News: Ludacris Prepares For "Battle" W/ Plies, Flo Rida & Ne-Yo
Monday, Jan 25, 2010 5:20PM
Disturbin' Tha Peace leader Ludacris' upcoming Battle of the Sexes compilation album will reportedly feature guest appearances by Ne-Yo, Flo Rida and Plies.
According to new reports, Luda's men versus women-themed disc will also feature production from Swizz Beatz.
Ludacris is waging an all-out war with the opposite sex. The Atlanta rapper has challenged some of female rap's biggest stars to a battle on his new album. Lil' Kim, Eve, Trina and Nicki Minaj are among those getting in the ring with the Grammy winner on his seventh studio album Battle of the Sexes, due March 16. Previously planned as a joint album with femcee Shawnna, the set will also include appearances from Ne-Yo, Ciara, Flo Rida, and Plies. Bangladesh, Swizz Beatz and J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League have all contributed to the project. (Rap-Up)
Earlier this month, Luda revealed that he has been working on the project with producer Pharrell Williams.
"Just left Baton Rouge for a show. No work or school tmrw so come Check out Live Jazz Sundays at Straits Atl 793 Juniper St & 5th Ave! In the studio with Pharrell my good people. And my n*gga has a mustache!! Ha!," Ludacris wrote on Sunday (January 17). "Pharrell and his mustache working on Battle of the Sexes Album. Coming March 2010! http://yfrog.com/4axkunj." (Ludacris' Twitter)
Reports last month suggested Luda would no longer use rapper Shawnna for the album's female perspective.
For those of you don't recall, Shawnna chose to diss Luda and the DTP family for T-Pain's Nappy Boy imprint. While details are sketchy at the moment, not really, but I'm afraid to say too much, what is known is that instead of Luda teaming up with the Chicago-native for the co-ed inspired rap album - she's been replaced with a plethora of young and old female MC's. Tenatively, rappers like Nicki Minaj, Lil Kim, Eve and a few others are being tapped for the project, which is set to hit stores in early 2010. (Gyant Unplugged)
Speaking to a packed concert venue of fans last fall, Shawnna said her main focus was still on getting out her Battle of the Sexes joint album with Luda.
"I know y'all been hearing a lot of sh*t about what's been going on with me and sh*t, right, right," Shawnna told a crowd of fans. "I know y'all been hearing a lot of T-Pain rumors, 'Shawnna ain't f*cking with Luda no more' and all that sh*t. I just want y'all to know that I'm still f*cking with Luda, that's my n*gga 100 percent man. We have Battle of the Sexes coming soon and I'm signing a new deal with T-Pain right there...I'm f*cking with two real good n*ggas in the industry so I can't help but win. But I can't do sh*t without y'all support, you understand?" (Vimeo)
Battle of the Sexes is scheduled to drop Tuesday, March 16th.
Check out a recent Ludacris interview down below: