Ludacris – American rapper and actor
Ludacris’ real name is Christopher Brian Bridges. He was born on 11 September 1977 in Champaign, Illinois. Later, his family lived in Chicago and Atlanta. Christopher has been studying music since childhood. He began reading rap when he was just nine years old. In 1998, Bridges enrolled in Georgia State University to study music management.
Christopher started his music career by working as a DJ on the local radio station. Back then, he used the pseudonym DJ Chris Lova Lova. However, this low-paying job turned out to be life-changing. It helped him meet Timbaland, who was a famous producer at the time and helped jump-start the rapper’s career.
In 2000, Ludacris released his first studio LP, Back For The First Time. It climbed to the fourth spot of Billboard 200, which was an impressive success for a beginner. Such songs as "Southern Hospitality", "What's Your Fantasy", and "Phat Rabbit", featured in the album, became hits. While recording the LP, Ludacris collaborated with famous rappers, including Shawnna, I-20, Foxy Brown, Lil Fate, Trina, Timbaland, Pastor Troy, and UGK. At the same time, he finalized his pseudonym. Later, he admitted that it was tough finding something that sounded good while featuring his name “Chris”.