The rapper's 2003 summer debut single, "Right Thurr", put him on the musical map as a good-time rapper who specialized in catchy, club-friendly beats and simplistic lyrics delivered in a sing-song, nursery rhyme style. Chingy's 2003 debut album, Jackpot, sold two million copies, thanks to the boost from "Right Thurr". A second album, Powerballin', was released in 2004, and his 2006 release Hoodstar spawned the hit singles "Pullin' Me Back" and "Dem Jeans." He released Hate It Or Love It in 2007, under DTP records. The album's lead single is "Fly Like Me", featuring Amerie. A studio album, Success & Failure, was released in 2010. In 2018, he made his official debut as a record producer in which he produced his own latest single “Sparks Fly” which debuted on July 4, 2018.
One of the more versatile rappers who came out of the Dirty South school of hip-hop in theearly 2000s, multi-platinum and Grammy-nominated North Carolina native Petey Pablo hasdemonstrated the art of mixing poignancy with sharp, gut-wrenching lyrics that reach acrossage, race and social status. The gruff-voiced MC was born and raised in Greenville, NC, and isbest known for rap anthems such as "Raise Up,” “Freek-A-Leek” and “Carolina Colors,” havebecome mainstays on urban radio and as sports stadiums across the country. “Raise Up”peaked #1 on the US Billboard Rap Chart and #25 on the Billboard Top 100. “Freek-A-Leek”climbed to #2.
In addition to his solo career, Pablo has collaborated with artists such as Ciara “Goodies,”Timbaland “Red Bone,” Chris Brown on “Drop Rap,” Lil Wayne “Gangsta Shit,” Sticky Fingaz“Ghetto,” and many others. His albumsDiary of a Sinner: 1st EntryandStill Writing in MyDiary: 2nd Entry, showcased a diverse effort that ranges from stereotypical Dirty Southdecadence to poignant, autobiographical tunes that reflect on the challenges and hardshipshe experienced growing up poor in the Deep South. In early 2003, Petey Pablo's debut albumreceived a Grammy nomination for Best Rap Album.His collaboration with Ciara, “Goodies,”was certified platinum as it rose to the top of the Billboard US Top 100, R&B and UK charts in2004.
Pablo has demonstrated his versatility with roles in “Drumline,” “Just Another Day,” and mostrecently on Empire, a guest appearance that included writing the song star Terrence Howardperformed “Snitch Bitch.”