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Biography #2 (for 2 Fast 2 Furious)

The multi-platinum-selling artist/entertainer, CHRIS Ludacris BRIDGES, known to millions as Ludacris, has his largest film role to date in 2 Fast 2 Furious. Most recently, Bridges released his latest project, Golden Grain, a compilation album featuring artists from his own record label, which debuted in the Top 10 on the music charts.

Influenced by the early stars of hip-hopLL Cool J, Run DMC, Redman and othersLudacris began rapping competitively as a teen. After finishing high school in Atlanta, he enrolled at Georgia State University and majored in music management. While still in college, he began an internship at Atlanta's hottest radio station, Hot 97.5. He soaked up the radio and music businesses, and eventually began producing the night show. Noticing his lyrical style, station management gave him one of his first public gigs: rapping on station promos. This brought him local popularity and the attention of such industry giants as Jermaine Dupri (working with Dupri on the soundtrack for the John Madden 2000 videogame) and Timbaland (who produced Ludacris' first single, Phat Rabbit, which got play on major stations in Atlanta). He then self-produced, self-marketed and self-distributed his first album, Incognegro, moving more than 50,000 units in two months and receiving record-setting radio airtime in southern markets.

Ludacris then signed with Def Jam records who (along with the artist's own production company, Disturbing Tha Peace) released his debut album, Back for the First Time; it went on to sell three million copies. His sophomore album, Word of Mouf, also sold more than three million units, earning the rapper three Grammy Award and multiple MTV Video Music Award nominations. There have also been sold-out concert tours with Outkast and Eminem.

In addition to being an entrepreneur, Ludacris has established his Atlanta-based youth foundation (The Ludacris Foundation), which provides gifts, grants and scholarships to other organizations and connects with young people through music and the arts to show them that they are the builders of the future. Bridges also serves as a youth advocate, encouraging teens to complete their schooling and pursue their dreams.

Bio courtesy Universal Pictures for "2 Fast 2 Furious" (08-Jun-2003)


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