Ludacris was a special guest on NBA on TNT and Inside The NBA last night and the guys had a lot of fun with the rapper/actor in studio.
Probably the best part was a special Ludacris edition of Shaqtin’ A Fool — and the best Shaqtin’ moment was definitely the Shaqtin’ Turnover.
Shoutout to the fans who nailed all these Luda puns too. And Luda himself for answering this question correctly…
What would you do if you had a song titled “Beast Mode”?
Well, reach out to the man himself to see if he’d be in the video, of course.
That’s what Luda did for one of his strongest raps on Ludaversal and not only did Marshawn Lynch oblige, but they parodied his famous Super Bowl press conference too. Enjoy the hard-hitting visuals above.
ICYMI: Ludacris & The Roots “What’s Your Fantasy (Live)”
Luda’s hellified intro to Ludaversal gets a video. Lookin’ forward to a deeper dive of the album this weekend — you can do so here, available now since Tuesday.
On top of that, be sure to check out this fascinating Grantland piece that features an interview with John Singleton who reveals just how Ja Rule passed up on 2 Fast 2 Furious… which opened the door for Ludacris to be in the franchise ever since. About to go see the 7th in an hour!
ICYMI: Ludacris “What’s Your Fantasy” f/ The Roots on Fallon with a GoPro
“What’s Your Fantasy” was a go-to, silly, feel-good song back with the high school homies. In fact, I go way back with Who Dough (fun fact!) and I vividly remember this song blarin’ from his Jeep once.
That’s neither here nor there, except maybe to show our collective age, but the song gets a breath of fresh air last night as Luda performed the classic single, acoustic style with help from The Roots. Pretty awesome on paper, and pretty awesome in GoPro (!) video form above.
ICYMI: Ludacris ‘Ludaversal’ (Album Stream)
Ludaversal in stores today and after a hellified intro, you may be reeled in to see what the album is all about. I’ma skip ahead to the R&B collabs as well, with Luda and a singer usually making for a good contrast. He’s got Miguel, Monica, and Usher on this one. Plus, Big K.R.I.T. for a southern rap track that’s a natural fit. Chicago’s Da Internz producing track #02 btw…
1. “Ludaversal Intro”
2. “Grass Is Always Greener”
3. “Call Ya Bluff”
4. “Lyrical Healing”
5. “Beast Mode”
6. “Viagra (Skit)”
7. “Get Lit”
8. “Come and See Me (Interlude)”
9. “Come and See Me” (Feat. Big K.R.I.T.)
10. “Good Lovin” (Feat. Miguel)
11. “Ocean Skies” (Feat. Monica)
12. “Not Long” (Feat. Usher)
13. “Charge It To the Rap Game”
14. “This Has Been My World”
(Now that Luda’s got a song with ‘Lit’ in it… can we retire the word? Getting kinda lame #jussayin #noshots)
Ludacris ‘Ludaversal’ (Album Stream)
ICYMI: Ludacris on the #BieberRoast (Full Video)
Last night the #BieberRoast flat out lived up to the hype.
Justin Bieber bravely sat through an hour-plus of getting roasted by some of today’s biggest and up and coming comics like Kevin Hart (who played roastmaster) and SNL’s youngest cast member Pete Davidson… as well as Snoop Dogg, Shaq, and Ludacris. No knock on them because all 3 were actually really good, as was… really, everyone.
It’s been awhile since I’ve actually seen a roast and I didn’t remember how much the roasters roasted each other. That was just as enjoyable as when Bieber was the target.
But if I had to hand out the trophy, I’d go with Chicago’s own Hannibal Buress. No hometown bias, but he just kept it 100 and the results were fantastic.
There was one surprise roaster (who I won’t ruin) that was a great addition to the bill and to his credit as well, Justin Bieber actually had a lot of great zingers when he got a chance to say the last word. Finally, throughout you can also catch glimpses of some celebs in the audience like some of the Jenner-Kardashian clan, Chris Paul, Jaden Smith, and John Legend & Chrissy Teigen.
As I said, it really lived up to the hype. Enjoy the full video and some clips if you’re on the go.
BONUS: Justin Bieber working with Kanye West & Rick Rubin on upcoming album
Bieber Roast (Full Video) (via Mr World Premiere)
The hip hop on Late Night continues this week as this time The Roots are paired with Ludacris, who debuts “Grass Is Always Greener” off the upcoming album, Ludaversal. Bonus note: “Grass Is Always Greener” is produced by Chicago’s own Da Internz.