Chino XL

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Chino XL
Chino XL at Toads Place, New Haven, CT, March 2012.jpg
Chino XL performing at Toads Place in New Haven, Connecticut, in March 2012.
Background information
Birth name Derek Keith Barbosa
Born (1974-04-08) April 8, 1974 (age 41)
The Bronx, New York, United States
Origin New Jersey
Genres Hip hop
Occupation(s) Rapper, lyricist, actor
Years active 1992-present
Labels American Recordings/Warner Bros.
Metro Records
Activate Records
Bungalo Records
Machete Music/Universal Records
Viper Records
Associated acts Immortal Technique, Rebel Armz, Ras Kass, Kool G Rap, B-Real, Saafir, Kool Keith, Killah Priest, Proof, Bun B, Tech N9ne, Roc Marciano, Playalitical, Canibus, Miilkbone.

Derek Keith Barbosa (born April 8, 1974), better known by his stage name Chino XL, is an American rapper and actor, known for his technically accomplished style, consisting of self-consciously over-the-top punchlines, exaggerated egotism, complex rhyme schemes, and use of multiple similes, puns, metaphors, and word play. He has collaborated on various projects with some of the most well known in Hip Hop. Chino is also an avid bodybuilder. Chino started rhyming in 1986, as said in his song "Don't Say A Word". He has released four solo studio albums, in which his most recent - Ricanstruction: The Black Rosary - won the 2012 HHUG Album of the Year award [1]

Aside from music, Chino also forged a career in acting, appearing in several films and making guest appearances on the Comedy Central series Reno 911! and the CBS series CSI: Miami. He has starred in films alongside Kate Hudson, Luke Wilson, and Rob Reiner and had a solo project debut at Robert Redford's Sundance Film Festival.[2]

He is a member of Mensa.[3]

Early life[edit]

Chino XL was born in the The Bronx, New York, United States, and is of Puerto Rican and Black ancestry.


After co-founding the duo Art of Origin, the emcee was signed at age 16 by music impresario Rick Rubin to Rubin's American Recordings label, which was once part of the Warner Bros. Records family. He released his debut album Here to Save You All in 1996, which was released to critical acclaim and major airplay by radio and MTV.

Chino left American Recordings and released his second album, I Told You So, in 2001 and his third album, Poison Pen, in 2006.

In 2007, Chino signed a contract with the Universal Latino label Machete Music.[4]

In 2009 during a controversial interview with writer Han O'Connor, Chino revealed that his fifth studio album The RICANstruction was to be released soon.[dated info] The album was released via his own joint venture CPR/Universal and featured Immortal Technique, Tech N9ne, Ras Kass, Crooked I, and Bun B. The RICANstruction also featured an unreleased collaboration with D12's Proof and a song with Big Pun. The album featured production from DJ Khalil and Focus served as executive producer.

On August 19, a song titled "N.I.C.E." that was produced by Nick Wiz was released.[5]

In an interview in 2012, Chino XL revealed he would be releasing his album as a double disc through Immortal Technique's Viper Records. The album was released on September 25, 2012 called Ricanstruction: The Black Rosary, which won the 2012 HHUG Album of the Year award [6]

On June 15, 2013, Shanghai :30 Entertainment booked a show with Chino XL for him to play alongside local, on-the-rise hiphop artists.[7]

In 2014, he formed a hip hop supergroup along with rappers Vakill, Copywrite, Tame One and producer Stu Bangas called Verse 48. They started working on an EP.[8]


Studio albums[edit]


  • Here to Save You All in '96 (1996)
  • Wake Up Show Exclusives! (1998)


  • Warning (2006)


  • "No Slow Rollin'" (1992) (with Kaoz, as Art of Origin)
  • "Un-Rational" (1993) (with Kaoz, as Art of Origin)
  • "Purple Hands in the Air / Dark Night of the Bloodspiller" (1994)
  • "No Complex / Waiting to Exhale" (1996)
  • "Thousands / Freestyle Rhymes" (1996)
  • "Kreep" (1996)
  • "Rise / Jesus" (1996)
  • "Deliver" (1996)
  • "Thousands / Freestyle Rhymes" (1996)
  • "Let 'Em Live" (2000)
  • "Last Laugh" (2001)
  • "What You Got / Let 'Em Live" (2001)
  • "Don't Run from Me / Warning" (2006)
  • "Poison Pen" (2006)
  • "Messiah" (2006)
  • "Jump Back" (2007)
  • "Lick Shots" (2008) (with Immortal Technique, Crooked I)
  • "Chow Down" (2008) (with Playalitical)
  • "N.I.C.E." (2012)
  • "Arm Yourself" (2012) (with DV Alias Khrist, Sick Jacken & Immortal Technique)
  • "Kings" (2012) (with Big Pun)


  1. ^ [1][dead link]
  2. ^ "Chino XL : Biography". Retrieved 18 January 2015. 
  3. ^ "Chino XL Interview, with Sway and King Tech". Retrieved 2007-10-11. 
  4. ^ "Chino XL signs New Record Deal". Rap Basement. Retrieved 18 January 2015. 
  5. ^ "Chino XL". 18 August 2011. Retrieved 18 January 2015. 
  6. ^ [2][dead link]
  7. ^ "Chino XL x Crawdad & Organ Grinder". Shanghai :30 Entertainment. Retrieved 18 January 2015. 
  8. ^ "Chino XL, Copywrite, Vakill, Tame One & Stu Bangas Are ‘Verse 48’". 2DOPEBOYZ. Retrieved 18 January 2015. 

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