Ludacris collaborated with Timbaland on the track "Phat Rabbit" from his album Tim's Bio: Stairway To Heaven. In Ludacris' early music career he collaborated with Dallas Austin and Jermaine Dupri.In 1998, Ludacris began to record his debut album "Incognegro".Neither of his new singles were as well received by either the urban or pop audiences as his previous songs had been, and both music videos received only limited airplay.Chicken-N-Beer opened strongly, but without a popular single, the album fell quickly.It was Ludacris' most sexual video yet, an R&B remix that featured Raphael Saadiq and sampled Tony! Sohail Khalid helped produce this album with various artists such as T. Ludacris openly boasted that he may be the only rapper able to keep the Def Jam label afloat on the opening track.Ludacris filmed and recorded the single "Get Back" in which he was featured as a muscle-bound hulk who was being annoyed by the media and warned critics to leave him alone.
'You'll have to wait but you will see more about it soon.
He later moved to the Chicago area, where he attended Emerson Middle School in Oak Park and Oak Park & River Forest High School for one year.
He was also known for DJ'ing during Freaknik at one point.
In 2000, Ludacris released his major label debut, Back for the First Time. Ludacris stated in an interview on MTV's hip hop program Direct Effect that he came up with his stage name based on his "split personality" that he considered "ridiculous" and "ludicrous".
Ludacris promptly completed his next album, Word of Mouf and released it at the end of 2001.