Wendy Case of The Detroit News spoke with Ludacris by phone where the rapper gave praise to Mary J. Blige. Ludacris said, “I love Mary J. Blige. You can’t measure her contributions on a scale. She changed music. She mixed hip-hop and R&B in one and made it successful, which paved the way for a lot of other female artists.”
David Lindquist of the Indianapolis Star reviewed the Ludacris concert Friday night at the Indiana Convention Center and claimed the charisma the rapper exudes on record was not exhibited in his live show. Lindquist said, “A technical matter has to rank as a primary fault. Because of excessive microphone volume, Ludacris’ dynamic flow came across as a frayed jumble. Meanwhile, he relied on the tired cliches of ‘Where my girls at?’ and ‘Who’s smoking?’ to kill time.”
Ludacris will be featured on MTV’s Diary which premieres on January 23 at 10:30 PM and that same night he’ll be on the Tonight Show With Jay Leno. Check your local listings. Next month will see the debut of Ludacris’ new video for ‘Saturdays’. The video was directed by Steve Carr and has cameos of chickens having sex and smiling dogs, so look for that on MTV, BET, etc.
Matthew R. Weaver of the Daily Evergreen says Ludacris’ new album, ‘Word of Mouf’ “allows Ludacris to live up to his name.” Weaver said the rapper “keeps his rhymes humorous and his lyrics should be taken lightly.” As for content, Weaver adds, “With no shame, Ludacris grabs our attention with lyrics revolving around the same thing, down and dirty sex.”
Hits Daily Double shows this week’s charts have Ludacris landing in the #3 position selling just over 81,000 copies of ‘Word of Mouf’ for the week, while Ja Rule’s ‘Pain Is Love’ was right behind at #5. Others on the list include OutKast at #23 and Busta Rhymes at #29.
Ludacris was on the Craig Kilborn show on Friday where he was interviewed and later performed ‘Roll Out’. The rapper talked about how he made it big from the ground up saying, “It was an independent thing I did. First, it was me working it by myself and what I did was — it was like a four year plan because I had to save up money to put myself into the studio, pay for CD’s, vinyl, all this stuff to get shipped out and I even had my own T-Shirt. I was acting as the record company and the artist which is something important to do. The industry is business, mostly business. I had to make myself a businessman. That was the plan. I did it local and came out and we sold 50,000 copies in the south and that’s how i got hooked up with Def Jam South.”
AP reports OutKast and Ludacris turned out to the Georgia World Congress Center on Saturday night to perform in front of nearly 8,000 people and welcome in Atlanta’s first female mayor-elect, Shirley Franklin. The party was part of a four-day, $500,000 celebration before Fraklin was sworn in on Monday.
Ludacris will perform “Rollout” during MTV’s TRL half time show during Super Bowl XXXVI in New Orleans on Sunday, February 3, according to the rapper’s official site.
Well it appears OutKast’s worry about having such an early entry into this year’s Grammy nominations would have a negative effect was all for not, as the group earned five nominations for the 44th annual Grammy Awards, to be handed out February 27 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Other rappers included in the nominations were Ja Rule, DMX, Jay-Z, Nelly, and Eve. Read on for a full list of hip hop related nominations.
World Online reports rapper Ludacris is a huge movie fan as he revealed, “I watch movies all day, every day. And I’m the type of person that’ll watch a movie like six times. I don’t get tired of it.” Ludacris dedicated a small portion his latest LP, “Word of Mouf”, to re-creating a scene from Eddie Murphy’s “Coming to America.”