Ludacris Revisits Decades Of Hits For 2023 Billboard Music Awards: “Hip-Hop Is Everything To Me”

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Ludacris broke down some of his biggest hits in a new interview aired at the 2023 Billboard Music Awards.

In the sit-down with VIBE’s editor-in-chief Datwon Thomas for Billboard‘s “Hip-Hop Through the Charts” segment, the Atlanta representative not only discussed his iconic verses but also what the genre means to him beyond his career. The Grammy Award-winning musician’s resume includes five No.1 songs on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, four No. 1 albums on the Billboard 200 chart, 56 Hot 100 charted singles, and 18 different top 10 Hot 100 records.

“Hip-Hop is everything to me,” explained the 46-year-old rapper. “It’s how we talk, it’s how we dress it’s how we walk. Everything I do is to give back to the culture that gave me.”

Ludacris on red carpet
Chris “Ludacris” Bridges attends an Atlanta special screening of Disney’s “Dashing Through the Snow” at Regal Atlantic Station on November 13, 2023 in Atlanta, Georgia.

The conversation included stories behind his solo fan-favorites and memorable guest features like working on “Yeah” with Lil Jon and Usher. The 2004 party-ready track landed at No. 1 on Billboard‘s Hot 100 chart where it remained for 12 consecutive weeks.

“Soon as Lil Jon sent me the record, I was like, ‘This is out of here’ before I even got my verse on there. That’s why you see me at the beginning of the record, a verse, and at the end,” detailed the “Stand Up” performer. “‘Take that and rewind it back.’ I’m trying to get on as many parts of the record as possible. I knew what it was. It’s crossed three generations…That’s when you have the hit record of a lifetime.”

Ludacris also reflected on other songs including “Money Maker” featuring Pharrell, “Runaway Love” featuring Mary J. Blige, and more. Watch the full interview above.

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