St. Louis native Chingy recently reunited with Ludacris‘ Disturbing Tha Peace record label and the rapper is currently in the recording studio working on new material for his upcoming fourth album, tentatively titled Love It or Hate It.
“It’s going to be more lyrical [and] have more serious topics,” Chingy told the Post Dispatch. “The reason I’m calling it that is at this point in my career, either you accept me or not. It doesn’t matter to me, because I’m still going to do my thing.”
Chingy released his first album Jackpot on Disturbing Tha Peace. The album moved over 3 millions of units and produced hit singles like “Right Thurr” and “Holidae Inn.”
Soon Chingy fell out with the label’s CEO Ludacris in a dispute over royalties and parted ways with DTP in 2004.
Chingy released two more albums, Powerballin (2004) and Hoodstar (2006), before severing his relationship with Capitol Records.
The two publicly feuded for a time, before sitting down and putting their differences aside at an industry event in Las Vegas this year. With his fourth release, Chingy hopes to prove that he’s more than just a consistent hit maker.
“This album is definitely going to be more reality,” Chingy continued. “I’m not saying the last three weren’t reality, but this one will be even more real.I was always lyrical when I was younger, but then I became geared to making hit records.”
Chingy also dismissed rumors that he was embroiled in a dispute with fellow St. Louis rapper Huey, who is currently riding the top of the charts with his smash single “Pop, Lock and Drop It.”
“The rumor said I was going to smack Huey and this and that,” Chingy said. “Of course I didn’t say any of that. That’s all rumors, so I want to clarify: Huey is my homeboy. There are no problems.”