Back for the First Time

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Back for the First Time
Studio album by Ludacris
Released October 17, 2000 (U.S.)
Recorded 1998 − 2000
Genre Hip hop, Southern hip hop, dirty rap
Length 56:32
Label Disturbing tha Peace, Def Jam
Producer Ludacris, Mike Johnson, Infamous 2-0, Fate Wilson, Bangladesh, Jermaine Dupri, The Neptunes, Timbaland, Organized Noize
Ludacris chronology
Back for the First Time
Word of Mouf
(2001)Word of Mouf2001
Singles from Back for the First Time
  1. "What's Your Fantasy"
    Released: September 12, 2000
  2. "Southern Hospitality"
    Released: January 2, 2001
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Entertainment Weekly (B+)[2]
NME (4/10)[3]
RapReviews (7/10)[4]
Robert Christgau (neither)[5]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[6]
Sputnikmusic 3.5/5 stars[7]

Back for the First Time is the debut studio album by American hip hop recording artist Ludacris.[8] The album, his major label debut, was released on October 17, 2000, under Disturbing tha Peace and Def Jam.


Most of the tracks are taken from his first album, the independently released Incognegro (1999), except for "Stick 'Em Up", "Southern Hospitality", a remix of "What's Your Fantasy", and "Phat Rabbit".

Commercial performance[edit]

The album debuted at number four on the US Billboard 200 chart, and sold 133,000 copies in its first-week of sales.[9] As of November 2009, the album has sold 3.1 million copies in the United States to date. The album was eventually certified triple Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for shipments of over 3 million copies.

Track listing[edit]

# Title Producer(s) Time
1 "U Got a Problem?" Bangladesh 4:55
2 "Game Got Switched" Organized Noize 4:09
3 "1st & 10" (Feat. I-20 & Fate Wilson) Bangladesh 3:43
4 "What's Your Fantasy" (Feat. Shawnna) Bangladesh 4:35
5 "Come On Over" (skit) 1:03
6 "Hood Stuck" Ludacris 4:21
7 "Get Off Me" (Feat. Pastor Troy) Jermaine Dupri 2:46
8 "Mouthing Off" (Feat. 4-Ize) Ludacris 3:01
9 "Stick 'Em Up" (Feat. UGK) Bangladesh 5:05
10 "Ho" (skit) 0:42
11 "Ho" Bangladesh 2:50
12 "Tickets Sold Out" (skit) 0:32
13 "Catch Up" (Feat. I-20 & Fate Wilson) Ludacris, Fate Wilson 4:14
14 "Southern Hospitality" (Feat. Pharrell) The Neptunes 5:00
15 "What's Your Fantasy (Remix) (Feat. Trina, Shawnna & Foxy Brown) Bangladesh 4:37
16 "Phat Rabbit" Timbaland 4:59

Sample credits

Phat Rabbit

1st & 10

What's Your Fantasy

  • "Face Down, A** Up" by Luke


Chart (2000) Peak
UK Albums (OCC)[10] 160
US Billboard 200[11] 4
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[12] 2


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Canada (Music Canada)[13] Gold 50,000^
United States (RIAA)[14] 3× Platinum 3,103,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone