Atlanta's Chris "Ludacris" Hedges had the eyes of a natural movie star in 2005's Crash, but it was as narrator of the basketball documentary The Heart of the Game the following year that he began to seem like a voice you could listen to read or say anything—move over Morgan Freeman. As a rapper, he's put that theory to the test somewhat, breaking out with two memorably drawled, fabulously dirty hits, "What's Your Fantasy" and "Southern Hospitality," from 2000's enduring Back for the First Time, on Def Jam, and following with a string of agile, comic singles ("Area Codes," "Stand Up") from albums of increasingly tolerable pimp-ho fantasy shtick. His party remains infectiously pop away from the singles charts: "I Know You Got a Man," from this year's X-rated guest-fest Battle of the Sexes (with Lil' Kim, Ciara, Ne-Yo, Gucci Mane, and more), sweetly updates Positive K—if lip-smacking can be called sweet. 18+.
Sun., Sept. 12, 8 p.m., 2010