Chris Dooley, Jr. (born February 27, 1989), better known by his stage name Hurricane Chris, is an American rapper.
Chris's debut album, 51/50 Ratchet was released on October 2007, which contains the singles, including the top-ten hit "A Bay Bay", "The Hand Clap", and "Playas Rock". Chris's second studio album, Unleashed, which contains the singles, including "Halle Berry (She's Fine)", and "Headboard".
Hurricane Chris was raised in the Cedar Grove neighborhood of Shreveport, Louisiana. He attended Huntington High School in Shreveport. In 2007, Huntington principal Jerry Davis declared September 25 as "Hurricane Chris Day". He dropped out of high school in 2007 to pursue his rap career. In an interview with Samantha Morgan of the Baton Rouge, Louisiana newspaper The Advocate, he stated that he came up with "Hurricane" as part of his stage name from his ability to rap fast and twist the words, "like a hurricane had just blown through".
2004-09: Career beginnings and Unleashed:
Atlanta-based producer Mr. Collipark helped Chris signed to J Records in 2004. His first mixtape, Louisi-Animal was released in August 2007, and afterwards, his first independent album was released in October 2007 by Rap-A-Lot Records, You Hear Me with compilation of songs, including the album's title track "You Hear Me", and "Yep", the album was recorded before his major-label debut album. Weeks later, Chris's debut album, 51/50 Ratchet was released, which contains the singles, including the top-ten hit "A Bay Bay", "The Hand Clap", and "Playas Rock". The sound of the album was inspired by ratchet, a type of crunk rap music locally popular in Shreveport.51/50 Ratchet debuted at number twenty-four on the US Billboard 200 chart, and has sold 26,000 copies.
Chris's second studio album, Unleashed was released in December 2009, which contains the lead single "Halle Berry (She's Fine)" originally entitled "Mrs. Berry (She's Fine)" which peaked at number fifty-six on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US, and the second single "Headboard" which peaked at number forty-six on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. Unleashed fell short success of his debut album, and did not chart on the US Billboard 200 chart. The actual sales numbers for Unleashed are currently unknown. But Unleashed did peak at number forty-six on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, and peaked at number twenty on the Billboard Top Rap Albums chart.
2010-present: Showtime: Still 51/50:
In 2010, Chris was released from Polo Grounds Music and J Records after Unleashed was unsuccessful. He was planning on releasing his third studio album, Showtime: Still 51/50 under his label Go Live Entertainment and Sky High Records.It will have guest appearances, including Z-Ro, Roscoe Dash, Game, Mystikal, Keyshia Cole, Method Man, Tech N9ne, Lil Twist, Machine Gun Kelly, Jacob Latimore among others. This album indicates that Hurricane Chris is going back to his Louisiana Hardnest rapping style roots like his 1st album. But will be mixed with his 2nd album to balance things out. It will also include production from Shawty Redd, Phunk Dawg, DJ Spinz, Seven, Bangladesh and many other producers. On September 19, 2011, Chris and Z-Ro were in the studio together recording for the upcoming album. On January 26, 2012, he released his lead single called Bend It Over. Chris recently worked on a new record with Soulja Boy's artist John Boy titled "Ciroc (She Wanna Drink)" produced by Sherman Way (The Los Angeles Bakers) and Astronaut (also featuring Kayleb), which appeared on his GEEsH mixtape.