Crescendo – Chicago, IL
November 9, 2008
Red Bull brought GRAMMY Award-winning rapper Ludacris (aka Chris Bridges) back to his hometown on Sunday night, so that the Chi could hear tracks from his upcoming album Theater of the Mind. His new record drops on Tuesday, November 25th. Ludacris is coming back to Chicago to perform live in concert this December – I am so there!
Fun fact for those in the Midwest: Ludacris was born and raised in here! In Oak Park to be exact – a suburb right outside the west side of the city limits. My friend and fellow intern at 103.5 KISS FM went to the same high school as him. She told me that there is still a photo of Luda on the school’s wrestling team by their gym. Can you believe it? Ludacris was a WRESTLER…wtf? He even said it himself Sunday night: Chicago is his second home away from home. He may say he’s from Atlanta (aka the ATL), but he hails from Chicago!
Besides previewing tracks from Theater of the Mind, Luda also talked about the guest artists appearing on the album, such as Nas, Jay-Z, and of course Lil Wayne (whose record is Lil Wayne NOT on?). My friends Michelle and Tim tagged along with me to new nightclub Crescendo. We hung out by the DJ booth in the Red Bull VIP lounge area and were about 1-2 feet from Ludacris the whole time he was there!
The highlight of the night was seeing him perform a bunch of new songs from the upcoming album for free! I have never seen Luda in concert before, but my first time was free and we were closer than being in the front row at a show. Check out some photos from the preview party at Crescendo…
*Photos taken by Nicholas Schrunk for Red Bull