Y’all memba when Nelly was making errythang hot and giving people a soundtrack to their dilemmas as they were stepping out on their significant others in their Air Force 1s? Nelly was the man in the early 2000s with his derrty style that he brought from St. Louis to the mainstream. His success opened up the door slightly for his own group The St. Lunatics and for another rapper from the Louie, Chingy.
Before Chingy hooked up with Ludacris and Disturbing tha Peace and signed a deal through Capitol Records; the up and coming rapper joined Nelly on tour as his opening act. The two would later have beef in which both felt the other lacked respect. The rappers squashed their beef in 2006. With Luda backing him, Chingy’s debut album Jackpot went double platinum and spawned the infectious “Right Thurr.” The album also had the hits “Holidae Inn” featuring Ludacris and Snoop Dogg and the J-Weav hooked “One Call Away.” Chingy’s sophomore effort Powerballin’ went platinum and contained the hit “Balla Baby” and a collaboration with Janet Jackson on the track “Don’t Worry” which features a sample of Tony! Toni! Toné!’s “Just Me and You.”. Chingy’s third album Hoodstar didn’t fare as well as his previous efforts but did manage the summer hit “Pullin’ Me Back” featuring Tyrese.
After the release of Hoodstar and some turbulence with Capitol Records, Chingy left the label and returned to DTP records for the release of his fourth studio album Hate It or Love It. The album failed to crack the top ten or produce any hit singles. Chingy is currently working on his fifth album titled No Risk, No Reward. The album has been in the works since 2011.
It’s been a while since we’ve seen Chingy anywhere much less the charts, but at least we’ll always have a few jams to memba him.