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11/20/2006 12:11:39 PM
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On September 19th, Capitol Records released Hoodstar, the follow-up to Chingy’s 2004 RIAA-certified Platinum album, PowerBallin’. Hoodstar is a highly personal album chronicling the life of a star from the hood -- the highs, the lows, the girls, cars, clothes and more.
“I’m from the ghetto and I wanted to show my appreciation for where I come from,” says Chingy, who’s from Walnut Park in North Side St. Louis. “Even if you’ve had success, you don’t ever forget where you come from.”
Lead single “Pullin’ Me Back,” which was produced by Jermaine Dupri, explores one of the dilemmas such success presents. Over a smooth R&B track, Chingy rhymes with his trademark laid-back flow about the difficulties of balancing a career and a personal relationship. “Pullin’ Me Back” was #1 most-added track when it went to urban radio in mid-June and the accompanying video, directed by Erik White [B2K], has already been added at BET (where it’s in the Top 5 of the “106th & Park” countdown), MTV2, VH1 Soul, MTV Jams, Yahoo! Music and by FUSE’s “Oven Fresh.” It premiered on MTV “TRL” and “Sucker Free.”
The album is divided into two parts, each highlighting a different side of Chingy’s musical style: The “Hood” side is street-smart and crunk-heavy. “These are the hardcore jams,” Chingy explains. Songs like “Hands Up” and “Cadillac Door” talk about life in the ghetto in raw and real terms. On the “Star” side, Chingy lightens up the vibe, cranking out high-energy, party anthems like “Brand New Kicks” and “Dem Jeans.” Music that, in his words, “gets you so amped you just come out of your shirt.”
Working with producers such as Dupri, Poli Paul, Timbaland, The Trak Starz, Mannie Fresh, Mr. Collipark and Kwame, Chingy recorded Hoodstar in St. Louis, Atlanta, Miami and Los Angeles. In addition to Tyrese, guest artists include Three 6 Mafia, Spiffy (Chingy’s cousin) and Fatman Scoop.
With the triple Platinum Jackpot, Chingy became the best-selling debut rap artist of 2003. Jackpot debuted on the Billboard 200 at #2 and yielded three smash singles -- “Right Thurr,” “Holidae In” and “One Call Away.” With PowerBallin’, Chingy proved his rapid ascent wasn’t just beginner’s luck. He kicked off the album with the multi-format hit “Balla Baby” and appearances on “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno,” “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” and “Last Call with Carson Daly.” Subsequent hits “Leave Wit’ Me” and “Don’t Worry” paired Chingy with R. Kelly and Janet Jackson respectively. With Hoodstar, the third’s definitely a charm.
The track listing for Hoodstar is as follows:
1. Intro (Rid'in Wit Me)
2. Hands Up
3. Club Gettin' Crowded Feat. Three 6 Mafia
4. Nike Aurr's & CrispyTee's
5. Bounce That
6. Cadillac Door Feat. Midwest City Star Side
7. Dem Jeans Feat. Jermaine Dupri
8. Pullin' Me Back Feat. Tyrese
9. U A Freak (Nasty Girl) Feat. Mr. Collipark
10. Brand New Kicks Feat. Mannie Fresh
11. Ass N Da Aurr Feat. Spiffy
12. Let Me Luv U
13. Let’s Ride Feat. Fatman Scoop
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