Artist: Hurricane Chris
Featuring: Big Poppa
Rapping since he was 2 years old , Hurricane Chris gained local attention with his indie singles "Ya Hear Me" and "Yep" along with mixtape appearances. Explaining how he got his name in an interview with the Baton Rouge, Louisiana newspaper The Advocate, "After I sang, the crowd would be silent. It was like a hurricane had just blown through." He was also featured as a lead dancer in Sean Paul's "Shake That Thing".
With the release of the single "A Bay Bay" during the summer of 2007 Hurricane Chris broke out of the regional scene and onto MTV. Inspired after he caught DJ Hollyhood Bay Bay being welcomed at a club with the audience chanting "Hey Bay Bay!", he then used the sound of ratchet music -- Shreveport's version of crunk or hyphy -- to create a hook of repetitive synthesizer sounds over a crowd chanting "A Bay Bay".
Hurricane Chris joined the Stupid House Records record label, based in the inner-city Cedar Grove neighborhood of Shreveport. As Lava House was releasing the successful singles "Ratchet" in 1999 and then the 2004 "Ratchet" remix with Lil' Boosie, Chris transformed the chant he heard into a catchphrase, "A Bay Bay," which became local slang for "fo' sho" (for sure). The single caught the ear of Atlanta's Mr. Collipark. The music producer helped the then 18-year-old Hurricane Chris sign a deal with J Records in 2007. His debut album, titled 51/50 Ratchet, is scheduled for release for October 16, 2007. The video for "A Bay Bay" was shot in the Cedar Grove neighborhood and features local landmarks and crowds singing along to the song. Hurricane Chris's second single will be "The Hand Clap"