Howard Bailey, Jr. (born March 9, 1980), better known by his stage name Chingy, is an American rapper. Chingy grew up in the Walnut Park section of St. Louis and began rapping in earnest in his late teens.
Ludacris and his manager, Chaka Zulu, were quick to sign Chingy to their fledgling Disturbing tha Peace label. Chingy’s first released single "Right Thurr" gained popularity, peaking at number two on the Billboard Hot 100.
Chingy's debut album “Jackpot” was released on July 7, 2003 on Disturbing tha Peace. 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. Within a year of the release of “Jackpot,” It was certified Double Platinum by the RIAA.
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.
“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 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 charts. The album sold 77,000 copies in its first week and was certified gold. Other singles from “Hoodstar” were "Brand New Kicks" and "Hands Up".
“Hate It or Love It” was Chingy's fourth studio album. The album featured production from Scott Storch, Timbaland, and Cool and Dre. The lead single was "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.
In 2010 Chingy released his first independent album “Success & Failure.” Also in 2010 Chingy released his second independent album “Young & Flashy.”