Ludacris is, without a doubt, one of the best American rappers. He attained fame in 1999 with his rap group Luniz. Together, they sold over 3 million records worldwide before their breakup. Afterwards, he released two studio albums—Voicemail (2003) which peaked at number 3 on the U.S. Billboard 200 Chart and Battle Of The Sexes (2006). Luda’s trademark mix of humor and flow has made him one of Atlanta’s most celebrated rappers. His three Grammy Awards show off his musical genius, but what sets Ludacris apart is how he can be funny and inspiring. Ludacris’ songs combine lyrical humor with southern sounding hooks and complementary wordplay which makes it impossible for people not to enjoy this southern rap legend. Below are the 10 Best Ludacris Songs of All-Time.
10. What’s Your Fantasy
Ludacris’ song ‘What’s Your Fantasy,’ from his independently released debut album Incognegro and major-label studio album Back for the First Time, explores explicit sexual fantasies. The song peaked at #21 on the Billboard Hot 100, and its platinum certification is evidence of this hip hop classic’s timelessness. The 2001 stoner comedy film How High includes it in their soundtrack album for Jesse Dylan’s starring role as well – proving that this track gets better with age.
9. Stand Up
“Stand up” by American rapper Ludacris was released as the second official single in 2003 and is taken from his fourth album Chicken-n Beer. It was an instant hit with radio play throughout 2004 after its predecessor, “What’s Your Fantasy?” made no impact. The track features production handled by then-unknown Kanye West, who also coops some rhymes into his verses in the choruses. The song topped the Billboard Hot 100 for four weeks and eventually won him his first Grammy Award. It also became one of rap’s most successful songs, with sales reaching an accumulated 1 Billion views across YouTube alone. The track was featured in several huge commercials.
“Representin” by Ludacris featuring Kelly Rowland is a catchy, radio-friendly song that will have you singing along in no time. The lyrics are fun and clever while still maintaining an R&B feel throughout the entire track. The instrumental has some fantastic rhythm, too, like trumpets, which makes me think about all those old movies I used to love. The song is a massive reminder of all our childhood memories walking home through the rain-Thinking.
7. Money Maker
“Money Maker” is a reimagining of the 1961 Elmore James blues song, “Shake Your Moneymaker.” The single has become Ludacris’ third number-one hit on both radio and streaming services in America. It has also topped charts worldwide, including Australia, where it became his first-ever Number one. The lyrics to this track are full of clever rhymes that will get you pumped up no matter what time you listen to it. The single was released on August 17, 2006. It reached number one at BET’s 106 and Park for several days before being replaced by an up-and-coming artist in 2007. The song received significant promotional campaigns from radio stations all over the country and international airplay. It helped it become a tremendous hit during its release year of 2010. It subsequently killed off several other popular songs, such as American Idol Top 4 Finalists Performance With Lyrics.
6. My Chick Bad
Ludacris and Nicki Minaj collaboration “My Chick Bad” is a song about how they both have different men in their lives. The song peaked at number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100 and also received nominations for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group and Video of 2011 at the Grammy Awards. The accompanying music video features Nicki Minaj playing Freddy Krueger’s character throughout all inter-cations shown during filming, including one where she’s chained up to a radiator wearing clothes that light ablaze upon her transformation into Zolanski (her alter ego).
5. How Low?
“How Low” is from Ludacris’s seventh studio album dubbed Battle of the Sexes. The lead single premiered at the BET Hip Hop Awards in Atlanta on October 10, 2009, but it was aired later that same month when it won for “Best Collaboration.” It featured Lil Scrappy and T-Minus, who also produced its catchy beat with autotune vocals added to create an auto-tune rap symphony, unlike any other song you have ever heard before.
4. Rollout (My Business)
“Rollout (My Business)” is the second single released from his 2001 album, Word of Mouf. It debuted at number 95 on the Billboard Hot 100 and reached the top 40 just one month after its release on November 10. It also got nominated for a Grammy Award during the previous year’s ceremony, where Ludacris bagged the Best Male Rap Solo Performance prize with minimal competition.
3. Get Back
The song “Get Back” by Ludacris was released in 2005 and reached #13 on the Billboard Hot 100. His album The Red-Light District also includes other well-known hits such as “Stand Up,” peaking at number nine for its single release before going platinum in sales with over one million copies sold worldwide within two weeks. The massive sale was shortly after he released the Get back single.
2. Southern Hospitality
“Southern Hospitality” is the second single released off Ludacris’s album Back for the First Time, and it features what some call “Nuttin But Stringz.” The song debuted at #86 on Billboard 200 when it was released in 2000 and was ranked position 23 at the end of year rankings.
1. Act a Fool
When Ludacris is not making music for the masses, he’s making some incredible movie soundtracks. . His album Chicken-n’ Beer (U.K. version) features this incredible track “Act a Fool,” which happened to be nominated for Best Song at the Grammy Awards and became one of the signature tracks in the Hollywood movie 2 Fast 2 Furious. The track peaked at position 32 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and there is no doubt that it is Ludacris’ best performance in a song.