Ludacris discusses George Floyd, racial injustice & more after attending Atlanta protest
Ludacris, whose "Move Bitch" was recently used as a protest anthem, has done a couple new interviews -- with Billboard and XXL -- and he discussed George Floyd and everything going on in America right now, recently becoming a Gabonese citizen, the positive effects of appearing on Verzuz, his new song "Silence of the Lambs," and more. The song -- which was produced by Timbaland and features Lil Wayne; discusses R. Kelly, Colin Kaepernick, Roseanne Barr, 6ix9ine, racism, police brutality, and other topics; and interpolates "What the World Needs Now Is Love" -- came out a few days before George Floyd's murder, but is of course inspired by deeply-rooted issues that long predate this particular instance of injustice. "I can speak volumes and I can speak forever about these situations, but to put it plainly, where someone can listen over and over again to a hidden message of what exactly needs to happen and how we need to all look at ourselves in the mirror... listen to 'Silence of the Lambs,'" he told XXL.
Ludacris also marched in a protest in Atlanta over the weekend, where WSB-TV caught up with him for a short interview:
Regarding the protests and the change that needs to happen, he said to Billboard:
"It's time for the real leaders to step up," he says in regards to the nationwide protests following the murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor. "If we don't step up and become leaders, like I said in ["Silence of the Lambs"], you're either in control or you're getting f--ked. There's no abstinence whatsoever. The people that are thinking and trying to invoke change, to try to make a difference, we're all doing it in different ways."
As far as what he's been focused on, Ludacris is looking to "educate, enrich, and inspire the new generation" through Kid Nation, a website he co-founded that delivers "videos of enriching content, morals, and messages" to the next generation in a fun way. He believes educating the youth on acceptance and being tolerant among one another holds the key to changing the world.
"I feel like there's a lot of people that want to change their mind right now," he explains. "For some, it's a little difficult, because they've already got their mind made up. My goal is to influence [the new generation] in a positive way and get them on a line of thinking of leadership."
You can watch the full Billboard interview here and the full XXL interview below.
In the XXL interview, Luda also named the top five rappers that he believes have the greatest flows of all time, and you can see his answers here.
Ludacris also released a new song with his Kid Nation project, "Get Along," and he writes, "With everything going on in this world, we need to teach our children a simple message, now more than ever: Tell our kids how important it is to lead with love! Somewhere along the way, we sometimes forget that. We’re going to let the kids remind you." Kids can submit their own version of the song here.