51/50 Ratchet

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51/50 Ratchet
Studio album by Hurricane Chris
Released October 23, 2007 (2007-10-23)
Recorded 2006–07
Length 65:35
  • 3 Feet (exec.)
  • Bryan Leach (exec.)
  • Holly Bay Bay (also exec.)
  • Bigg Redd
  • Mr. Collipark (also exec.)
  • Mr. Rogers
  • The Package Store
  • Phunk Dawg
  • Stunt N' Dozier
Hurricane Chris chronology
51/50 Ratchet
Singles from 51/50 Ratchet
  1. "A Bay Bay"
    Released: April 10, 2007
  2. "The Hand Clap"
    Released: August 8, 2007
  3. "Playas Rock"
    Released: December 15, 2007

51/50 Ratchet is the debut studio album by American rapper Hurricane Chris. It was released on October 23, 2007, by Polo Grounds Music and J Records. The album debuted at number 24 on the Billboard 200, with first week-sales of 26,000 copies in the United States.

The album was supported by three singles: "A Bay Bay", "The Hand Clap" featuring Big Poppa of The Ratchet City, and "Playas Rock" featuring Boxie.


The album's lead single, called "A Bay Bay" was released on April 10, 2007. The song was produced by Phunk Dawg. The song peaked at number 7 on the US Billboard Hot 100.

The album's second single, called "The Hand Clap" was released on August 8, 2007. The song features guest appearance from Big Poppa of The Ratchet City, with Phunk Dawg, who also produced this track. The song peaked at number 47 on the US Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs.

The album's third and final single, "Playas Rock" was released on December 15, 2007. The song features guest vocals from a local singer and an American R&B recording artist Boxie, while the production was provided by Mr. Collipark.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[1]
DJBooth 3/5 stars[2]
HipHopDX 2/5 stars[3]
RapReviews 5/10[4]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[5]
XXL 4/5 stars (XL)[6]

51/50 Ratchet received mixed reviews from music critics. Christian Hoard of Rolling Stone gave credit to the album for showcasing ratchet music and Chris's delivery, resembling that of Lil Wayne, concluding that it "eventually runs short on ideas, but not before heralding a regional sound that Hurricane Chris milks for plenty of fun."[5] Jason Birchmeier of AllMusic noted that Chris's delivery needs more time to develop in order for him to go beyond being a nondescript rapper.[1] Justin Chandler of RapReviews found the album lacking with tired production, overreliance on typical hip-hop clichés and Chris's performance doing little to distinguish himself, saying that he "has plenty of time to legitimize himself as a rapper that has more to say than the shallow surface-level stuff, but for now he seems happy with just that."[4]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Producer(s) Length
1. "Getting Money" (featuring Nicole Wray)
2. "A Bay Bay" Phunk Dawg 5:06
3. "Doin' My Thang" (featuring Big Poppa of Ratchet City) Phunk Dawg 4:01
4. "New Fashion"
  • The Package Store
  • Mr. Collipark[a]
5. "The Hand Clap" (featuring Big Poppa of Ratchet City and Hollyhood Bay Bay) Phunk Dawg 4:21
6. "Walk Like That"
  • Mr. Rogers
  • Stunt N' Dozier
7. "Touch Me"
  • The Package Store
  • Mr. Collipark[a]
8. "Leaving You" Phunk Dawg 4:30
9. "Do Something" Phunk Dawg 4:23
10. "Bang" (featuring Big Poppa of Ratchet City and Bigg Redd) Bigg Redd 4:39
11. "Beat in My Trunk"
  • The Package Store
  • Mr. Collipark[a]
12. "Playas Rock" (featuring Boxie) Mr. Collipark 4:11
13. "Momma" (featuring Nicole Wray) Phunk Dawg 4:03
14. "A Bay Bay (The Ratchet Remix)" (featuring The Game, Lil Boosie, E-40, Baby, Angie Locc and Jadakiss) Phunk Dawg 7:11

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2007) Peak
US Billboard 200 24
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard) 4
US Top Rap Albums (Billboard) 2


  1. ^ a b "51/50 Ratchet - Hurricane Chris". AllMusic. Retrieved June 26, 2011. 
  2. ^ Slavik, Nathan. "Hurricane Chris - 51/50 Ratchet". DJBooth. Retrieved June 26, 2011. 
  3. ^ Mcooper (October 26, 2007). "Hurricane Chris - 51/50 Ratchet". HipHopDX. Cheri Media Group. Retrieved June 26, 2011. 
  4. ^ a b Chandler, Justin (May 27, 2008). "Hurricane Chris :: 51/50 Ratchet :: J Records". RapReviews. Retrieved June 26, 2011. 
  5. ^ a b Hoard, Christian (November 1, 2007). "51/50 Ratchet : Hurricane Chris". Rolling Stone. Wenner Media. Archived from the original on February 14, 2009. Retrieved June 26, 2011. 
  6. ^ Rodriguez, Jayson (November 2, 2007). "Hurricane Chris 51/50 Ratchet". XXL. Townsquare Media. Retrieved June 26, 2011. 
  7. ^ 51/50 Ratchet - Hurricane Chris | Billboard.com#/album/hurricane-chris/51-50-ratchet/1086006. Billboard. Retrieved on 2011-03-24.