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Some kids grow up wanting to be famous. Some want to be rich. Chingy is living both dreams.
The St. Louis rapper broke through in 2003 with his debut album, the triple platinum Jackpot. Anchored by smash single "Right Thurr," the acclaimed collection also included two other hits: "Holidae In" (with Snoop Dogg and Ludacris) and "One Call Away."
Chingy builds off his strong foundation with PowerBallin', his second stellar album. Recorded primarily in Chingy's home studio, the high-energy collection features top-tier production from The Trak Starz and David Banner, as well as up-and-coming beatmakers Keith McMasters, Vudu and The Beatstaz.
"This PowerBallin' album is basically a celebration of my coming from nothing to have a little bit," Chingy says. "It's about me accomplishing my goals and my celebrating that. I'm also talking about what went on after I made the Jackpot album, the success, the downsides of the business and just flossing out here and getting money."
Lead single "Balla Baby" captures that life. Over a slick piano and drum-driven beat from Keith McMasters, Chingy good-naturedly boasts of his big-balling, shot-calling existence.
"I thought the chorus sounded good with the beat," he says. "I already had the raps, so I just laid the chorus down. It's about being a baller and living the top-notch lifestyle and it goes along with the title of the album, so it all coincides real well."
The lavish living theme extends to the edgier "26's," which features guest vocals from Lil Wayne. Chingy got the idea for the song while listening to the Cash Money Records catalog. "This one reminds me of one of Juvenile's old songs," he says. "It took me back to his song and I thought Lil Wayne would sound good on it, so I called him up. You've got a lot of people that make songs about trucks and rims, but this song is about riding and your wheels are so big that you can roll over another car."
Elsewhere, Chingy returns to one of his favorite places, the hotel, on the sensuous "Leave Wit Me," which features guest vocals from R&B icon R. Kelly. On this club-friendly song, Chingy raps about his smooth approach with the females, while R. Kelly follows each Chingy verse with a soothing serenade of his own.
Then, on the romantic, Janet Jackson duet "Don't Worry," Chingy expresses his love for and dedication to the lady in his life over a smooth soundbed from The Trak Starz, who also delivered Jackpot's third smash single, "One Call Away." "I like your style, your grace/Your beautiful face, your essence," Chingy raps with a gentle touch.
Chingy then turns to the streets on "Fall-N," a posse cut with his long-time friends the Git It Boyz. "It's definitely a street record," Chingy says of the energized cut. "You've always got to get that crowd and make the streets understand that you're making music for them."
Chingy knows the importance of targeting the streets. Growing up in St. Louis, he saw plenty of edgy and rough situations. But, in most of his music Chingy chooses not to dwell on the negative that sometimes greeted him in his native Walnut Park section of the North Side of St. Louis. Instead, he maintained a deft balance of the streets and school before deciding to dedicate himself to rapping.
By the time he was eight, Chingy was a mainstay in St. Louis recording studios. Recording came naturally to Chingy, a life-long music fan. "I love the sound of music," he says. "I grew up listening to Michael Jackson, Marvin Gaye, the Tempations. Music made me think, and party. I wanted to express myself like those artists were. Talking on a record sounded like a good idea to me."
Chingy felt it was such a good idea that he started recording as much as possible. He became a studio rat, almost taking up residence in recording houses. His dedication to his music paid off when the songs he recorded before he became famous ended up becoming the backbone for Jackpot.
"When I made Jackpot, that was just me in the studio just coming up with music every day," Chingy recalls. "I'm a partying, fun person. I like to go out, have a little fun and that album is basically about partying and having fun."
Expect more of the same with PowerBallin'. Still, Chingy's fans will be able to tell that their favorite rapper has grown since he's become a superstar. By tracing his path to stardom, Chingy delivers another sizzling round of feel-good music with PowerBallin'.
"I think it's better than my first album," Chingy says. "I'm pretty sure everybody's going to like it. I appreciate making music and giving it to the people."
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( MY HUSBANDD ) HOWARD CHINGY BAILEY <3. | Reviewer: jojo | 1/7/10
im not in love with you just because of your looks but how you go out & express your self , but these groupies have to chill out just a bit because i know ive bin w/you ever since bout there tryna clam you as a husband , stay bless , keep doing your thang & hollaaa back sweetie .
MA HUBBY AND LIFE | Reviewer: Neece | 4/2/08
CHiNGY-WHAT CAN i SAY ABOUT THiS LOVLEY PEACE OF WORK! TRUST ME!! i AM YOUR #1 FAN!!! BELiEVE ME...i KNOW EVERYTHiNG ABOUT YOU! YOUR GOVERNMENT NAME AND EVERYTHANG!! i HAVE 2 CLOSE FRiENDS THAT iZ UR CUZZiN ND ALL i DO iS TALK ABOUT HOW SEXY U R TO THEM! iF i EVER MEET YOU IN PERSON....i WiLL JUST PROBABLY STARE AT YOU! i REALLY DNT KNOW Y U B TEASiN ME ND SUM OTHA GURLS THAT iZ N LOVE WiT U(i guess) WE U B LOOKiN SUPA SEXi N YO ViDEOS! CHINGY......ALL i CAN DO iS SMiLE WHEN I SAY OR THINK ABOUT UR NAME!
i AM SUPA OBSESSED OVA U ND iM NOT AFRAiD TO SAY iT EiTHER...(well...not that obsessed. cuz i know ur ma husband anyway!!)
i KNOW iM YOUNG ND U iN UR LATE 20'S BUT iF WE DO iT...U WiLL WANNA COME BAKK 4 MOE! TRUST ME!!!! i LOVE U..U SEXi PEICE OF WORK U!!
My 1 n only bayb bOo | Reviewer: Monique M | 12/7/07
Hey BayB bOo how have yOoh been? Well i jst wanted 2 tell yOoh dat i luv yOoh so much nd dat i am ur #1 FAN 4SHOo!!!!YOoh r also soo FUCKEN FINE!! i been listening 2 yooh since 4ever nd i luv all ur songz especially da 1 dat jst came out "FLY LIKE ME"..... i really want 2 meet yOoh like sOo BAD!!!!! da only time dat i get 2 c u iz on t.v nd i jst really want 2 c u in person lyke at least 1 tyme dat iz my BIGGEST DREAM%*}Well i got at lots more 2 say but ima jst stop here 4 NW BUT BEST BELIEVE DAT IMA GET WRITTEN 2 YOoH!!!!!!!!!!!!!
P.S I LUV YOoH VERYYYYY MUCHOoOoOoO ND I HOPE UR SEXIiIi ASsSsS NEVER 4GETS DAT!!!!
thats my furture husband!!! | Reviewer: kasha | 12/4/07
Ok so seriously...chingy is one of the most GOGEOUS sexiest men on this earth!!! i seriously would love to meet him just so i could propse to him. im pretty much his BIGGEST fan! hes ksdljcvisdohv FRIGGEN DELICIOUS!!! =]
hello | Reviewer: lyah | 11/25/07
HELLO...CHOCOLATE MAN...CHINGY........I AM FROM CROATIA....I SEE YOU EVERY DAY IN MY DREAM. YOU ARE NOT LIKE OTHER SINGER. MORE AN THAT. MY HEART CAN LIVE WITH OUT YOU. I NEED YOU, I NEED yOU SOU MOUCH. I WANT SUCK YOUR CORE (IN GOOD WAY). I WISH TAKE YOUR CLOSE OF, AND KISS YOUR BLACK BODY. I WANNA BITE YOUR NECK. I WANNT KICK YOUR SWEAT ASS. MORE AN THAT. I WANNA PRESS YOU AN WLL AND KISS YOUR NIPPLE. YOUR EYES I WANNA SEE, KISS HIM. I WANNA EAT FROM YOUR BODY. PUT STRAWBERRY, PUT HIM,EXSPLODE HIM AND LIKE HIM AN YOUR BODY.IF YOU NOU WHAT IM SEEING???!!!!
BECAUSE OF YOU I COME IN AMERIKA. YOU ARE MY DESTINY...IF SOME GIRL ATTACK YOU, BELIVE THAT GONA BY I!!!
I M NOT LIKE OTHER GIRLS, I WANNA MEET YOU AND TAKING WITH YOU......OTHER GIRL FROM YOU JUST WANNT MONEY...BELIVE MY THAT...THAT IS ONE AND TRUE THING..... BUT I EM NOT THAT GIRL...
I BEFORE JUST KIDING WITH YOU....BUT BELIVE MY I WANNT THAT LIKE ENETHING MORE. BUT FIRST I JUST WANN MEET YOU, TAKING WITH YOU BEACUSE I NOU THAT YOU LOVE YOUR FAN. I M ONE CRAZY FAN ABOUT YOU...I NOU THAT YOU HAVE ONE HEART JUST FOR MY....JUST ONE A LIL PART OF YOUR HEART...
P.S----- PLEASE DONT MEEN ABOT MY THAT I EM STUPID GIRLS IM JUST ONE GIRL HOU LIVE WITH DREMS...MEET YOU.... KISS BLACK BOY...
HOW MUCH I LOVE HIM | Reviewer: I'm Chingy'z World | 11/1/07
I LOVE CHINGY SO MUCH THAT I CAN'T EVEN EXPLAIN MYSELF. HE IS THE SEXIEST PERSON GOD MADE ON EARTH. AND THE WAY THAT HE RAP'Z ABOUT DIFFERENT THINGS JUS MAKE ME LOVE HIM EVEN MORE. I AM THE ONLY ONE WHO THINKS THAT CHINGY LOOKS GOOD OUT OF ALL THE PEOPLE I KNOW! THE REST OF THESE FEMALES WHO SAID DAY LOVE HIM N EVERYTHING....IT'S ALL GOOD CAUSE ALL I KNOW IS THAT HE COME TO ME A NIGHT IN MY BED! I WANNA MEET CHINGY! ND IF I DO...I WNT KNOW WUT TO DO BUT PROBABLY THINK NASTY THOUGHT ABOUT HIM lol
Foever -n- Always...
a.k.a Chingy'z Laydee!!
sux | Reviewer: Anonymous | 9/27/07
chingy is a cable biter!! Hes been bittin nelly for way to long! WU-TANG would crash this silly rabbit! Chingy, you should be on that show with master p's son, lil romeo on nickelodeon. Nickelodeon is where Chingy should rap his childish raps.
hi babe ching-a-ling | Reviewer: terhas | 8/30/07
i luv all his music & chingy 2. if i meet chingy i gonna die coz he's only my men who i luved in dis world & i dnt think so someone be better or cute than him. i love u chingy wit all my heart & u re only the 1 my lover no one will be , i swear!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
About the artist/band Chingy | Reviewer: Alex A | 8/6/07
i try reminder everybody who want meet Chingy and i know where but only on e-mail the n i will tell you also he not live in ST. Louis and he live Arizona but if you only firends with Jose Santay then man will let you go talk many rapper famous but you not then man not let you go so here my e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org so i can tell you where Chingy is
I LOVE YOU CHINGY YOU SO SEXY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
lover boy chingy | Reviewer: samantha | 7/11/07
hi chingy,i've been listining to your music about three years now,and i understand that your intelligent,handsome,creative and famous.i know that a lot of girls are creazy about you.but ther is one thing i would like to say to you and the girls,hold fast to dreams for if dreams die life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly, hold fast to dreams for if dreams go life is a barren field frozen with snow.i love you chingy and i know you here that everyday but right now my pen is finish my ink is dry but my love for you will never die.
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