Chingy Drops ‘Hate It or Love It’ Album – Today in Hip-Hop
On this day, Dec. 18, in hip-hop history...
2007: After returning to the Disturbing Tha Peace family for the first time since the release of his debut album, Jackpot, St. Louis rapper Chingy dropped his fourth studio album, Hate It or Love It, on Dec. 18, 2007.
Chingy's first single off Hate It or Love It was "Fly Like Me" with R&B singer Amerie. The radio-friendly hit peaked at No. 40 on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and at No. 89 on the Hot 100. It's also good to note the track was his last to rank.
The rapper went on to drop "Gimme Dat" featuring Ludacris and Bobby Valentino a short time later. Unfortunately, however, both "Gimme Dat" and "Fly Like Me" didn't have huge commercial success, much like the rest of the album.
Hate It or Love It underperformed significantly in comparison to Jackpot, Powerballin', and Hoodstar. Even with additional features from Rick Ross (Roll On 'Em) and Trey Songz ("Spend Some $"), the lackluster album sold a mere 30,000 copies its first week, making it Chingy's lowest-selling album to date.
During this time, Chingy was given several acting opportunities and went on a brief hiatus from the rap game. Still, Chingy continued to release a bevy of projects, including 1st Quarter and Success & Failure, in the years that followed.
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