Christopher "Ludacris" Bridges wrote his first rap song at the age of nine and joined an amateur rap group three years later.
Before taking up rapping as a career, Ludacris worked as an intern (and eventually DJ) for Hot 97.5 (now 107.9) FM in Atlanta.
Ludacris got his breakthrough in 2000 with his major label debut album, titled Back for the First Time. It went on to be certified 3x platinum by the RIAA, with over 3.1 million copies sold.
Ludacris is the co-founder of his own record label, Disturbing tha Peace, an imprint distributed by Def Jam Recordings.
In 2012 Ludacris opened a restaurant, "Chicken & Beer," at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International airport. "Chicken & Beer" is also the title of his third album.
Ludacris is also a successful actor, most notably playing Tej Parker in the Fast & Furious movie franchise.
Ludacris got engaged to Eudoxie Mbouguiengue during a holiday trip to Costa Rica in late 2014. The Atlanta rapper rented a private jet and surprised his girlfriend with a projected message on the grass below, which read, "Eudoxie will you marry me?"
The pair tied the knot in a private ceremony a few days later.
The rapper was offered a part in the 2007 Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe film, American Gangster, but he turned it down so he could finish recording his 2006 album Release Therapy. "I actually won a Grammy for that album, so that's something I don't regret," Ludacris told Billboard magazine. "I set out to win best rap album that year, and that's what I did. I can guarantee I would not have the album turned in on time if I took a month to do that movie."
When Ludacris was 10 or 11 his stage name was "Kris Kringle." The preteen rapper changed it when he realized, "I could only rap about Christmas for so long."
Asked during a Reddit AMA why he chose his stage name, Ludacris explained: "My first name is 'Chris' and if you look in the dictionary under the term 'ludicrous' then it means 'crazy, wild, ridiculous' - which pretty much explains everything about me."