Born Christopher Brian Bridges, Luda spent his early years mastering the craft of rap. The Dirty South legend started working on his bars as a young child, before studying music management at Georgia State University, and going on to intern at a radio station — Atlanta’s very own Hot 97.5, in fact. “As an intern, I basically was helping the morning show prep, so you know, I kind of understood the fundamentals of radio and that’s where I learned everything,” he explained during a 2018 interview. “But, at the same time, once I got off the air, I actually still had a job at Pizza Hut.”
As we all know, his work ethic and dedication proved to be effective. Luda would eventually put his stamp on the music industry with his label, Disturbing Tha Peace, and his own brand of rap that was equal parts crunk, comedy, and eroticism. Topping off his unique sound and incredible word play, there was never a dull moment in Luda’s music videos. He was, and has always been entertaining and authentic, which played a huge part in his success.
Now a rapper, actor, dad, husband, philanthropist, and cultural icon, Luda has taken home countless trophies from the Grammys, MTV Video Music Awards, and Screen Actors Guild Awards. He even has a Country Music Award for his feature on Carrie Underwood’s “The Champion.”
As we prepare for his Verzuz, scheduled for this Saturday, May 16, we’re noting 15 Ludacris moments we’ll never forget. Tune into those below.