Hurricane Chris (rapper)
|Birth name||Chris Dooley, Jr.|
|Also known as||Hurricane|
February 27, 1989 |
Shreveport, Louisiana, U.S.
|Genres||Southern hip hop|
|Labels||Go Live Ent. (2009–2011)
Polo Grounds (2004–2010)
J Records (2004–2010)
51/50 Entertainment (2012–present)
|Associated acts||Mr. Collipark, Big Poppa of Ratchet City, Lil Boosie, Trae, Game, Beenie Man|
Chris Dooley, Jr. (born February 27, 1989), better known by his stage name Hurricane Chris, is an American rapper. Chris's debut album, 51/50 Ratchet was released in 2007. The album features his top-ten hit single "A Bay Bay" and other singles including "The Hand Clap" and "Playas Rock". Chris's second studio album, Unleashed was released in 2009, and contains the singles "Halle Berry (She's Fine)" and "Headboard".
Hurricane Chris was raised in Grove St. neighborhood of Shreveport, Louisiana. He attended Huntington High School in Shreveport. In 2007, Huntington principal Jerry Davis declared September 25 as "Hurricane Chris Day". He dropped out of high school in 2007 to pursue his rap career. In an interview with Samantha Morgan of the Baton Rouge, Louisiana newspaper The Advocate, he stated that he came up with "Hurricane" as part of his stage name from his ability to rap fast and twist the words, "like a hurricane had just blown through".
2004–06: Career beginnings
Atlanta-based producer Mr. Collipark helped Chris signed to J Records in 2004. His first mixtape, Louisi-Animal was released in August 2007, and afterwards, his first independent studio album was released in October 2007 by Rap-A-Lot Records, You Hear Me with compilation of songs, including the album's title track "You Hear Me" and "Yep", the album was recorded before his major-label debut studio album.
2007–09: 51/50 Ratchet and Unleashed
Chris's debut album, 51/50 Ratchet was released in 2007, which contains the singles, including the top-ten hit "A Bay Bay", "The Hand Clap", and "Playas Rock". The sound of the album was inspired by ratchet, a type of crunk rap music locally popular in Shreveport. 51/50 Ratchet debuted at number twenty-four on the US Billboard 200 chart and has sold 26,000 copies. Chris's second studio album, Unleashed was released in 2009, the album features the lead single "Halle Berry (She's Fine)" (which was titled "Mrs. Berry (She's Fine)") and the second single "Headboard". Unleashed fell short success of his debut album, and did not chart on the US Billboard 200. The actual sales numbers for Unleashed are currently unknown, but Unleashed did peak at number 46 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, and peaked at number 20 on the Billboard Top Rap Albums chart.
2010–present: Return of the Hurricane
In 2010, Chris was released from Polo Grounds Music and J Records after Unleashed was unsuccessful. He was planning on releasing his third studio album titled Showtime: Still 51/50 under his label Go Live Entertainment now known as 51/50 Entertainment and FyreHouse Entertainment.It will have guest appearances from Trae Tha Truth, Roscoe Dash, Game, Mystikal, Keyshia Cole, Lil Boosie, Tech N9ne, Lil Twist, Machine Gun Kelly, YG, Jacob Latimore, Cee Lo Green among others. This album indicates that Hurricane Chris is going back to his Louisiana Hardnest rapping style roots like his 1st album. But will be mixed with his 2nd album to balance things out. It will also include production from Shawty Redd, Phunk Dawg, DJ Spinz, 1500 or Nothin, Seven, Bangladesh, among others. To keep the faith in Lil Boosie, he plans to remaster two tracks from their past collaboration mixtape Category 7: A Bad Azz Hurricane. First, he'll remake Deebo, featuring Lil Boosie, along with a new verse from Chicago rapper Chief Keef for the album. Originally, the song featured Lil Quick. Then he'll remaster Money Money Money for the album as well.
On September 19, 2011, Chris and Z-Ro were in the studio together recording for the upcoming album. On January 26, 2012, the release of his lead single, "Bend It Over". Chris recently worked on a new record with Soulja Boy's artist John Boy titled "Ciroc" produced by Sherman Way (The Los Angeles Bakers) and "Astronaut" (also featuring Kayleb), which appeared on his GEEsH mixtape. In April 2012, Chris announced the album title had been changed to Return of the Hurricane. He will also be releasing a mixtape to promote the album titled Caniac. An early tracklist was released in 2011. Chris is rumored to be signing to Diddy's management label "Ciroc Entertainment" or Slip-n-Slide Records. The track featuring Z-Ro will be on his Caniac mixtape.
On January 2, 2013, Chris dropped his Caniac mixtape. It features five official music videos for "Ball Hard", "Go Crazy", "I Dont F*ck With Yall", "Down South", and "Pussy On Me". Lil Boosie and Chris are working on another mixtape to follow up Category 7: Bad Azz Hurricane, called Deep Down South hosted by DJ Iceburg.
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- Morgan, Samantha (August 10, 2007). "Hurricane Chris sends "A Bay Bay" nationwide". The Advocate (Baton Rouge). Archived from the original on August 17, 2007.
- Jeffries, David. "Hurricane Chris Biography". allmusic. Retrieved January 16, 2011.
- Futterman, Erica (October 17, 2007). "Breaking Artist: Hurricane Chris". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on April 6, 2008.
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- Reid, Shaheem; Rodriguez, Jason (2007-08-20). "Mr. Collipark Raises Up New MCs". Mixtape Monday (MTV News). Retrieved 2007-09-05.