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. We are excited to announce that Chino XL will be a voting judge for the International Indigenous Hip Hop Awards Show. Also, Chino XL will be a special guest presenter. During the International Indigenous Hip Hop Awards Show on May 22 & 23, 2021 fans and artists can sign up for a VIP meet and greet with Chino XL and connect & network. More details coming soon!
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