Year He Turned 30: 2007
Number of Albums Released at the Time: 5
Ludacris shifted to a more mature sound that started with 2004's The Red Light District and culminated in 2006's Release Therapy. The album cover had Luda sporting a new look and featured collaborations with R&B greats like R. Kelly (“Woozy”) and “Runaway Love” (Mary J. Blige) that cemented his coming of age. The album was a commercial success and won Luda the Best Rap Album award at the 2007 Grammys.
His acting career was also buzzing at the time, following up Crash with minor roles in American Hustle and Fred Claus. These would later give him the necessary accolades to be casted in major films like 2008’s Max Payne.