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Happy birthday, Ludacris! The longtime rapper turned 43 today (Sept. 11).

Did you know Luda’s real name is Christopher Brian Bridges? We like Ludacris a lot better!

Ludacris has a heart for charity and started The Ludacris Foundation with his mom Roberta Shields at the beginning of his career to help kids with several special programs! Find more information on his charity here.

Here are some of our favorite Luda videos and photos!

Other Celebrity Birthdays:

Lady A’s Charles Kelley (39)

Taraji P. Henson (50)

Harry Connick, Jr. (53)

Moby (55)

Paul Heyman (55)

Kristy McNichol (58)

Virginia Madsen (59)

Tommy Shaw of Styx (67)

Mickey Hart of the Grateful Dead (77)

Brian DePalma (80)

Anne Erickson's love for music drew her into radio. She started on the airwaves shortly after graduating from MSU. Anne has a passion for rock and metal, and she also fronts the band Upon Wings. Email Anne at erickson@WRIF.com, follow her on Instagram at @EricksonAnne and tweet at her @AnneErickson! Anne covers the Detroit, Philadelphia and Las Vegas markets and beyond.

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