Life from da Bassment. This song was a hit in many countries. In , Ludacris began to record his debut album "Incognegro". This album was the defining example of Ludacris' fast, wild, and comedic flow, a unique style for southern rappers.
Timbaland handled part of the production. Despite its poor sales, it was never deleted and is still sold today. In , Ludacris released his major label debut, Back for the First Time. The album reached 4 on the U. Billboard , and was a major success. Ludacris made his mark on the industry with singles such as " Southern Hospitality " and " What's Your Fantasy ", along with his first ever single the "Phat Rabbit", from two years prior.
Ludacris stated in an interview on MTV's hip hop program Direct Effect that he came up with his stage name based on his "split personality" that he considered "ridiculous" and "ludicrous". Word of Mouf and Chicken-n-Beer Ludacris promptly completed his next album, Word of Mouf and released it at the end of The video for the lead single, " Rollout My Business ", was nominated for a Grammy Award , and Ludacris performed it live at the awards' pre-show.
During the spring of , 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 " short for "Pussy Poppin'". Neither of his new singles were as well received by either the urban or pop audiences as his previous songs had been, and both music videos received only limited airplay.
Chicken-N-Beer opened strongly, but without a popular single, the album fell quickly. Ludacris was sued by a New Jersey group called I. A huge pop hit despite its steamy video and explicit, adult-oriented lyrical content and themes , it subsequently became a success at urban radio and BET, and is the only time he has produced two consecutive top 10 singles from a solo album,[ citation needed ] except for Release Therapy an unedited version of the video could only be viewed on BET's Uncut program.
Ludacris next released " Blow It Out ", which was accompanied by a low-budget music video. Sohail Khalid helped produce this album with various artists such as T. Ludacris openly boasted that he may be the only rapper able to keep the Def Jam label afloat on the opening track. 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.
He 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. He then recorded "Get Back" with Sum 41 to make a rock crossover single.
The album debuted at number one on the Billboard charts. In an issue of XXL , Ludacris was placed in the number nine spot for the most anticipated albums of , for Release Therapy. The album Release Therapy was released on September 26, Ludacris formatted the CD to have two sides: Guest appearances include Pharrell Williams , R. Kelly , Young Jeezy , Mary J.
The first single, " Money Maker ", which features Williams, was released to U. It then went to become the rapper's second number-one single after 6 years[ citation needed ].
His second single, " Grew Up a Screw Up ", featuring Young Jeezy , dispels rumors that the two are or ever were in a dispute. His third single, " Runaway Love ", soon peaked at number one on the U. His album then reached number one on the Billboard album charts with sales of , in its first week. With the release of this album, Ludacris marked a change in style in his career with his musical style. The new album itself features a departure of the lighthearted mood of his previous albums, and introduces a darker side.
A change of hair accompanied this as he cut off his trademark braids for a more conventional "fade" cut. To promote the album, Ludacris returned to Saturday Night Live as both host and musical guest on November 18, Theater of the Mind and Battle of the Sexes The Preview , a mixtape to preview the album was released on July 28, Theater of the Mind , released on November 24, and in April , the single "Let's Stay Together" appeared on xxlmag.
A song with Small World called "Pinky Shinin" was expected to be on the album, but it was dropped. The album debuted at number five on the Billboard with , sold first week. The third official single is " Nasty Girl ", featuring Plies.
He confirmed a "sequel" titled Ludaversal  due to be released September 11, The first concept idea of the album was to have Ludacris and Shawnna battle it out on the album back—to—back, but this was later axed upon Shawnna's departure from Disturbing tha Peace , ending her contract on Ludacris' label and joining T-Pain 's Nappy Boy Entertainment label.
The first official single released from Battle of the Sexes was " How Low ", which was released on December 8, The follow—up single was " My Chick Bad ", released on February 23, The third single is " Sex Room ", peaking at 69 on the Billboard The album is currently certified gold. Ludaversal Throughout , Ludacris released 3 singles "Stairway To Heaven ", Representin and Rest of My Life , all of which were scrapped after the songs underperformed and the recording process for his upcoming album Ludaversal stalled.
The last song was released a week before the release of the mixtape. The mixtape had almost 60, downloads via datpiff.
Ludacris had this to say about his upcoming new album: Usher, We definitely have this album which is a great thing. Yeah, Anita Baker is definitely on the album," admitted Luda. The song takes a cue from Aqua 's song " Barbie Girl ", however, the single did not appear on the new album.
Upcoming tenth studio album In March , Ludacris confirmed that he was working on his ninth studio album in an interview with Complex magazine. The song peaked at 47 on the Billboard Hot and was the opening song for Super Bowl.
Personal life Ludacris has a daughter named Karma Bridges born August from a relationship with an attorney from Atlanta. He is the co-owner of Conjure Cognac liquor. He filmed a public service announcement in support of the Epic Book Drive. The aim of the foundation is to inspire the youth through education, memorable experiences and helping the youth help themselves. The focus is what Ludacris calls the "3Ls": Tensions began when T.
Later, G-Unit artist Young Buck asked these two fellow Southern rappers to appear on his new record on the track "Stomp". Young Buck spoke to Ludacris about his interpretation of the event.
Ludacris then later recorded a verse that can be found on the album, " Straight Outta Cashville ". I's record company wanted Ludacris to change his verse before they sanctioned it but Ludacris refused and T. According to witnesses, T. While accepting his award, he expressed regret over the situation.
During the broadcast, cameras showed his onetime rival Ludacris smiling in the audience. The two rappers have resolved their disagreement and have collaborated on four songs: The original version of the latter had Kanye West. Bill O'Reilly and Pepsi On August 27, , political pundit Bill O'Reilly called for all Americans to boycott Pepsi products,  saying that Ludacris' lyrics glamorize a "life of guns, violence, drugs and disrespect of women".
Three years later, this would be referenced again in the song " Number One Spot ". In an interview with RadarOnline. If you said it then you meant it" in reference to Jackson stating that he would "like to cut Obama's nuts off" ; John McCain "McCain don't belong in any chair unless he's paralyzed"; President George W.