Both artists released platinum albums last year. Chingy’s debut, Jackpot, rode to the top of the sales charts on the strength of its Nelly-esque summer single, “Right Thurr,” and Ludacris’ third album, Chicken & Beer, hit the streets in October.

Ludacris started off as a radio DJ in his native Atlanta before recording his own album and releasing it on his own label. The record was a huge local success, and when legendary Houston rapper Scarface was hired by Def Jam Records to head the new Def Jam South division, he made Ludacris his first signing.

By 2001, Ludacris had a slew of hit singles and was touring with fellow Southern hitmakers Outkast. Last year, he fired up his own label, Disturbing Tha Peace, and immediately found a hitmaker in St. Louis youngster Chingy.

I-20, another member of the Disturbing Tha Peace family, will be joining the two on the road.