When: Thu., Feb. 7 2013

Not long after Nelly made the world safe for Southern hip-hop, another St. Louis rapper rose from obscurity and into the spotlight. Chingy, aka Howard Bailey Jr., was chosen as opener on Nelly's 2002 tour, after which the younger emcee scored a No. 2 hit with "Right Thurr," its bouncy production and heavy drawl following closely in Nelly's footsteps. A string of gold and platinum records soon followed — along with a well-publicized falling-out between the two artists over who deserved custody of the Southern accent. In recent years, Chingy's been more low-profile, but he returned to form last year with "We N Hurr (Real Niggas in Paris)." You can catch his 18-plus show this evening at SoDo (527 S. Tejon St., sodonightlife.com) for $15/adv, $20/door. — Bill Forman

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