If you asked M.O.P. about ratchets, you’d get an entirely different explanation than you do from Hurricane Chris. Ratchet is a lifestyle in Shrevport, Louisiana – where the regional “Ay Bay Bay” has recently become commercial rap vernacular. The Pologrounds/J Records artist wants his face and talent to spread like the slang he’s helped his DJ spread. In his teens, that just might happen. Hurricane Chris, and his 51/50 Ratchet debut have a lot to prove. But the former battle-rapper isn’t caught up in ringtone labels. Chris explains his roots, his name, and the components of his album to AllHipHop.com, who keeps it ratchet all day.AllHipHop.com: For those of us who dont know, can you explain what it means to be ratchet?Hurricane Chris: Ratchet is more than a word, its a culture. But mostly its just us. Ratchet is how we walk, talk, eat, live, all that. Thats our swagger, thats what we are. If you in the club and you run into both your baby mamas, thats ratchet. If you on the block with the same clothes you had on the day before, thats ratchet. If you party all night, come home when the sun come up, take a shower and go to work, thats ratchet. Its all about being free, wilding out, and living life to the fullest. AllHipHop.com: The word ratchet is also used as a slang term for a firearm in many cities across America. Are you worried about possible controversy from the association of that word with you and the movement?Hurricane Chris: Well, it might mean something different in different places. It can mean that here too. It can have a bunch of different meanings. But thats not what our movement is about. Thats not what were putting out there. Were about living life the best we can. Im the first one but its so much more to the movement. We got a lot coming, man. Were trying to get it bigger than everything out there. And it can be bigger than everything because its not like anything thats out there. Youll see, just wait.AllHipHop.com: Youre gaining a lot of momentum for yourself and your movement with the single, A Bay Bay. Where did the A Bay Bay chant come from? Hurricane Chris: The A Bay Bay came from a DJ in my home town, in Sheverport, LA. When he would come in the club and do his thing everybody would be like A Bay Bay, A Bay Bay. We decided to take it and make it into a song.AllHipHop.com: Was that record made for the specific purpose of having the obligatory club song or was it something that just happened? Hurricane Chris: It was part of us, part of the movement, part of where were from so we just did it. We never thought itd get so big, but it did. Its crazy right now. People are loving it everywhere. It’s real catchy. It gets stuck in your head the first time you hear it. Everybody relates to it, White folks, Black folks, hustlers and thugs.AllHipHop.com: Artists are usually labeled by their singles. Can fans expect something different from your next single or have you chosen to stay in the party song lane? Hurricane Chris: My music, my album is more than Ay Bay Bay. Me, the whole movement is versatile. Theres a lot of versatility. The movement is not just the party songs. Anybody who hears my album will know how it is. If you want to see the bigger picture, get the album. It comes out at the end of August.AllHipHop.com: There are many new rappers who get in the game with the hopes of having a hit single, which ultimately leads to ringtone sales. Are you worried about being labeled a ringtone rapper?Hurricane Chris: Im a fan of Hip-Hop. Ive always loved Hip-Hop. Im a Hip-Hop artist. I will always consider myself a Hip-Hop artist. I dont get into the labels. I dont get into all that, Hes not a rapper, Im not a rapper, or the Hes a rapper, but Im a MC. I dont concern myself with it. But, at the same time, I wont let people call me anything that belittles or disrespects what I do and, at the same time, I dont try to make myself seem bigger than anybody else. AllHipHop.com: Where does your name come from?Hurricane Chris: My name comes from battling. I come from battling. Thats why Im standing here. I would be going against all these dudes and theyd say their rhymes then Id say mines and destroy them. After it was over everybody would be quiet. Im like a storm, like a hurricane. Because a hurricane will destroy everything then after the storm hits everything is real quiet.AllHipHop.com: Is there anyone in the game right now you feel you could take in a battle?Hurricane Chris: [Laughs] Honestly, our movement is bigger than that. Were trying to do more. We dont get involved in little stuff like that. But if the fans want it and somebody is willing to pay to see it go down, then well step up against anybody.AllHipHop.com: Louisiana has changed a lot since hurricane Katrina. How has it affected you and your music?Hurricane Chris: Everybody always asks that question. Whats it like back home? Hows home doing? Home is home. I wake up happy to be where Im from. That only made us stronger. Hurricane Katrina came and left but were still there. We been there and aint going nowhere Thats another thing thats ratchet. [Laughing] See, we getting real deep into it today. AllHipHop.com: So, with that in mind, what can fans expect?Hurricane Chris: When I write, when I rap, I think about the fans. I try to give people what they want so thats what I did when we did the single and everything else on the album. I tried to talk about a lot of different subjects. I feel like theres something on the album for everybody. When I come to your town, spend that money. Im going to give it all I got. Youre going to get a show. Thats what the whole ratchet movement is about, doing everything to the fullest.