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'Chicken' Fried Sounds

LudacrisIn hip-hop, family can be everything. Most rappers are affiliated with one clique of artists or another. For Ludacris, it's Disturbing Tha Peace (DTP). The group and the label of the same name serve as the Atlanta-based rapper's foundation. So, it only makes sense that they take center stage on his third Def Jam South set, "Chicken & Beer."

Lead single "Stand Up," which features DTP member Shawnna, is a prime example. "'Stand Up' is an energetic record," Ludacris says. "It's an uptempo record that is both male- and female-friendly. That's what it's going to make people do when they hear it -- stand the f*ck up! It's a club banger."

Shawnna isn't the only DTP clique member featured on "Chicken & Beer." The rest of the DTP family -- Chingy, I-20, Titty Boy and Lil' Fate -- also appear on the set. Ludacris sees his album as a platform not only for him but for DTP as well.

"As time goes past, I'm definitely trying to get better and better at the skill," Ludacris says. "This album is taking that next step. When you thought it couldn't get any wilder, crazier or more versatile, I'm going to surprise people again by letting them know I can rap so many different ways. That's what I'm here to do."