NEWS: Ludacris Preps ‘Ludaversal’ for Spring 2012 Release
“ Usher is one person that I’ve already worked with,” says Ludacris, “and in terms of other artists, you can say that there’s going to be a lot of surprises on here.” Ludacris and Usher previously collaborated on the latter’s smash single “Yeah!,” which featured Lil Jon and topped the Hot 100 for 12 weeks in 2004, as well as Lil Jon’s “Lovers and Friends,” which peaked at No. 3 on the chart.
The follow-up to 2010′s “Battle of the Sexes” is still “in the beginning stages” for the Atlanta rapper, who tided fans over by releasing the mixtape “1.21 Gigawatts: Back To The First Time” in November. “I get the beats together and I put out my ideas, so I’d say we’re maybe about 40 percent done,” says the rapper (real name: Chris Bridges) about his forthcoming album. Last year, he confirmed to Billboard.com that the Neptunes, who produced his past hits “Southern Hospitality” and “Money Maker,” contributed to his latest effort. “I’ve pretty much collected about 80 percent of the beats that I need and I’ve started writing ideas on them. First I have to love the beat, absolutely love it.”