Born September 11, 1977 as Christopher Brian Bridges, Ludacris is a three-time Grammy Award-winning American rapper and actor. He was born in Illinois and attended Oak Park and River Forest High School. His family moved to Atlanta, Georgia. He began rapping when he was nine, when his father exposed him to different kinds of music.
Ludacris first became known as the radio personality DJ Chris Lova Lova, at Hot 97.5, an urban radio station in Georgia. He began to gain commercial exposure upon being heard by hip-hop producer and rapper Timbaland. The two worked together and made Ludacris’ recorded debut “Phat Rabbit.” In 2001, he appeared as an extra in the film The Wash. He returned to the music scene in 2003 with the single “Act A Fool,” also used in the 2 Fast 2 Furious soundtrack, a movie in which he appeared. He released his album Chicken-N-Beer that year, but it was not well-received by audiences. One of Ludacris’ mainstream successes became the single “Stand Up,” which appeared in the hip-hop dance movie You Got Served. In 2004, he played the role of Anthony in the film Crash, and appeared in 2005’s Hustle & Flow. He became the musical guest in two episodes of Saturday Night Live and in one episode of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
His next single from Chicken-N-Beer, “Splash Waterfalls” became another hit, and he eventually released a fourth album, The Red Light District. It was once again a success, which led him to create The Ludacris Foundation, an organization motivating children to pursue the creative arts. In 2006, he released the album Release Therapy, which reached number one on the Billboard 200 album charts. The next year, he appeared on WrestleMania 23, and was a guest star on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. He was also cast as DJ Donnie in the 2007 comedy Fred Claus.