Ludacris Has Been Randomly Buying Strangers’ Groceries For Years

Ludacris is a 2000s superstar of music, film, and more. The Atlanta, Georgia-based rapper has delivered numerous hits over the years with the albums to match. But his prowess as an MC is matched by who he is outside of the studio. The New York Times recently ran a story about Luda’s philanthropic work, and while it may not be typical, it certainly helps those in need.

Apparently, Ludacris has been buying groceries for people struggling financially for years. The Times started their investigation to see if one case, during which a woman found out that Christopher Brian Bridges anonymously footed the bill for her $375 trip to Whole Foods, was not isolated. Therra Gwyn Jaramillo says that a cashier informed her that a man named Chris had bought her groceries and eventually learned it was actually Luda’.

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The newspaper subsequently found out that the rapper/actor really does shop at the supermarket chain and had bought another person’s groceries in Atlanta back in May, according to a Twitter user. The two cases prompted ATL local NBC news affiliate 11 Alive to at least confirm Jaramillo’s story and found that it was isolated from the May incident the other person was claiming happened.

A Twitter search of Ludacris being spotted at grocery stores across America yields hundreds of results. Whole Foods, Meijer, Publix, and Costco, are just a few of the places one might find him, according to the social media app. The Times reached out to Ludacris’ longtime manager, Chaka Zulu to ask whether he does in fact shop at all of these places and regularly pays for needy folk’s provisions on occasion. Yes, is the answer to both.

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“Funny thing,” Zulu replied. “Luda’ does these things all the time. But he doesn’t want to do interviews to highlight it. It’s just his heart.” Reportedly, he also does his own shopping too, at least sometimes. “From time to time,” Zulu claims, “he shops his self.”

Chris has a history of staying grounded. Ludacris owns and regularly drives his 1993 Acura Legend, a car he owned when his career transformed from radio DJ to Scarface protege to Def Jam South superstar. He put the car on the cover of his most recent album, 2015’s Ludaversal. According to Car & Driver, Acura helped the Disturbing Tha Peace founder restore his vehicle following an accident.