.

Breaking Artist: Hurricane Chris

October 17, 2007 6:31 PM ET

Who: Eighteen-year-old Chris Dooley from Shreveport, Louisiana, who has been rapping for the better part of his eighteen years. After scoring a local hit with "Yep" (which he penned at fourteen), Dooley partnered with hometown DJ Hollyhood Bay Bay, who inspired Dooley's breakthrough hit, club jam "A Bay Bay."

Sounds Like: Danceable megahooky singles coupled with tongue-twisting, hard-talking bangers that are founded in Shreveport's version of crunk -- a combination of buzzing synths, minimalist drums and chanted hooks.

Three Things You Should Know:
1. The "Hurricane" in Chris' name comes from the show-stopping rap battles he's triumphated at, like the talent show where he beat out high school kids (he was just eight). "After that, I started writing every day and entering rap competitions," Dooley says. "I was competing at the Air Force base, schools -- anywhere."
2. Dooley's debut, 51/50 Ratchet, is inspired by ratchet, the Shreveport brand of crunk which also describes Dooley's laidback lifestyle. He explains it as "do what you feel -- I might be in the club's VIP section with my shoes off," Dooley says. "It's about being comfortable and having fun."
3. After "A Bay Bay" progressed from local hit to national sensation, J Records head honcho Clive Davis asked for a personal performance from Dooley. "He stood up and shook my hand," Dooley recalls. "Told me I was a star." Dooley signed with J to release 51/50.

Get It: 51/50 Ratchet hits stores next Tuesday, October 23rd, but you can sample tracks from the record -- including "A Bay Bay" -- on Hurricane Chris' MySpace.

To read the new issue of Rolling Stone online, plus the entire RS archive: Click Here

prev
Music Main Next
Daily Newsletter

Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
marketing partners.

X

We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

Song Stories

“Bleeding Love”

Leona Lewis | 2007

In 2008, The X Factor winner Leona Lewis backed up her U.K. singing competition victory with an R&B anthem for the ages: "Bleeding Love," an international hit that became the best-selling song of the year. The track was co-penned by OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder (whose radio dominance would continue with songs such as Beyonce's "Halo" and Adele's "Rumour Has It") and solo artist Jesse McCartney, who was inspired by a former girlfriend, Gossip Girl actress Katie Cassidy. Given the song's success, McCartney didn't regret handing over such a personal track: "No, no," he said. "I'm so happy for Leona. She deserves it. There are really no bad feelings."

More Song Stories entries »
 
www.expandtheroom.com