When Ludacris hit the scene in the early '00s, he was an obvious star. A great sense of humor, an oversized voice, and a charismatic personality: Luda was a pure entertainer and he had the bars to back it up. But after dropping four entertaining albums from 2000 to 2004, he came back with the lackluster, Release Therapy, and it certainly didn't feel like he was back for the first time.
Instead, Luda choose to cut his signature braids and make a "grown up" record. We're all for artist progression, but this change made Luda something he never was before: Boring. But then he managed to sweep the rap categories in the Grammy awards that year which sure felt random since rap fans had basically stopped checking for his material. Our guess is Luda probably won because he had become a movie star which made him more visible to some of the less rap-oriented voters who assumed he was still a good rapper.