.

After Oscar, Ludacris Needs "Therapy"

The multiplatinum rapper finds Hollywood has changed his hip-hop game

May 9, 2006 3:55 PM ET

Coming off of two consecutive mainstream chart-toppers -- 2004's Chicken-N-Beer and last year's The Red Light District -- Ludacris has made his name as a multiplatinum-selling Hot-lanta rapper. But now Luda's a little worried that, despite all that hip-hop sweat, people may start confusing him with an actor named Chris Bridges.

"Some people know me from my movies but not my music -- and that's just absolutely crazy to me," says the rapper, who made his breakthrough acting turn (under his real name, Bridges) in two Oscar-winning films this year, Hustle and Flow and Best Picture Crash. "That just goes to show the power of Hollywood."

Fans will soon discover that that power has bled into the rapper's sound as well, with the release of his latest album, Release Therapy, this August. "A lot of my music is definitely being influenced by me doing movies," says Ludacris, who has come to see music "as kind of a theater of the mind." One new track, produced by Timbaland and tentatively dubbed "Based on a True Story," finds the rapper "saying my life is a motion picture. I'm using metaphors that have film words and different phrases in it to explain my life story in three different verses of a song."

In addition to Timbaland, Ludacris says St. Louis' the TrakStarz, collaborator DJ Nasty, and Neptunes mastermind and solo artist Pharrell will work on two songs, including the track "Girls Gone Wild." "His beats -- I feel like they're ahead of their time," the rapper says of Pharrell.

"I'm extremely excited. I'm curious to see how this is going to go," Ludacris admits of his return to his Number One game. "Music was my first love to begin with. I'm ready to get back out there -- and raise the stakes."

To read the new issue of Rolling Stone online, plus the entire RS archive: Click Here

prev
Music Main Next
Daily Newsletter

Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
marketing partners.

X

We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

Song Stories

“Road to Nowhere”

Talking Heads | 1985

A cappella harmonies give way to an a fuller arrangement blending pop and electro-disco on "Road to Nowhere," but the theme remains constant: We're on an eternal journey to an undefined destination. The song vaulted back into the news a quarter century after it was a hit when Gov. Charlie Crist used it in his unsuccessful 2010 campaign for the U.S. Senate in Florida. "It's this little ditty about how there's no order and no plan and no scheme to life and death and it doesn't mean anything, but it's all right," Byrne said with a chuckle.

More Song Stories entries »
 
www.expandtheroom.com