Over the past decade few rap stars have reached the all-world success of multi-talented wordsmith Ludacris. From No. 1 albums to starring in blockbuster films (Fast Five, Crash) Luda is a bankable star on various fronts. But the witty MC didn’t get here overnight. It has been a long journey that has seen Luda go from radio disc jockey, to independent artist, to releasing a multi-platinum debut, Back for the First Time in 2000. Today, as Ludacris celebrates his 35thbirthday, BET.com looks back at meteoric rise to hip hop super stardom.
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