Chingy became a dramatic hip-hop phenomenon thanks to “Right Thurr” (2003), his mega hit single from the debut album Jackpot (2003), which went triple platinum. Soon after the lead single, he broke many charts with “Holidae In” (featuring Snoop Dogg and Ludacris) and “One Call Away” (featuring J-Weav, 2004). After winning a Soul Train Music Award, the artist moved on with the platinum album Powerballin’ (2004) and the recently released Hoodstar (2006), setting off the hot singles “Pullin’ Me Back” and “Dem Jeans.”
Outside the spotlight, Chingy, who once had a feud with fellow hip-hopper Nelly, launched the Chingy for Change Foundation with his mother to provide college scholarships for youth in need. About his organization, the father of two stated, “It’s all about helping folks with their dreams and enabling them to do things they normally wouldn’t have the chance to do.”
Father of 2
Childhood and Family:
“I’m from the ghetto and I wanted to show my appreciation for where I come from. Even if you’ve had success, you don’t ever forget where you come from.” Chingy
Howard Bailey, Jr., who would later be recognized as Chingy, was born on March 9, 1980, in St. Louis, Missouri. Working hard to avoid the surrounding negative impact, eight-year-old Chingy chose to write lyrics and finally made his first amateur recording two years later. Chingy is now the father of two children, Mykael (born in 1997) and Alzea.
Gaining notice from hip-hop major player Ludacris, Chingy was taken under his wing for the label Disturbing Tha Peace, and soon went on tour with rapper Nelly. He later created an overnight sensation with his debut album, the triple platinum Jackpot (2003). With the signature club anthem “Right Thurr,” Chingy reached the runner-up position on the U.S. Hot 100 and ruled the U.S. Rap charts. Jackpot marched on with the golden hits “Holidae In” (featuring Snoop Dogg and Ludacris) and “One Call Away” (featuring J-Weav) (2004).
In 2004, the new artist received a Soul Train Music award for R&B/Soul or Rap New Artist. The same year, he also collaborated with new singer Houston for his debut single “I Like That” (2004, also featured Nate Dogg & I-20) and hit the Top 10 spot on the U.S. Rap charts.
Running on his former success, Chingy issued the sophomore album Powerballin’ (2004), which made its way to platinum status thanks to the lead single “Balla Baby.” In the album, the singer also demonstrated his beautiful alliance with Janet Jackson in “Don’t Worry,” a second single released in 2005. The fame brought the hip-hop star to the screen, where he appeared as Taz in an episode of the little sitcom “One on One” (2005) and played Nick in the drama movie about the corrupt business system, The System Within (2006).
2006 saw Chingy successful again, this time with the single “Pullin’ Me Back” (featuring Tyrese), which soared to the top of the U.S. R&B and the U.S. Rap charts. The catchy track heralded his recent studio album Hoodstar (2006), which was released under Jermaine Dupri’s record label So So Def Recordings. Although no longer receiving Ludacris’ support, Chingy still made magic with the producing team consisting of Jermaine Dupri, Poli Paul, Timbaland, The Trak Starz, Mannie Fresh, Mr. Collipark and Kwame.
Besides “Pullin’ Me Back,” which was the No. 1 song on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, Hoodstar was also assisted by the second single “Dem Jeans” (featuring Jermaine Dupri). The album also generated the tracks “Hands Up,” “Cadillac Door,” and “Brand New Kicks.”
- Soul Train Music: R&B/Soul or Rap New Artist, 2004