Rapper and actor Ludacris is a prime example of just how thoroughly becoming a parent changes you. In the late 90’s, Ludacris was busy forming his own record label, Disturbing the Peace. Now a father of three, the Fast & Furious actor is more concerned with keeping the peace. Ludacris recently shared a video of himself with his two youngest daughters on Instagram, and in under a minute, he showcases exactly what it means to be a girl dad.
In the adorable video, Ludacris kneels on the beach covered from head to toe in sand. With the defeated look of a dog who knows he’s going to the vet, Ludacris sits quietly as his two youngest daughters, Cadence and Cai, paint him with damp sand.
“You know, they say sand is a natural exfoliant for the skin,” Ludacris explains. “But what do I know? I’m just a dad that’s on spring break with his kids.”
“So you guys put this on Daddy?” A voice likely belonging to the rapper’s wife, Eudoxie Mbouguiengu, asks from behind the camera.
“YES!” The girls respond happily.
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Sometimes half the fun is letting your kids think they’re getting away with something when in reality, you’re loving it just as much as they are. Ludacris captioned the video, “When You are a Girl Dad, You damn near say Yes to everything.”
After becoming a parent, the multitalented dad turned his attention to not only his own kids, but to kids around the country. He founded The Ludacris Foundation in 2001, an organization that serves youth and families in urban communities. Its website explains, “We inspire urban youth to live their dreams and envision new possibilities for their lives through experiences we create through our programs and partnerships.”
His KidNation initiative fuses Ludacris’s love of music with his passion for fatherhood, sending empowering messages to kids through song. He demonstrates that you don’t have to give up the things you love when you become a parent, but instead, you can share your passions with your kids.
Despite the look on Ludacris’s face in his Instagram video, he’s clearly found a renewed sense of self in fatherhood. And even when things get messy, he wouldn’t have it any other way.