with special guest Sweet Diezel Jenkins
Friday, March 18 at 8 p.m.
Multi-platinum recording artist, actor and philanthropist, Chingy, ascended to the Billboard Hot 100 chart eight times and achieved rapid mainstream success with the release of his double-platinum RIAA certified debut album, Jackpot and smash hits "Right Thurr,” “Holidae In,” “One Call Away” and many more.
Off stage, Chingy's acting chops include small screen roles in television comedy series "My Wife and Kids," "One on One," "George Lopez," "Yo Momma," as well as cameos in several films, including Scary Movie 4 and Speed Dating. Chingy's undeniable talent shines as he balances romantic rap/R&B collaborations with a rugged lyrical flow that highlights his experience as a former battle rapper.
A St. Louis, Missouri native, Chingy began writing lyrics when he was nine years old and began performing soon after. Chingy's 2003 summer debut single, "Right Thurr," became a bona-fide hit and shot to No. 2 on the all-genre Billboard Hot 100. Chingy’s debut LP, Jackpot, embodied his fresh energy thanks to his unique slang like “thurr” and “hurr,” as well as the dizzying synth-based melodies.
Chingy quickly managed to build a global fanbase due to his accented, catchy hooks while men copied his style by rocking oversized colorful bandanas beneath their baseball caps. Women swooned over his handsome features and tried to perfect the popular ‘chicken head dance’ seen in the "Right Thurr" video. Jackpot was a commercial blockbuster, birthing three singles—“Right Thurr” (which later scored a fiery remix with Trina and Jermaine Dupri), “Holidae In” featuring Snoop Dogg and Ludacris and “One Call Away”—that all peaked in the Top 5 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Chingy's second platinum album Powerballin' featured Hot 100 hit "Balla Baby" as well as a collaboration with Janet Jackson on "Don't Worry." Chingy followed up with another RIAA-certified Gold record, Hoodstar, which also reached the Billboard 200 all-genre Top 10 albums chart, and spawned Hot 100 singles "Pullin' Me Back" featuring Tyrese and "Dem Jeans." The eighth song from his album, "I Do," is featured on the soundtrack for the video game "Need for Speed: Underground 2." The album also featured guest appearances from R. Kelly, Bun B, Lil Wayne, Lil' Flip, David Banner, Nate Dogg, and Get It Boyz. That same year Chingy was featured on Houston's Hot 100 single "I Like That" featuring Nate Dogg and I-20. Chingy's fourth studio album, Hate It or Love It, also landed in the Billboard 200, and produced Hot 100 hit "Fly Like Me," featuring Amerie. The LP also featured appearances by Ludacris, Bobby Valentino, Steph Jones, Trey Songz, Rick Ross, and Anthony Hamilton.