Howard Earl Bailey Jr. (born March 9, 1980),[1][2] known professionally as Chingy, is an American rapper from St. Louis, Missouri. He toured as an opening act with fellow St. Louis rapper Nelly in 2002, and signed with Georgia rapper Ludacris' record label, Disturbing Tha Peace (DTP) that same year. Released in a joint-venture with Capitol Records, his 2003 debut single, "Right Thurr" peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100. Chingy specialized in catchy, club-friendly beats and simplistic lyrics delivered in a sing-song, nursery rhyme style[citation needed].

Chingy performing at the 2004 Vibe Awards
Chingy performing at the 2004 Vibe Awards
Background information
Birth nameHoward Earl Bailey Jr.
Also known asH Thugz
Born (1980-03-09) March 9, 1980 (age 44)
St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
GenresHip hop
  • Rapper
  • singer
  • songwriter
Years active2000–present

The song preceded the release of his debut studio album Jackpot (2003), which saw mixed reception and peaked at number two on the Billboard 200. His second album, Powerballin' (2004) peaked at number ten while his third album, Hoodstar (2006) peaked at number nine and spawned the Billboard Hot 100-top ten single "Pullin' Me Back" (featuring Tyrese Gibson). His fourth album, Hate It or Love It (2007) saw trailing commercial response and was preceded by the lead single "Fly Like Me" (featuring Amerie). His fifth album, Success & Failure (2010) failed to chart.

Early life


Chingy grew up in Walnut Park, St. Louis; he has referred to the neighborhood as the "Bad Blocks."[3][4]

He began writing lyrics when he was 9 and was recording raps at 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.[5]

Chingy attended McCluer North High School in Florissant, Missouri which is a suburb of St. Louis. During high school, he was known to his friends as "Howie," and he continues to prefer that name from close friends and family.[4]



2002: Early career


Ludacris and his manager, Chaka Zulu, were quick to sign Chingy to their fledgling Disturbing Tha Peace label.

2003–2005: Jackpot and Powerballin


Chingy's debut album Jackpot was released on July 15, 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. The up-tempo Southern hip hop track "Right Thurr" gained popularity, peaking at number two on the Billboard Hot 100.

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 by the RIAA on March 21, 2005. He also was on one of the George Lopez episodes as himself. The eighth song from his album "I Do" is featured on the soundtrack for the smash hit 2004 video game Need for Speed: Underground 2.

2006–2008: Hood Star and Hate It or Love It


Hoodstar 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".

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 about the 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."[6]

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.

2009–2012: No Risk, No Reward


In 2012 Chingy announced he was working on his fifth studio album called No Risk No Reward, DTP which was set to be released sometime in 2012, but as of June 2016 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, Jackpot Back, which was released March 3, 2012.

2013–2016: "King Judah" and "Watch the World"


In Spring 2013, Chingy announced that he had become a practicing Black Hebrew Israelite[7] and released the music video for "King Judah". It was Chingy's attempt to follow a moral agenda and denounce mainstream rap[citation needed]. Currently Chingy is working on his upcoming EP album entitled Chingology which was released later this year.[8]

Major media outlets in Australia and NZ leaked information about a new Chingy collaboration, "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.[citation needed] The song reached #2 on the iTunes Urban chart in both countries, with a video to follow in the coming months.

2017–present: Signing to Bungalo Records


Chingy signed to Universal Music Group distributed label Bungalo Records; it was his third time recording under the Universal umbrella. In 2019, Chingy will participate in the "Millenium Tour" with B2K.[9]

In 2021, Chingy headlined a tour of the United States with R&B singers Mýa and Ginuwine.[10]

Other ventures


Acting career


In 2005, Chingy made his acting debut in the TV comedy series My Wife and Kids. In the same year, Chingy acted in the TV comedies One on One and George Lopez. In 2006, Chingy made a cameo appearance 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.

Full Dekk Music Group

Full Dekk Music Group
Parent companyUniversal Music Group
Founded2004; 20 years ago (2004) (as Slot-A-Lot Records)
FounderHoward Bailey, Jr. (Co-founder & CEO) and Stan Wright (Co-founder & President)
Distributor(s)Caroline Distribution
GenreHip hop
Country of originUnited States
LocationSt. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
Official websiteOfficial site

Full Dekk Music Group, formerly known as Slot-A-Lot Records, is founded by rapper Chingy and manager Stan Wright in 2004, while Bailey was signed to Capitol Records.

Current artists
  • Chingy (Co-founder & CEO)
  • Chris Woodhouse
  • SmallTalk
  • M.C.
  • Don Trip
  • DJ Noize
  • Mr 915 Lil Bit
  • L Frost
  • Young Swift
  • Krisstle
  • Soulo



In early 2022, he announced that his first cologne was being manufactured and packaged.[11] He appeared on the online platform TalkShopLive in September 2022 to promote and officially sell the cologne for the first time.[12][13]



Feud with Nelly


Despite opening for Nelly in 2002, Chingy had initially expressed discontent with the lack of promotion on the tour. Meanwhile, reports persisted that Nelly was increasingly irritated with Chingy's growth in fame particularly when he signed with Ludacris' DTP label shortly following the tour. Nelly claims he felt disrespected by Chingy's actions, claiming in a 2005 interview; "For him to say that 'Nelly and all them didn't take no part in him getting a deal', is like saying 'Run-DMC and them didn't take any part on me getting a deal', everybody that comes out tries to help the next motherfucker". Nelly subsequently dropped a verse on the song "Another One" on his 2004 album Sweat with a line in the song saying, "I like the way you do that right thurr [there]/You just remember why you do that right thurr, I made it tight to be country/They thought country was bummy/Till country start making money" which was perceived by Chingy as a diss track, though an interview with Nelly in December 2004 in which he believed the lyrics were taken out of context, later claiming: "I wasn't going at him. If you listen to the song, it says, 'I like the way you do that right thurr.' I could have said, 'Fuck the way you do that right thurr!' It ain't even like that."[14] Angered by the song, Chingy leaked a song in response taking aim at Nelly entitled "We Got" on January 7, 2005.[15] Later on in December of 2005 at the Radio Music Awards in Las Vegas, Chingy alleges he approached Nelly to end the feud but claims he refused to discuss in private but was ignored repeatedly.[16] However; months later Chingy would approach Nelly's cousin who allowed both rappers to put an end to the feud in 2006. During an interview in November of 2022; Chingy would also claim Nelly's sister had also approached him at an airport, diligent for both to resolve the feud prior to her death due to cancer complications in March of 2005, claiming "At that point, she said she had a wish, and that wish was for me and him to come together... When I heard that, I had to end this; for her. This can't go on. She had a wish for this to happen, she really wanted me and her brother to be cool."[17]






Year Name Role
2003 Fromage 2003 Himself
2004 The Industry Himself
2005 Robots DJ Robot
2005 Letter to the President Himself
2005 Beef III Himself
2006 The System Within Nick
2006 Scary Movie 4 Himself
2007 Heckler Himself
2008 Psycho Pizza man
2010 Speed-Dating Kenneth
2010 Polish Bar Fat Moe


Year Name Role
2005 George Lopez Himself
2005 One on One Taz
2005 Punk'd Himself
2006 Yo Mamma Himself
2009 Caramel Kyle
2013 Couples Therapy: Season 3 Himself


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