With all the love the New York crowd at the Highline Ballroom was giving last night, leave it to Ludacris to start off his show with "Everybody Hates Chris." He has a big sense of humor, if you haven't noticed. The Atlanta MC had the release party for Theater of the Mind, which culminated in a concert of collaborations and solo hits.
“Where the real Luda fans at?” he asked, before going into “Ho,” "Splash Waterfalls" and "Yeah!" Obviously T-Pain and Ludacris' relationship wasn't on the rocks after Luda replaced the singer with the Blizzard Man on "Saturday Night Live."
(More from the record release show, plus lots of photos after the jump!)
Ludacris brought 18-year-old Eddie White to a polling station in St. Louis. It was White's first time voting, and he showed a strong grasp of just how much is at stake in this election. Eddie said he's concerned about health care, since he's no longer covered by his mother's insurance, and he also said that "the next four years determine where our country goes." His comments and attitude earned him no faint praise from Luda: "You're making me proud," the MC said, shaking Eddie's hand.
"Stand up for the vets," Ludacris said onstage during his rehearsal for "A Night for Vets: An MTV Concert for the BRAVE." For the most part, 'Cris kept his practice pretty low-key, but you know he's going to bring the thunder during showtime.
"Check one, two," Luda said into the mic.
"Play 'Stand Up,' " he told his DJ during soundcheck. Luda was very normal and businesslike as he paced with his hand in his pocket while going over his bars.
"Turn it down a little," the Grammy winner directed. "On the monitor, not the vocals. That's perfect. So do it from the top? Good.
Read more and check out photos from the rehearsal after the jump.
Mark Wahlberg was on Wednesday's "TRL" with Ludacris to promote their latest film, "Max Payne." But when host Damien Fahey brought up the fact that "TRL" would be airing its finale on November 16, Mark got a little emotional about the show. "It is a bit depressing," he admitted. "I was telling Luda earlier, the first time I was on MTV was '91; [the first time I was on 'TRL'] was probably right around when it started."
The actor recalled a time back in 2004 when a fan was a bit too excited. "I was standing there," he recalled, "and some girl was coming [toward me], and I didn't think anything was a big deal but everyone went crazy [and thought she might attack me].
"The only thing that was disturbing was she had a pin on that said, 'God is not real,' " he said. "I still pray for her."
But the 37-year-old dad admits that being a guest on "TRL" does have one major perk. "Anytime I come here, it makes me feel young again," he said. "I'm sad to see it go."
Last night, I went to Hollywood Life's Style Awards at the Pacific Design Center in L.A. We took our spot on a red carpet surrounded by furniture and interior design stores, ready to have a few words with Ludacris, Kristen Bell, Sophia Bush and Eve, among others.
Luda wasn't doing interviews, and while my Mr. October reference at least made him stop for a moment to tell us that his album is dropping November 25, he didn't tell us why — or anything else about it. I did, however, see him at the afterparty. I was enjoying some lo mein and champagne when he walked over and asked us to step aside while he did some press at his station. But we forgot we'd left our food and drinks there and I think they made it into the press shot. Oops!
We also talked to the always funny and beautiful Kristen Bell about "Veronica Mars" possibly enjoying a jump to the big screen, and I let her know about that fanatic Australian who has put her in his own fantasy Batman cast. She was psyched!
The good news: No one was injured when a fire destroyed the pool house at Ludacris' home outside Atlanta. Luda was out of town when the fire broke out on Wednesday, and a relative who was in the basement of the main residence was unharmed, according to The Associated Press. Firefighters put out the blaze within 30 minutes.
The presidential campaign is getting ugly. And, no, we're not even referring to the new ad from Republican Senator John McCain wherein he claims Democratic rival Barack Obama went to the gym instead of visiting troops.
Nope, we're talking about a new freestyle from Ludacris over Young Buck's "Get Buck" called "Politics (Obama Is Here)," in which the "Get Back" MC gives props to the freshman Illinois senator while throwing dirt on his rivals and, of course, giving himself a bit of shine as well.
Unlike Will.I.Am's uplifting Obama anthem from earlier this year, "Yes We Can" — which featured rousing quotes from the senator's speeches recited by a bevy of stars — Luda takes it to the streets.
In his grimier take, the Atlanta rapper — who has actually broken bread with Obama — first carves out a minute to big-up himself (and his Bentley), then gets down to business. Read More...