Ludacris [Bridges, Christopher Brian ]
- Patricia Moss
[Bridges, Christopher Brian ]
(b Champaign, IL, Sept 11, 1977). American rapper and actor. He entered the music industry through the Atlanta-based radio station Hot 97 (later Hot 107.9) where he was known as DJ Chris Lova Lova. This position led to his acquaintance with the producer Timbaland, who featured him on the song “Phat Rabbit” from Timbaland’s album Tim’s Bio (Blackground, 1998). This collaboration provided Ludacris with national exposure, essentially launching his career as a rapper. In 2000 he signed with the hip-hop label Def Jam South and released his debut album Back for the First Time, which reached number four on the US Billboard 200. His musical style is exuberant and profanity laden and features a combination of humor, fiery raps, and clever rhythms. Ludacris has sold more than 12 million albums and received awards from MTV, the Screen Actors Guild, the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, and the Broadcast Films Critics Association. This visibility and commercial success, however, has led to some instances of controversy. In ...