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Word of Mouf

Word of Mouf
Studio album by Ludacris
Released November 27, 2001 (US)
Recorded 2000–01
Genre Hip hop, southern hip hop, dirty rap
Length 78:54
Label Disturbing tha Peace, Def Jam South
Producer Jazze Pha
Ludacris chronology
Back for the First Time
Word of Mouf
Singles from Word of Mouf
  1. "Area Codes"
    Released: July 3, 2001
  2. "Rollout (My Business)"
    Released: October 16, 2001
  3. "Saturday (Oooh! Ooooh!)"
    Released: December 11, 2001
  4. "Move Bitch"
    Released: May 21, 2002

Word of Mouf is the third studio album by American rapper Ludacris; it was released on November 27, 2001, by Disturbing tha Peace and Def Jam South.[1] It contains the singles, "Rollout (My Business)", "Area Codes", "Move Bitch", and "Saturday (Oooh Oooh!)".

The album debuted at number 3 on the US Billboard 200 chart, with first-week sales of 281,000 copies in the United States,[2] The album has become a certified three-times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The album is Ludacris' best-selling album to date with sales of over 3,674,000 copies in the United States, as of July 2014.[3] It was nominated at the Grammy Awards of 2003 for Best Rap Album, but lost to The Eminem Show.


  • Reception 1
  • Track listing 2
  • Chart positions 3
    • Weekly charts 3.1
  • Certifications 4
  • Samples and interpolations 5
  • References 6


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[4]
Robert Christgau B–[5]
Entertainment Weekly (B)[6]
Los Angeles Times 3/4 stars[7]
HipHopDX 3.5/5 stars[8]
RapReviews (8/10)[9]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[10][11]
USA Today 2.5/4 stars[12]

Jason Birchmeier of AllMusic called Word of Mouf a "superstar affair that aims for mass appeal with a broad array of different styles" and enjoyed "witty puns and sly innuendoes" displayed in songs such as "Area Codes".[4] However, he felt that "amid all of these various team-ups you do lose a little bit of the sincere, personal edge that had characterized much of Ludacris' debut."[4] Soren Baker of the Chicago Tribune also praised the album's comedic nature, commenting that "Whether he's delivering a punchy one-liner, exaggerating his rhyme flow to a silly extreme or cleverly deploying pop culture references, Ludacris keeps the mood light and festive. Even his skits are funny enough that they could serve as the foundation for a top-tier comedy album."[13]

Track listing

No. Title Producer(s) Length
1. "Coming 2 America"   Bangladesh 4:23
2. "Rollout (My Business)"   Timbaland 4:58
3. "Go 2 Sleep" (featuring I-20, Fate Wilson & Three 6 Mafia) Bangladesh 5:12
4. "Cry Babies (Oh No)"   Swizz Beatz 5:58
5. "She Said" (featuring Fate Wilson) Organized Noise 4:35
6. "Howhere (skit)"     1:13
7. "Area Codes" (featuring Nate Dogg) Jazze Pha 5:03
8. "Growing Pains" (featuring Fate Wilson & Keon Bryce) P. King 4:51
9. "Greatest Hits (skit)"   Mike Johnson 1:18
10. "Move Bitch" (featuring Mystikal & I-20) KLC 4:30
11. "Stop Lying" (skit)   1:38
12. "Saturday (Oooh! Ooooh!)" (featuring Sleepy Brown) Organized Noise 3:52
13. "Keep It on the Hush" (featuring Jazze Pha) Jazze Pha 4:48
14. "Word of Mouf (Freestyle)" (featuring 4-Ize)   2:13
15. "Get the Fuck Back" (featuring Shawnna, I-20 & Fate Wilson) Bangladesh 5:21
16. "Freaky Thangs" (featuring Twista & Jagged Edge) Bangladesh 5:34
17. "Cold Outside" (featuring Chimere) Jook for Playas Circle 6:05
18. "Block Lockdown" (featuring I-20) Bangladesh 4:26
19. "Welcome to Atlanta" (featuring Jermaine Dupri) (hidden track) Jermaine Dupri 3:22

All skits are removed on the clean version of the album, and "Move Bitch" is rewritten as "Move B**ch".

Chart positions

Weekly charts

Chart (2001 - 02) Peak
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[14] 98
UK Albums (OCC)[15] 57
UK R&B Albums (OCC)[16] 12
US Billboard 200[17] 3
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[18] 1


Region Certification Sales/shipments
Canada (Music Canada)[19] Platinum 100,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[20] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[21] 3× Platinum 3,674,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

Samples and interpolations

"Coming 2 America"

"Rollout (My Business)"

"Area Codes"

"Growing Pains"

"Welcome to Atlanta"


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  10. ^ Rolling Stone review at the Wayback Machine (archived October 16, 2007)
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  14. ^ "Longplay-Chartverfolgung at Musicline" (in German). Phononet GmbH. Retrieved May 20, 2015.
  15. ^ "Ludacris | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart Retrieved May 18, 2015.
  16. ^ "2002-06-29 Top 40 R&B Albums Archive . Official Charts Company.
  17. ^ "Ludacris – Chart history" Billboard 200 for Ludacris. Retrieved May 21, 2015.
  18. ^ "Ludacris – Chart history" Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums for Ludacris. Retrieved May 21, 2015.
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  21. ^ If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
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