On Saturday night, it was all about peace in the Disturbing Tha Peace camp. Chingy talked to MTV News for the first time about rejoining the crew while Ludacris divulged plans for a new album.
"It's still a beautiful thing," Chingy said backstage at Los Angeles radio station Power 106's annual Powerhouse concert at the Honda Center in Anaheim. "Back with DTP like I ain't never went nowhere. It's all good."
The reunion has been known for weeks (see "Chingy Is 'Back With The Crew' On Ludacris' Disturbing Tha Peace Label") but this was the first public display. Chingy left the posse amid harsh words late in 2004 (see "Ludacris Declares That 'All Respect Is Lost' For Chingy" and "Chingy Fires Back At Nelly And Luda, Drops New Dis Track").
Ching-a-Ling has been recording with Ludacris and company on the new DTP compilation Strength in Numbers, and will be putting out his next solo project, Hate It or Love It, at the end of the year.
"November or December," he said about the projected release date. "I just worked with Cool and Dre, Scott Storch, [I'll] probably go in with Timbaland, Kanye West. A couple of people, a lot of people."
And of course Luda will be on the album. 'Cris himself said that his latest LP, Release Therapy, isn't dead. He's going to be putting out more records from his opus and has been crafting its follow-up.
"We got many singles coming, but I'm also working on a new album," he said right before he went onstage. "The next one is Theater of the Mind. Understand, when you listen to music, sometimes you have to envision what's being said. That's what it's all about."
Soon after, Fergie came by to crack a joke, but Luda let her know, "We got to go on," with his signature grin.
"Hey, it ain't loud enough! We might as well take our ass home!" he shouted through the mic to the crowd while still standing backstage.
Onstage, 'Cris had the audience getting rowdy as Fergie, Chingy and the rest of his DTP family paraded onstage. Game, the night's headliner, also had major impact during his set with big guests Snoop Dogg, Kanye West, WC and Tha Dogg Pound.
Earlier in the night, Bow Wow tag teamed with Omarion to build anticipation for the duo's album and Akon came out to join Bone Thugs-N-Harmony. Other performers included Lil Wayne, Lloyd and T.I.