Powerballin'

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PowerBallin'
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Studio album by Chingy
Released November 16, 2004 (2004-11-16)
Recorded 2003–04
Genre Hip hop
Length 56:13
Label
Producer The Trak Starz
Chingy chronology
Jackpot
(2003)
Powerballin'
(2004)
Hoodstar
(2006)
Singles from Powerballin'
  1. "Balla Baby"
    Released: November 1, 2004
  2. "Don't Worry"
    Released: March 24, 2005

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.[1] The song "I Do" was used in the video game Need for Speed: Underground 2.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 59/100[2]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2/5 stars[3]
Billboard (mixed)[4]
Blender 4/5 stars[5]
E! Online B−[2]
Entertainment Weekly B[6]
Los Angeles Times 3/4 stars[7]
RapReviews 6/10[8]
Rolling Stone 2/5 stars[9]
USA Today 2.5/4 stars[10]
Vibe 3/5 stars[11]

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.[2]

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."[11] 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."[10] 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."[7]

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.[4] 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."[3] Writing for Rolling Stone, Jon Caramanica also found the album doing little to be different from its predecessor, despite Chingy's charisma delivering half of the track listing, concluding that "Powerballin' serves as a wink behind which there's nothing hidden. It's just a wink, ma."[9]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Producer(s) Length
1. "Haters 101 (Intro)"   2:15
2. "Give 'Em Some Mo" Da Beatstaz 3:07
3. "Fall-N" (feat. G.I.B.) Da Beatstaz 3:37
4. "Balla Baby" Keith McMasters 3:33
5. "Jackpot the Pimp (Part 2) (Skit)" The Trak Starz 0:50
6. "Leave wit Me" (feat. R. Kelly & Ziggy) Vudu 3:57
7. "Make That Ass Talk" (feat. Ziggy) The Trak Starz 3:50
8. "I Do" The Trak Starz 3:58
9. "Don't Worry" (feat. Janet Jackson) The Trak Starz 4:25
10. "All The Way To St. Lou" (feat. David Banner & Nate Dogg) David Banner 4:03
11. "26's" (feat. Lil Wayne) Da Beatstaz 4:25
12. "We Clubbin'" The Trak Starz 4:01
13. "We Do" (feat. Bun B) The Trak Starz 3:19
14. "Wurr Da 'Git It' Gurlz at?" (feat. G.I.B.) The Trak Starz 3:49
15. "Bring Da Beef" (feat. G.I.B.) The Trak Starz 4:12
16. "(Outro)"   2:57

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[12] Platinum 1,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitmore, Margo (November 24, 2004). "Eminem Thankful To Remain No. 1". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved March 25, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c "Reviews for Powerballin' by Chingy". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved September 12, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Kellman, Andy. "Powerballin' - Chingy". AllMusic. Retrieved September 12, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b Hall, Rashaun. "Powerballin'". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Archived from the original on November 25, 2004. Retrieved June 18, 2013. 
  5. ^ Sisario, Ben. "Chingy - Powerballin'". Blender. Alpha Media Group. Archived from the original on December 6, 2004. Retrieved January 2, 2017. 
  6. ^ Mindenhall, Chuck (November 19, 2004). "Powerballin'". Entertainment Weekly. Time Inc. Retrieved September 12, 2012. 
  7. ^ a b Baker, Soren (November 14, 2004). "Destiny's glass only half full". Los Angeles Times. Tronc, Inc. Retrieved June 18, 2013. 
  8. ^ Cantor, Paul (November 16, 2004). "Chingy :: Powerballin' :: Capitol/EMI". RapReviews. Retrieved September 12, 2012. 
  9. ^ a b Caramanica, Jon (November 16, 2004). "Chingy: Powerballin'". Rolling Stone. Wenner Media. Archived from the original on October 13, 2007. Retrieved September 12, 2012. 
  10. ^ a b Jones, Steve (November 15, 2004). "Snoop paints a rap 'Masterpiece'". USA Today. Gannett Company. Retrieved June 18, 2013. 
  11. ^ a b Kondo, Toshitaka (January 2005). "Chingy 'Powerballin''". Vibe. Vibe Media. 13 (1): 83. ISSN 1070-4701. Retrieved January 2, 2017. 
  12. ^ "American album certifications – Chingy – Powerballin'". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved September 22, 2014.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH

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