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Chingy during Chingy Visits Fuse's "Daily Download"

Here's The Real Story Behind Chingy's Sudden Disappearance From the Spotlight

Chingy released a slate of hits in the early 2000s, and then he disappeared. Read for the truth about what really happened to the rapper's career.


Apr. 29 2024, Published 7:08 p.m. ET

If you were a fan of hip-hop in the early 2000s, then you undoubtedly remember Chingy. The rapper rose to prominence following the release of his smash hit, “Right Thurr.”

The song became a Southern anthem, dominating the airwaves and propelling Chingy into superstardom. It peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 chart, where it sat for five weeks. His follow-up singles, including "Holidae In" featuring Ludacris and Snoop Dogg, further solidified his status as a rising hip-hop star.

Chingy’s debut album, Jackpot, was released in 2003, and things were looking good for the St. Louis MC. The project debuted at No. 2, selling more than 150,000 copies in the first week.

Chingy’s sophomore project also saw moderate success, reaching the Top 10 but failing to mimic the sales from the rapper’s first project. Still, Chingy’s career continued, and he went on to release three additional albums.

Despite early success, Chingy faced challenges navigating the complexities of the music industry. Shifts in musical trends and personal struggles led to fluctuations in his career trajectory. Suddenly, he stepped out of the spotlight, leaving fans desperate to know what happened to the rapper. Read on for the truth!

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Chingy and Ludacris during MTV Europe Music Awards 2003.

Chingy’s career took a big hit in the mid-2000s.

Chingy’s career took a big hit in 2006 after complications with his label led to his exit from Ludacris and Chaka Zulu’s Disturbing Tha Peace (DTP) Records.

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The rapper’s fourth studio album, Hate It or Love It, was a commercial failure. It peaked at No. 84 on the Billboard 200 despite features from Trey Songz, T-Pain, and Rick Ross. Chingy claims DTP ghosted him after the release of the project was released.

“I remember [DTP] having a meeting with L.A. Reid, and L.A. Reid was asking, ‘What happened?’ DTP was [like], ‘We dropped the bomb, it just failed, this and that,’” Chingy told Buzzfeed. “We released "Gimme That" with Bobby Valentino — they didn't push it. They didn't promote it.”

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Chingy attends BET Hip Hop Awards 2023.

Two years after the fallout, which took place in 2007, Chingy left the label and disappeared from the spotlight. However, a few years after his exit from the music business, the rapper faced scathing allegations that he says ruined his career.

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Sidney Starr once claimed that she had an affair with Chingy.

In 2010, transgender influencer Sidney Starr claimed she had a sexual relationship with Chingy after a photo of the two popped up online, according to The St. Louis American.

There was no proof to support Sidney’s claim, but she insisted that the rumors were true. Two years later, Sidney admitted that she made up the rumors of romance, explaining that she had taken the photo as a fan of the rapper.

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“I want to give a huge apology to Chingy for anything I caused to throw dirt on your name I was wrong. I want to say I was wrong 100,000 times and I want to get off my chest,” Sidney said, adding, “I just want everyone to know the things I said about Chingy weren’t true."

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While Chingy initially accepted Sidney’s apology, he has since suggested that she ruined his career. In an interview with TMZ, Chingy revealed that it “took years” for the rumors to go away, and by then, the damage was already done.

Chingy has an impressive net worth, but he's eyeing a return to music.

According to Celebrity Net Worth, Chingy's time as an entertainer he earned him a $2 million net worth. His early albums were well-received, and the success of the projects greatly contributed to Chingy's fortune.

Additionally, the rapper has continued to perform his classic hits at venues across America, but he is also planning a big return to music.

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Chingy performs during the Sixth Annual Masquerade Gala of Music City.

He dropped a new single on April 19, called "Nu Beginnings," from his 369 Creative Mind Label. In an interview with TMZ, Chingy explained the song is indicative of his transformation.

"Things die in the winter, but they're reborn in the spring," Chingy said. "I go through things, you go through things, but guess what? It's gone come a time when we gone be back vibrant!"

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