In the early 2000s, hip-hop experienced an explosion of new rappers that arrived from an unexpected city in the Midwest -- St. Louis. J-Kwon had college kids getting “Tipsy,” Jibbs asked if your “Chain Hang Low” and Huey made sure the ladies knew how to "Pop, Lock & Drop It". But the biggest stars to rise from The Lou were undoubtedly Nelly (with his St. Lunatics in tow) and Chingy.
Nelly may have been the first one to burst onto the scene, with his Top 10 smash "Country Grammar (Hot Shit)” at the dawn of the millennium, but rising artist Chingy managed to escape the golden-grilled shadows of his fellow St. Louis native with the release of his double-Platinum-certified debut album, 2003’s Jackpot. The LP embodied the fresh energy of Chingy’s hometown, thanks to its unique slang like “thurr” and “herre,” as well as the dizzying synth-based melodies courtesy of production duo The Trak Starz (comprised of Alonzo "Zo" Lee Jr. and Shamar “Sham” Daugherty).
At the tender age of 23, the rapper quickly managed to build a solid fanbase due to his accented, catchy hooks. Men copied his style by rocking oversized colorful bandanas beneath their baseball caps and took notes from him on how to flirt in the club, while women swooned over his handsome features and tried to perfect the popular chicken head dance seen in the "Right Thurr" video. Chingy's talent was undeniable, as he balanced romantic rap/R&B collaborations with a rugged lyrical flow that highlighted his experience as a former battle rapper. Jackpot was a commercial blockbuster, birthing three singles -- “Right Thurr” (which later scored a fiery remix with Trina and Jermaine Dupri), “Holidae In” and “One Call Away” -- that all peaked in the top 5 on the Billboard Hot 100.