Launch.com spoke with Ludacris about the rapper’s move to have football great & double murderer O.J. Simpson to appear in the video for the song “Fatty Girl.” The rapper explained, “I went up to the director, Hype Williams, and said, ‘Man, we gotta get this n-gga in this video somewhere, for real!’ Everybody was scared to ask him. And I was like, ‘Why y’all scared to ask this man to get in the video?’ So he was like, ‘Hell yeah, let’s do it.’ It’s a ridiculous video.”
Sonicnet reports Ludacris has been added to the list of presenters to the 29th annual American Music Awards, taking place January 9 in Los Angeles. The show will be broadcast live from the Shrine Auditorium on ABC, except on the West Coast, where it will be tape-delayed.
WireImage.com has a huge gallery of photos from the 2001 Fox Billboard Awards in Las Vegas on Tuesday. For photos of Sean P. Diddy Combs, Ludacris, Master P, MC Hammer (!), Coolio, and dozens of other musical stars. Check out all the photos here.
Katrillion talked with Ludacris about how some women are offended by terms he uses for females in songs like ‘Area Codes’. Ludacris says, “When I say the word ho or bitch, I know there are a lot of people, they take it one way, but when I say them I desexualize the words basically because I’m talking about both sexes. You might be messing around with your boys and call your boy a bitch. And men are ho’s all the time.”
Rolling Stone talked to Ludacris ahead of the November 6 release of his new album, Word of Mouf, as the rapper says he won’t forget the struggle to reach the top of the music charts. Ludacris confesses, “No matter how much money I ever get, I’m going to want to provide for my family and never have to go back to really struggling. You don’t ever want to go outside, you don’t ever want to be left in the cold. You want to be safe.”
Ludacris will take part in an online chat on Yahoo! that’s sponsored by Getmusic.com. The chat will occur Tuesday, October 30 @ 7:00 p.m. ET, 4:00 p.m. PT.
Rap Sheet talked to Ludacris ahead of his November 6 release of “Word of Mouth” where he admitted he’s learned about his profession since working in Atlanta radio saying, “I learned a lot business-wise. I always used to be an underground person and didn’t focus on the business that much then. It balanced me out. I saw the politics game and I saw exactly what program directors wanted to hear in a song.”
Launch.com talked to Ludacris about his opportunity to work with Mariah Carey on her debut single from the Glitter album. On working with Carey, he admits, “It was good, you know, breaking bread with Mariah Carey also, and drinking Cristal in the studio with her and all that. I was having a lot of fun. She’s a real down-to-earth person. I really hope to work with her again.”
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution talked to several in the R&B and rap community for comments on the tragic death of Aaliyah on Saturday as her plane crashed shortly after takeoff in the Bahamas.
Monica said, “I don’t even know what to make of this right now. Her brother and her were close, like me and my brother. And when I think of what her mother must be going through — it scares me.”