Nightmare on Q Street 2019: Chingy

Better be "Right Thurr" for his set at Q Street

May 30, 2019


Howard Bailey Jr. also known as his stage name “Chingy” is an established Multiplatinum international recording artist from St. Louis, MO. His passion for music began at an early age, having being influenced by many different genres and artists including Michael Jackson, The Temptations, Kris Kross, & Tupac. His first performance as a young 12-year-old, was when Chingy entered a talent show as then rapper, Slix-O. 

The name derived from his talent in battle rapping - he rapped fast and slick, tongue twisting while delivering clever bars, leaving his opponents speechless. There were sixty performers in his first talent competition, including poets, dancers, singers and rappers. He placed first out of all performers. At that time in 1992, that solidified his confidence in pursuing a music career as a performance and rapper. 

Between the age of twelve and his first major record deal at age twenty-two, Chingy fine-tuned his craft, traveling and performing throughout the United States making a name for himself. He graduated high school and also attended a community college in St. Louis but decided that making music was his main priority, putting his formal education on hold. That happened to be the right decision for him at that time. He officially changed his stage name to Chingy in the year 2000. The name derived from he and his cousins using the term “chingy” for affluent people, who were showy with their wealth and riches, as opposed to saying they were “ballin”. Chingy toured as an opening act with Nelly in the summer of 2001 and then became apart of DTP's, Disturbing tha Peace (DTP) record label. A year later in 2002, Chingy landed a record deal with Capitol Records/Disturbing the Peace. 

He released his first breakthrough single, “Right Thurr” which dropped at the end of 2002 and became the number one record in the country in 2003, owning the number one spot on Billboard’s Hot Rap tracks. The single’s peak position was number two on Billboard’s Hot 100, staying on the charts for thirty-three weeks. Chingy’s delivery and irresistible twang in the way he pronounced “thurr” proved to be mesmerizing by his fans. 

Chingy's 2003 debut album, Jackpot, sold two million copies, producing other major hits “Holidae Inn” and “One Call Away”. A second album, Powerballin', was released in 2004 including features from Lil Wayne, Janet Janet Jackson, Lil Flip & R- Kelly. His third album, Hoodstar was released in 2006. “Pullin Me Back” and “Dem Jeans” were successful singles from that project. 

His fourth and last major label studio album, Hate It or Love It, was released in 2007 under DTP records. The album's lead single is "Fly Like Me", featuring Amerie. The album featured production from Scott Storch, Timbaland, and Cool and Dre. It was released on December 18, 2007 and featured other appearances by Ludacris, Bobby Valentino, Steph Jones, Trey Songz, Rick Ross, and Anthony Hamilton. The album did not receive the proper marketing and promotions by the record label he was signed to at that time (Disturbing Tha Peace (DTP)/DefJam) and subsequently was not heard as prominently as his other albums. Chingy took a step back from the intricacies of the industry and became an independent artist releasing mixtapes over the years while also landing roles on film and television. 

As of 2019, Chingy is currently working on a new studio project entitled FrequenyC. His fifth studio album embodies this concept in its totality. From his chart topping ladies’ anthems to the tracks that make you want to dance, Chingy stays true to the music his fans know him for with this project. However, his lyrical content has blossomed, radiating energy through poetic lyricism that everyone can identify with. He is positioned to “come back from the dead”, showing his fans his dormancy has enabled him to thrive, both professionally and personally.