Our own St. Louis is back with a bang, Chingi released his latest self-titled single last month “can’t blame me” from his upcoming album Chinglish, the first Disturbing the Peace (DTP) the artist shares his testimony of the trials and tribulations and lessons he learned as an artist on a major record label.
“It’s about the many obstacles in my career and what I’ve been through in the music industry and what these people have brought out of my life and my career and my energy,” Chingy said. .
The rapper says the song is his way of confronting rumors about him and people trying to sabotage his career, he tells those people don’t be mad because he has decided to move forward without them to improve his life.
This is Chingy’s sixth album, but his fourth as an independent artist under the 369 Creative Minds label. Most of the rapper’s songs are produced Kane’s fresco, a local metro-east songwriter and producer. Chingy’s last major project came in 2007 under the DTP label owned by early 2000s rapper and actor Ludacris.
Chingy describes his latest single as a “personal story” because it brings his fans into an unknown part of his life. When you hear it, he says, “You hear me, you hear Chingi screeching.”
He speaks candidly about the rumors surrounding his music career and the so-called feud between him and other artists, which he addresses in his single. He laments the mistreatment of young artists in the music industry, especially those signed to sub-labels.
Speaking about his own experience as a former DTP artist, who DTP was owned by the major million-dollar label Def Jam, the local rapper says that many of the misunderstandings were related to creativity and money.
This is a common occurrence in the entertainment industry, as are chart-topping artists Drakeand lil wayne went through it, and quite recently Displacement with Amigos going through it right now. Chingi points out that these types of mistreatment can make any artist uncomfortable and not want to be a part of that label.
“No one is exempt from this,” Chingy said. “I’ve been through it”
As for the social media gossip surrounding him, Nellyand ludacris, Chingi says that he has no problem and that he is done talking about such situations. He states that he has a good energy with both of them and the past is just that, the past and they are focused on moving forward.
And moving forward includes letting go of people calling him an early 2000s artist. “I hate it when people call me an early 2000s artist, like I’m still making modern music,” Chingy said. He calls himself a versatile artist, he is not tied down to one style of music based on when he burst onto the music scene or even a genre. He does not believe in limiting himself.
“I like all kinds of music: rock, country, alternative and R&B. I like everything and I will make any music I want,” Chingi said. “I’m not limiting myself, it’s not going to get me anywhere, that type of thinking is going to keep me locked in.”
The only criticism he has of “modern” rap artists is that they promote violence and murder, killing each other. He wants us as a black community to break this cycle in how we make music.
With passion in his voice, Chingy said, “We need to give these dudes and young kids something different, they’re stuck thinking that this way of life is the only way to live, they think the world has nothing to offer them. ” “I’m not with it, this hood mentality is a self-destructive mind set that needs to go.”
Chingy grew up in north St. Louis, so he knows the hardships of being a young man in a poor neighborhood surrounded by gun violence that doesn’t lend itself to living further than the eye can see.
And that’s the hope for his upcoming album, which gives his fans and newcomers a different experience of rap music that goes beyond what they’ve experienced. He creates self-aware music that incorporates religion, astrology, astronomy and numerology.
He raps about activating the 7 chakras through Kundalini and having spiritual currency. Chingy is on a whole other level, he wants you to think about what he’s saying in his music to give you a feeling you wouldn’t otherwise get.
He says this album is “grown-up Chingy.” He called it a “great project” and his favorite album.
His album is due out in early 2023 and his music is available on all streaming channels.
Ashy Winters is a reporter for Report for America