Jay-Z once gave Ludacris the real on his outlandish music videos. During an appearance on Stephen Jackson and Matt Barnes’ All the Smoke podcast, the 45-year-old rapper-actor detailed a conversation he had with Hov about not getting his proper due as a lyricist.
“It was big, but there was a downside to it because even JAY-Z was one of the ones that said, you know, he don’t think I get the lyrical credit that I deserve because of the visuals,” Luda said.
“People ask me, ‘Why don’t you think [you] get the credit?’ Because I played too goddamn much, that’s what I do! And I wouldn’t have it any other way. That’s why my name is Ludacris, because it’s beyond crazy, it’s wild, it’s ridiculous.”
He added, “I like post-effects and augmenting reality, big-ass shoes with big-ass chains, and bobbleheads and all that. So I get it, I can’t be mad at it. I just have to show the multi-faceted aspects of myself and I actually love that.”
Luda, real name Christopher Bridges, has found success away from music, appearing in the legendary Fast & Furious franchise, and other films like End of the Road, John Henry, and the upcoming holiday movie Dashing Through the Snow. Bridges, who’s currently a supporting act on Janet Jackson’s Together Again Tour, was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame earlier this month. Ludacris released his ninth and most recent album Ludaversal in 2015.
Watch the full episode below.
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