Ludacris Shuts Down Claims His Music Career Is 'Dead'

Ludacris, 2017
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Ludacris performs during KS 107.5 Summer Jam at Fiddler's Green Amphitheater on July 28, 2017 in Englewood, Colo. 

"I’m just taking my time."

Throughout his career, Ludacris has been fortunate enough to attain success in both the music and acting world. Though his music career has taken a backseat due to his meteoric rise in acting, the Atlanta rapper firmly believes he's still a force to be reckoned with on the mic. In an interview with The Shade Room at the VMAs on Sunday (Aug. 27), Luda debunked claims that suggested that his music career is dead. 

“[It’s] definitely not dead, not at all,” he said during the candid chat. “I’m just taking my time putting out some more music.”

Despite only releasing two albums in the past seven years with 2010’s Battle of the Sexes and 2015’s Ludaversal, he remains confident in his abilities and love for hip-hop. 

“When you get to the ninth album stage and you’ve sold over 20 million records, sometime it’s a process and you just gotta take your time with the process," he said. "It’s expected. Any artist that takes a lot of time in-between albums, you always gon’ have people that say that. But music is number one. If it wasn’t for music, I wouldn’t be where I’m at right now.”

Earlier this year, he sparked rumors of a possible comeback album when he released his Ty Dolla $ign-assisted video "Vitamin D." In April, Luda starred in Fate of the Furious, which was the eighth installment of the Fast and the Furious franchise. Since its release, the movie has grossed over $1 billion. 

Check out his interview below. 


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