Chuck Leavell, keyboardist for The Rolling Stones and the cofounder of MNN, interviews rapper Ludacris about recycling, water conservation and his foundation.
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Chuck: Alright y’all, I’m smiling, I’m happy, I’m grooving, because Luda is in the house. Man, thank you so much for being here in the greenroom.
Ludacris: Thanks for having me.
Chuck: I know that you do a lot of work for the environment. Why don’t you tell us a little bit about some of the things that you’ve been doing.
Well, the biggest thing I’ve done was be a part of a show that was on the Planet Green Channel
that The Discovery Channel just launched, and it was myself and Tommie Lee. It was like a competition between the both of us about who can go greener in a bunch of competitions. So, with that being said, I was kind of learning in the process and teaching the viewers at the same time, so it was kind of like killing two birds with one stone. But I guess the biggest thing that I’ve taken away from it -- I’ve taken away a little bit of everything, but what I remember the most is, is really about, of course, recycling, one, and water conservation. I think we waste so much water, so I’m constantly telling my friends, you know, to stop running the shower so much before they even get in it, or when they’re brushing their teeth, or so many things that we can do to stop using, you know, like, so much water that we do, and I think we waste a lot. And there are people -- I’ve been fortunate enough to travel to other countries and just see how, you know, how much water other people use in their entire lives, and it’s just, it’s overwhelming.
Chuck: It is, isn’t it?
Chuck: Conservation is such a big part of what we can all do.
Chuck: Everybody can pitch in and do that, and I think you feel probably like I do that the coming years are going to be a lot better than the few years that we’ve had here of late.
Chuck: So I’m excited about that. And, Luda, I know you also do a lot of other philanthropic work. You work with kids. You have a great foundation. And talk about that a little bit for us.
Ludacris: My foundation is called the Ludacris Foundation. It’s geared towards helping kids help themselves. So, you know, I’m always finding charities that helps out underprivileged families and underprivileged children and just let them know that -- you know, give them a little boost and let them know that it’s not the card that you’re dealt, but how you play your cards in life. It’s not where you come from, but it’s all about where you want to go and how much self-esteem, and self-education, and, you know, just self-empowerment that you have.
Chuck: Well, final question. What are you up to? What’s up next for, for you?
Ludacris: Only, only time will tell, you know. I surprise myself sometimes, so we’ll just wait to see.
Chuck: Okay. Well, listen, thanks so much for being with us.
Ludacris: Thank you.
Chuck: Here in the greenroom.
Chuck: Appreciate it.
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