Chingy Set To Drop First Single From New LP — Just Don't Tell Kwame

MC releasing third album in the spring.

LOS ANGELES — At the Vibe Awards a few weeks back, rapper-turned-producer Kwamé gave a strong plug for his latest track, Chingy's "Let's Ride," which features Fatman Scoop.

"For the Chingy fans, you will be pleased. For the non-Chingy fans, you will be pleasantly surprised," the man behind Will Smith's "Switch" said. "The first two seconds of the record, if you're not shaking your ass, you just deaf. And if you deaf, the vibration of the record should have you shaking your ass. I guarantee you, when it comes on, it's going to be a problem — a very serious problem."

Actually, there's already a problem. While Kwamé said the tune will be the first single from Chingy's forthcoming third album, Chingy himself said at last week's American Music Awards that he's actually coming out with a different track (which his record label confirmed).

"The single is called 'Nasty Girl,' " Ching said before the show (see "Will Smith Beats 50 Cent, Kelly Rowland Flies Solo At American Music Awards"). "It's a party record. I did it with [DJ] Smurf, my homeboy out of ATL."

Chingy plans to drop the single in mid-December, with the album, Hood Star, following in March or April.

Mannie Fresh, Timbaland, Pauly Paul and the Trak Starz (who helmed most of Chingy's debut) also produced cuts on the LP, and Three 6 Mafia, Chopper, Lil Scrappy and Spiffy (Chingy's cousin and the first artist signed to his Slot-A-Lot Records) make guest appearances.

Also due in early 2006 from Chingy are a pair of movies, the indie urban drama "The System Within" (see "New Single Meant To Squash The Question: Whurr's Chingy?") and "Scary Movie 4."

"I'm playing myself," Chingy said of the latter. "If you've seen 'War of the Worlds' — like when they abducted the people into the little spaceship-things, with the cage they got — I'm playing my part in the little cage like they abducted me, but I'm in a VIP section in a party with some girls and stuff."

Rapping is Chingy's top priority and he also plans to open a club in St. Louis, but he's happy to have movies on his plate as well.

"Acting is cool," he said. "It's just like making a video."