Listen Free: Ludacris, 'Battle Of The Sexes'
Ludacris is back with a new chart-topping album, "Battle of the Sexes," and you can listen to the Atlanta rap star's new set for free, right here on Billboard.com. Released Mar. 9, "Battle" earned Luda his fourth No. 1 on the Billboard 200 as it debuted atop the chart with 137,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
After a brief intro, "Battle of the Sexes" opens with its hit lead single "How Low," whose hyper-speed wordplay and house-influenced surges command the listener to dance. The second single, "My Chick Bad" featuring Nicki Minaj, features the Young Money starlet dissing wannabe "besties" and shouting out horror flicks. "Hey Ho" featuring Lil Kim addresses double standards, while "Sex Room" featuring Trey Songz recalls "Lovers and Friends," Ludacris' No. 1 hit with Usher and Lil Jon. Additional guests on the album include Eve, Trina, Flo Rida, Gucci Mane, and Ne-Yo.
Counting "Battle of the Sexes," Luda has scored seven top 10 sets, including his previous No. 1s -- "Release Therapy" (2006), "The Red Light District" (2004) and "Chicken N Beer" (2003). The album also ties Luda for the third-most No. 1s among rap acts. His total brings him up to speed with the Beastie Boys, but trails 2Pac, DMX, Eminem and Nas, who each have five No. 1s. The all-time leader among rap acts is Jay-Z, with 11. Coincidently, "Battle of the Sexes" is the first rap album to top the Billboard 200 since Jay-Z's "The Blueprint 3" took hit No. 1 in early October 2009.