Ludacris “A Hustler’s Spirit” Mixtape Download & Stream
Ludacris releases his 4th Official Mixtape, A Hustler’s Spirit, Presented by Conjure Cognac. The 20-track tape Features guest spots from Lil Scrappy, Ace Hood, Shawty Lo, Gucci Mane, The Dream, The Game, Letoya Luckett, Robin Thicke and more. The tape also includes several Remixes such as Waka Flocka’s O Let’s Do It, Gucci Mane’s Wasted and Roscoe Dash’s All The Way Turned Up.
Ludacris takes time out of making millions of dollars to promote his new Conjure cognac so he can, in turn, make millions of dollars. When you hear about Southern Rap you think Wayne, Jeezy, Boosie, Gucci, T.I., but rarely does Ludacris enter the conversation. He probably noticed that, because this mixtape is filled with hot instrumentals fresh out the South, like “Wasted“, “O Let’s Do It“, and “Patna Dem“. Ludacris does a great job on this project, pulling off lyrical flips and letting loose a little more than he has on his last few mixtapes.
Christopher Brian Bridges (born September 11, 1977), better known by his stage name Ludacris, is an American rapper, entrepreneur and actor. Along with his manager, Chaka Zulu, Ludacris is the co-founder of Disturbing tha Peace, an imprint distributed by Def Jam Recordings. Ludacris has won a Screen Actors Guild, Critic’s Choice MTV, and three Grammy Awards during his career. Along with fellow Atlantans Big Boi and Andre 3000 of OutKast, Ludacris was one of the first and most influential Dirty South artists to achieve mainstream success.
Born in Champaign, Illinois, Ludacris moved to Atlanta, Georgia at age nine, where he began rapping. After a brief stint as a disc jockey, he released his debut album Back for the First Time in 2000, which contained the singles “Southern Hospitality” and “What’s Your Fantasy“. In 2001, he released Word of Mouf, followed by Chicken-n-Beer in 2003. He took a more serious approach with his next three albums, The Red Light District (2004), Release Therapy (2006), and Theater of the Mind (2008). His latest record, Battle of the Sexes, was released in 2010. As an actor, he has appeared in films including 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003), Crash (2004), Gamer (2009), Fast Five (2011) and Fast and Furious 6 (2013).
With his Conjure cognac liquor hitting the nationwide market, Ludacris dropped his A Hustler’s Spirit mixtape to help promote the liquor he has taken such a strong personal investment in. As usual, the Atlanta-bred rapper spits some lyrical fire mixed in with a few “Conjure Commercials”. The main goal of this Ludacris mixtape is to simply let everyone know about his new liquor, but he does it with some clever rhymes as well. When I get a remix Imma rip this song / I dedicate this flow to the conjure cognac that I’m sipping on/ Four fours Im tipping on/ Wood grain Im gripping on / If ya girl don’t like my music, tell her leave my dick alone, lone, lone, he raps on “All The Way Turned Up“, a remix of the popular Roscoe Dash song that had been making its waves around the internet at the time.
The beat selection that Ludacris picks doesn’t disappoint either. Mainly the tracks are taken from fellow ATL rappers’ recent hits, such as Gucci Mane’s “Wasted“, Waka Flocka’s “O Let’s Do It“, and Rich Kids’ “Patna Dem” among others. Ludacris included the single “ATL, GA” that he appears on with Shawty Lo and The Dream, which is worth the download itself. DTP label mate Lil Scrappy appears on a number of tracks and sounds refreshed after essentially being out of the mainstream limelight since his “Money In The Bank” single in 2006. Lil Scrappy and Ludacris definitely made “Addicted To Money” a banging hit on this mixtape.
The mixtape’s title, A Hustler’s Spirit, has a dual meaning. “It’s as simple as this. Spirit has a double meaning,” Ludacris explains. “When you talk about spirits, you talk about liquors, as in Conjure [cognac]. Then my spirit, I have a hustler’s spirit. People that listen to the mixtape have a hustler’s spirit. It’s a lot of people out there getting money. That’s basically what this thing is about. Even in the rap game, you have to sell records, we hustle. This is for the hustlers. Simple as that.”
» “O Let’s Do It” “Atlanta’s been on fire for quite some time,” Ludacris said, before delving into why he got on Waka Flocka Flame’s beat. “We stay on fire. Right about now, it’s a lot of crazy aggressive beats that’s coming out of the hometown. That keeps me inspired; aggressive tracks I feel I gotta put a voice too. That’s a beat that caught my attention the first time I heard it. I was in the studio with Gucci Mane. It’s aggressive. I felt like I wanted to do something on it. I made it happen. What am I talking about [on the track]? It’s about lifestyle, about culture, expressing yourself. It’s about getting gritty and grimy in the streets. All the hustlers know that. Let’s do it.”
» “All The Way Turned Up” “The whole record is talking about being yourself, turning your music up as loud as hell and not caring what anybody has to say,” Ludacris explains about his takeover of Roscoe Dash’s record. “It’s about you being too loud. Sometimes you get tickets for disturbing the peace. When you see a cop, you have to turn it down.”
» “Pennies” “Something that happened a while ago, but a lot of people didn’t get to hear it,” Ludacris says about the original version by The Cool Kids. “I definitely love the underground and all the artists for making names for themselves and making sure they have a following of their own. That’s something The Cool Kids have done and continue to do. I still have a passion for hip-hop and I still love it. No matter how many records I’ve sold, I feel a need to get on underground records.”
Ludacris continues to stake his claim as being one of the top lyricists in the game today and he will ensure that everyone is fully aware of that fact. A Hustler’s Spirit mixtape was the perfect way to celebrate before releasing his 7th official album, Battle Of The Sexes, so you’ll probably want to grab a bottle of Conjure after giving this mixtape a listen.(Don’t worry, the retail price is around $30). Follow on Twitter @Ludacris @MedievalBeatz Buy Rap Beats
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