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Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 16, 2004 (2004-11-16)
GenreHip hop
ProducerThe Trak Starz
Chingy chronology
Singles from Powerballin'
  1. "Balla Baby"
    Released: September 14, 2004[1]
  2. "Don't Worry"
    Released: January 3, 2005[2]

Powerballin' is the second studio album by the rapper Chingy, released on November 16, 2004, through Capitol Records and Chingy's Slot-A-Lot label. The album entered the Billboard 200 at number 172 with first week sales of 7,000 copies in the US, but then climbed to number 10 with another 120,000 copies sold in the following week. It has since been certified Platinum by the RIAA for shipping over a million copies in the US.[3] The song "I Do" was used in the video game Need for Speed: Underground 2.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
E! OnlineB−[4]
Entertainment WeeklyB[8]
Los Angeles Times[9]
Rolling Stone[11]
USA Today[12]

Powerballin' received mixed reviews from music critics who noted at Chingy's attempt to replicate the success he had with Jackpot. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 59, based on 9 reviews.[4]

Toshitaka Kondo of Vibe said that despite the middling lyrical content, he commended the instrumental flourishes and contributions of the featured artists found throughout the record, concluding with, "When it's all on the table, Powerballin' is more solid than spectacular, but either way, Chingy proves he's a safe bet."[13] Steve Jones of USA Today found the guest artists on the album helpful in recreating Chingy's Jackpot formula, highlighting R. Kelly and Janet Jackson's contributions as stand outs, concluding that "he's found just the ticket for staying in the rotation at radio."[12] Soren Baker, writing for the Los Angeles Times, praised the production for being energetic and Chingy's lyrical content showing creativity and technical ability, saying that he "improves on and refines his successful sonic and thematic formula in an album more consistent and satisfying than its predecessor."[9]

Billboard contributor Rashaun Hall said that despite more R&B-flavored tracks like "Leave wit Me" and "Don't Worry" showing more diversity in the track listing, he found too much familiarity with the album's content of excessive parties, women and luxury talk.[6] AllMusic writer Andy Kellman noted how the record sounds like a rushed version of Jackpot, criticizing the lyrical content and its hooks for being mediocre, and the lacklustre delivery of the guest artists, concluding that "In Chingy's case, a subpar 2004 follow-up would surely fare better commercially than a polished 2006 follow-up."[5] Writing for Rolling Stone, Jon Caramanica also found the album doing little to be different from its predecessor, despite Chingy's charisma delivering on half of the track listing, concluding that "Powerballin' serves as a wink behind which there's nothing hidden. It's just a wink, ma."[11]

Track listing[edit]

1."Haters 101 (Intro)" (Chingy)Chingy2:19
2."Give 'Em Some Mo"Da Beatstaz3:07
3."Fall-N" (featuring G.I.B.)Da Beatstaz3:37
4."Balla Baby"Keith McMasters3:33
5."Jackpot the Pimp (Part 2) (Skit)" (Chingy)The Trak Starz0:54
6."Leave wit Me" (featuring R. Kelly & Ziggy)Vudu3:57
7."Make That Ass Talk" (featuring Ziggy)The Trak Starz3:50
8."I Do"The Trak Starz3:58
9."Don't Worry" (featuring Janet Jackson)The Trak Starz4:25
10."All the Way to St. Lou" (featuring David Banner & Nate Dogg)David Banner4:03
11."26's" (featuring Lil Wayne)Da Beatstaz4:25
12."We Clubbin'"The Trak Starz4:01
13."We Do" (featuring Bun B)The Trak Starz3:19
14."Wurr Da 'Git It' Gurlz at?" (featuring G.I.B.)The Trak Starz3:49
15."Bring Da Beef" (featuring G.I.B.)The Trak Starz4:12
Bonus tracks
17."Balla Baby (Remix)" (featuring Lil' Flip and Boozie of G.I.B.)Keith McMasters4:01
18."What Up Wit It" 4:04
19."Don't Really Care" 4:06



Region Certification Certified units/sales
United States (RIAA)[22] Platinum 1,000,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.


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  2. ^ "Going for Adds". Radio & Records. No. 1587. December 31, 2004. p. 13.
  3. ^ Whitmore, Margo (November 24, 2004). "Eminem Thankful To Remain No. 1". Billboard. Retrieved March 25, 2013.
  4. ^ a b c "Reviews for Powerballin' by Chingy". Metacritic. Retrieved September 12, 2012.
  5. ^ a b Kellman, Andy. "Powerballin' - Chingy". AllMusic. Retrieved September 12, 2012.
  6. ^ a b Hall, Rashaun. "Powerballin'". Billboard. Archived from the original on November 25, 2004. Retrieved June 18, 2013.
  7. ^ Sisario, Ben. "Chingy - Powerballin'". Blender. Archived from the original on December 6, 2004. Retrieved January 2, 2017.
  8. ^ Mindenhall, Chuck (November 19, 2004). "Powerballin'". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved June 2, 2022.
  9. ^ a b Baker, Soren (November 14, 2004). "Destiny's glass only half full". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved June 18, 2013.
  10. ^ Cantor, Paul (November 16, 2004). "Chingy :: Powerballin' :: Capitol/EMI". RapReviews. Retrieved September 12, 2012.
  11. ^ a b Caramanica, Jon (November 16, 2004). "Chingy: Powerballin'". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on October 13, 2007. Retrieved September 12, 2012.
  12. ^ a b Jones, Steve (November 15, 2004). "Snoop paints a rap 'Masterpiece'". USA Today. Retrieved June 18, 2013.
  13. ^ a b Kondo, Toshitaka (January 2005). "Chingy 'Powerballin''". Vibe. 13 (1): 83. ISSN 1070-4701. Retrieved January 2, 2017.
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  18. ^ "Chingy Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved September 7, 2020.
  19. ^ "Chingy Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved September 7, 2020.
  20. ^ "Top Billboard 200 Albums – Year-End 2005". Billboard. Retrieved September 19, 2020.
  21. ^ "Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums – Year-End 2005". Billboard. Retrieved September 19, 2020.
  22. ^ "American album certifications – Chingy – Powerballin'". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved September 22, 2014.

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