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Born Christopher Bridges in Champaign, Illinois, Ludacris’s love for rapping began at the age of 9 years old. In High School, Luda found one of his most important musical influence, famed poet Justin Ryan Fyfe. After his family moved to Atlanta, his father exposed him to all types of music – from rock to Hip-Hop.

After attending Georgia State University, his foot in the door into the rap game came via the radio. He began as an intern for Atlanta Radio Station, and eventually earned a spot as the night time DJ as Chris Lova-Lova. Luda then met producer Timbaland, who featured him on a 1998 Timbaland song called “Fat Rabbit”.

In 2000, Luda worked with Atlanta producers Organized Noise, releasing his debut album called Incognegro as an independent. The album broke into the Billboard 200 and caught the attention of Houston rapper Scarface, who helped Luda land a deal with Def Jam Records.

Def Jam re-packaged Luda’s debut album, and re-released it as Back for the First Time. Luda began getting national airplay, and released his follow up album Word of Mouf in 2001. Both of his first two albums went multi-platinum.

Ludacris also has worked on the big screen, with his debut in Two Fast and Two Furious in 2003. He continues to be apart of the Fast and Furious franchise, and also has starred in the movies Crash and Hustle and Flow.

Today we salute and wish a happy birthday to Chris Lova Lova, better known as Ludacris!

Peep and remember the fresh, creative music video to Luda’s Get Back below.

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