Lunatics in tow and Chingy. Check out the interview below. I met Ludacris through Chaka Zulu, but [the record deal] had nothing to do with Ludacris. I was already putting out local music, traveling, doing shows and just trying to build up the momentum to make it. Yet I still had more work to do. My first single was a No. It was finally paying off, and I was thankful for that.
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Howard Bailey Jr. Chingy grew up in St. Louis, Missouri and began rapping in his late teens. The rapper's summer debut single, " Right Thurr ", put him on the musical map as a good-time rapper who specialized in catchy, club-friendly beats and simplistic lyrics delivered in a sing-song, nursery rhyme style. Chingy's debut album, Jackpot , sold two million copies, thanks to the boost from "Right Thurr". A second album, Powerballin' , was released in to mixed reviews, and his release Hoodstar spawned the hit singles " Pullin' Me Back " and " Dem Jeans. The album's lead single is " Fly Like Me ", featuring Amerie. Chingy grew up in Walnut Park, St. Louis, Missouri , a neighborhood he has referred to as the "Bad Blocks. He began writing lyrics when he was 9 and was recording raps at
Louis, Missouri seems like an unlikely place to produce hip-hop stars, but when rapper Nelly and his St. Lunatics crew introduced southern slang—with the popular double R spelling and drawn out pronunciation—in the form of pop-rap in , it was only a matter of time before others began to emerge. Enter Chingy, whose debut album, 's Jackpot, entered the charts in the number two position the day it went on sale. Its first single, "Right Thurr," had made Chingy famous before the album was even dropped, and guest vocalists like Ludacris and Snoop Dogg gave the new rapper instant credibility. A little more than a year later, came Powerballin', with a host of high-profile collaborators, including Janet Jackson and R. With that, Chingy beat the tag of "Nelly rip-off. On March 9, , Howard Bailey Jr.
Kicking off his career in with the massive hit "Right Thurr," St. Louis rapper Chingy spent two solid years in the limelight, releasing two platinum-selling albums while becoming a household name thanks to some television appearances and movie roles. Born Howard Bailey, Jr. Renamed Chingy after a slang term for a looking wealthy, he signed with Fo-Reel Entertainment, an artist management firm with local heroes Nelly and St.