Though born in Illinois, Ludacris' rap career began and bloomed in Atlanta, where he moved to at the age of 9. Three years later, he joined an amateur rap group, honed his craft, and slowly became one of the most prominent Dirty South artists in the game.
Luda's hallmark is his lyrical humour, complimented by his blistering, untameable flow. This pairing has given the rapper an unmatched sonic style, an unquestionable intuitive sense for musical genius makes it impossible for him to be viewed as a punchline, or anything less than the one of Atlanta's proudest hometown products.
With three Grammy wins and nine BET Awards to his name, it's been made clear that Ludacris' distinctly southern sound, parasitic hooks, and comedic wordplay are a deadly combination. Paired more often than not with the incredible production talents of any number of the myriad beat makers Luda has on speed dial—Timbaland, Bangladesh, Lil Jon, to name a few—and just like that, he's racked up another bonafide banger.
From his debut studio album Back for the First Time that dropped in 2000 to features on songs by Lil Jon, Nas, and Trina, to name a few, here are The 25 Best Ludacris Songs.
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