He was originally known as H Thugz and was in the St. H Thugz and Augustin also recorded a music video for the song.Louis group Without Warning on 49 Productions with M. H Thugz later chose the alias Chingy, a slang term for money.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.

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He asked Jay-Z for a record deal, but was turned down because of the content of his music.

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.

Chingy then announced that he would be releasing a mixtape entitled Jackpot Back, which was released March 3, 2012.

Currently Chingy is working on his upcoming EP album entitled Chingology which was released later this year. This was Chingy's attempt to follow a moral agenda and denouncing mainstream rap.

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.

His summer single, "Pullin Me Back" (featuring actor-R&B singer Tyrese), would find him back on top on the Hot Rap Tracks chart and help Hoodstar debut at number eight on the album chart, but the follow-up single "Dem Jeans", featuring Jermaine Dupri, fared worse although the album did go gold.

Other singles from Hoodstar were "Brand New Kicks" and "Hands Up".

Unhappy with the way he felt Capitol was promoting their urban artists, in 2007 Chingy jumped ship and returned to DTP Records, which was by-then a part of the Def Jam family. Louis rapper said: "I don't think Capitol really knew how to work urban artists, They're really stuck on pop and they didn't know how to market me." Hate It or Love It is Chingy's fourth studio album.

The album featured production from Scott Storch, Timbaland, and Cool and Dre.

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.