Few rappers understand balance better than Ludacris, and "Battle of the Sexes" (Disturbing Tha Peace / Island Def Jam) proves it.
Not only does Luda know when a song needs an R&B crooner or a female voice, he knows when he needs to speed up a flow or rough up a rhyme. It's that combo that makes "I Know You Got a Man" sound fresh, that makes "Sex Room" with Trey Songz a success and makes the Tiger Woods-inspired "Sexting" so funny.
He also knows when the straight-up macking single "How Low" is needed.
THE GRADE: B
BOTTOM LINE: More a hip-hop lovefest than a battle