During the spring of 2003, Ludacris returned to the music scene after a brief hiatus with a new single, "Act a Fool", from the 2 Fast 2 Furious soundtrack.
At around the same time, he released the lead single from his album Chicken-n-Beer, called "P-Poppin" (short for "Pussy Poppin'").
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known professionally as Ludacris, is an American rapper and actor. Ludacris has won Screen Actors Guild, Critic's Choice, MTV, and Grammy Awards.
Along with fellow Atlanta-based rappers Big Boi and André 3000 of Out Kast, Ludacris was one of the first and most influential "Dirty South" rappers to achieve mainstream success during the early 2000s.
This album was the defining example of Ludacris' fast, wild, and comedic flow, a unique style for southern rappers. Despite its poor sales, it was never deleted and is still sold today. Ludacris made his mark on the industry with singles such as "Southern Hospitality" and "What's Your Fantasy", along with his first ever single the "Phat Rabbit", from two years prior.
Ludacris also appeared on Timbaland's 1998 debut on "Phat Rabbit," a track that would later be used on his re-issue of "Incognegro" called "Back For The First Time". Guest appearances included 4-Ize, I-20, Shawnna, Pastor Troy, Timbaland, Trina, Foxy Brown, UGK, and others.
Neither of his new singles were as well received by either the urban or pop audiences as his previous songs had been, and both music videos received only limited airplay.
Chicken-N-Beer opened strongly, but without a popular single, the album fell quickly.
He took a more serious approach with his next two albums, Release Therapy (2006), and Theater of the Mind (2008).
His next record, Battle of the Sexes, was released in 2010 and featured the tone of his previous albums. As an actor, he has appeared in films including Crash (2004), Gamer (2009), and New Year's Eve (2011).
In 2000, Ludacris released his major label debut, Back for the First Time. Ludacris stated in an interview on MTV's hip hop program Direct Effect that he came up with his stage name based on his "split personality" that he considered "ridiculous" and "ludicrous".
Ludacris promptly completed his next album, Word of Mouf and released it at the end of 2001.
Produced by Kanye West, "Stand Up" went on to become one of Ludacris' biggest mainstream hits to date, hitting the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 garnering heavy airplay on mainstream pop, rhythmic, and urban radio stations, as well as on MTV, MTV2, and BET. The album's next single, "Splash Waterfalls", was released in early 2004. Ludacris received his first Grammy Award with Usher and Lil Jon for their hit single "Yeah! Ludacris next released "Blow It Out", which was accompanied by a low-budget music video.