Sept.11th – Ludacris was born Christopher Brian Bridges in Champaign , Illinois , on this day in 1977.
After studying music management at Georgia State University , Ludacris got a job as a radio-host on Atlanta’s Hot 97.5 fm as Chris Lova Lova.
Ludacris made his recording debut in 1998 , on producer Timbaland’s debut solo album “Tim’s Bio”: Life From Da Basement on the track “Phat Rabbit”.
Ludacris released his debut solo album on his own independent Disturbing Tha Peace label called “Incognegro” the same year.
Ludacris would explode onto the music scene however , when his album was re-released 2 years later minus 3 tracks when Disturbing Tha Peace was picked up by Def Jam and the album was re-titled “Back For The First Time”. The album produced 2 smash-hit singles ; “What’s Your Fantasy?”(Featuring Shawna) and “Southern Hospitality”(Featuring Pharell).
The following year Ludacris released a follow-up album “Word Of Mouf” , which produced the hit-singles “Rollout”(My Business) , “Saturday”(Oooh , Oooh)(Featuring Sleepy Brown) and “Area Codes”(Featuring Nate Dogg).
Meanwhile his special-effects fueled, comical videos became a favorite of fans on video clip outlets like MTV and BET.
In 2003 , Ludacris hit big again with the smash “Act A Fool” from the soundtrack to the Universal Pictures film “2 Fast , 2 Furious” , released the same year.
Ludacris also released his next album that same year as well called “Chicken-N-Beer” which contained the huge hit “Stand Up” which was produced by Kanye West.
Ludacris has released 4 albums since then , most notably 2004’s “The Red Light District” which produced the no.1 hit “Runaway Love”(Featuring Mary J. Blige).
Ludacris is also an accomplished actor , appearing in several films like “Hustle & Flow” , “Max Payne” , “No Strings Attached” , “The Wash” and the Oscar-winning “Crash”.