Howard Bailey, Jr.
(born March 9, 1980), better known by his stage name Chingy
, is an American rapper and actor.Chingy grew up in the Walnut Park section of St. Louis and began rapping in earnest in his late teens. He toured as an opening act with Nelly in the summer of 2002 and then became a protégé of Ludacris, who signed him to his newly formed Disturbing tha Peace (DTP) record label. The rapper's 2003 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 2003 debut album, Jackpot
, sold two million copies, thanks to the boost from "Right Thurr". A second album, Powerballin'
, was released in 2004 to mixed reviews, and his 2006 release Hoodstar
spawned the hit singles "Pullin' Me Back" and "Dem Jeans." He released Hate It or Love It
in 2007, under DTP records. The album's lead single is "Fly Like Me", featuring Amerie. A studio album entitled Success & Failure
was released in 2010.As of 2011, Chingy has been working on his new upcoming project No Risk No Reward
which will be released under his label Full Dekk Music Group.Early careerLudacris and his manager, Chaka Zulu, were quick to sign Chingy to their fledgling Disturbing tha Peace label. The up-tempo Southern hip hop track "Right Thurr" gained popularity, peaking at number two on the Billboard
Chingy's debut album Jackpot
was released on July 7, 2003 on Disturbing tha Peace. Unable to secure a distribution deal through Def Jam, Ludacris negotiated a deal to distribute the album through Capitol Records. Guest appearances included Ludacris, Snoop Dogg, Murphy Lee, I-20, Raindrop, Tity Boi of Playaz Circle, Trina, and Jermaine Dupri. Fueled by "Right Thurr", Jackpot
produced the hit "One Call Away" featuring J-Weav and "Holidae In" featuring Snoop Dogg and Ludacris. The album was produced by St. Louis production crew The Trak Starz. The album was received well by critics. Within a year of the release of Jackpot
, It was certified Platinum by the RIAA.
Chingy released his second album, Powerballin'
, on November 16, 2004 through Slot-A-Lot Records and Capitol Records. The album peaked at #10 on the charts and featured the hit single "Balla Baby." The album featured guest appearances from artists R. Kelly, Bun B, Lil Wayne, Lil Flip, Janet Jackson, David Banner, Nate Dogg, and Get It Boyz. Powerballin'
sold over one million copies and received a Platinum certification. He also was on one of the George Lopez episodes as himself.
2006: Hood StarHoodstar
is Chingy's third album, released on September 19, 2006. The album featured Mr. Collipark, longtime collaborator Jermaine Dupri, Timbaland, and Mannie Fresh. His summer single, "Pullin Me Back" (featuring actor-R&B singer Tyrese), would find him back on top on the Hot Rap Tracks chart and help Hoodstar
debut at number eight on the album chart, but the follow-up single "Dem Jeans", featuring Jermaine Dupri, fared worse although the album did go gold. Other singles from Hoodstar
were "Brand New Kicks" and "Hands Up".
2007–2008: Hate It or Love It
Unhappy with the way he felt Capitol was promoting their urban artists, in 2007 Chingy jumped ship and returned to DTP Records, which was by-then a part of the Def Jam family. When asked upon this move, the St. Louis rapper said: "I don't think Capitol really knew how to work urban artists, They're really stuck on pop and they didn't know how to market me."Hate It or Love It
is Chingy's fourth studio album. The album featured production from Scott Storch, Timbaland, and Cool and Dre. The lead single is "Fly Like Me", featuring Amerie. The album was released on December 18, 2007 and featured appearances by Ludacris, Bobby Valentino, Steph Jones, Trey Songz, Rick Ross, and Anthony Hamilton. The album debuted at #84 on the Billboard
200, selling 30,000 copies, making it Chingy's first album not to crack the Top 10. Hate It or Love It
was not released in the UK, marking Chingy's first album not to be released in the country.
2011–2012: No Risk, No Reward
In 2011 Chingy announced he was working on his fifth studio album called No Risk No Reward
, which was set to be released sometime in 2012, but as of June 2013 continues to be delayed due to lack of funding. "Superhero", featuring Full Dekk Music Group's artist Chris Woodhouse, was purported to be the first single from the album. Chingy then announced that he would be releasing a mixtape entitled Jackpot Back
, which was released March 3, 2012. Currently Chingy is working on his upcoming EP album entitled Chingology
which was released later this year.
2013–2014: "King Judah", "Watch The World"
In Spring 2013 Chingy announced that he claims the belief of Black Hebrew Israelites and released the music video for 'King Judah'. This was Chingy's attempt to follow a moral agenda and denouncing mainstream rap.Major media outlets in Australia and NZ leaked information about a new Chingy collaboration entitled 'Watch The World' featuring New Zealand based Asian model/singer Lucy X (Lucy Xu) . The track produced by ChristopherKris (Kris Lal) is rumored to be featured on an upcoming compilation album released in 2014. The single was released on November 1, 2013, to iTunes and radio. The song reached #2 on the iTunes Urban chart in both countries, with a video to follow in the coming months.Full Dekk Music GroupFull Dekk Music Group
formerly known as Slot-A-Lot Records
formed by Bailey in 2004, While Bailey was signed to Capitol Records.
- Chingy (CEO)
- Chris Woodhouse
In 2005 Chingy made his acting debut in the TV comedy series My Wife and Kids
. The same year, Chingy acted in the TV comedies One on One
and George Lopez
. In 2006 Chingy made a cameo in the comedy film Scary Movie 4
, as well as on TV series Yo Momma
. In 2010 Chingy had a role in the film Speed-Dating