Christopher Brian Bridges, better known by his stage name Ludacris, is an American rapper and actor. Along with his manager, Chaka Zulu, Ludacris is the co-founder of Disturbing tha Peace, an imprint distributed by Def Jam Recordings. Ludacris is the highest-selling Southern hip hop solo artist of all time with over 17 million units sold in the United States and 24 million records sold worldwide. Ludacris has won the Screen Actors Guild, Critic’s Choice, MTV, and Grammy Awards during his career.
Ludacris was born Christopher Brian Bridges in Champaign, Illinois. He is of African American and Native American descent. Bridges wrote his first rap song at age nine and joined an amateur rap group three years later. He attended Oak Park and River Forest High School in Oak Park, Illinois, and Banneker High School in Atlanta, Georgia. From 1998 to 1999, he studied music management at Georgia State University. In 2007, Bridges lost his father, Wayne, to cancer. Ludacris has a daughter named Karma with an Atlanta attorney named Cristine.
Ludacris worked as a radio editor under the pseudonym "DJ Chris Lova Lova" at Atlanta hip hop station Hot 97.5. WHTA, now located at 107.9. Producer and rapper Timbaland made an offer for Ludacris to work with him at the radio station. Ludacris performed on the track "Phat Rabbit" as Ludacris on Timbaland’s 1998 album Tim’s Bio: Life from da Bassment. Ludacris released his major label debut, Back for the First Time, in October 2000. This album was actually a modified re-release of the album Incognegro, made in 1998. Ludacris promptly completed his next album, Word of Mouf, and released it at the end of 2001. During the spring of 2003, Ludacris returned to the music scene after a brief hiatus with a new single, "Act a Fool", from the 2 Fast 2 Furious soundtrack. At around the same time, he released the lead single from his album Chicken-n-Beer, called "P-Poppin". In 2004, Chris Bridges took a more mature approach to his fourth album, The Red Light District. In an issue of XXL, Ludacris was placed in the number nine spot for the most anticipated albums of 2006, for Release Therapy. The album Release Therapy was released on September 26, 2006.
The Preview, a mixtape to preview the album was released on July 28, 2008. Theater of the Mind, released on November 24, 2008, and in April 2008, the single "Let’s Stay Together" appeared on xxlmag.com; supposedly from the new album ("Let’s Stay Together" was expected to but was released as a bonus track on the CD). A song with Small World called "Pinky Shinin" was expected to be on the album, but it was dropped. In an interview with Complex Magazine he stated that Chris Brown, Lil Wayne, Rick Ross, T.I., Plies, Common, T-Pain, Jay-Z, Nas and The Game will be on the album; The Game is featured in a track with Willy Northpole titled "Call Up the Homies". T.I. was on the album on a track called "Wish You Would" squashing the long feud between them.
The album debuted at number five on the Billboard 200 with 213,493 sold first week. The album was released the same day as Kanye West’s 808s & Heartbreak, which took the number one spot. His first single "What Them Girls Like", featuring Chris Brown and Sean Garrett, peaked at #33 on the Billboard 100. His second single, "One More Drink", featuring T-Pain, peaked at #24 on the Billboard 100. The third official single is "Nasty Girl", featuring Plies. He confirmed a "sequel" titled Ludaversal due to be released in 2010.
- Birth name : Christopher Brian Bridges
- Born : September 11, 1977
- Birth place : Champaign, Illinois, U.S.
- Origin : Atlanta, Georgia, United States
- Genres : Hip hop
- Occupations : radio personality, rapper, actor
- Instruments : Rapping, vocals
- Years active : 1998 – present
- Labelss : Disturbing tha Peace, Def Jam
- Associated acts : Shawnna
- Website : ludacris.defjam.com