Ludacris Warns Against Idle Chitchat, Tries To Out-Bass Tyrese

Rapper too busy to take calls about anything other than business.

Ludacris doesn't just play a hustler on the big screen, he's one in real life.

Despite not being on an official tour, he still performs several shows each week. In the next month he'll be appearing in "2 Fast 2 Furious" (June 6) and boast executive producer/artist credit when the flick's soundtrack comes out on May 27. He's still finishing up work on his next solo album, Chicken & Beer, which is slated for August. And he has a hand in summer releases by his Disturbing Tha Peace groupmate Shawnna and the first artist off his Disturbing Tha Peace imprint, Chingy.  

So please, if you're one of the lucky few who has his cell phone number, don't play yourself and call him for anything other than making money. He warns against it on wax.

"It's a song with myself, R. Kelly and Tyrese, it's called 'Pick up the Phone,' " Cris said on Tuesday about a cut off the "2 Fast 2 Furious" soundtrack (see "Ludacris, Tyrese, R. Kelly Team Up On '2 Fast 2 Furious' LP"). "R. Kelly wrote the singing part and I wrote my rap. It's just saying that if you ain't talking no business I ain't gonna pick up my phone. People always calling you to talk about some bullsh--. We don't want to hear it unless you talking about something that's gonna benefit the situation. [The song] should be called 'Act a Fool' because we're on there acting a fool."

That title change would have caused a slight dilemma, of course, as the soundtrack already has song called "Act a Fool": the album's first single, a solo tune by Luda. In the video for the track Cris is racing cars (see "Ludacris Video Blends '2 Fast 2 Furious' With 'Cannonball Run' ").

" 'Act a Fool' is just general expression," he clarified for all those not down with his lingo. "That's what we say when we wilding the hell out. It's just off the hook."

Cris, who plays Ted, a guy who organizes street races and owns the car shop where the drivers get parts for their vehicles, said he and co-star Tyrese found time to wild out despite their shooting and recording schedules during the filming of "2 Fast 2 Furious" in Miami.

"Working with Tyrese was crazy because we both was working on our albums when we didn't have to be on the set," he recalled. "He was letting me hear bits of his R&B album, I was letting him hear the rap things that was going down. Our trailers were next to each other so they were shaking with bass all the time. It was almost like we were competing against each other. We was wilding out all the time. Miami speaks for itself."

Cris said he'll have a few guests rapping on his album Chicken & Beer. Included on the roster of cameo appearances are Snoop Dogg, 8Ball and MJG and his "uncle" Scarface. Ludacris also said he has been in talks to work with the Neptunes for beats. Outside of his own projects, he has a duet with Method Man for the Ticallion Stallion's upcoming LP and will also be showing up on Redman's next record. For that LP Ludacris got down on a song with Funk Doc Spot and Ghostface Killah.

"2 Fast 2 Furious" is just the start of Luda's big-screen adventures. He still has a myriad of movies in development, and has completed voiceovers for the animated feature "Lil' Pimp," which also stars Lil' Kim and Bernie Mac (see "Ludacris, Lil' Kim To Star In Animated 'Pimp' Movie" ). "It's like 'South Park' meets the pimp world," he said of the film.