It’s a gray, rainy afternoon in New York, and, as usual, the Bowery is crowded with speed-walkers who slow pace only to sidestep the street’s growing puddles. Inside the Cooper Square Hotel, Ludacris snuggles up on a couch for a quick nap. Late Night Luda did indeed have a late night, but not at the bar. Exhausted by his delay-plagued trip into the city, the Atlanta-based rapper and actor humors us as we unmercifully prod him about everything from ghosts to Gaga.
BULLETT: Has being from the American South, where there’s such a rich, haunted history, shaped how you feel about the afterlife? Do you believe in spirits?
LUDACRIS: I do believe in spirits, but I don’t think it’s necessarily specific to the South or certain rituals, or myths. My father passed away, and I feel like he’s still with me. I believe in energy because it doesn’t lie. I feel like your mind can control the energy that you put off, and in a way, it’s almost like you can control the energy that’s around you. All of that plays into spirits, but that’s just me being a man who believes in the man upstairs. And having strong beliefs, period.
What gives you the chills?
The thought of swimming in open waters and having something I can’t see brush up against my leg. See! I’m having the chills just thinking about it. That shit terrifies the hell out of me.
Do you rely more on logic or instinct?
I rely more on logic. “Rely” is the key word here because instinctively I may want to react a certain way, but I use logic in order to react. I’m a very logical thinker. I’m a Virgo.
What is one thing you believe in against all logic?
Psychic powers? Déjà vu is real, in my opinion. I know because I’ve experienced it so much.
What do you secretly think is one of the best songs of 2011?
What song do you secretly wish you wrote?
That’s definitely going to be on the oldie stations one day.
Exactly. Believe it. Believe that.
What film have you secretly watched over and over?
The Devil Wears Prada. I love that damn movie. See how quick that was?