Word of Mouf

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Word of Mouf
Studio album by Ludacris
Released November 27, 2001 (US)
Recorded 2000–01
Genre Hip hop, 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
Word of Mouf
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: January 8, 2002
  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] It contains the singles, "Rollout (My Business)", "Area Codes", "Move Bitch", and "Saturday (Oooh Oooh!)".

The album debuted at number 3 on the US Billboard 200 chart, with first-week sales of 281,000 copies in the United States,[2] The album has become a certified Triple 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 United States, as of July 2014.[3] It was nominated at the Grammy Awards of 2003 for Best Rap Album, but lost to The Eminem Show.


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]

  1. Coming 2 America
  2. Rollout (My Business)
  3. Go 2 Sleep (featuring I-20, Fate Wilson & Three 6 Mafia)
  4. Cry Babies (Oh No)
  5. She Said
  6. HoWhere (skit, not included in the censored version)
  7. Area Codes (featuring Nate Dogg)
  8. Growing Pains (featuring Fate Wilson & Keon Bryce)
  9. Greatest Hits (skit, not included in the censored version)
  10. Move Bitch (featuring Mystikal & I-20)
  11. Stop Lying (skit, not included in the censored version)
  12. Saturday (Oooh! Ooooh!) (featuring Sleepy Brown)
  13. Keep It on the Hush (featuring Jazze Pha)
  14. Word of Mouf (Freestyle) (featuring 4-Ize)
  15. Get the Fuck Back (featuring Shawnna, I-20 & Fate Wilson)
  16. Freaky Thangs (featuring Twista & Jagged Edge)
  17. Cold Outside
  18. Block Lockdown (featuring I-20) (Includes hidden track Welcome To Atlanta performed by Jermaine Dupri featuring Ludacris)

Chart positions[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2001–02) Peak
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[14] 98
UK Albums (OCC)[15] 57
UK R&B Albums (OCC)[16] 12
US Billboard 200[17] 3
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[18] 1


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Canada (Music Canada)[19] Platinum 100,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[20] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[21] 3× Platinum 3,674,000^

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

Samples and interpolations[edit]

"Coming 2 America"

"Rollout (My Business)"

"Area Codes"

"Growing Pains"

"Welcome to Atlanta"


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  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. ^ "Word of Mouf - EW.com". Entertainment Weekly's EW.com. Retrieved 6 March 2015. 
  7. ^ "Record Rack". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 6 March 2015. 
  8. ^ HipHopDX (5 December 2001). "Ludacris - Word Of Mouf". HipHopDX. Retrieved 6 March 2015. 
  9. ^ "RapReviews.com Feature for November 27, 2001 - Ludacris' "Word of Mouf"". Retrieved 6 March 2015. 
  10. ^ Rolling Stone review at the Wayback Machine (archived October 16, 2007)
  11. ^ "Ludacris - Word of Mouf CD". Retrieved 6 March 2015. 
  12. ^ "Google News". Retrieved 6 March 2015. 
  13. ^ Soren, Baker (February 3, 2002). "Ludacris "Word of Mouf" (Def Jam South) - Review". The Chicago Tribune. Tony W. Hunter. Retrieved July 10, 2011. 
  14. ^ "Longplay-Chartverfolgung at Musicline" (in German). Musicline.de. Phononet GmbH. Retrieved May 20, 2015.
  15. ^ "Ludacris | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart Retrieved May 18, 2015.
  16. ^ "Official R&B Albums Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company.
  17. ^ "Ludacris – Chart history" Billboard 200 for Ludacris. Retrieved May 21, 2015.
  18. ^ "Ludacris – Chart history" Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums for Ludacris. Retrieved May 21, 2015.
  19. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Ludacris – Word of Mouf". Music Canada. 
  20. ^ "British album certifications – Ludacris – Word of Mouf". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Word of Mouf in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Select Gold in the field By Award. Click Search
  21. ^ "American album certifications – Ludacris – Word of Mouf". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH