After Christopher Brian Bridges moved to Atlanta and changed his name to Ludacris, a hip-hop star was born. Before the top ten hits and millions of record sales, Ludacris (born September 11, 1977, in Champaign, Illinois) got his start making guest appearances on an Atlanta radio show, which got the attention of hip-hop producer and performer Timbaland, who gave him his big break. Ludacris, anxious to get his career off the ground, released his first album, 2000's Incognegro himself, selling over 50,000 copies. He was later picked up by Def Jam Records and established himself as a Southern rapper with a unique comic style. In 2003, he released Chicken-n-Beer, which spawned the single 'Stand Up.' The song appeared in the dance film You Got Served and became his biggest mainstream hit. His next monster jam was 'Yeah' with Usher and Lil Jon, which won a Grammy for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration in 2005. His next two albums, Red Light District in 2004 and Release Therapy in 2006 continued to grow the rapper's audience and received critical acclaim and commercial success. Like many of his peers, Ludacris moved from music to a successful acting career, appearing on such TV shows as Law and Order: SVU, Eve and The Simpsons and won a Screen Actors Guild award as a member of the ensemble cast for 2005's Oscar-winning Best Picture, Crash. Ludacris continues to entertain, putting the finishing touches on his latest album, Theater of the Mind and working on a reality series for the new Planet Green cable network called Battleground Earth with Motley Crue's Tommy Lee. With success on the record chart and on the screen, this rapper's career is anything but ludicrous.
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