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Release Therapy

Ludacris is dying to be taken seriously—at least some of the time. The Atlanta rapper has demanded respect from Bill O’Reilly and Oprah Winfrey. He’s cut his trademark braids to a more-sophisticated low fade. And on his sixth solo effort, Release Therapy, he even addresses issues such as child abuse and the prison population. The result is a solid album short on obvious club bangers but long on the more worldly perspective of a rap veteran. Though he’s known more for clever punch lines and bombastic choruses, Luda manages to deliver social commentary with equal skill. The Trak Starz–produced “Do Your ...

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