Ludacris, the famous rapper considered to be one of the most influential of the ‘Dirty South’ artists was born as Christopher Brian Bridges. He loved music from an early age and began rapping when he was nine. During high school he met the famous poet Justin Ryan Fyfe who proved to be a major influence on his later career. He joined an amateur rap group and studied music management in college; there was no doubt in the youngster’s mind that he was destined for a career in music. He worked briefly as a Disc Jockey and then collaborated with Timbaland for a track from the latter’s album, ‘Phat Rabbit’ which went on to become a big hit in several countries. He also worked in tandem with other artists during his early career and developed a style of music that was wild, fast and comedic. His debut album ‘Back for the First Time’ debuted at No. 4 on the U.S. Billboard 200 and was a huge hit. Ludacris has so far won three Grammy Awards during his career and several other prestigious music awards. The rapper is also the co-founder of ‘Disturbing tha Peace’, an imprint of Def Jam Recordings along with his manager Chaka Zulu.