St. Louis, MO (CNS) - American Hip-Hop singer Chingy has reportedly been forced to walk out of recording company Disturbing Tha Peace (DTP)/Def Jam Records. After the success of Chingy's debut album Jackpot, an ensuing monetary dispute between Chingy and Disturbing the Peace resulted in a separation of the rapper from the label.
The partnership between Ludacris & Chingy turned sour after Chingy accused his mentor and former label Disturbing Tha Peace of cheating him out of cash. The singer, who released his debut album Jackpot via Capitol/ DTP in 2003, severed ties with DTP in 2004 after claiming his money was being mismanaged.
He then released Powerballin' and Hoodstar, two new albums on Capitol Records but both albums would suffer from low sales. In an attempt to revive his career, Chingy reunited with DTP via a deal with Def Jam in 2007 but still suffered low sales when he released his latest album Hate It Or Love It.
For weeks rumors have been circulating that Chingy, whose real name is Howard Bailey Jr., had been dropped by Def Jam/DTP and it has became clearer in the past days as his name is no longer listed on Def Jam's official website.