The Red Light District

Common Sense Media says

Ludacris may be talented, but he isn't for kids.





What parents need to know

Positive messages

"N" word is all over the place, and it's also kind of sexist.


It's violent!


It's explicit!


It's dirty!


Yeah, brand names is certainly celebrated.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking


Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that we don't recommend this CD for any kid under 17 because of the explicit language, sex, and violence. That said, there's lots for adult rap fans to enjoy here. Ludacris is poetic, expressive, funny, and musically intriguing. It's too bad that it's next to impossible to find an edited version.

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Kids say

What's the story?

Ludacris finds a moment to slam Bill O'Reilly one more time on THE RED LIGHT DISTRICT, before leading us on through the usual themes of sex, drugs, street life, racism, sexist posturing, and negotiating the peculiar minefield of financial and popular success. Throughout, he delivers blistering commentary with humor, poetry, charisma, and every four-letter word in -- or maybe not in -- the dictionary. One spectacular high point is \"Potion,\" a track that combines a traditional field work song with a rumbling drum beat, looped cooing noises, gasping female backup vocals, and a male chorus singing \"What up?\" all textured under a rant about wiggling women and the pitfalls of stardom. It's not PC, but it's original, haunting, and even funny. It's the Ludacris genius at its best. Other inventive moments include a sample of Quincy Jones' \"Soul Bossa Nova\" (AKA the Austin Powers song) on \"Number One Spot\" and a wonderful steel drum track on \"Put Your Money.\"

Is it any good?


The production and musicianship of The Red Light District are lovingly crafted and stunningly mixed, and Ludacris performs with his usual expressiveness, an irresistible combination of enthusiasm, cynicism, and joie de vivre -- carefully enunciating every lyric, for better or worse. For many families, the sheer number of four-letter words will be enough to get this album banned forever from the home entertainment library. For the oldest teens and adult rap fans, though, this one would be a substantial and thought-provoking choice.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the mix of intelligence and explicit content in Ludacris' music.

Music details

Release date:November 29, 2004
Label:Def Jam
Parental advisory:Yes
Edited version available:Yes

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Adult Written bydudeman123 April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age

ok but super inapropriate

well the only thing u can pretty much say is if ludacris got 25cents every time he cussed or talked about sex this guy would be rich well more rich than he already is
Teen, 16 years old Written byScrumdidilyumptious April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age

Utter piece of garbage- with talent!

Ludacris' "THE RED LIGHT DISTRICT" is a piece of the smelliest garbage, but one must notice his rapping talents. *sigh* if only every other lyric wasn't "SEX SEX SEX" "DRUGS DRUGS DRUGS" "SHOOTING MURDERING FIGHTING" wow o for the whole fam-i-ly!
Teen, 13 years old Written bysara4ever95 February 17, 2009


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