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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!)".

Word of Mouf
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Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 27, 2001
Recorded2001
Genre
Length78:54
Label
Producer
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: January 8, 2002
  4. "Move Bitch"
    Released: May 21, 2002
  5. "Block Lockdown"
    Released: May 28, 2002
  6. "Go 2 Sleep"
    Released: June 6, 2002
  7. "Get the Fuck Back"
    Released: June 25, 2002
  8. "Freaky Thangs"
    Released: July 2, 2002
  9. "Cold Outside"
    Released: July 23, 2002
  10. "Growing Pains"
    Released: August 11, 2002

Contents

Critical receptionEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic     [2]
Robert ChristgauB–[3]
Entertainment Weekly(B)[4]
Los Angeles Times    [5]
HipHopDX     [6]
RapReviews(8/10)[7]
Rolling Stone     [8][9]
USA Today    [10]

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".[2] 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."[2] 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."[11]

Commercial performanceEdit

The album debuted at number 3 on the US Billboard 200 chart, with first-week sales of 281,000 copies in the United States,[12] The album was certified 3x Multi-Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) on October 31, 2002. As of July 2014, the album has sold over 3,674,000 copies in the United States to date.[13]This is Ludacris' best selling album. It was nominated at the 45th Grammy Awards for Best Rap Album, but lost to The Eminem Show.

Track listingEdit

# Title Producer(s) Featured guest(s) Time
1 "Coming 2 America" Bangladesh 4:23
2 "Rollout (My Business)" Timbaland 4:58
3 "Go 2 Sleep" Bangladesh I-20, Fate Wilson & Three 6 Mafia 5:12
4 "Cry Babies (Oh No)" Swizz Beatz 5:58
5 "She Said" Organized Noise Fate Wilson 4:35
6 "Howhere" (Skit, not included in the censored version) Ludacris & I-20 1:13
7 "Area Codes" Jazze Pha Nate Dogg 5:04
8 "Growing Pains" P. King Fate Wilson & Keon Bryce 4:51
9 "Greatest Hits" (Skit, not included in the censored version) Mike Johnson 1:18
10 "Move Bitch" KLC Mystikal & I-20 4:30
11 "Stop Lying" (Skit, not included in the censored version) Ludacris & I-20 1:38
12 "Saturday (Oooh Oooh!)" Organized Noise Sleepy Brown 3:52
13 "Keep It on the Hush" Jazze Pha Jazze Pha 4:48
14 "Word of Mouf (Freestyle)" Chaka Zulu 4-Ize 2:13
15 "Get the Fuck Back" Bangladesh I-20, Fate Wilson & Shawnna 5:21
16 "Freaky Thangs" Bangladesh Twista & Jagged Edge 5:34
17 "Cold Outside" Jook Chimere 6:05
18 "Block Lockdown"(includes hidden track Welcome to Atlanta) Bangladesh I-20 7:49

Samples and interpolationsEdit

"Coming 2 America"

"Rollout (My Business)"

"Area Codes"

"Growing Pains"

"Welcome to Atlanta"

ChartsEdit

Chart positionsEdit

Chart (2001–02) Peak
position
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

CertificationsEdit

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

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Amazon.com: Ludacris: Word Of Mouf: Music". Retrieved 6 March 2015.
  2. ^ a b c Birchmeier, Jason. "Word of Mouf - Review". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved February 3, 2011.
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert (April 22, 2003). "Not Hop, Stomp". The Village Voice. New York. Archived from the original on December 20, 2013. Retrieved February 9, 2013.
  4. ^ "Word of Mouf - EW.com". Entertainment Weekly's EW.com. Retrieved 6 March 2015.
  5. ^ "Record Rack". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 6 March 2015.
  6. ^ HipHopDX (5 December 2001). "Ludacris - Word Of Mouf". HipHopDX. Retrieved 6 March 2015.
  7. ^ "RapReviews.com Feature for November 27, 2001 - Ludacris' "Word of Mouf"". Retrieved 6 March 2015.
  8. ^ "Rolling Stone review". Archived from the original on October 16, 2007. Retrieved 2012-03-19.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  9. ^ "Ludacris - Word of Mouf CD". Retrieved 6 March 2015.
  10. ^ "Google News". Retrieved 6 March 2015.
  11. ^ Soren, Baker (February 3, 2002). "Ludacris "Word of Mouf" (Def Jam South) - Review". The Chicago Tribune. Tony W. Hunter. Retrieved July 10, 2011.
  12. ^ D'Angelo, Joe (December 5, 2001). "Creed Won't 'Sacrifice' Pole Position On Billboard Chart". MTV.com. Retrieved June 17, 2011.
  13. ^ Grein, Paul (June 24, 2014). "USA: Top 20 New Acts Since 2000". Yahoo! Music.
  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)". Billboard. Retrieved May 21, 2015.
  18. ^ "Ludacris Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard. 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. Select albums in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Type Word of Mouf in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  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.