Ludacris then released the albums Word of Mouf, Chicken-n-Beer and The Red Light District, all of which were certified multi-platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America.
38 Facts About Ludacris
Ludacris is often cited as one of the first Dirty South rappers to achieve mainstream success in the 21st century, with several commercially and critically successful studio albums.
Ludacris attended Banneker High School in Atlanta, Georgia and graduated in 1995.
Ludacris' parents are both African American, and he has more distant English and Native American ancestry.
Ludacris is a distant cousin of late comedian Richard Pryor.
Ludacris wrote his first rap song at age nine when moving to Atlanta, Georgia, and joined an amateur rap group three years later.
Ludacris served as an intern and then a DJ at Atlanta's Hot 97.5 under the name "Chris Lova Lova".
In 1999, Ludacris released his debut album Incognegro through his independent label Disturbing tha Peace.
Ludacris next released "Blow It Out", which was accompanied by a low-budget music video.
Ludacris took a more mature approach to his fourth album The Red Light District.
Ludacris filmed and recorded the single "Get Back" in which he was featured as a muscle-bound hulk who was being annoyed by the media and warned critics to leave him alone.
Ludacris first appeared on Saturday Night Live as a special guest performing with musical guest Sum 41 on a season 30 episode hosted by Paul Giamatti.
Ludacris then recorded "Get Back" with Sum 41 to make a rock crossover single.
Ludacris formatted the CD to have two sides: a Release side and a Therapy side on a single CD.
Ludacris confirmed a "sequel" titled Ludaversal due to be released September 11,2012.
Ludacris was featured on Justin Bieber's hit single "Baby", which became one of the highest-certified singles of all time in the US and gained international success.
In 2012, Ludacris released the singles "Representin" and "Rest of My Life," both of which were scrapped after the songs underperformed and the recording process for his upcoming album Ludaversal stalled.
Ludacris had been releasing a new song on Fridays as he is calling these releases IDGAF Fridays.
On October 9,2014, Ludacris announced that Ludaversal would be released on March 31,2015; which will be preceded by an EP titled Burning Bridges due for release on December 16,2014.
On October 31,2014 Ludacris premiered the first single from the "Burning Bridges" EP titled "Good Lovin'" featuring American singer Miguel.
On March 3,2015, Ludacris held a listening party for Ludaversal with Def Jam.
In March 2017, Ludacris confirmed that he was working on his tenth studio album in an interview with Complex magazine.
On March 31,2017, Ludacris released a new single called "Vitamin D" featuring Ty Dolla $ign.
On May 8,2018, Ludacris received three nominations and one win at the 2018 CMT Music Awards.
Ludacris stated in interviews with People and Billboard that he and Karma "spent close to a decade and a half" working on the "perfection" of the production.
On January 17,2022, the series got nominated for three NAACP Image Awards including Outstanding Children's Program and Ludacris himself got nominated for his voice-over performance as Karma's on-screen dad.
On December 26,2014, Ludacris became engaged to Mbouguiengue while in Costa Rica, and the two married later that same day.
In January 2020, Ludacris acquired Gabonese citizenship along with his mother and two daughters.
Ludacris is the founder of his own record label, Disturbing tha Peace, an imprint distributed by Def Jam Recordings.
In 2011, Ludacris released his own line of headphones called "Soul By Ludacris" manufactured by Soul Electronics.
In 2006, Ludacris appeared in a television and print advertising campaign for Puma, which released 3 limited edition models of a "Clyde x Luda" Puma Clyde sneaker, with Ludacris' image on the heel of the insole and "DTP" on the heel window.
In November 2016, Ludacris opened up a restaurant named "Chicken N Beer" at the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta.
In 2011, Ludacris joined a joint effort between Do Something and Better World Books to collect books to help restock library shelves in New Orleans.
Ludacris filmed a public service announcement in support of the Epic Book Drive.
Ludacris started the Ludacris Foundation at the beginning of his music career in 2002.
The focus is what Ludacris calls the "3Ls": Leadership and Education, Living Healthy Lifestyles, and LudaCares.
In October 2019, Ludacris was named the artist-in-residence at Georgia State University, where he will mentor students in the Creative Media Industries Institute.
Ludacris received this honorary degree on May 4,2022 at the commencement ceremony at Center Parc Stadium where he delivered a speech.