Artist: Ludacris and DTPTitle: Ludacris Presents…Disturbing Tha PeaceRating: 3 StarsReviewed by: Sidik Fofana
So Ludacris has very generously decided to take his crew along for a sequel ride to the Def Jam contract room. Some have deserved to offer their John Hancock on the dotted line, others should have stayed in the parking lot and have just been allowed to play with the pretty sound system in Ludas car. The problem with crew albums, in this case Ludacris Presents Disturbing Tha Peace (DTP/Def Jam) is that you cant tell anybody no. On a poor block in College Park ten years ago, Chris Ludacris Bridges made too many
Thankfully, at this point in time, any piece of wax that either has Ludacriss vocals on it or his trademark on the actual vinyl will sell and sound halfway decent. This albums lead single, Georgia featuring the Ray Charles inspired Jamie Foxx is a certified head nodder and the Two Miles Hour an Hour Remix is a cool reminder
that we were right about the originals worthiness.
Cue the albums problems. Theres the hourglass but theres not enough sand in it. The Disturbing Tha Peace crew was granted their chance to record an hour of music, but they fumbled in terms of what they did with it. Theres a cipher song involving the whole crew called Family Affair that goes a little too much beyond our
listening attention span. There are a couple of good appearances like 1-20s on DTP for Life that arent too developed due to the overwhelming cast size. And, theres the all too cliché Put Ya Hands Up type track and its called Put Ya Hands Up.
Still, a star emerges amidst this collage of voices and her name is Shareefa. Her solo track Ill Be Around is arguably the most feelable track on the CD. This young soul singer has proven that shes straight as far as merit goes when roll call comes along and her melodic humming in Family Affair makes the otherwise too long
song a bit more bearable. But, can she Bobby Valentino it, people? Its up to the label gods to decide.