legacy[edit]

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.[1]

Area codes mentioned[edit]

These are the area codes listed in the song, in order.

Position Area Code City or General Area State
1 770 Atlanta Georgia
2 404 Atlanta Georgia
3 718 New York City (exc. Manhattan) New York
4 202 Washington D.C.
5 901 Memphis Tennessee
6 305 Miami Florida
7 312 Chicago Illinois
8 313 Detroit Michigan
9 215 Philadelphia Pennsylvania
10 803 Columbia South Carolina
11 757 Norfolk Virginia
12 410 Baltimore Maryland
13 504 New Orleans Louisiana
14 972 Dallas Texas
15 713 Houston Texas
16 314 St. Louis Missouri
17 201 North Jersey New Jersey
18 212 Manhattan New York
19 213 Los Angeles California
20 916 Sacramento California
21 415 San Francisco California
22 704 Charlotte North Carolina
23 206 Seattle Washington
24 808 Hawaii
25 216 Cleveland Ohio
26 702 Las Vegas Nevada
27 414 Milwaukee Wisconsin
28 317 Indianapolis Indiana
29 214 Dallas Texas
30 281 Houston Texas
31 334 Montgomery Alabama
32 205 Birmingham/Tuscaloosa Alabama
33 318 Northern Louisiana
34 601 Jackson Mississippi
35 203 New Haven Connecticut
36 804 Richmond Virginia
37 402 Omaha Nebraska
38 301 Washinton County Maryland
39 904 Jacksonville Florida
40 407 Orlando Florida
41 850 Tallahassee Florida
42 708 Cook County Illinois
43 502 Louisville Kentucky

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b 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." 
  2. ^ "Word of Mouf:Composers". Archived from the original on 2007-03-09. Retrieved 2006-12-06. 
  3. ^ "Word of Mouf:Song Listings". Archived from the original on 10 December 2006. Retrieved 2006-12-06. 
  4. ^ "Pandora Archive" (PDF). Pandora.nla.gov.au. 2006-08-23. Retrieved 2012-01-14. 
  5. ^ "LUDACRIS IN NEW ZEALAND CHARTS". Charts.org.nz. Hung Medien. Retrieved 12 January 2014. 

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