Chingy (born Howard Bailey, Jr. on March 9, 1980, in St. Louis, Missouri) is an African American hip-hop music artist.
A former member of the Disturbing Tha Peace collective with Ludacris, Chingy came into the spotlight on his own with his single "Right Thurr" (which has become a popularly used phrase world wide) from his album, Jackpot. After the success of "Right Thurr", "Holidae Inn", featuring Snoop Dogg and Ludacris, climbed the charts, followed by "One Call Away" featuring J-Weav.
Many overlook Chingy's ability to entertain(the soul purpose of a music artist) and take swipes at his different accent and his style of music and his looks.
Ironically, many whom write definitions for chingy are angry, jealous and homophobic teenagers who live with there parents at home and never experienced anything nearly as 'gangsta' which Chingy raps about in many of his songs while rocking out to 'real' gangsta music on there computers. They assume that his fans are all obsessive teenage girls with low self-esteem, who only by his albums for his looks, and assume that chingy is a wannabe.
Extract from a Chingy biography:
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."
Person A: Yo dawg, Chingy be the faggott, idiot, wannabe rapper who put out the dumb songs "Holidae Inn" and "Right Thurr".
B: The role of the artist is to entertain. Chingy does this by creating music which undenialbly appeals to the masses. Stop fooling yourself and get on with your life. He is probably more 'gangsta' than you and at the age of 26 isn't doing too bad financially.
A: *shock*. Maybe i could do something more productive with my life....
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