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Chingy

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 asked Jay-Z for a record deal, but was turned down because of the content of his music. 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.

Chingy grew up in the Walnut Park section of St. Louis, a neighborhood he has referred to as the "Bad Blocks." He was the middle child with two older brothers and two younger sisters, along with other family. Chingy became a music fan at an early age.

He began writing lyrics at age 9 and was recording raps at age 10. He was originally known as H Thugz and was in the St. Louis group Without Warning on 49 Productions with M.G.D. & Mysphit. They recorded "What's Poppin Off" together, which became a local hit. H Thugz and Augustin also recorded a music video for the song. H Thugz later chose the alias Chingy, a slang term for money.

Chingy attended McCluer North High School in Florissant, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis. During high school he was known to his friends as "Howie" and he continues to prefer this name amongst close friends and family.


Used to listen to Michael Jackson, Marvin Gaye and the Temptations.
Is a member of "GIB" (Get It Boys).
He once joined Ludacris' group, "Disturbing Tha Peace."
Wearing bandanas under various hats is his trade mark.
His beat style is catchy and club-friendly.

 

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