With his triple platinum debut album, Jackpot, rapper Chingy has accomplished more at the age of 24, than the average rap artist. “I know I can observe and learn more now instead of waiting until later,” Chingy explains. “You got to think about where you want to go with your career and think about what you want to do with it.”
The rapper, known for his Southern drawl, was born Howard Bailey, Jr., and grew up in a rough neighbourhood on the north side of St. Louis. The fiercely independent Chingy says, “Coming from nothing to something, I wasn’t able to afford a lot of the things I’m getting now, so I appreciate the stuff I am able to get now and I’m thankful for it, so I’m going to talk about it.”
His collaborations with Snoop Dogg and Jermaine Dupri, carved a spot in hip-hop history and with Disturbing Tha Peace (DTP) co-founder and rapper Ludacris, Chingy stormed the music world with smash hits like “Right Thurr,” “Holidae In,” and “One Call Away.”
Creative freedom also allows him to give new artists like the Git It Boyz an opportunity to be launched by Chingy’s new label, Slot-O-Lot Records. “I know one day I want to be a CEO and entrepreneur,” Chingy predicts. “So I would rather do it now than later so I can develop the business mentality and push for it because there are a lot of people I want to help. I have to get ready for that now.”
Here’s Chingy (with Ludacris and Snoop Dogg) working it in Holidae In:
Photo courtesy of EMI Music.
Written by Faze contributor Emmett Bailey