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Top 25 Hip-Hop Songs of the 2000s: #18 Ludacris “What’s Your Fantasy”Posted by Nathan S. on 11/27/09 | Filed under Features, Ludacris, Best of the 2000s
In 1999 Ludacris was a local Atlanta DJ, but by 2009 he was one of the biggest selling and most respected rappers of the decade. The first step in that epic journey was his breakthrough single "What's Your Fantasy", a sexually explicit and lyrically freewheeling track that in retrospect sums up everything Luda is as a rapper: dope lyrics, dope delivery, funny, and yes, horny. Coming off his debut major album "Back for the First Time", "What's Your Fantasy" peaked at #21 on the charts, was produced by Bangladesh (who at the time was relatively unknown) and also features on-again off-again DTP member Shawnna. What, what, what, what, what's your fantasy?
First of all, according to our rules every artist can only have one track represented in the Top 25 countdown, which made choosing a Ludacris cut especially difficult. The man's mind has spawned an enormous number of solo hits and he's been a part of even more as a guest artist; from "Rollout" to "Move, B**tch" to countless others, Luda's got one of the best catalog's of the decade. With that said, after much debate we decided that no track was more important and indicative of his career as a whole as "What's Your Fantasy". If this song doesn't become a smash I don't know if we're talking about Luda today at all, and in terms of lyrics, delivery, and theme (explicit sex), in retrospect "Fantasy" served as a blueprint for his entire career.
In terms of the actual track, "Fantasy" is a perfect marriage of Luda's delivery and lyrics. Not only does he spit every bar with the precision of a laser-guided missile, but the track's often hilarious and always dirty lyrics mark him as one of the most creative and clever writers in the game. In addition, every truly great track has to have at least a couple classic lines, lines that at a concert an entire stadium yells out, and "Fantasy" has more than a couple. My personal favorite? "Back seat, windows up, that's the way you like to f**k..." I'm proud to say I've shouted that at more than a couple Ludacris shows. And as an extra bonus, "Fantasy" also serves as a sexual bucket list. Just write down the lyrics, grab a partner and start checking off locations and situations. What more could you really ask for from a hip-hop song? Ultimately there's really no doubt about this one. Ludacris' "What's Your Fantasy" easily comes in at number 18 on our list.
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