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May 2, 2010 | By Jeff Weiss
Ludacris is supposed to be surrounded by fawning groupies, a mean-mugging entourage, clouds of marijuana smoke and enough alcohol to buoy a Jimmy Buffett tribute cruise. At least that's the assumption you'd make of a man who titled an album "The Red Light District," featuring the hit single "Pimpin' All Over the World." Instead, the rapper whom Bill O'Reilly once called a "vile thug" sits slumped into an overstuffed chair, exhausted in the dressing room of "Chelsea Lately." There is no entourage, and the lone intoxicant in sight is an untouched bottle of the Conjure cognac line that the superstar is hawking.
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December 3, 2013 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
On the cover of R. Kelly's upcoming album, “Black Panties,” the R&B king clutches a cello bow and caresses a topless woman as if she's an instrument. The deluxe cover features him atop a bed of women clad in only black underwear. However he's depicted , his point is obvious: The  sex jams are back. After a s et of well-received - and critically acclaimed - efforts were steeped in the simmering melodies of classic soul, “Black Panties” marks the singer's return to the raunchy, sweat-soaked loverman role that that made R. Kelly famous  and  infamous.
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December 15, 2004 | Soren Baker
Ludacris "Red Light District" (Def Jam South) *** This ingenious Atlanta rapper is best known for his wit and his exaggerated delivery, but earning respect as a top-tier lyricist seems to be the main goal of his fourth major-label album. On the abbreviated, punch-line-laden "Intro," he fires off one dazzling one-liner after another, and his devilish boasts on the hilarious "Number One Spot" display his distinctive brand of hip-hop humor in song form.
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December 2, 2013 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Paul Walker's death on Saturday afternoon in a fiery car crash drew reactions from his famous costars and other celebs, and a makeshift memorial grew at the site of the Santa Clarita wreck. The "Fast and Furious" star, 40, was killed when the 2005 Porsche Carrera GT he was a passenger in hit a tree and a concrete lamp post, exploding into flames. The driver, Walker's friend and business partner Roger Rodas, also died. The sound of the crash was audible from the car shop where Walker and others had gathered earlier in the day for a charity event, a witness told L.A. Now . Law enforcement was still investigating how fast the car might have been going and whether drag racing might have played a role; an update was not expected until Monday.
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March 22, 2001 | SOREN BAKER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Def Jam Records was a major force in rap in the 1980s, releasing music by such genre-defining acts as LL Cool J, Public Enemy, Slick Rick and the Beastie Boys. Its current roster includes DMX, Jay-Z and Ja Rule. Def Jam is a New York label with a focus in New York acts, but that didn't stop an Atlanta kid named Christopher Bridges from imagining himself being signed to the company as he grew up listening to its artists. "Def Jam meant hip-hop to me," he says.
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June 3, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Top-selling rappers Kanye West and Ludacris won a copyright infringement trial when a New York City jury concluded their 2003 hit "Stand Up" did not copy a tune by New Jersey musicians. "I hope the plaintiffs enjoyed their 15 minutes of fame," Ludacris said after the verdict was announced Thursday. "This whole experience is proof to me of why I will always fight for what I believe in."
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February 23, 2003 | Soren Baker
After years of saluting the most commercial, sanitized hip-hop, the Grammys are finally warming up to some of the genre's better artists. Best Album: "The Eminem Show" stands as the likely (and deserving) winner, but the nominations for "Word of Mouf" by Ludacris and "Diary of a Sinner: 1st Entry" by Petey Pablo signify two nods for hard-core rap albums that would have probably been overlooked in previous years despite their merit.
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December 2, 2013 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Paul Walker's death on Saturday afternoon in a fiery car crash drew reactions from his famous costars and other celebs, and a makeshift memorial grew at the site of the Santa Clarita wreck. The "Fast and Furious" star, 40, was killed when the 2005 Porsche Carrera GT he was a passenger in hit a tree and a concrete lamp post, exploding into flames. The driver, Walker's friend and business partner Roger Rodas, also died. The sound of the crash was audible from the car shop where Walker and others had gathered earlier in the day for a charity event, a witness told L.A. Now . Law enforcement was still investigating how fast the car might have been going and whether drag racing might have played a role; an update was not expected until Monday.
BUSINESS
December 6, 2011 | By E. Scott Reckard, Los Angeles Times
City National Bank is southbound — again. The Los Angeles private and business bank, with long-standing ties to Hollywood and 20% of its profit from the entertainment industry, has opened an office in Atlanta. Atlanta has become a hub for Christian music and for other entertainers, with actor-entrepreneur Tyler Perry and rappers Sean Combs and Ludacris among those calling it home. Georgia also has tax incentives that have drawn movie and TV crews south, said Martha Henderson, City National's executive vice president for entertainment.
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November 17, 2010
The Early Show (N) 7 a.m. KCBS Today Liza Minnelli; Keith Urban performs. (N) 7 a.m. KNBC KTLA Morning News (N) 7 a.m. KTLA Good Morning America Rihanna. (N) 7 a.m. KABC Rachael Ray Rainn Wilson. (N) 9 a.m. KCBS Live With Regis and Kelly Daniel Radcliffe. (N) 9 a.m. KABC The View Rachael Ray; Quincy Jones and Ludacris perform. (N) 10 a.m. KABC The Doctors Teens and drugs; Jodie Sweetin. (N) 11 a.m. KCAL The Talk Elizabeth Banks. (N) 1 p.m. KCBS The Oprah Winfrey Show A farmer may be performing miracles; first-hand accounts.
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December 6, 2011 | By E. Scott Reckard, Los Angeles Times
City National Bank is southbound — again. The Los Angeles private and business bank, with long-standing ties to Hollywood and 20% of its profit from the entertainment industry, has opened an office in Atlanta. Atlanta has become a hub for Christian music and for other entertainers, with actor-entrepreneur Tyler Perry and rappers Sean Combs and Ludacris among those calling it home. Georgia also has tax incentives that have drawn movie and TV crews south, said Martha Henderson, City National's executive vice president for entertainment.
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November 25, 2011 | By Nate Jackson and Gerrick D. Kennedy, Los Angeles Times
In the video to Pitbull's latest chart-topper, "Give Me Everything," he pours a glass of Voli vodka, careful to display the label; in the lyrics and video for his single, "Rain Over Me," he hails the vodka as the new "it" drink. In both clips, the bottle takes center stage as the rapper is swarmed by flashing neon lights, svelte models and crooning pop wingmen. Name-check references to the high life of liquor or drugs is nothing new to rap — a study released just weeks ago from the University of Pittsburgh and Dartmouth University found that for every hour that American teens listen to music, they hear more than three references to brand-name alcohol in rap/R&B/hip-hop lyrics.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 17, 2010
The Early Show (N) 7 a.m. KCBS Today Liza Minnelli; Keith Urban performs. (N) 7 a.m. KNBC KTLA Morning News (N) 7 a.m. KTLA Good Morning America Rihanna. (N) 7 a.m. KABC Rachael Ray Rainn Wilson. (N) 9 a.m. KCBS Live With Regis and Kelly Daniel Radcliffe. (N) 9 a.m. KABC The View Rachael Ray; Quincy Jones and Ludacris perform. (N) 10 a.m. KABC The Doctors Teens and drugs; Jodie Sweetin. (N) 11 a.m. KCAL The Talk Elizabeth Banks. (N) 1 p.m. KCBS The Oprah Winfrey Show A farmer may be performing miracles; first-hand accounts.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 2, 2010 | By Jeff Weiss
Ludacris is supposed to be surrounded by fawning groupies, a mean-mugging entourage, clouds of marijuana smoke and enough alcohol to buoy a Jimmy Buffett tribute cruise. At least that's the assumption you'd make of a man who titled an album "The Red Light District," featuring the hit single "Pimpin' All Over the World." Instead, the rapper whom Bill O'Reilly once called a "vile thug" sits slumped into an overstuffed chair, exhausted in the dressing room of "Chelsea Lately." There is no entourage, and the lone intoxicant in sight is an untouched bottle of the Conjure cognac line that the superstar is hawking.
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September 7, 2008 | Geoff Boucher, Times Staff Writer
Maybe IT goes without saying, but it's hard to get taken seriously if your name is Ludacris. That's why the rap star, following the path of the Rock, Andre 3000 and 50 Cent, is checking his stage name at the door as he pursues a second career as a Hollywood actor. "This is a different business and I do want to be taken seriously, so it's back to being Chris Bridges," said the 30-year-old whose name appears in the credits of two films in October, the video-game adaptation “Max Payne” and Guy Ritchie's latest London crime spree, “RocknRolla.
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August 2, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Ludacris' new song, "Politics as Usual," may have cost him one of his biggest fans, Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama. And for good reason: It points up the dilemma facing the man who could become the nation's first black president and who wants the support of the influential hip-hop community but needs to steer clear of the controversy so commonly associated with its music. Ludacris' "Politics as Usual" alludes to an imminent victory for Obama by handing out major put-downs to his rivals.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 3, 2013 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
On the cover of R. Kelly's upcoming album, “Black Panties,” the R&B king clutches a cello bow and caresses a topless woman as if she's an instrument. The deluxe cover features him atop a bed of women clad in only black underwear. However he's depicted , his point is obvious: The  sex jams are back. After a s et of well-received - and critically acclaimed - efforts were steeped in the simmering melodies of classic soul, “Black Panties” marks the singer's return to the raunchy, sweat-soaked loverman role that that made R. Kelly famous  and  infamous.
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March 23, 2004 | Soren Baker, Special to The Times
"Take it back," Ludacris shouted to DJ Jaycee about 10 minutes into his concert Sunday at the Wiltern LG. With a devilish grin, the nimble-fingered DJ then cued up the frantic "Southern Hospitality," Ludacris' spasmodic 2000 hit. The Neptunes-produced cut's pulsating keyboards and pounding drums gave Ludacris a seemingly unnecessary shot of adrenaline, as the Atlanta rapper kicked an already energetic stage show into an overdrive that lasted through the remainder of his 65-minute set.
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October 5, 2006 | Randy Lewis, Times Staff Writer
RAPPER Ludacris outpaced a leaner, meaner Janet Jackson in the national album sales race this week as the Atlanta rhymer's "Release Therapy" sold 309,000 copies to debut at No. 1, just ahead of Jackson's "20 Y.O." album, which sold 296,000. Jackson appeared on Oprah Winfrey's show, but still came up short of the 381,000 first-week sales of her previous album, "Damita Jo," in 2004. Ludacris came closer to matching the first-week sales of 322,000 for his last outing, 2004's "Red Light District."
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June 3, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Top-selling rappers Kanye West and Ludacris won a copyright infringement trial when a New York City jury concluded their 2003 hit "Stand Up" did not copy a tune by New Jersey musicians. "I hope the plaintiffs enjoyed their 15 minutes of fame," Ludacris said after the verdict was announced Thursday. "This whole experience is proof to me of why I will always fight for what I believe in."
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