Ludacris: ‘I will destroy your favorite rapper’

The following is an excerpt from John Kennedy’s “No Brakes, Switching Lanes” story which was originally posted on Vibe.

Christopher “Ludacris” Bridges has a public service announcement for the hip-hop world.

“I will destroy your favorite rapper,” says the 37-year-old MC/thespian, less than a month away from the dual release of his eighth studio LP Ludaversal and the debut of blockbuster auto-action film Furious 7. “There’s this stereotype that when individuals from music start acting, they forget about the music. Don’t get it twisted: I know what got me where I’m at today.”

Granted, it’s been half a decade since the release of Luda’s previous Def Jam release (2010’s Battle of the Sexes), plenty of time in an ADD-afflicted rap game. But he’s been backing up the big talk. Aside from his jackin’-for-beats “Ludaverses” series, the ATL rep has teased fans with Ludaversal’s hippo-hungry hype tracks “Call Ya Bluff” and “Beast Mode,” aggressive, punchline-heavy reminders of Luda’s finesse on the microphone. And Burning Bridges, the six-track December 2014 EP he released in conjunction with Google Play, gives some insight into his mo’ money, mo’ problems lifestyle. Amidst the New Atlanta movement—comprised of Migos, Rich Homie Quan and esoteric rhymer Young Thug—a king from the old guard is returning to prove that the crown isn’t one size fits all.

But still, music is only half of Ludacris’ 2015 double feature. On April 3, he makes his fourth appearance in The Fast & The Furious franchise as Tej Parker, a former speed racer who spends more time under the hood than behind the wheel. When the saga premiered in 2001, no one expected it to evolve into a seven series. But Luda is down to ride—and rhyme—’til the tires blow.

“A lot of the time movies put out sequels and they continue to get worse—this one continues to get better,” he says. “As long they continue to get better and we don’t lose the integrity of what’s going on, they can keep going.”

Read the rest of “No Brakes, Switching Lanes” at Vibe.