Following unofficial remixes from Rick Ross and Joell Ortiz, actor-turned-singer Mack Wilds calls on Ludacris for the official remix to “Own It,” which appears on his debut album New York: A Love Story. Luda sets off the Salaam Remi production with an energetic verse that will make you fall in love with the song all over again.
Ciara tore the roof off “106 & Park” during her return appearance on Thursday. Earlier in the week, the stylish singer debuted cuts off her new album Ciara. But on Thursday, she took it back with an electrifying 10-minute medley of her biggest hits.
“I say we take it back to where it all started,” said CiCi.
She kicked off her dance-heavy set with “Goodies” and brought out Ludacris for “Oh.” She continued with “Like a Boy” and “Promise,” and worked up a sweat through “1, 2 Step” and “Lose Control.”
Later in the evening, she appeared on Bravo’s “Watch What Happens Live,” where she taught host Andy Cohen how to booty pop while wearing sky-high Louboutins and a short black Balmain dress.
Thirteen years after making his debut with Back for the First Time, Ludacris is regarded as a veteran in hip-hop. The hip-hop mogul, whose mixtape #IDGAF dropped last week, weighed in on his status in the game during the second part of his interview with Rap-Up TV.
“I feel good about my place in hip-hop. I feel like I’m one of the elite and I say this humbly speaking,” said Luda. “To make it to album number eight [Ludaversal], to be in the game 13 years and still be hungry, I feel like I’ve written my chapter into the hip-hop history book and I feel like everything from now is damn near extra credit.”
However, he understands why he doesn’t always get the respect he deserves. “It’s ’cause I play so fucking much. They call me Ludacris for a reason,” he said. “Sometimes people don’t know when to take me serious. And sometimes people do take me serious when I’m really just joking around.”
Over the weekend, Fast & Furious 6 starring the rapper-actor opened at No. 1 at the box office. So has he ever thought about hanging up the mic and pursuing acting full-time? “The only time I could probably do this Hollywood thing full-time is later on in life, and I mean way later on,” he said. “I’m tryna be on some Morgan Freeman-type shit, but I don’t see myself quitting music anytime soon.”
During the Billboard Music Awards earlier this month, Luda’s frequent collaborator Justin Bieber got booed after receiving the Milestone Award. But Luda was quick to defend the teen idol. “As a friend and as a fan, I feel like he’s going to be around for quite some time,” he said. “People need to start giving him the props that he deserves.”
Ludacris kicks off Memorial Day weekend with the release of his movie Fast & Furious 6 and his mixtape DTP Presents: I Don’t Give a Fuck. The star-studded prelude to his eighth album Ludaversal features Chris Brown, Young Jeezy, Mac Miller, Pusha T, and French Montana, plus production from Da Internz, Bangladesh, Mike WiLL Made It, and Metro Boomin.
“Basically, I put this mixtape out as an appreciation for all the fans that’s been supporting me for over a decade,” Luda told Rap-Up TV.
He addresses his haters on “Mad Fo” featuring Chris Brown, Meek Mill, Swizz Beatz, and Pusha T, and caters to the ladies on Da Internz-produced club banger “Dancing Dirty” featuring Brown.
Stream/download the 10 tracks below and look out for Ludaversal later this year.
Ludacris is back with his first project in three years, DTP Presents: I Don’t Give a Fuck. On the eve of its release, the Atlanta rapper-actor-businessman shared some insight into the star-studded set, which features Chris Brown, Young Jeezy, Mac Miller, Pusha T, French Montana, and more.
He explained why he decided to release a free mixtape at this point in his career. “Basically, I put this mixtape out as an appreciation for all the fans that’s been supporting me for over a decade,” Luda told Rap-Up TV.
Chris Brown is featured on two tracks including Da Internz-produced “Dancing Dirty.” “I feel like it’s a club record, I feel like it’s something women can appreciate,” he said. “I vibe in the studio so much with Chris Brown. We play each other so many records and there’s no method to the madness.”
He has also recorded a song called “Fantasy” for Breezy’s upcoming album X, but he’s unsure if it will make the cut.
Brown also makes an appearance on “Mad Fo” featuring Meek Mill, Swizz Beatz, and Pusha T. “That record is talking back to all the haters. What the hell are you really mad fo?” explained Luda.
He wanted to work with Mac Miller (“She’s a Trip”) because he respected his independent movement. “I love the fact that he had this underground following,” said Ludacris, who also got his start independently.
His eighth album Ludaversal is due later this year, while Fast & Furious 6 hits theaters Friday. But despite his success in Hollywood, music will always be Luda’s first love. “This mixtape is showing everybody how hungry I still am and that the music is still number one in my life regardless of how many movies I’ve shot.”
Fast & Furious 6 speeds into theaters Friday, but the stars got a first look at the film during the premiere at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City on Tuesday. The cast including Vin Diesel, Ludacris, and Michelle Rodriguez came together to celebrate the sixth installment in the blockbuster franchise.
A tuxedo-clad Ludacris held hands with his girlfriend Eudoxie as he made the red carpet rounds and later put on a show for his fans on the outdoor stage. Wiz Khalifa arrived with his date, Amber Rose, and joined 2 Chainz onstage to perform “We Own It (Fast & Furious),” their contribution to the Fast & Furious 6 soundtrack.
See more pics from the star-studded screening below.
Ludacris has been dropping a free track each week as part of his #IDGAFFridays series. These songs and more can be found on his mixtape DTP Presents: I Don’t Give a Fuck, the prelude to his upcoming album Ludaversal.
The Atlanta MC assembles 10 tracks, with appearances from Chris Brown, Mac Miller, Young Jeezy, French Montana, Meek Mill, Pusha T, Swizz Beatz, and more, plus production from Da Internz, Bangladesh, Mike WiLL Made It, and Metro Boomin.
The free project drops May 24, the same day his film Fast & Furious 6 opens in theaters.