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Classic Album Review: Ludacris | Chicken ’N’ Beer

Even if it is just empty calories, the rapper's fourth album is finger-licking good.

This came out in 2003 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


Sure, most rap is junk food. And the salty rhymes of Dirty South rapper Ludacris are hardly the more tasteful selections on the menu. But, as with most junk food, sometimes you just can’t resist.

Chicken ’N’ Beer, the fourth album from the former Chris Bridges, is one of those times. On these 17 songs and skits, the boisterous and outlandish rhymer cooks up another greasy platter based on his secret recipe: Bouncy beats by the pound, plenty of crunchy fatback crackle and a vast selection of spicy samples and loops, topped by layers of his gruff barking and sprinkled liberally with steamy couplets and, ahem, fowl-mouthed expletives. Sure, a steady diet of tracks like Blow It Out and Hoes In My Room would make anybody sick to their stomach after a while. But even if it is just empty calories, Chicken ’N’ Beer is finger-licking good.


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