Watch Chingy, Ludacris, & Bobby Valentino behind the scenes on the set of the Gimme Dat music video
Chingy featuring Ludacris and Bobby Valentino – GIMME DAT video
CHINGY REUNITED WITH DISTURBING THA PEACE/DEF JAM ON NEW ALBUM, HATE IT OR LOVE IT, IN STORES DECEMBER 18th
“FLY LIKE ME” FEATURING AMERIE IS FIRST NEW SINGLE,
Ludacris heads list of album guest stars – also including Rick Ross, Anthony Hamilton, Ice Cube, Bobby Valentino, producers L.T. Moe, Cool & Dre, and more!
(New York, NY) The spirit of St. Louis lands at Disturbing Tha Peace/Def Jam Recordings with the return of double platinum-selling rapper Chingy, who rejoins the label where it all began for him in the summer of 2003. HATE IT OR LOVE IT, Chingy’s fourth album in as many years, will arrive in stores on December 18th.
The hypnotic debut single from HATE IT OR LOVE IT is “Fly Like Me,” featuring platinum R&B singer (and VIBE ‘Club Banger of the Year’) Amerie. “Many of my fans are women,” Chingy says of “Fly Like Me,” “so I wanted to create a track that spoke directly to them.” The single, co-written by Disturbing Tha Peace CEO and fellow DTP/Def Jam artist Ludacris and producer L.T. Moe, was released November 13th. The video, directed by Jessy Terrero, made its debut last week on BET.
In addition to the album intro and “Fly Like Me,” L.T. Moe also produced “How We Feel” featuring Anthony Hamilton with additional vocals from Ice Cube; “Trickin’ Off Skit” with additional vocals by Diamond of Crime Mob; and “2 Kool 2 Dance.” Among the guest producers credited on HATE IT OR LOVE IT are Full Scale (“Gimme Dat” featuring Ludacris and DTP’s Bobby Valentino), Cool & Dre (“Roll On ‘Em” featuring Rick Ross), Bei Maejor (“Spend Some $” featuring Trey Songz), and Calvo Da Gr8 (“All Aboard (Ride It)” featuring Steph Jones).
Other producers include The Co-Stars (“Hate It Or Love It”), Michael Davis (“Check My Swag”), Jared Gosselin (“Kick Drum”), Kevin ‘Khao’ Cates (“Lovely Ladies”), and The Ghost Writers (“Blockstar”). Recording sessions for HATE IT OR LOVE IT took place in Chingy’s adopted new hometown of Atlanta, and Miami, Los Angeles, London, and Texas.
Chingy began rapping as a kid in his native St. Louis, citing Run-DMC and Ice Cube as early heroes. “I also listen to my share of old school music,” he says, “so I know as much about Luther Vandross as I do about NWA.” He blew into Atlanta in his early 20s and got scooped up by DTP, who scored with a trifecta of Top 3 pop/R&B/Rap crossover hits – “Right Thurr,” the RIAA gold “Holidae In” (featuring Ludacris and Snoop Dogg), and RIAA gold “One Call Away.” They collectively sent his 2003 debut album Jackpot to double-platinum, and turned the laid-back rapper into a household name, teen dream sex symbol and fly-boy lyricist.
In 2006, Chingy began his own label, Slot-A-Lot Records (via Capitol) which bowed in 2006 with his third album, the RIAA gold Hoodstar. The first single, “Pullin’ Me Back” featuring Tyrese (and produced by Jermaine Dupri) was a solid worldwide smash – #1 Rap/#1 R&B and Top 10 on the Hot 100 at home, and Top 40 in the UK, Australia, New Zealand and so on. The follow-up single and video, “Dem Jeans” featured and was produced by Dupri.
Since 2003, Chingy has maintained a high-profile on tv, with appearances ranging from NBC’s The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Late Night with Conan O’Brien, ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live, CBS’s The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, The Tyra Banks Show, the syndicated Ellen, and Mad TV – to episodes of My Wife and Kids, One On One, The George Lopez Show, Tinseltown TV, Cribs, Punk’d, Sex TV, and more. Chingy also appeared as himself in last year’s Scary Movie 4.
Chingy’s reunion with the DTP crew reveals a newly grounded artist, whose growth and maturity have taken aim at pop critics who verbally slam hip-hop culture. “Those who are attacking rap need to take a closer look at the communities that produce this music,” he says. “They are ignoring the real problems like poverty and poor school systems, then they blame the very people who are the victims. Rappers aren’t creating these problems, we’re just telling the world about the dramas we see.”
Chingy does a drop for MVRemix
Hate It Or Love It
In 2007, it’s all about change for a rapper named Chingy. From his rejoining his Disturbing Tha Peace family to his joining with Def Jam to relocating to Atlanta to unveiling his newest disc Hate It or Love It, Chingy is making all the right moves. “It’s not like I’m trying to prove anything,” Chingy states “For me, it’s all about trying to make good music for everybody around the world. The one thing I wanted to do on my new disc Hate It or Love It was to try and dig a little deeper. I’m older now, and I want to talk about more things than money and cars. I’m a grown man now, and vocally I’m better at expressing myself.”
Though it has been four years since Chingy released his popular first single “Right Thurr,the world has not been the same for the popular rapper. “I come from a neighborhood known as the Bad Blocks,” he says. “I grew-up around pimps, dope fiends, whores and gangs. Thankfully, it
was music that gave me a way out. To go from being a Blood to touring Japan was unreal. Now, Japan is one of my favorite places in the world.”
Growing-up as the middle child with two older brothers and two younger sisters, Chingy has been a music fan since he was a boy. “I was already trying to rap when I was a kid,” he says, citing Run-DMC and Ice Cube as early beatbox heroes. “I also listen to my share of old school music, so I know as much about Luther Vandross as I do about NWA.”
Already writing lyrics by the time he was nine and recording raps at ten, he says, “I wish I had kept those old lyric books that I used. I had so many of them.” He pulls from these older days on one of Chingy’s favorite new tracks from Hate It or Love It, “Kick Drum,” where he laces the lyrics with some of that old school inspiration. “I just wanted to do something that was pure hip-hop,” he says. “That’s why I gave it a little Das-EFX flavor.”
Besides rhyming, in the last few years Chingy has spread his acting wings, making appearances on sitcoms My Wife and Kids, The George Lopez Show and One On One. “Acting is something I really want to take seriously,” he says. “I also would like to have my own cologne. We can call it, Confident.”
Traveling the world has also made Chingy a bit of an expert on life abroad. “Australia is another one of my favorite countries, because I feel so much love when I go over there,” Chingy says. “But, being a real history buff, I want to go to Egypt to see the pyramids. That’s something I’ve always wanted to do.”
While signed to Capitol/Disturbing Tha Peace Records (the powerhouse team behind Ludacris), Chingy released the Double platinum selling Jackpot in 2003, which propelled the laid-back rapper into a household name, teen dream sex symbol and fly-boy lyricist. Still, his success
was not without trouble.
In a public dispute with his managers over money, Chingy broke away from the crew at DTP in 2004 and released Powerballin’ in the same year, dropping the singles “Balla Baby” and “Don’t Worry.” Putting out his third album Hoodstar in 2006 under his own label, Slot-A-Lot
Records and Capitol, the album had two popular singles–“Pullin’ Me Back” and “Dem Jeans.”
In April 2007 Chingy signed back with DTP, and left Capitol Records for Island Def Jam. “It was all a mistake,” says Chingy. “I was new to the industry, and I trusted people I shouldn’t have. However, after the Billboard Awards last year, me, Luda, Chaka Zulu and Jeff Dixon met. Afterwards, I was back with the DTP; we left all our issues in that room at the MGM Grand.”
The first single is “Fly Like Me,” produced by L.T Moe and features Amerie. “Many of my fans are women, so I wanted to create a track that spoke directly to them.”
From the hypnotic debut single “Fly Like Me” to the cultural commentary of “They Don’t Know” (featuring Anthony Hamilton), Chingy is on a mission to be taken seriously.” In addition, Hate It or Love It (whose title track is hotter than the third rail) features appearances from Ludacris, Amerie, Rick Ross, Bobby Valentino, Trey Songz, and Anthony Hamilton. Still, while there is no shame in the party vibe, Chingy also wanted to pay tribute to the “real women” in his life on “Lovely Ladies.”
Produced by Khao, the sizzling song, says Chingy, “Was written with my mom, my sisters and my two grand mothers in mind. If it wasn’t for women guiding me when I was younger, who knows where I would be. Just because I’m not considered a ‘conscious rapper’ like my man Common, doesn’t mean that I’m not thinking about things.”
Another track that Chingy is quite proud of is “They Don’t Know,” which loudly speaks to critics from Bill O’Reilly to Oprah who has verbally slammed hip-hop culture. “Those who are attacking rap need to take a closer look at the communities that produce this music,” Chingy
says. “They are ignoring the real problems like poverty and poor school systems, then they blame the very people who are the victims. Rappers aren’t creating these problems, we’re just telling the world about the dramas we see.”
Unafraid of showing his true colors, the beauty of Hate It or Love It can be heard in Chingy’s honest lyrics, impeccable flow and precise production. If you are ready for a flight, this is the disc that will take you there.
Chingy & Amerie behind the scenes at the video shoot for Chingy’s brand new single “Fly Like Me”
Chingy’s official return to DTP “Hate It Or Love It” will be in stores 12/18
LUDACRIS AND DISTURBING THA PEACE RECORDS READY FOR STRENGTH IN NUMBERS, 3rd DTP ALL-STAR COMPILATION, DUE AUG. 28th
Starring: Ludacris, Bobby Valentino, Block Xchange, Brolic D, Chingy, I-20, Serius Jones, Steph Jones, Lil’ Fate, Playaz Circle, Shareefa, Shawn Jay, Shawnna, Small World, Smoke, and Willy Northpole
TWO ADVANCE TRACKS IMPACTING NOW AT RADIO MIX SHOW FORMATS:
“Duffle Bag Boy” by Playaz Circle feat. Lil’ Wayne (impacts at Urban radio July 23rd)
“Celebrity Chick” by Ludacris, Chingy, Steph Jones, and Small World (impact at Rhythm format, on August 27th, and at Pop radio on Aug. 27th)
(July 9, 2007 – New York, NY) Call it the ultimate mixtape event of 2007, as STRENGTH IN NUMBERS showcases the label’s family of artists on 12 brand new previously unreleased tracks, set to arrive in stores on August 28th.
In addition to multi-platinum DTP core artists Ludacris, who is CEO of the company (distributed worldwide by Island Def Jam Music Group), and Bobby Valentino, the new compilation stars (in alphabetical order): Block Xchange, Brolic D, Chingy, I-20, Serius Jones, Steph Jones, Lil’ Fate, Playaz Circle, Shareefa, Shawn Jay, Shawnna, Small World, Smoke, and Willy Northpole.
With one exception, every track on STRENGTH IN NUMBERS is a collaboration of two or more DTP artists. In advance of the album’s street date, two tracks have been singled out for impact last week and this week at all radio Mix Show formats: “Duffle Bag Boy” by Playaz Circle featuring Lil’ Wayne; and the album’s opening track, “Celebrity Chick” by Ludacris, Chingy, Steph Jones, and Small World. Looking ahead, “Duffle Bag Boy” will impact at Urban radio on July 23rd; on the same date, “Celebrity Chick” will impact at the Rhythm format, and on August 27th, it will impact at Pop radio.
The video for “Celebrity Chick” was filmed earlier this week in Los Angeles, and is expected to premiere in mid-July, date to be announced shortly. Also, look for a special BET “Access Granted” feature on the making of the video on July 18th. The video for “Duffle Bag Boy” will be shot soon.
As of this writing, the track sequence for STRENGTH BY NUMBERS is as follows:
1. “Celebrity Chick” – by Chingy, Steph Jones, and Small World
2. “Hot Tamales” by Small World, Chingy, and Serius Jones
3. “Jealous Of Me” by Small World, Shawn Jay, and Tity Boi
4. “Don’t Check Me” by Ludacris, Playaz Circle, and I-20
5. “Windy City” by Block Xchange, Shawnna, and Ludacris
6. “The Game” by Shareefa, Serius Jones, Chingy, and Small World
7. “DTP” by Willy Northpole and I-20
9. “Speakers In the Trunk” by Brolic D and Tity Boi
10. “Let’s Go”(Remix) by Bobby Valentino featuring Lil’ Fate
11. “Duffle Bag Boy” by Playaz Circle featuring Lil’ Wayne
12. “Live On Stage” by DTP Family (including Small World, Brolic D, Playaz Circle, Smoke, Willy Northpole, and Ludacris)
13. “Act Like Us” by Playaz Circle, Serius Jones, and Willy Northpole
14. “We Ain’t Worried ‘Bout U” by Ludacris
STRENGTH BY NUMBERS marks the third time that Ludacris has dedicated an entire album to spotlighting his label roster. After debuting in 2000 with his triple-platinum Incognegro (aka Back For the First Time, with “What’s Your Fantasy” and “Southern Hospitality”), followed in 2001 with the triple-platinum Word Of Mouf (with “Area Codes,” “Move B***h,” and “Saturday (Oooh Oooh!)”) – 2002 brought Golden Grain. The 15-track album presented tracks with Shawnna, Lil’ Fate, Tity Boi, I-20, and others (as well as guests Scarface, Mystikal, and Too Short).
Luda came back strong in 2003 with the double-platinum Chicken-N-Beer, the #1 Pop/#1 R&B, success that gave him his first across-the-board #1 Rap/#1 R&B/ #1 Pop crossover hit, “Stand Up.” It was followed by the double-platinum The Red Light District in 2004.
The second DTP compilation was released in December 2005, Ludacris Presents … Disturbing Tha Peace. The 17-track package that starred Ludacris, Bobby Valentino, Shawnna, Playaz Circle, Lil’ Fate, I-20, Shareefa, Field Mob, Lazyeye, Norflck, as well as guest shots by Jamie Foxx, Stat Quo and others. The platinum Grammy Winning Release Therapy, the most recent solo album by Ludacris, was released September 2006, and spun off the #1 single “Runaway Love” featuring Mary J. Blige.