Launch.com reports Ludacris has just been added to a new remix of Usher’s latest hit ‘U Don’t Have To Call’. The Atlanta rapper is featured in two parts of the song who’s original version is number 12 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.
Ludacris and Jermaine Dupri were on MTV’s Total Request Live on Friday to perform ‘Welcome to Atlanta’ and talk with Carson. JD spoke about working with the Backstreet Boys beginning next week, prompting Carson to say, “They need your help.” JD said, “I didn’t say that,” adding, “We goin’ give them hype, you know. They ready to come back, man. It’s time.” Meanwhile, Ludacris will be featured on the network’s pre-taped Cancun Spring Break weekend, as is OutKast, No Doubt, and other acts.
WireImage.com has photos of Busta Rhymes, Ludacris, and Bubba Sparxxx in concert at the Universal Amphitheatre in Universal City, California on Thursday. Check out the photos from the gig here.
There aren’t too many rappers that are getting more search interest than Ludacris lately as the rapper got a huge 150,422 searches for his name in December on pay-per search engine Overture.com. Only 2pac, Lil’ Bow Wow, and Ja Rule got more searches in the month. The rapper’s most searched for song was ‘Roll Out’ while the most common misspelling was Ludicris. The correct spelling of the word only got 1395 searches (ludicrous).
Several rap artists are scheduled for talk show appearances coming up. Included are The Tonight Show with Jay Leno are Busta Rhymes, P. Diddy on 2/25. Ludacris joins the panel on Politically Incorrect on 2/26. Mobb Deep hits Last Call with Carson Daly on March 5. Check your local listings.
Ludacris and Jermaine Dupri spoke with Eddie and JoBo of Chicago’s 96.3 FM. JD revealed plans to work with the Backstreet Boys next month on a new album while Ludacris talked about his crib, his women, the lowest point of his life, his radio DJ days, hyped up ‘Word of Mouf’, his Grammy predictions, and when he lost his virginity. The clips with both artists have since been removed from b96.com.
E! Online’s Ted Casablanca reports Ludacris was spotted with some beefy buddies at the NBA All-Star game in Philadelphia “coming and going throughout the game, and their constant shuffling ruffled more than a few feathers.”
Wendy Case of The Detroit News talked with Ludacris about how his struggles have paid off. He explained, “The best thing about being Ludacris is that I’m out of the rat race. I’m my own boss. When people go to work, they work in fear of losing their jobs. I no longer have that. I’m pretty much a stress-free person. Anything I do, I do because I want to do it.”
Tim Molloy of the Associated Press spoke with Ludacris and asked the rapper if he worries about where his next video concept will come from. Ludacris said, “I never worry about anything, man. I just do what makes me feel comfortable. I do what’s creative to me, and I use my imagination each and every time. I always try to reinvent myself. I don’t look toward the past. I always look toward the future, man.”
Nathaniel Friedman of the Philadelphia Inquirer was on hand at the Will Smith & Friends concert at the half-full Electric Factory and wasn’t too impressed with headlining act Ludacris. Friedman said, “Even in his performance – which lasted only as long as it took to rattle off his seven biggest hits – the energy and enthusiasm never coalesced. Anthems such as ‘Welcome to Atlanta’ and ‘Southern Hospitality’ lacked the sting of the studio versions.”