Ludacris recently stated that his new concept album is an avenue for the underrepresented female sex to regain its voice in hip-hop. Hence, Battle Of The Sexes' disproportionately high number of female guests.
While his heart is ostensibly in the right place, Mr. Hos In Different Area Codes posing as rap's Gloria Steinem is a stretch. And while a hip-hop album that's not a complete kielbasa festival is refreshing, Luda's feminist intentions are horribly misguided.
In fact, Battle seems like an opportunity for the rapper to be more ignorant than ever, as if including a few token females justifies taking his trademark sexism to the next level. Further, if this is a "battle," the rapping females weren't told. Nicki Minaj, Lil' Kim, Monica, Trina and Eve's benign cameos do little to combat Ludacris's bigotry.
How Low and My Chick Bad are particularly gross, and the bargain-basement production drags things down further. The only good song is the one where he makes fun of Tiger Woods.
Top track: Sexting