HOLLYWOOD — Given the music industry's tendency to shuffle hip-hop release dates, what Ludacris had to say at Tuesday's BET Awards was a bold statement.
"Chicken & Beer is dropping September 30, not a day later, not a day sooner," the rapper declared. "It's going to go down in a major way."
Luda also revealed that the album's first single will be a party anthem produced by Kanye West (Jay-Z, Lil' Kim) called "Stand Up."
"[The single] will be dropping like the end of July and that's exactly what that sh-- is going to make you do," he said. "It's going to make you stand the hell up. Believe it."
Chicken & Beer, named after Ludacris' favorite food and drink almost two years ago, will include appearances by his Disturbing Tha Peace crew, along with Snoop Dogg, Scarface, 8Ball and MJG (see "Ludacris To Get Revenge On Bill O'Reilly With Upcoming LP").
"It's an all-star cast [on the album], but most importantly, my damn self," he joked before the ceremony (see "BET Awards Night Belongs To 50 Cent, B2K, Jacko And ... Alien Ant Farm?" ).
In the meantime, Ludacris can be seen and heard in "2 Fast 2 Furious" (see "Ludacris Warns Against Idle Chitchat, Tries To Out-Bass Tyrese"), and will also appear on the second single from "Right Thurr" rapper Chingy, whose Jackpot is due July 15 on Disturbing Tha Peace Records.