Rapper Ludacris returns this week with an ambitious new album, "Release Therapy." The Disturbing Tha Peace/Def Jam set is led the single "Money Maker" featuring Pharrell Williams, which is No. 2 this

Rapper Ludacris returns this week with an ambitious new album, "Release Therapy." The Disturbing Tha Peace/Def Jam set is led the single "Money Maker" featuring Pharrell Williams, which is No. 2 this week on the Billboard Hot 100.

The "Release" portion of the set reveals a more personal side of the rapper. Here, he discourses on such socially conscious subjects as child abuse (the Polo-produced track "Runaway Love"). The "Therapy" section comprises such cut-loose tracks as "Girls Gone Wild." R. Kelly guests on the track "Woozy."

Party- and girl-happy tracks like "Girls Gone Wild" are tempered by more introspective songs like "Do Your Time," about the social implications of incarceration, and "Freedom of Preach," Ludacris' conversation with God. "The entire album is therapeutic to me and hopefully to whoever listens to it. It displays absolutely who Chris Bridges the person is," he says.

The rapper originally chose the title "Release Therapy" because his five-album deal with Def Jam was up and he had the option of leaving. But ironically, as he notes, "It was also time for me to release as well. I'm really getting a lot of stuff off my chest [on this album]; something my career has been leading up to. You get to a phase where you want to try new things."