Rapper Ludacris 'Not Concerned' That Rough Lyrics Might Negatively Influence Kids
October 27, 2009 - 7:33 PMGrammy award-winning rapper Chris 'Ludacris' Bridges said he is "not concerned" that his controversial lyrics might have a negative effect on the young people he is trying to help with his non-profit organization.
At a gala for The Ludacris Foundation over the weekend, CNSNews.com asked Ludacris, “As far as the children who look up to you and the children you are trying to help with this foundation, are you concerned at all about the controversial topics in some of your personal music, as well as other artists, possibly having a negative effect on youth?”
Ludacris said, “I’m not concerned about that cause, obviously, you see me here today and you see a side of myself where I’m giving back--and I’m trying to lead those same exact kids by example. By showing how big my heart is, so am I worried about it? Absolutely not.”
According to its Web site, The Ludacris Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit organization that “inspires youth through education and memorable experiences to live their dreams by uplifting families, communities and fostering economic development.”
The Foundation focuses on three key areas: “Leadership and Education; LudaCares, our hands-on community outreach; and Living Healthy Lifestyles.” The Foundation says its efforts reach youth of all ages.
Ludacris has come under fire in the past for his controversial lyrics. He released a pro-Obama song during the 2008 presidential election in which he called Hillary Clinton a “b----.” His hit song, “Move B----“ contains lyrics such as, “I’m DUI, hardly ever caught sober and you about to get run the f--- over.”
Ludacris won his first Grammy for his collaboration with R&B star Usher called “Yeah,” which contained lyrics about oral sodomy.
CNSNews.com asked Ludacris, “You talked about the great responsibility that you have personally. Could you talk a little bit about the responsibility you think you have musically, like with the content of your music as well as your foundation?”
“Oh, absolutely. Music is my art form,” the Grammy award-winner told CNSNews.com. “There’s many art forms out there. Entertainment art forms from movies to painters. There are comedians, and I stay true to my art form, you know, and that’s basically what I feel responsible about--staying true to my art form.
Last Friday, Ludacris spoke about the accomplishments of his foundation during a luncheon at the National Press Club, in particular the raising of more than $500,000 for underprivileged youth. He also touched on the hip-hop scene, saying rap music has “matured.”
“You said that rap music has matured--you think that it’s gotten more mature over time. By what standard?” CNSNews.com asked the rapper.
“By the standard that it started in the 1970s and you still have individuals who started around the 70s or the 80s and they’re still relevant now, so what I’m saying is, it’s matured,” he said. “You have individuals--pretty soon rappers gonna’ be in the Vegas man. We gonna’ have Vegas shows, so there you have it. It’s as simple as that.”
“But it’s also matured on the level of why I’m here today, especially talking about individuals taking responsibility of their own communities,” said Ludacris. “I feel like rap and hip-hop and the urban culture has matured on that level also. Trying to help out--reach out and give back.”
Ludacris has sold more than 17 million albums in the United States and more than 24 million records worldwide. He has earned three Grammy awards.