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Ludacris Had to ‘Step Back and Live Some Life’ Before Returning to Music

It’s been eight years since Ludacris released his last solo album, and while he’s dropped some singles and features since then, the rapper appears ready to make a full return to music next year.

In a new interview with BET, Luda said, “Some music projects will be coming out” in 2024, though he declined to say what form they would take. “I don’t wanna fake, I don’t wanna stutter-step. I don’t wanna be like [André] 3000 and say, I got an album coming out. I don’t know. It’s definitely some music coming next year, but I don’t know if it’s like an EP or an LP. We’re going to figure it out.”

Ludacris’ last full-length, Ludaversal, arrived in 2015, and he’s only occasionally shared new music in the intervening years. Since 2017, he’s dropped songs with Ty Dolly $ign (“Vitamin D”), Chance the Rapper (“Found You”), and, most recently, Flo Milli and PJ for last year’s “Buying All Black.” He’s also featured on songs by Carrie Underwood (seriously) and Pitbull and reunited with previous collaborators like Usher and Lil Jon (“SexBeat”) and Justin Bieber (the “Peaches” remix).

Of course, Ludacris has been plenty busy with other projects, especially acting, and in the new interview, he spoke about why he wanted to take some time to prioritize those endeavors over music. “You know, doing other art forms where I’m creative, where I’m putting my heart into that, I want to make sure that I leave a legacy on this earth. So it was just taking a step back and getting hungry again, living some life. ‘Cause when you put out music, in order for it to be organic and real, you gotta talk about what goes on in your life. So if I had like nine consistent albums, sometimes you gotta take a step back and live some life so that you have a lot more to talk about, and that’s what I was doing.”


Even still, Ludacris said it was still too early to give fans any hints about what his new music might sound like. 

“I’m working on a lot of stuff, he said. “I don’t want to prematurely say anything wrong, but basically, you’re asking me at a time when it might be too early… but give me some time, and then I’ll be able to answer that better.”

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