I’m an entreprenegro. Actor, musician, entertainer, and entreprenegro.
My new album “Ludaversal” drops next week on Tuesday March 31st, but you can pre-order on iTunes and get 4 free songs now!
I work with the Ludacris Foundation to help kids help themselves, helping underprivileged children. Hell yeah!
And my new movie, Furious 7, opens next Friday April 3rd in theaters everywhere….and if you thought that this franchise couldn’t get any bigger or better you’re in for a helluva surprise.
I’m here with Victoria to answer your questions. Go ahead.
Who would win in a fight? Rollout Ludacris with the big head (cuz he’s smarter), or Get Back Ludacris with the giant arms (better at punching)?
That’s fucking hilarious man, dang!
That shit’s crazy!
GET BACK Ludacris would win, with the big arms. Way too funny man!
Which producers do you enjoy working with the most and who do you want to work with that you haven’t yet?
Timbaland, Pharrell, Da Internz are some of my favorites. And who would I want to work with? Dr. Dre.
What is more time consuming, recording an album or filming a movie? Since beginning acting, which do you prefer?
Filming a movie is more time-consuming.
It’s hard to compare the two, but music is what got me here, so if I had to choose, I love music more.
What did being apart of Crash and its critical acclaim mean to you?
It meant everything in the world that… the second movie I did in my career was an Oscar-winning film.
Because it made me get recognized on a critical scale a lot faster than I expected.
“Better hide that big-ass forehead.” Was that spit-take real or scripted?
It was so real, that’s why it came across so funny!
What is the funniest thing that’s happened at one of your performances?
Me falling and tripping over a damn speaker.
And, um… forgetting the lyrics to songs. But playing it off as if I meant to do it.
Who is the funniest actor you worked with on set of any movie you did?
He’s fucking hilarious, man.
Nsync vs Backstreet Boys?
Mmm – damn. That’s kinda a hard one.
How was recording Furious 7 after Paul Walkers death?
It was very difficult, but we got through it together as a cast, and it brought us all closer together. And we were able to carry on his legacy in this film, in the greatest way possible.
Do you ever miss your Fro?
I did miss it, and I started growing it back, until I realized that I missed my short hair.
Did that bitch ever get out of your way?
What’s your biggest inspiration for your music?
Competing with new artists.
And my music out-living me.
I love how you love on your fans on social media… when did you get into doing that?
Probably about 5 years ago!
I was an early adopter.
How did it feel when you finally cut your hair? Were you surprised with your head shape?
I think everyone should know what their head is shaped like! So to answer that question, I was not surprised. And i felt good about it, because I could finally take a shower and let the water fall straight onto my head without any worries.
It’s been 14 years, so I think it’s time to finally answer the question, what in the WORLD is in that bag? What you got in that BAG?
If you could obtain instant master tier skills in one musical instrument, what instrument would it be?
I’d say guitar. So I could rock out! Like a real rock & roll artist.
What was the last album you listened to? Did you like it?
Kendrick Lamar’s album. And yes I did. Very different.
At this point in your career you’ve probably been hit with every silly ‘area code’ joke known to man, but I have a question about the writing process for that song. How conscious were you to make sure as many metropolitan markets were represented in that song? Were there any smaller, special shout-out area codes you were certain to include, or conversely, any area codes you actively made sure to exclude? Are there any area codes you regret leaving out from the song?
That is hilarious. Haha!
The song could only be but so… long. And yes, there are many area codes that I wish I could’ve put in there. However, I tried to get the ones that were as honest to the actual hoes I had in those area codes as possible.
Do you ever feel a remorse for causing most people to mispronounce Ludicrous by saying Ludacris instead?
Not at all.
In fact, I’m happy about it.
There’s people that have lost spelling bees because of this.
I know, right?
Do you like to pull pranks? If so, what is the craziest prank you’ve ever witnessed/experienced?
I do like to pull pranks. The biggest prank i ever experienced was when Red Man and Method Man were on a show called “Stung” and they made me rap over a beat of a frog-noise.
Has anyone spotted you in public and shouted “LUDA!” really loud?
ALL THE DAMN TIME.
I give them a head nod, when that happens.
What other stage name would you like to have?
When I was younger, I had a stage name, and it was “Kris Kringle” until I realized I could only rap about Christmas for so long.
But i was like, 10 or 11 years old!
What was your favorite thing about doing the Fast and Furious movies? Any fun stories?
Living in London, shooting FAST 6, and this was a year where I vowed to work out every single day of that year, and I was flying in and out of London and back and forth to the United States, and I remember working out even while I was sick… that doesn’t sound fun, I’m trying to think of something fun… BUT something fun is of course driving all the different cars on-screen in all the FAST & FURIOUS movies. I think the most expensive car I drove was a Bugatti. It’s like a spaceship on four wheels.
What was it like working with Paul Walker? Do you have any favourite memories with him you would like to share?
It was always a great time.
And the best memory is… the last conversation we had with him, 7 days before he passed away, we were shooting a scene and talking about life, and evolving, and becoming better people.
Who are the 5 best rappers in the world?
What did you want to be when you were a little kid?
This is hilarious!
Did you know Blueberry Yum Yum was going one of the main weed anthems at the time?
I did, and that’s one of my favorite weed songs of all time.
What other movies do you wish to become apart of?
An action hero, like a superhero movie, where I can play a superhero.
OR in a movie where there are a lot of different martial arts, and I can use the martial art that I know (52 Blocks).
Why should i, as a motherfucker, get back?
Because you don’t know me like that!
How low can you go?
I can’t go very low, but… I love to see women go low.
Whats something awesome about being Ludacris that most people don’t know?
That I can pretty much do whatever the fuck I want, hee hee!
What do you enjoy doing most in your free time?
Smoking cigars and going on vacation.
What’s the most ludacris party you’ve ever attended?
The one at my house, called the “red light district” party named after my fourth album. It was like 5 hours straight party. But I would say the most intense five hours of life!
Why did you choose your stage-name Ludacris?
My first name is “Chris” and if you look in the dictionary under the term “ludicrous” then it means “crazy, wild, ridiculous” – which pretty much explains everything about me.
Growing up, what type of music did you listen to, and how do you think that shaped you?
I listened to Michael Jackson, Prince, Frankie Beverly, and Mays… so a lot of soulful music, and it affected me. Because it helped me make my music soulful.
You recently had a photo with Jeb Bush. How did that come about? Do you endorse him as a presidential candidate the same way you did Obama in 2008?
I took a picture with Jeb because I was leaving being honored by the House of Representatives in Atlanta, Georgia, at the State Capitol. I was asked “which Bush I liked better?” and I comically said “The bush outside!”
Do you and Chingy have beef or are y’all still cool?
No beef. Everything’s all good.
I’m glad you are here but what does Ja Rule think about this?
Um… he was in the first movie. So I’m sure he still continues to be a fan of the franchise. And I’m sure he’s glad he’s a part of it.
Would you ever consider doing something outside of your comfort zone. As say working on Broadway?
Absolutely! The only way to move forward and succeed in life is to get out of your comfort zone.
What was it like working with Vin Diesel?
It’s a blessing, because he is very focused. And hard-working as an individual. Especially when it comes to this franchise, and protecting every aspect of its integrity.
If you weren’t rapping, what would you be doing? Besides acting and radio of course.
I’d be a male gigolo.
I’d work at a radio station.
Whats your favorite thing about Saturdays? I personally like my system on blast with a pocket full of cash.
Hahah! I share the same opinion.
How often are you actually late for meetings?
Not often at all. I’m usually an on-time guy.
VICTORIA NOTE: He was early for his AMA.
I heard you still drive the car you did before you got famous, is that true?
It’s on the cover of my album. Make sure everyone on here pre-orders my album RIGHT NOW on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/ludaversal/id974115539
It’s a 1993 Acura Legend.
Why do you still keep the Acura around? You’ve said it’s your favorite car, why is that? You have a Bentely, a Range, a Rolls Royce, what does the Acura do for you that the others don’t?
Symbolizes me never forgetting where I come from.
My buddy ran into you at the airport in Costa Rica on his honeymoon and said you were super cool to everyone there. What was your favorite part of Costa Rica? Did you go to the Sloth Sanctuary there and if so what were the sloths like?
I did not get a chance to go there. However, where we did stay in Costa Rica, it was phenomenal and I loved it, and I’m glad I had the chance to go.
VIVA COSTA RICA!
If you and Tyrese had to compete in a drag race, what car would you choose and who would win?
I would definitely beat Tyrese. He’s alight but he’s not fucking with me when it comes to these driving skills.
Do you still feel cups like double Ds? Also do you still prefer a lady in the street but a freak in a bed?
Yes. Yes, I do still feel like cups like Double D’s. And my wife is a lady in the street, but a freak in bed.
What’s your most favorite album you ever recorded?
LUDAVERSAL. Because it is… my most personal album to date.
Have you spoken to Eminem at all about any potential music? I know you wanted to collaborate with him at one point.
And I’m still trying to make that happen, so hopefully in the near future.
How was your high school experience?
I was the rapper in high school. Basically meaning during lunchtime, I’d be trying to gather a crowd around me to listen to my raps while someone else beatboxed. And my Trapper-Keeper, my notebooks, were filled with rhymes instead of schoolwork.
You’ve starred in some awesome action movies over the last few years but I was wondering which was your favourite to film,and which actor had the biggest influence on your acting career?
I would say that the biggest action film’s FURIOUS 7. And the actor who had the most influence on my career is a tie between Terrence Howard and The Rock. Terrence Howard for, well…molding me into an actor, and The Rock for molding me into a beast in the gym.
What had been your most bizarre fan encounter?
Most bizarre fan encounter was having a woman-stripper come on my tour bus, and then her mother came on the tour bus, and started stripping for us also.
Do you, like most people in hip hop, feel that you are one of the most under rated rappers in the industry? Do you like flying under the radar, meaning you know you are obviously important and influential but don’t mind not getting the recognition you deserve?
Yes, I do feel I am underrated. But that means I’m like a stealth-threat.
Do you play any video games? If so, which ones are your favourite?
I don’t play any video games, because i have an addictive personality, and I don’t play them on-purpose, because if I did play video games I wouldn’t be here doing this interview right now. I’d probably be playing a video game.
What is love?
The summation of all things good.
Who is your favorite “up-and-coming” producer? Or one we should all look out for in the near future to break out in a big way?
How did you fall into acting? Was it something you seeked out or it just happened because of your success in the music business? Have you had any professional acting training since getting into it?
No acting training. John Singleton the director asked me to try out for the part in 2 FAST 2 FURIOUS and from there, i got the part, and my movie career began!
If you could have any super power, what would it be?
To read women’s minds.
How different is the recording process now compared to when you were making your first few albums?
The only difference – I like writing in the car a lot, so I started where I’d have to listen with a CD. Now I just listen off MP3’s. And I used to have to write on paper. Now i just type in my iPhone.
What’s the fastest you’ve gotten to actually drive a car?
220 MPH. Ferrari 458 Italia.
What do you consider to be the happiest event in your life?
My children being born.
How fun was roasting Bieber and just being there with a bunch of comedians?
It was very fun. Apart from the Paul Walker jokes that I didn’t like at the roast.
What kind of workout do you do? Pump iron? Lift weights? Run? Supplements?
ALL OF THE ABOVE.
And variate throughout the week.
What you consider your best rhyme?
Beastmode on the LUDAVERSAL album.
What’s the most challenging thing you’ve done in your life that you succeeded at? And, the most challenging thing you’ve tried that you failed at?
Haha. The most challenging thing that I’ve succeeded at was putting out an independent album, and hoping that I became the man and the artist that I am today.
And the most challenging that I failed at was putting out all of the songs PRIOR to the one where I put out that album – and failing over and over again, until I finally succeeded.
Your beats/tracks always sound different than those of other rappers at that time. What is your thought process for choosing the right beat/track for you?
The beats and tracks choose me. I don’t choose them.
What’s the most ludicrous thing you’ve ever done?
Damn. What IS the most ludicrous thing I’ve ever done?
Jumping out of a plane, for those that don’t know.