Ludacris has become a big part of the Fast & Furious film franchise, but how did he land the part?

In an interview with Angie Martinez this week, he discussed the making of Furious 7 and how filmmaker John Singleton encouraged him to get down with the franchise years ago.

“John Singleton was the one who asked me to try out for the part, because he was directing [2 Fast 2 Furious],” says Luda. “You know, John Singleton is responsible for putting Ice Cube in a movie, putting Tyrese in a movie… all these rappers and all these… He takes all these entertainers and literally, just makes them movie stars. I thank him every time I see him.

“At the end of the day, I had no idea that this franchise was going to get to this point,” he added. “We skipped over part 3 and part 4, and they just called us back and read this script for part 5, which was almost like starting all over again. Because everybody came back and it was our first time working with [Vin Diesel], which to me was the best one.”

Before wrapping production for Furious 7, actor Paul Walker passed away. Luda touches on how it feels to see him in the new film, knowing that he’s gone. Although he says it’s weird, he says the way he’s presented in the film will leave moviegoers emotional.

“People will definitely be in tears in this movie, because … it’s leaving his legacy the way it needs to be presented in a very creative way,” the rapper explained. “We were 80-percent done with the movie before [Paul Walker] passed away. Production shut down for months. So, we picked back up and it was extremely hard for everybody to get back together. We said a prayer and we had to all think, what would he have wanted? Of course, to come together and finish this movie the only way we knew how.”

Furious 7 is due in theaters April 3.