By Rob Markman
Ludacris dropped his last album Battle of the Sexes two years ago and now the Atlanta rapper is gearing up to release his eighth LP Ludaversal in May, teasing a brand new single by March. “I get the beats together and I put out my ideas, so I’d say we’re maybe about 40 percent done,” he told Billboard of the upcoming album.
Luda, who dropped his 1.21 Gigawatts mixtape in November, also revealed one big-time guest on the LP. “Usher is one person that I’ve already worked with,” he said. “In terms of other artists, you can say that there’s going to be a lot of surprises on here.”
he pair already have a few collaborations under their belt. Who can forget Usher’s inescapable smash “Yeah!” from his 2004 Confessions album? The two also hooked up on Lil Jon’s “Lovers and Friends” in the same year and then again two years ago on Usher’s “She Don’t Know.” As far as what the two have cooked up for Ludaversal, fans will just have to wait and see.
Throughout his career, Luda has shown a ton of versatility. An undeniable hitmaker, at times the nimble-tongued lyricist has been comical (2001’s “Area Codes” and 2004’s “Number One Spot”) and in other instances delivered healthy amounts of substance (2006’s “Runaway Love” and 2008’s “Do the Right Thing”). For Ludaversal, he will get a little personal.
“It’s been a minute since I’ve been away from music, and there is just so much to talk about,” he said. “So [the album] is mostly about my personal life, my travels, my experiences, rumors, gossip — you know, everything coming together in one.”
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