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Chino XL (born Derek Barbosa, April 8, 1971, in The Bronx, New York but raised in East Orange, New Jersey) is a rapper well respected among hip hop enthusiasts for his battling abilities. He is notorious for his usage of self-consciously over-the-top punchlines (which usually take the form of puns or similes) and for his exaggerated egotism. He is also well known to many for a brief feud with Tupac Shakur.

After a spell with the group Art of Origin, Chino XL released his debut album Here To Save You All in 1996, a diverse work which included more conventional battle rap tracks (featuring Kool Keith and Ras Kass) alongside autobiographical tracks such as What Am I (which dealt with his heritage- half Puerto Rican, half African - background). The album got a very positive critical reception and is still regarded by many as one of the finest hip-hop albums of the nineties.

After building his reputation further by making several famous appearances freestyling on the Wake Up Show radio show, Chino incurred the wrath of Tupac Shakur in Tupac’s track Hit ‘Em Up. This is believed to be as a result of a simile on his debut album in a track called Riiiot, which read “by this industry, I’m trying not to get fucked like 2Pac in jail”. The ambiguity over where the simile begins possibly caused confusion, but nevertheless Chino soon responded in a radio freestyle. However, Tupac did not respond back and was soon dead due to an unresolved shooting in Las Vegas.


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  • IBlewCastles

    His first record is pretty mad

    1 Jan 3:49am Reply
  • philosopher_SD

    Epic M.C.

    19 Jun 2014 Reply
  • piccochimusic

    Copywrite, Chino XL, Stu Bangas, Tame One & Vakill Form "Verse 48"

    17 Jun 2014 Reply
  • IMP3R14L

    I'm a fan of 2pac but he'd eat pac alive at any live mic battle. oh yeah if you think "chino xl fuck you too" is a hot line then fuck you too [2] On my first listen of Here To Save You All and Chino XL has mad skills on the mic.

    3 Jan 2014 Reply
  • 80sfever

    I'm a fan of 2pac but he'd eat pac alive at any live mic battle. oh yeah if you think "chino xl fuck you too" is a hot line then fuck you too

    8 Aug 2013 Reply
  • AndrewCG

    Father's Day made me shed a tear...

    26 Jul 2013 Reply
  • AlDogg1992

    Dennn1 риканстракшен ништяк .....чино....читает лучьше тупака ну ты загнул тут.Латиносам свойственна техничная читка,но я бы не сказал .что лучше Тупака он

    31 Dec 2012 Reply
  • morbid-creation

    "My spirit is big so I don't fear a thing I'll karate kick Steven Segal in his lace front wig Fuck a pig Hop out the whip and shatter your ribs Wearing a mask in broad daylight like Michael Jackson's kids did"

    11 Dec 2012 Reply
  • jc3512

    Favorite song would be "What Am I?" from Here To Save You All. I need to get the other albums.

    5 Dec 2012 Reply
  • MistahLouis

    "Who gives a fuck about the greatest rapper alive when Chino's The Illest?"

    29 Nov 2012 Reply
  • Nfeeltraita

    "Have u ever heard about the bad man bible"

    27 Oct 2012 Reply
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    18 Oct 2012 Reply
  • bigpinero45

    New album is phenomenal [2]

    2 Oct 2012 Reply
  • Dennn1

    риканстракшен ништяк .....чино....читает лучьше тупака

    28 Sep 2012 Reply
  • BilingualGringo

    New album is phenomenal

    27 Sep 2012 Reply
  • iceb1

    26 Sep 2012 Reply
  • G-P-S

    Definitely feeling the new album. Wasn't sure what to expect considering the wait.

    26 Sep 2012 Reply
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    26 Sep 2012 Reply
  • son-of-hiphop

    @affectionateme aka retard : if nobody give a fuck bout mine opinion ,who gives bout yours ?? the so called beef they had is over 10 yrs. old ,if he were still alive you think he would waste his time givin a fuck bout 10 yrs. old beef ?? if you give fuck bout him i guess it means lot more to him if you listen to his music then tellin chino on to fuck himself ,if youre that big fan go on a chino concert go on stage and tell him "fuck you " ,doin that on is stupid and pathetic !!

    9 Sep 2012 Reply
  • affectionateMe

    @son-of-hiphop: who gives a fuck about your opinion? obviously a lot people still give a fuck about pac, although he's dead. that's what makes a legend.

    6 Sep 2012 Reply
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