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FreeFest: For Ludacris, greatest hits trump latest hits

freefestMouth of the south: Ludacris got nostalgic at FreeFest. (Kyle Gustafson/FTWP)

By Chris Richards

Where did all the rappers go? It's a question fans at Virgin Mobile FreeFest might have been asking after Atlanta rap star T.I.'s recent troubles with the law forced him to bail on Saturday's festival appearance. That left just one ATL superstar MC on the bill: Ludacris.

Shortly after the sun dipped behind the neighboring treeline, the rapper bounded onstage and unpacked his rhymes in a hyper-syncopated cadence that he's spent recent months wasting on Justin Bieber cameos. On stage, his voice sounded as boisterous as it did when it first came charging through our radio speakers ten years ago. Remember those days? When "Southern Hospitality" was one of the most riveting tunes in our greater pop bloodstream?

Luda does, and he largely stuck to his older, bigger hits in hopes of sparking continuous nostalgia spasms. It worked. Fans convulsed. The rapper sparkled. As the September sky faded from blue to black, his diamond-heavy wristwatch glimmered beneath the stage lights, competing with the glowing bulbs of a ferris wheel spinning a hundred yards from the stage.

By Click Track  | September 25, 2010; 8:40 PM ET
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