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Be specific: Ludacris on the wide world of remixes

LudacrisLudacris opens for Black Eyed Peas at Verizon Center Tuesday night.

Here are some things Ludacris won't talk about: politics, Bill O'Reilly, the "We Are the World" remake and President Obama's embrace of the hip-hop community -- or to some, his lack thereof. So with the rapper opening for the Black Eyed Peas at Verizon Center tonight, we had a quick chat about... remixes. Namely, the copious remixes for his latest single "How Low." Here's what Luda had to say:

You've released a gazillion different official remixes of your new single "How Low." Do you feel like having all these different versions floating around out there dilutes the power of the original?

I feel like as long as you don't lose the integrity, as long as it’s good versions, I don't feel like anything is lost. We have Rick Ross, Pitbull, Ciara, Chris Brown -- so far, those verses have been great.

Are you ever worried about a rapper outshining you on a remix?

[Laughs.] Absolutely not, man. I’ve been doing this for 10 years. I love the competition so I’m good. I can lay a verse down without hearing anybody else's and know that I’m solid and comfortable with what I did.

Well then who gets closest to you on these remixes?

Who has my favorite verse? Well, it’s crazy hard to tell because they’re all so completely different. Everyone’s verse is 100% different. In terms of going fast, I do like Twista’s verse. He sounds great rapping fast over that tempo. And I love Ciara’s verse because it flips the song into something else, since she’s singing melodies.

How about the inverse? Have you ever stolen the show on a remix?

[Laughs.] Hell yeah! Of course.

But I don't suppose you'd name names.

I won’t name any names. I’ll let the fans decide.

By Chris Richards  |  February 23, 2010; 12:21 PM ET
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Twista's is the best "How Low" remix verse. Off the top of my head, Luda destroyed all comers on the "Pop Champagne" remix. I remember thinking in admiration about how there was finally a real rap verse over that admittedly catchy beat.

Posted by: Lindemann777 | February 23, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

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