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Chingy (born Howard Bailey, Jr. on March 9, 1980, in St. Louis, Missouri) is an African-American hip-hop music artist. He pronounces his name usually as [ˈtʃɪŋˌi], but occasionally as [ˈtʃɪŋˌɡi].


A former member of the Disturbing The Peace, Chingy came into the spotlight on his own with his single and with his friend Jizzy B "Right Thurr" (which has become a popularly used phrase world wide, despite being grammatically incorrect and coined by Nelly previously) from his album, Jackpot. After the success of "Right Thurr", "Holidae In", featuring Snoop Dogg and Ludacris, climbed the charts, followed by "One Call Away" featuring J-Weav.

In 2004, he released a new album entitled Powerballin', featuring the single "Balla Baby". He was also featured in the hit song "I Like That" by Houston. He Recently Ended the Altercation with fellow St.Louis Rapper, Nelly. You Can tell this by looking at the "Go Head" music video by Ali(St.Lunatics)& Big Gipp(Goodie Mobb), That Chingy made a Cameo apperance holding up the signature c's that represent his name.

Chingy frequently mentions St. Louis in his music and sees himself representin' his hometown. His play on words like "there [thurr], and "here" [hurr, her] is actually a common accent in St. Louis' African American community.

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