"Ludacris" (born "Christopher Brian Bridges " on September 11, 1977 in Champaign, Illinois), is a Grammy Award winning American rapper and actor. Born in Illinois, he moved to Atlanta, Georgia where he eventually made a name for himself, first as a Radio DJ and then as one of the most prominent Southern rappers.
Bridges began his music career as a radio personality and DJ as "Chris Lova Lova" on Hot 97.5, an urban radio station in Atlanta, Georgia. He made his recorded debut on "Phat Rabbit," a track from Timbaland's 1998 album ''Tim's Bio: Life from the Bassment''. Although both Timbaland and Jermaine Dupri showed interest in signing Ludacris, he decided to release the album ''Incognegro'' independently in 1999. The album sold over 50,000 copies through the Atlanta based independent music distributor, Southern Music Distribution. The same year, he recorded the theme to the video game ''Madden NFL 2000''. Scarface, an original member of the Geto Boys, signed Ludacris in 2000 to Def Jam Recordings, and created a new imprint, Def Jam South, around him.
Ludacris released his major label debut, ''Back for the First Time'' in October 2000. The album reached as hig...
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