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Ludacris to headline A&O Ball

A&O announced that rapper Ludacris, left, and the hip-hop group Two-9, right, will perform at the A&O Ball next Saturday.

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A&O announced that rapper Ludacris, left, and the hip-hop group Two-9, right, will perform at the A&O Ball next Saturday.

Manuel Rapada, Breaking News Editor

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Shake your money maker, Northwestern. Ludacris will headline Saturday’s A&O Ball.

Known for songs such as “My Chick Bad” and “Money Maker,” Chris “Ludacris” Bridges headlined a sold-out A&O Ball in 2009 at Northwestern’s Patten Gym. This year, he will perform for students at Chicago’s Riviera Theatre, A&O Productions announced tonight.

“While he’s coming to Northwestern again, we see it as a new, fresh experience for 99 percent of Northwestern students,” A&O concerts director Justin Lehmann said.

Since then, the rapper has appeared in “Fast Five,” the most recent film in “The Fast and the Furious” series, and has launched a line of headphones. His next album, “Ludaversal,” is expected this year.

A&O officials said Ludacris brings both the perfect music for the event’s “big party” atmosphere and name recognition among NU students.

“We want it to be a party,” said outgoing A&O chairman Logan Koepke, a Weinberg senior. “We want it to be a kick-ass show.”

The show will start at 8 p.m. with Atlanta-based rap collective Two-9.

Two-9’s work with artists such as Ludacris and 2012 Dillo Day performer Kendrick Lamar, whom Lehmann called “the two ends” of hip-hop, gives the group credibility, he said.

Complex magazine also called Two-9 one of its “10 Atlanta Rappers to Watch Out For” in September.

Lehmann, a Weinberg senior, called selecting Ludacris and Two-9 an example of “routing a show.” Both artists will go on tour together, he explained, so stopping for a NU performance fits well into their schedules.

Tickets are $10 and will be available 10:30 a.m. Monday through the Norris Box Office website. Shuttles will be provided to and from the Riviera Theatre.

— Manuel Rapada

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Manuel Rapada, Web Editor

Manuel Rapada is a Medill senior studying journalism, business institutions and integrated marketing communications. His past positions at The Daily include city editor, social media/breaking news editor and managing editor. The San Francisco Bay Area native is also a counselor with the Office of Undergraduate Admission. He has previously worked for GreatSchools, Adobe and GOOD magazine. You can reach Manuel via Twitter or email.