Name:
Ludacris
Birth Date:
September 11, 1977
Birth Place:
Champaign, Illinois, USA
Height:
5' 7
Nationality:
American
Famous for:
His single What's Your Fantasy?
Profession:
actor, musician
Education:
Oak Park River Forest High School, Oak Park, Illinois
BIOGRAPHY
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Number One Spot

Background:

American rapper Ludacris, born Chris Bridges, first hit the music industry with his major label debut album Back For The First Time (2000), which became a multi-platinum and the No.4 album in the U.S. Next, the seven-time Grammy nominee stroke the music community endlessly with his recordings Word Of Mouf (2001), Chicken & Beer (2003) and The Red Light District (2004). His collaboration with Usher and ‘Lil John in the international hit “Yeah” (2004) reinforced his musical gift by nabbing a Grammy Award, while his single “Number One Spot” (2004) netted an MTV Video Music Award. Branching out into acting, the multi-platinum-selling artist was seen in films like The Wash (2001) and Crash (2004).

Off screen, one of the biggest names in hip-hop’s Dirty South movement, Ludacris founded The Ludacare Foundation, with Chaka Zulu. The organization helps young students motivate themselves in creative arts. He was also a spokesman for Boost Mobile Phone and Pepsi. However, in August 28, 2002, Pepsi-Cola of North America stated that its 30-second television spot featuring rapper Ludacris was cut off due to consumer complaints about his sexually explicit lyrics. This decision came after talk-show host Bill O’Reilly, who had been mentioned in a Ludacris song, criticized the company for picking a “thug rapper” to represent them.

Recently, Ludacris and Kanye West were accused of stealing the essence of a little known song for their 2003 hit, “Stand Up,” by a New Jersey rap group called It’s Our Family (IOF). On Thursday, May 25, 2006, Ludacris gave testimony at a copyright infringement trial that he had never heard the expression “straight like that,” which he allegedly swiped to create his 2003 hit. He also denied receiving copies of a disk containing the track “Straight Like That” by IOF. In addition, he is one of the black rappers who criticized the talk show queen Oprah Winfrey for never inviting them to her show.


Luda

Childhood and Family:

In 1979, Christopher Bridges, who would later be famous as Ludacris, was born in Atlanta, Georgia. Chris is sometimes also called C. Bridges, Chris ‘Ludacris’ Bridges, Chris Bridges, or simply Luda. Influenced by the early stars of hip-hop, teenaged Chris began to rap competitively. He attended Benjamin Banneker High in Atlanta, where he battled other students in the lunchroom. He later took a music management program at Georgia State University. The cousin of R & B singer Monica, Chris has a daughter named Karma.


Back For The First Time

Career:

“I started rapping on the station promos. We did them over all of the top hits, so people got to hear me rap over tight beats.” Ludacris

After finishing his education, Ludacris came into show business as DJ Chris Lova Lova on the Atlanta radio station Hot 107.9 FM. There, he produced a night show before rapping for the radio station promos. Ludacris’ first public gigs apparently grabbed the attention of Jermaine DuPri and Timbaland, who put him on a record debut with “Phat Rabbit,” a track from Timbaland’s 1998 album Tim’s Bio: Life from the Bassment. The single was also placed in Ludacris’ self-produced, self-marketed and self-distributed first album Incognegro (1999). The independent recording sold over 50,000 copies in two months and broke the record of radio airtime in southern markets. Starting to get some attention, he recorded the theme for the video game Madden NFL 2000 in the same year.

In 2000, Scarface, a member of the Ghetto Boys, signed Ludacris to Def Jam Recordings. Before long, he issued the first major label album Back For The First Time (2000), spawning the singles “What’s Your Fantasy” and “Southern Hospitality.” Achieving success, the album reached the 4th position on the U.S. chart and received 3 platinum certifications. In addition, it was also nominated for a Grammy for Best Rap Album, while its singles became U.S. R&B/Hip-Hop top ten hits. Ludacris gained even more recognition with his second album, Word Of Mouf (2001). The multi-platinum recording went to third place on U.S. charts and received another Grammy nomination, whereas the track “Move Bitch” (featuring Mystikal and I-20) climbed to the top three position on U.S. R&B/Hip-Hop charts. The sophomore album also tossed out such tracks as the Grammy-nominated “Area Codes” and “Roll Out (My Business),” as well as “Saturday (Oooh Oooh)” (featuring Sleepy Brown). Still in 2001, Ludacris broke into acting when he appeared as a customer in DJ Pooh’s big screen comedy The Wash.

“For me, it’s not just about being the best. I also want people to realize I’m versatile.” Ludacris

The multi-talented rapper set up a recording company called Disturbing Tha Peace Records, where Lil Fate, I-20, Tity Boi, Shawnna and the platinum selling Chingy are among its artists. Under the independent label, he released Golden Grain (2002) with the single “Growing Pains.” Returning to acting, Ludacris co-starred as Tej, alongside Paul Walker and Tyrese Gibson, in the fast-pace action movie 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003). In the motion picture, he also provided the Grammy-nominated soundtrack titled “Act a Fool.” He also performed in the musical TV series “Hard Rock Live” (2003), “Fuse 100%” (2004) and in an episode of the musical comedy “Chappelle’s Show” (2004).

On October 25, 2003, Ludacris released his third album under the Def Jam label, Chicken & Beer, and stepped further into fame. The double-platinum recording was a No.1 album in the U.S. and the single “Stand Up” (featuring Shawnna) topped the U.S. Hot 100 for a full week. The hit track also brought him a Grammy nomination for Best Male Rap Solo Performance. His next No.1 album, The Red Light District, also received double-platinum certification, while the hit single “Number One Spot” stayed on the top ten of the U.S. Rap charts. Aside from the commercial success, “Number One Spot” also won an MTV Video Music for Best Rap Video and earned a Grammy nomination.

The rapper solidified his popularity after R & B singer Usher took him into a popular collaboration with ‘Lil John for the widely-known single “Yeah” (2004). The song spent 12 weeks on the top of the U.S. Hot 100, received heavy play all over the world and won a Grammy for Best R&B Song. Following his musical progress, he went to the silver screen with a turn as Anthony in the Oscar-winning movie Crash (2004), for director/screenwriter Paul Haggis.

Under his own recording label, the skilled performer launched Ludacris Presents: Disturbing tha Peace (2005). Tossing out singles “Georgia” (featuring Field Mob & Jamie Foxx) and “Getting’ Some,” the album managed to become the11th album on the U.S. charts and received gold certification. As an actor, Ludacris undertook the role of Skinny Black in the Craig Brewer-directed movie Hustle & Flow (2005) before guest starring in the series “Eve” (2005) and “Driven” (2005). Recently, he appeared as Darius Parker in the 7th season of the TV series “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (2006).


Award:

  • Grammy: Best R&B Song, “Yeah!,” shared with Usher and ‘Lil John, 2005
  • MTV Video Music: Best Rap Video, “Number One Spot,” 2005
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