|Derek Keith Barbosa|
April 8, 1974 |
The Bronx, New York, United States
|Rapper, lyricist, actor|
Warner Bros. Records
Machete Music/Universal Records
|Ras Kass, Immortal Technique, Kool G Rap, Kool Keith, Killah Priest, Tech N9ne, Roc Marciano, Playalitical, Canibus, Saeed Majazi|
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 
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.
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. The lead single "Kreep" which featured an interpolation of the Radiohead song "Creep" experienced major airplay by radio and MTV. Kreep charted on the Billboard Bubbling Under R&B Chart for a record 23 weeks, from July 1996 to January 1997.
Chino was released from his American Recordings contract when American Recordings switched distributors from Warner to Columbia in 1997. Warner Bros. Records then signed Chino in the fall of 1997. His sophomore album was due to be released during April 1999 but numerous delays prevented the album from being released. Although in early 2001 when the album was about to be released and its lead single "Let Em' Live" featuring Kool G Rap was nearing early pressing stages Chino was dropped by Warner. Although the album titled, I Told You So, was eventually released in 2001 by Metro Records.
In 2009 during a controversial interview with Allhiphop.com writer Han O'Connor, Chino revealed that his fifth studio album The RICANstruction was to be released soon.[needs update] 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 and a song with Big Pun. The album featured production from DJ Khalil and Focus served as executive producer.
On June 15, 2013, Shanghai :30 Entertainment booked a show with Chino XL for him to play alongside local, on-the-rise hiphop artists.