Ludacris is off to a great start in 2015, considering his new album, Ludaversal, was released yesterday, and the blockbuster 7th installment in the Fast & Furious series, Furious 7, is going to take over the weekend following its April 4th release. So, who better to grace the Spring 2015 cover of The Source, which began hitting newsstands during the last week of March.
After a 5-year hiatus, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges has returned to the forefront, and graces 2 of our 3 Spring 2015 covers, showing off his still vibrant persona, and offering a reminder that when it comes to rapping, he’s still a force to be reckoned with. 5 platinum albums, 3 Grammy awards and 5 #1 hits is nothing to sneeze at, not to mention the fact that Ludacris has appeared in 5 films over the past 5 years, and his next one is going to be a big deal. Furious 7, underscored by the death of beloved actor and philanthropist Paul Walker–with whom Ludacris had a close relationship–is set to be released on Friday. It’s a great time to be Luda, and in his chat with our Chairman L. Londell McMillan, he completely opens up about happiness, getting married, his relationship with Walker, and just how personal things can get when people come at him.
On being a father and protecting his family:
If you’re talking about me, you’re talking about them. So it’s almost like when you know that back-in-the-day saying about a mother’s strength. Like, a mother’s strength can pull a car off a child. Strengths that you didn’t know you had, you tap into a whole other energy source that you don’t want to really do that. You don’t want to f*** with that. I’ve never claimed to be the most gangster, or hard-ass rapper. However, when you tap into sometingthat’s f****** with me or my family, there’s another side that you’re going to see from me.
On enjoying success, but staying humble:
It’s like the difference between Ludacris and Chris Bridges […] I’m just a humble dude and I never forget where I come from. I actually enjoy riding in my Acura Legend more than I enjoy riding in the Bentleys and the Range Rovers and the Ferrarris and sh*t like that. That part of myself, I’m never going to let go. That Acura represents a piece of me. Now, on the other hand, I got to flex on m*****f******. On one hand, I’m humble and on the other, I got to remind people that I own a plane. Like, I’ve worked hard to get this.
Also inside our Spring issue: We give our take on what we expect to happen this Spring in what will be a memorable NBA Playoffs, and recount the crazy road we took to get to the May 2nd Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao showdown. #HERSource is back once again, and our ladies dig deep into the fat transfer epidemic that was once taboo, but is quickly becoming as mainstream as artificial hair. A$AP Yams may be gone, but he’ll never be forgotten. Check out our breakdown of what made the A$AP Mob founder so important not only to New York, but to Hip-Hop, in addition to exclusive photos of the man once known as Eastside Stevie. Also, Kendrick Lamar‘s new album is finally out. Is it a classic? We weigh in on To Pimp A Butterfly, G-Unit’s latest release and Ludacris’ comeback album.