#TBT: The Best Kanye West Beats From 2001-2005
"I miss the sweet Kanye, chop up the beats Kanye" - Kanye *** Now a titanic figure in American music, Kanye West first made inroads into the music industry as a producer for Roc-a-Fella records. His talents on the MPC were so immense that he only got his record deal as a rapper so that they label could have access to his production. Click through the gallery to revisit Kanye West's best productions from 2001-2005, the first stage of his career in which he worked with Jay Z, Ludacris, Talib Kweli, Alicia Keys, The Game, and many others.
University Of Georgia AD Apologizes For Giving Ludacris $65,000 For A 13-Minute Performance
The University of Georgia held their annual "G-Day" spring football game about a month ago and they paid Georgia native, Ludacris, $65,000 to perform prior to kick-off. The school set an SEC spring game attendance record thanks to Luda's 13-minute performance but UGA's athletic director, Greg McGarity, still felt the need to issue an apology for the way things shook out.
Ciara & Ludacris To Host 2016 Billboard Music Awards
It has been announced that Ludacris will host the Billboard Music Awards for the third consecutive year, and this time, he will share the hosting duties with another Atlanta luminary in Ciara.
10 Essential FKi Tracks
With all of the Atlanta rappers that have come up in the past few years has come an equally exciting influx of Atlanta producers. Amongst them are FKi, a duo comprised of 1st Down and Sauce Lord Rich who graduated from the prestigious Full Sail University. Since then, they have worked with the likes of Ludacris, Waka Flocka Flame, Ty Dolla $ign, Tyga, 2 Chainz, Wiz Khalifa, and many more. They've also worked with other producers like Flosstradamus, Borgore, Diplo, etc.
10 Other Rappers Who've Visited The White House
Yesterday, we learned that Kendrick Lamar fulfilled a wish he's had ever since the "Bitch Don't Kill My Vibe" remix ("In the White House with a mink/Running through that bitch like it's my house," although he didn't seem to be wearing any fur at the time), paying a visit to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave as a guest of one of his biggest fans, President Obama. He and his crew were given a tour, hitting a rap squat along the way, and making for a pretty historic moment.
Ludacris To Executive Produce New CBS Drama About Atlanta Gangs
Ludacris is no stranger to the world of television and film, having appeared in the "Fast and Furious" franchise, "Crash," and most recently, on "Empire." He will pull from his experience as he executive produces a new CBS drama called "The Down Beat."
Hip-Hop Albums That Represent Major Cities
Have you ever been listening to a hip-hop album from top to bottom and realized that every word, every beat and every cadence is an almost perfect representation of the city you're from? Have you ever taken a step back and noticed how much an album "sounds" like a very distinct place? That is the power of hip-hop albums; they serve as city soundtracks.
Ludacris Will Appear In Season 2 Of "Empire"
Looks like Chris Bridges is returning to the silver screen. Ludacris posted a photo on IG of him posing with Terrence Howard, who stars in "Empire" as mogul Lucious Lyon. The photo is captioned: "This could get interesting... #empireseason2." Luda sports a police officer's uniform (correctional officer?) with the name McKnight on his badge.
Ludacris & Eudoxie Welcome First Child Together
It’s hard to think things could get any better for Ludacris right now, who’s coming off a new album Ludaversal & very successful "Fast & Furious 7" film, but it has. Ludacris and wife, Eudoxie, have welcomed their first child together, a baby girl named Cadence Gaëlle Bridges.
6 Successful Crossover Rappers
It’s often said “the grass is always greener on the other side." Hell, Ludacris has a track named after the phrase. Maybe that’s why it seems as though everyone in Hollywood wants to be in the music industry and everybody in the music industry wants to be in Hollywood (I mean, Luda of all people would understand).
Before he was in "Fast and Furious," Chris Bridges was just an MC named Ludacris. Exploding on to the scene in the year 2000 with hits like "What's Your Fantasy" and then "Area Codes," this Atlanta rapper was taking the whole country by storm with his music.
Ludacris Covers Billboard Magazine With Chrissy Teigen
The annual Billboard Music Awards show goes down on May 17th this year, and ahead of the festivities, the two celebs selected to be the 2015 hosts are on the cover of Billboard magazine. Peep Ludacris and Chrissy Teigen clowning around on the cover in the gallery above, and read excerpts from their interview below. Teigen on being around Beyoncé:
10 Raunchiest Rap Music Videos Of All Time
In the world of rap, “raunchy music video” is almost always code for “ass-shaking fiesta.” Thus, when narrowing down this list from 30+ videos to 10, I was forced to take multiple criteria into consideration. Is the song any good? Was it popular?
Ludacris Will Take Over Phillips Arena For Game 2 Of Hawks Vs. Nets
A month ago, the Atlanta Hawks invited 2 Chainz to announce their starting lineup and perform a total of three times during a game against the Miami Heat. Now, as the Hawks prepare for game two vs. the Brooklyn Nets in the opening round of the NBA Playoffs, they've invited another ATL rap legend to lead the festivities.
10 Rapper-Hosted Reality Shows We'd Like To See
Over the 20 or so years they've coexisted, rappers and reality TV have had a pretty great relationship. "Flavor of Love" is still one of the most popular reality programs of all-time, more people know Xzibit for "Pimp My Ride" than his appearances on Dr. Dre's 2001 (and even less for his solo music), and even short-lived flops like Three 6 Mafia's "Adventures In Hollyhood" still attracted cult followings.
Charts Don't Lie: April 11
This week is an exciting not only due to a lot of movement in the chart, but the fact that four rap albums take up the top spots on the Billboard 200. Yes, one happens to be a soundtrack, but seeing that the tracklist is made up almost entirely of hip-hop and RnB, it's hard to see it any other way. This also happens to be the first week since it's release that Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp A Butterfly hasn't occupied the number one spot, being ousted by Wale's The Album About Nothing.
First Week Sales For Wale's "Album About Nothing" & Ludacris' "Ludaversal"
Last week's big releases came from Wale and Ludacris, though projections predicted that neither artist would hit the 100k mark. The final numbers are now in, and as we were warned, both come in shy of six figures.
Kanye West, Ludacris, Ty Dolla $ign & More To Perform At Powerhouse 2015
HOT 97 revealed it's full Summer Jam lineup last week, so we knew it was only a matter of time before POWER 106, L.A's dominant station, fired back with it's annual POWERHOUSE lineup. Like HOT 97's bill, the event is not shy on big names, pulling a rare headlining spot from Kanye West, as well as support from Kid Ink, Ty Dolla $ign, Nipsey Hussle, Tinashe, and more.
Director John Singleton Says Ja Rule Could've Had Ludacris' Role In The "Fast And Furious" Films
If you think back 14 years ago to the first "Fast And The Furious" film, you'll remember that Ja Rule had a role as a driver named Edwin. Go forward to 2003's sequel, "2 Fast 2 Furious," though, and Ja was nowhere to be found, with Ludacris taking his place as the film's resident rapper/actor. John Singleton, director of the first two films, has now revealed that Ja passed on the role of Tej (an expanded version of the Edwin role) in the second film, leading to him approaching Luda for the role.
Review: Ludacris' "Ludaversal"
In many ways, the early 2000s belonged to Ludacris. Within that time, the rapper was able to cross multiple platforms, making palatable music for varying tastes tinged with his trademark Dirty South sound. He would drop cheeky hit after cheeky hit, with a self serious flow delivered through a cheshire grin - and we all loved him for it. That was until he decided to allow his acting career to gradually eclipse his musical efforts over the last half decade.