Ludacris Pops Champagne With T-Pain, LL Cool J, More At Record-Release Show

With all the love the New York crowd at the Highline Ballroom was giving last night, leave it to Ludacris to start off his show with "Everybody Hates Chris." He has a big sense of humor, if you haven't noticed. The Atlanta MC had the release party for Theater of the Mind, which culminated in a concert of collaborations and solo hits.

“Where the real Luda fans at?” he asked, before going into “Ho,” "Splash Waterfalls" and "Yeah!" Obviously T-Pain and Ludacris' relationship wasn't on the rocks after Luda replaced the singer with the Blizzard Man on "Saturday Night Live."

Ludacris and T-Pain

(More from the record release show, plus lots of photos after the jump!)


Mr. Penderazdoun came out for the remix to "I'm So Hood," then they went to 'Cris' "One More Drink." The duo turned their onstage pairing into a trio of songs, as "Chopped & Skrewed" ended that set.

Shawna and Ludacris

Former DTP member Shawna showed that things between her and Luda are still cool. The two officially announced their battle-of-the-sexes album will be out sometime in 2009. DJ Premier came out during "MVP" to congratulate 'Cris on being such a dope MC, and LL Cool J flexed his skills on "Phatty Girl." After the Mouth of the South asked Cool J for some of that classic Uncle L, the Queens icon came with "Headsprung" and "Rock the Bells." He even pulled photographer Johnny Nunez onstage during the performance.

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'Cris' friends kept coming out. Jadakiss showed up during the remix to "Made You Look" (No Nas, though), and the Diplomats' Jim Jones and Juelz Santana appeared for "Pop Champagne."

Like he did with Cool J, 'Cris insisted the Harlem collective throw on some of their hits. For Luda? No problem. Jones’ “We Fly High” was followed by Juelz’ “There It Go (The Whistle Song)." Then "I Really Mean It" came on, but no Cam'ron. Awkward. Oh well, the show continued. The Dips finished their guest stint with the "Dipset Anthem."

Luda's show ended with most of his friends coming back onstage and taking a bow. Everybody loves 'Cris.