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Ludacris (real name Christopher Brian Bridges) was born in Champaign, Illinois, though he spent most of his childhood in the Detroit suburb of Oak Park before moving to Atlanta, Georgia just in time for high school. While in Atlanta Ludacris began to fall in love with rap music, eventually making an appearance in a Dr. Dre music video during the mid 1990�s. After high school the aspiring rapper founded the independent record label Disturbing Tha Peace Records with his friend and manager Chaka Zulu, while working a day job as a disc jockey on Atlanta hip-hop station Hot 97.5.

After his independent album Incognegro sold a respectable 300,000 copies, a number of producers - including Timbaland and Jermaine Dupri - began to show interest in signing Ludacris; he eventually signed to a record deal with Russell Simmons� Def Jam Recordings in 2000. Ludacris released two wildly successful triple-platinum albums on Def Jam - 2000�s Back for the First Time and 2001�s Word of Mouf, which produced ubiquitous hit singles "Area Codes", "Southern Hospitality", "Rollout", and "Move Bitch" - that prompted the label to give Ludacris his own imprint, Def Jam South, that would focus on signing and promoting artists in the Southern rap scene. Ludacris� humorous and lyrically complex style of rap generally separated him from the violent gangster-rap pack, though his irreverent and occasionally misogynistic lyrics drew the ire of many critics, including Oprah Winfrey and Bill O� Reilly.

Ludacris went on to release three more albums on Def Jam South: Chicken-N-Beer in 2003, Red Light District in 2004, and double-disc album Release Therapy in 2006. While Chicken-N-Beer and Red Light District continued in the lighthearted, outlandish vein of his earlier work (as can be seen in the music video for "Get Back", in which Ludacris is using a set of large, inflatable arms to intimidate critics), Release Therapy veered off in a somewhat darker direction. Five singles between these three albums rose to the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100, including "Stand Up", "Pimpin� All Over the World", "Money Maker", and "Runaway Love". After appearing in a remixed version of DJ Khaled�s hit "I�m So Hood" in 2007, Ludacris has returned to the studio and plans to release a sixth album entitled Theatre of the Mind sometime in 2008.

Outside of his career as a rap artist, Ludacris has also dabbled in acting. After a small unaccredited part in Snoop Dogg�s 2001 comedy The Wash, Ludacris made his acting debut in the 2003 action flick 2 Fast 2 Furious. He has since received roles in a number of movies (including critically acclaimed 2005 drama Crash), and is currently filming a show for the Discovery Channel alongside Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee.

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Christopher Brian Bridges (born September 11, 1977), 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 has sold 17 million albums in the United States and 24 million records sold worldwide, and he has won the Screen Actors Guild, Critic's Choice, MTV, and Grammy Awards during his career.Born in Champaign, Illinois, of African American and Native American descent. Luda wrote his first rap song at age nine when moving to Atlanta and joined an amateur rap group three years later. He attended Banneker High School in Atlanta, Georgia. From 1998 to 1999, and studied music management at Georgia State University.Ludacris worked as a radio editor under the pseudonym "DJ Chris Lova Lova" at Atlanta hip hop station HOT 97.5 FM WHTA, now located at 107.9 FM, when producer and rapper Timbaland made an offer for Ludacris to work with him at the radio station, leading to his performance on the track "Phat Rabbit" 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. It was produced with the help of the underground producer [Invalid Artist], whom he dated for a short while. The album reached as high as #4 on the U.S. Billboard 200, 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. Guest appearances included 4-Ize, I-20, Shawnna, Pastor Troy, Timbaland, Trina, Foxy Brown, UGK, and others. 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".

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Christopher Brian Bridges (born September 11, 1977 in Champaign, Illinois), better known by his stage name Ludacris, is a Grammy award winning American rapper, SAG award winning actor and co-founder of the label Disturbing Tha Peace. He is the highest selling Southern hip hop solo artist of all time with over 15 million units sold in the United States and around 20 million records sold worldwide. He released his debut album Incognegro in 1999 and has since released a further seven albums. His ninth studio album, Ludaversal, will be released sometime in 2012.

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Christopher Brian Bridges (born September 11, 1977), better known by his stage name Ludacris, is an American rapper, entrepreneur 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 has won a Screen Actors Guild, Critic's Choice, MTV, and three Grammy Awards during his career. Along with fellow Atlantans Big Boi and Andre 3000 of OutKast, Ludacris was one of the first and most influential Dirty South artists to achieve mainstream success.

Born in Champaign, Illinois, Ludacris moved to Atlanta, Georgia at age nine, where he began rapping. After a brief stint as a disc jockey, he released his debut album Back for the First Time in 2000, which contained the singles "Southern Hospitality" and "What's Your Fantasy". In 2001, he released Word of Mouf, followed by Chicken-n-Beer in 2003. He took a more serious approach with his next three albums, The Red Light District (2004), Release Therapy (2006), and Theater of the Mind (2008). His latest record, Battle of the Sexes, was released in 2010.

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