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better known by his stage name Chingy, is an American rapper, singer, producer, and actor. Louis, Missouri and began rapping in his late teens.
He toured as an opening act with Nelly in the summer of 2002 and then became a protégé of Ludacris, who signed him to his newly formed Disturbing Tha Peace (DTP) record label.
He also was on one of the George Lopez episodes as himself.
The 8th song from his album "I Do" is featured on the soundtrack for the 2004 video game Need for Speed: Underground 2.
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The rapper's 2003 summer debut single, "Right Thurr", put him on the musical map as a good-time rapper who specialized in catchy, club-friendly beats and simplistic lyrics delivered in a sing-song, nursery rhyme style.
Chingy's 2003 debut album, Jackpot, sold two million copies, thanks to the boost from "Right Thurr".
He was originally known as H Thugz and was in the St. H Thugz and Augustin also recorded a music video for the song.A second album, Powerballin', was released in 2004 to mixed reviews, and his 2006 release Hoodstar spawned the hit singles "Pullin' Me Back" and "Dem Jeans." He released Hate It or Love It in 2007, under DTP records.The album's lead single is "Fly Like Me", featuring Amerie.Louis group Without Warning on 49 Productions with M. H Thugz later chose the alias Chingy, a slang term for money.Chingy attended Mc Cluer North High School in Florissant, Missouri, a suburb of St. During high school he was known to his friends as "Howie" and he continues to prefer this name amongst close friends and family.