Ludacris, born Christopher Brian Bridges on September 11, 1977, is an exceptional American rapper and actor who has taken both industries by storm. Ludacris has a very successful career, punctuated by three Grammy Awards and an M.T.V. V.M.A. He has been active in the music scene since 1998 and has become revered in the industry. His talents, personality, and down-to-earth nature have won him loyal fans worldwide. So, join us as we celebrate his special day today!
Ludacris was born in Champaign, Illinois, but he relocated to Oak Park in his teens. He is of African-American and Native American descent. He attended Oak Park River Forest High School, Centreville High School in Virginia, and finally graduated from Banneker High School, Atlanta, in 1995.
After high school, Ludacris studied music management at Georgia State University for two years. His claim to fame started with his music career. He started out working as an intern and DJ at Hot 97.5 in Atlanta under the pseudonym Chris Lova Lova. In 1999, after several features, Ludacris released his debut studio album, “Incognegro” via his independent label, “Disturbing tha Peace.” He signed to Def Jam South months after, and the label refined this album and added some new songs to it before adding it to his major label debut “Back for the First Time” (2000). This album performed well on the charts. He then released the song ‘Area Codes,’ which featured Nate Dogg, in 2001. It was released on the soundtrack of “Rush Hour 2.” To follow was Ludacris’ next album, “Word of Mouf,” in November 2001. The album’s lead single, ‘Rollout (My Business),’ was nominated for Best Male Rap Solo Performance at the 2003 Grammy Awards. In the same year, he got his first main role in “2 Fast 2 Furious.” Ludacris released more records, including his fourth album, “The Red Light District,” in December 2004. This talented rapper also went on to work with the likes of Jeremih, Wiz Khalifa, Miguel, Ty Dolla $ign, and others, to name a few. Eight studio albums and a few EPs later, Ludacris reprised his role as Tej in “Fast & Furious 6” (2013) and all the following movies in the “Fast & Furious” Franchise. And in October 2021, his animated series, “Karma’s World,” premiered on Netflix. The show was nominated for three NAACP Image Awards and was renewed for a second season, released in March 2022.
Ludacris is as talented as they come. From music to film and now animation, he’s proved he can do it all. As a highly successful music artist and actor, Ludacris’ personal life has been on display. He is married to model Eudoxie Mbouguiengue, and the couple has two daughters. Ludacris has four children in total.
Ludacris uses his independent label to release “Incognegro.”
Ludacris receives a Grammy nomination for a song from his second studio album, “Word of Mouf.”
Ludacris is once again recast in the hit action hit “Fast & Furious 6”.
Ludacris says he’s working on his tenth studio album, which is yet to be released.
The second season of “Karma’s World,” which is Ludacris’ children’s animated series, is released.
Why We Love Ludacris
He is hardworking
The series of accomplishments that Ludacris has achieved is only possible via hard work. The artist and actor achieved everything he has today by working hard and being consistent.
He is versatile
Ludacris does it all. Rapper, record producer, liquor business owner, and restaurant owner — he is always eager to try his hand at new things.
He is talented
Ludacris proves to be talented in all the endeavors he pursues — be it rapping, acting, or being an entrepreneur. He pours his heart into every project and is reaping the benefits.
5 Surprising Facts
Richard Pryor is his cousin
Ludacris is a distant cousin of the late comedian Richard Pryor.
He’s also Katt Williams’ cousin
The famous rapper, musician, and actor Katt Williams is Ludacris’ cousin.
He wrote his first song at nine
Ludacris wrote his first rap song when he was nine years old.
He has an eponymous foundation
The Ludacris Foundation was formed in 2002, and it caters to the youth by inspiring them through education, experiences, and self-help.
He was at loggerheads with T.I.
Ludacris and T.I. had a huge rift that ended with T.I. physically assaulting Ludacris’ manager.
Is Ludacris respected?
Ludacris is respected in the music and movie industries.
Was Ludacris poor growing up?
Ludacris was poor throughout his childhood.
What are Ludacris's daughters’ names?
Ludacris has four daughters – Karma, Shalia, Cadence, and Cai Bridges.
Ludacris’s birthday dates