Chingy is going from "Right Thurr" to "There he goes."
The 23-year-old has found himself with no less than three potential tours on his hands. He's already rocking 45-minute solo sets as part of the Disturbing Tha Peace Tour (see "Ludacris Lines Up DTP Tour With Chingy, I-20, Shawnna"). This summer, he'll make his encore appearance on the second Rock the Mic tour. But he'll rap for a different type of audience in the spring with a pop queen.
According to his management and record label, Ching-a-ling is close to inking a deal that would see him join a Christina Aguilera tour kicking off in April. However, a spokesperson for Aguilera's label was unaware of a spring tour.
"They reached out to us, they want Chingy," Jeff Dixon, one of Chingy's managers, said Thursday. "That's how it's going to go down. We just try to keep the balance. He's doing this [DTP] tour, which is grass-roots level, then he does Christina, then he goes right back to hip-hop, to the Rock the Mic tour with 50 Cent and G-Unit. We try to catch them at all angles."
When not crisscrossing the country with steel in his hands, Chingy's working on two albums simultaneously. He's recording his second solo LP as well as a full-length with his Get It Boyz crew.
"Crazy, that's all I can say," said Chaka Zulu — Dixon's brother, business partner and co-CEO of Disturbing Tha Peace — about the sophomore project titled The Soul of St. Louis. "Chingy's going to surprise people because The Soul of St. Louis is a reflective, introspective record about him and his city. As big as Nelly is and Chingy has gotten, no one has ever explained what St. Louis is. A lot of people don't know that a lot of musicians come from St Louis. Ike and Tina Turner, Chuck Berry and Redd Foxx was born in St. Louis. People have not explained or discovered what it is. We switched 'The Spirit of St. Louis' to The Soul of St. Louis: the underbelly, the blackness, the people."
Since blowing up, Chingy has run across a few townies a little too spirited. He discovered he couldn't maintain the same lifestyle or residence after selling more than 2 million albums.
"We just keep talking to him," Dixon said. "Chingy don't even see how big he is. When he moved back to St. Lou, we had to tell him to move into a gated community because people are gonna start walking to your door and digging in your garbage can. He didn't believe me. He's really seeing what it is now. Moneywise, this dude was dead broke. He was damn near homeless. It's a different transition, but he's so busy he don't even see it right now."
The wavy-haired prince of the Lou isn't the only one of his compatriots in schedule hyperdrive. Both I-20 and Shawnna have albums coming out during the next few months, and Ludacris wants to release his Red Light District in the winter (see "Ludacris Visits Red Light District On Upcoming Album"). Cris, also in talks to join Lollapalooza, just signed up with Anheuser-Busch to endorse Budweiser beer and starts filming his starring role as a disc jockey in "Radio" in May.