Here, Ludacris asks a lady about her sexual fantasies, hoping he can fulfill them. He has lots of suggestions:
In the Georgia Dome on the 50 yard line
On the beach with black sand
On the top of his Escalade
Rappers (and rockers for that matter) have long boasted of their bedroom prowess, but Ludacris does it here with rapid-fire, clever wordplay that makes it more entertaining than dirty. You could almost let your kids listen to it.
Another distinction: He's interested in her fantasy, not just his own gratification. That's not something you'd hear from, say, 2 Live Crew.
"What's Your Fantasy" was Ludacris' first single. It first appeared on his debut album, Incognegro, released in 1999 on his own label, Disturbing Tha Peace. Ludacris was well known around Atlanta, where he was DJ Chris Lova Lova on the hip-hop station Hot 97.5, so the album got some regional attention and earned him a deal with Def Jam Records, which made him the first signing to their Def Jam South division.
Def Jam released his album Back For The First Time in 2000, which included many of the songs from Incognegro, including "What's Your Fantasy." They commissioned a video and gave it a strong promotional push that got Ludacris off and running. After a tour with Outkast, he became nationally known, and by 2004 he was one of the most popular rappers in the game.
Ludacris' producer on this track was Shondrae Crawford, who goes by Bangladesh. He put together the beat and is credited as a co-writer along with Luda. He went on to produce for Beyoncé ("Diva
"), Lil Wayne ("A Milli
") and many others.
The female rapper on this track is Shawnna, who was signed to Ludacris' Disturbing Tha Peace label. She released her own album, Worth Tha Weight, in 2004, but is best known for her collaborations with Luda. She also appears on his track "Stand Up." Shawnna's biggest hit on her own is "Gettin' Some" from 2006.
Bangladesh told MTV
about producing this track. "That was the last record we recorded for his independent album," he said. "I [originally] made the beat without the high hat. I made that for an intro for a whole 'nother beat. He liked the intro. He was like, 'I should make that.' He played it one time on the radio. I was cutting hair; I was a barber at the time. 'What's Your Fantasy' was #1 throughout the day. People I was cutting didn't even know I made the beat."
The lines:You wanna make a brother beg for it
Give me TLC 'cause you know I be too proud
Are a reference to "Ain't 2 Proud 2 Beg
" by TLC, another big-name act out of Atlanta.
This was used in the 2001 movie How High, starring Redman and Method Man, and appears on the soundtrack.