Ludacris may be one of the premier rap stars in the game at the moment, but that doesn’t deter him from lending a helping hand to up and coming MCs.
Earlier today, the actor cum rapper was in attendance at NYC’s Highline Ballroom as a star guest for a rap competition Live Large Project 2. The winner of the competition will be given a cash prize of $5,000 and the chance to perform with Ludacris at Miami’s Springfest 2011.
Ludacris was also part of the inaugural Live Large project last year and according to Disturbing Tha Peace Records owner, the event reminds the Atlanta-based rapper of his days of struggle when he used to try hard to get what the Live Large contestants crave for now.
Speaking in an interview with MTV, Ludacris said that he still remembers the time when he aspired to become a rap star and rued the fact that these kinds of opportunities weren’t available to him back then. He said that the cash prize of $5,000, trip to Miami and the chance to perform in front of a large audience is everything that an aspiring rapper dreams of. Luda regards the competition as something which has the essence of the whole hip hop game.
Apart from the Highline Ballroom event, three further regional competitions will be held in Bay Area, Miami and Detroit. The top three rappers from all the four events along with another one chosen from YouTube will then head to Miami in order to rap it out for the big prize. The three NYC show’s winners were Perelli, Renegade and Pumpkinhead, who were each awarded $1,000.
Ludacris thinks that all of those who have made it big in spite of their struggles, should return back to their roots and support these kinds of event so that more talented people, who are deprived of opportunities could benefit from it. Luda was visibly excited by the occasion and he said that helping out the community is very important to him. Not only was he an inspiration for the contestants, but Luda himself was very inspired to see all the talent and enthusiasm among them.
Another rap beginner that Ludacris is excited about is Big K.R.I.T., who is equally comfortable in the studios as a producer as he is with a microphone in his hands on stage. The producer cum MC started his career independently before record company Def Jam signed him up last year. Big K.R.I.T. has recently unveiled a new studio creation of his titled Return of 4Eva, in which Ludacris and Bun B have both made appearances. The ‘2 Fast 2 Furious’ actor then revealed that it’s Big K.R.I.T’s dual ability to produce and rap, which makes him unique and commands respect from others.
Ludacris is currently busy developing his next album ‘Ludaversal,’ which is expected to be released in late 2011.Big K.R.I.T., Live Large, Ludacris, Ludaverse