Born Chris Bridges, Ludacris seemed to be completely rebooting himself when he titled his 2014 release Burning Bridges, but even if this isn't a bona fide rebirth; this sharp EP does bring the long lost rapper into the present with a new, more mature point of view. Here, the man who provided the limo rental anthem "Pimpin' All Over the World" or became all nasty with his last album, 2010's Battle of the Sexes, returns as a pissed-off veteran, staking his claim during the "New Beginning Intro" before a dragging Maybach Music beat and special guest Rick Ross help discover the root of all evil, "Money." That top track gives way to the equally good betrayal song "Problems," and as these two heavy numbers stretch Biggie's "Mo Money, Mo Problems" into a two-song, nine-minute suite, Ludacris displays an interest in artistic expansion while Burning Bridges, so radio programmers and those just looking for sweet sugar have to wait for Jason Aldean to show up on the polished title track. Bling seekers get a bonus as the playful Miguel feature "Good Lovin" brings it all to a close, rounding out a quick, dirty, and sincere career reset that should have fans recommiting and detractors reconsidering.
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AllMusic Review by David Jeffries
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