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‘I Had to Choose Between Leaving School or a Music Career’: Georgia State University to Award Ludacris an Honorary Degree, Rapper Reacts

Georgia State University might not have meant to do it, but the college had the mother of rapper Ludacris shedding tears after announcing they would be awarding the rapper an honorary degree from the university.

The Grammy-winning musician will be honored with a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Management. Ludacris, who was born Christopher Brian Bridges, shared the news on social media on April 13.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – APRIL 03: Ludacris speaks onstage during the 64th Annual GRAMMY Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 03, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images for The Recording Academy)

“MY MOMMA IS SHEDDING REAL TEARS,” he wrote. “When I put ‘what’s your fantasy’ out in 2000 I had to choose between leaving school or a music career. History has been made on one front & NOW it’s about to be made on ANOTHER. THIS IS A DREAM COME TRUE. THANK YOU @GeorgiaStateU.”

Bridges was a student at Georgia State University in 1998 and 1999 before he signed with Def Jam Records. “This is a dream come true for me,” Bridges continued. “Georgia State helped me get my start, and I am so honored and excited to share this milestone with the world.”

Bridges shared his success with students at the university in 2019 when he acted as an artist-in-residence at the school. The rapper mentored students and worked with professors on entrepreneurship in the entertainment industry.

President of Georgia State M. Brian Blake congratulated Bridges and noted his contributions to the university.

“We are proud that Chris Bridges got his start at Georgia State,” said Blake. “He has gone on to become a cultural and philanthropic icon, representing Atlanta and giving back in many ways. Our students in the Creative Media Industries Institute (CMII) and College of Law have benefited from learning from his career, and we’re excited to honor him as a member of the Panther family.”

The ceremony will take place on May 4 at the Center Parc Stadium at 9 a.m. The ceremony will also be streamed online.

Bridges also shared a clip of his video “ISaidWhatISaid” on Twitter on April 12. You can watch the clip below. Congratulations!

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